Men’s Wedding Rings Style Guide
If you’re reading this article, it likely means that we need to first offer you congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Marriage is one of life’s greatest journeys, and as you grow together you’ll want a wedding band you can be proud of for all of your years. The last thing you want is a ring that doesn’t suit you or one that you dislike down the road. That’s why choosing the perfect ring is so important.
There are many different types and styles of rings to choose from, so many that the process can be a bit overwhelming! But to help you out, we’ve put together this quick guide that will give you the breakdown on men’s wedding band styles. Let’s take a look.
Men’s Wedding Ring Materials
The first thing to consider when it comes to your wedding ring style is the material. Each material will have its own unique look, as well as other characteristics such as feel, weight, and durability.
Once you’ve considered these items, you can start to put together an idea of what wedding band would best suit you. And this is a big decision because the material will likely be the most important part of your decision. In general, you will land on some type of gold, other metals like platinum, palladium, emerging alternative metals like tungsten or titanium, and even wood rings.
As you can already see, there are a lot of options! To narrow them down, you can eliminate certain options based on your color preference. You can also keep in mind that harder rings are much more difficult (some impossible) to resize, while softer, precious metal rings like gold offer a timeless look, but come at a greater price.
For some, allergies will be a factor, while for others the nature of your work may drive you toward a more durable band material. All in all, there is really no way you can go wrong. You just need to weigh the pros and cons of the different options available to you and figure out what suits you best. Is it a rugged ring that is built to last, or a more traditional ring that offers a timeless look?
Most men still stick with the classic gold rings, but white gold is also quite popular. And alternative metals are growing more popular with each passing year.
The Style & Finish
Once you have your material picked out, you can start thinking about the style of the ring. This will include the ring’s exterior finish, which will decide its final texture and profile. The exterior finish essentially gives the ring its final polished, or unpolished look.
But before you get to the finish, there are different exterior ring profiles or shapes to consider. The two most classic profiles are typically referred to as flat and half-round(domed) bands.
The majority of our wedding bands are designed on the foundation of these two profile shapes, flat or half-round. Another important element is the interior shape of a wedding band - known as comfort fit or standard fit.
All of our rings are designed with a perfectly shaped interior comfort fit, for a seamless fit and feel on the hand.
With your material and shape chosen, you can now move on choosing a wedding band finish.
A high polish finish is still the most common finish in men’s wedding rings and gives your metal ring a smooth, reflective finish. A brushed finish(also known as matte or satin) is growing popular among modern grooms who don’t want to be quite as flashy but don’t want to compromise style. You can also choose a finish that falls somewhere in the middle, or choose a hammered finish for a truly one-of-a-kind ring with character and more texture.
You can also add certain details to your rings, such as engraving, wood inlays, the inclusions of patterns or even other materials. The options are truly endless, and it will be in your best interest to visit a ring shop or at least scroll through your options online to find a style that fits your vision.
Your wedding ring is an incredibly personal piece of jewelry that signifies your commitment and love to your partner. Look for a ring that best fits your budget and lifestyle to find the best ring for you. And remember to take your time! Let’s be honest; the goal is to only have to do this once.