You’ve managed to stop staring at the sparkler on your finger long enough to wonder, “what am I going to do about his wedding ring? Though they can seem deceptively simple when compared back to back with women’s engagement rings, wedding ring for men should usually be evaluated by an almost entirely different set of criteria. Here are some quick tips to help you select his perfect wedding band.
The number of materials commonly used in wedding rings for men actually greatly surpass those frequently seen in women’s engagement rings. In addition to classic precious favorites like gold and platinum, a vast variety of contemporary options are readily available.
A member of the platinum group metals (PGM), palladium has platinum’s classic white metal look, albeit with a lower price tag. Palladium has become an increasingly popular choice with those seeking a precious wedding ring for men that is a little more off the beaten track.
Contemporary materials like titanium, tungsten (also known as tungsten carbide), cobalt chrome and ceramic offer more attractive pricing than their precious alternatives, and often have additional benefits. Titanium is durable yet super light, tungsten is one of the hardest materials in existence, cobalt chrome has a precious metal appearance at a fraction of the cost and ceramic wedding rings for men have a wholly unique look and durability. Stainless steel can in some ways be considered the original contemporary material, and is consistently ruggedly dependable.
While some shoppers will avoid sterling silver for their wedding rings for men due to its tendency to tarnish and oxidize, there is a superior grade of sterling silver that is gaining prominence. Argentium silver utilizes the metalloid germanium in its formulation, which leads to increased tarnish resistance and overall durability.
Once you’ve settled on a material for his wedding ring, you’ll need to decide if you want to add any decorative accents. Diamonds are being seen more and more in wedding rings for men, and these days it is totally acceptable for a man to wear a diamond wedding band. When shopping for his diamond ring, note that diamond wedding rings for men do not necessarily require the same scrutiny that your ring did. Since the stones are usually much smaller, you will not need to look as closely at the Four C’s (cut, clarity, color and carat size) as you would with a woman’s engagement ring. As long as you are buying from a reputable dealer, you can use your visual judgment to assess the relative color, size and clarity of the diamonds. If buying online, look for at least a range of these attributes.
Most modern wedding rings for men can be divided into two categories regardless of material or style: traditional fit or comfort fit. Fit refers to the actual interior of the band, and can make a huge difference in your husband-to-be’s comfort in wearing his ring. The elder of the two, a traditional or standard fit band has a more squared off interior. On the other hand, comfort fit bands utilize additional material on the interior to provide a more rounded and comfortable fit. Most men prefer the feel of a comfort fit band, although because of the additional material they can be slightly more expensive and also fit differently on his finger (most men wear a half size smaller in a comfort fit band than they do in a traditional fit band).
Size and fit are in fact two different things when it comes to wedding rings for men. While fit refers to the construction of the interior of the band, size refers to the actual circumference. Men’s rings start at a size 4 and can run up to a size 20. You will definitely want to know your guy’s ring size before conducting your search, and you’ll want to check it against the type of fit you’re seeking. If your man has an unusually sized finger, you may very well need to conduct your shopping online to find the best selection of bands for his size. You’ll also want to take into account a ring’s width, as smaller fingers can be dwarfed by larger width rings and larger fingers will require a more generous band.
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