How to choose a men's wedding ring
The exchanging of rings is a key part of any marriage ceremony, so you'll want to make sure your choice of ring will do it justice! Here Jack Jahan, from Ramsdens Jewellery, shares his tips for choosing the perfect man's wedding ring.
While a small detail like the rings can be easy to overlook when you’re busy planning a wedding, it’s crucial to spend some time thinking carefully about what you want. After all, your wedding is only one day, but you'll be wearing your wedding band for the rest of your life. So, it’s certainly not a decision you want to take lightly! And with, so much choice out there, it can be hard to know where to start.
In this post, I'll discuss the key considerations to bear in mind when shopping, along with tips for making your wedding band feel even more personal.
Pick your metal with care
One of the most important things you'll need to consider is what sort of precious metal you want to go for. However, there's more to this than just picking the colour you like best (although that is something to consider, of course!).
Different types of precious metals all have different properties and qualities, and some may be stronger and more durable than others. There's also the question of budget, as certain metals can be on the more expensive side. I've outlined some of the pros and cons of each kind of metal below:
Gold: Yellow gold is the classic choice for a traditional wedding band — it never goes out of style. The highest quality golds are generally the most beautiful and expensive, but you should be aware that pure gold is also more malleable and prone to scratching than other types of precious metals. So, if you're worried about this, you may want to go for an alloy or another type of metal.
Rose gold: This stunning coppery metal has taken the jewellery world by storm over the past few years. And, just because it’s blush-toned, doesn't mean it's just for the ladies — lots of fashion-conscious men are big fans of this luxurious and striking metal. So, if you like to stand out from the crowd, this could be the metal for you. It's made from an alloy of gold, copper and silver, which means it's quite hard-wearing when compared to yellow gold.
White gold: White gold is made from an alloy of gold and white metals such as silver, palladium, or nickel, often with a rhodium plating for added durability. It has a gorgeous silvery colouring and high-shine finish, and is more durable than pure gold. However, it may need re-plating every few years to maintain that brilliant shiny finish.
Platinum: One of the most luxurious metals for a wedding band, platinum is a brilliant high-shine silvery metal that is also very strong and resistant to tarnishing. So, if you want something that will stand the test of time, this is an excellent choice. However, it does tend to be on the more expensive side.
Sterling silver: Silver is easily the most affordable option, so it’s a great option if you’re working with a tight budget. And, if you get a high-quality piece, it’s often indistinguishable to the untrained eye from platinum.
Consider the profile
To start with, wedding bands can all look fairly similar. But there are actually lots of different styles of wedding bands, all with different profiles. The profile refers to the way the outside edges of the band are shaped, and it can have quite a big impact on the way your ring looks, as well as how it can feel on the hand when worn.
There are loads of different profile styles to choose from, including court rings, D-rings, flat rings, bevelled rings, and concave rings. So, it's well worth trying a few different rings on in person, so you can get a feel for what you do and don't like. D-rings tend to be the most popular choice for wedding bands, because they're smooth, comfortable, and timelessly elegant. But, there's no need to follow convention for the sake of it if you prefer something a bit different. So, lead with your heart, and make a decision based on what feels right when you're wearing it.
Make it personal
Your wedding band is a symbol of your love for your partner, and represents the commitment you’re making to each other. So, it's also a nice idea to add some personalised elements to your ring to make it more meaningful and unique. For example, lots of couples decide to get the inside of their wedding bands engraved with each other's initial, or the date of their anniversary. For an extra special touch, you could even get a quote or line from your favourite song engraved on your rings. Anything that holds a special meaning for you and your fiancé can make a beautiful addition to your wedding bands!
You could also consider adding some elements that match your partner's ring. For instance, you could both have a small diamond set in the band. This is a great way to create a connection between your wedding bands, even if the rings themselves are different in style or colour.
Your wedding band is likely to be the most important piece of jewellery you will ever own, so it’s only natural that you'll want to put plenty of thought into your decision. Bear these tips in mind, and you should have no problem finding a wedding ring you'll love to wear for the rest of your life.