Wedding rings are one of the most important purchases you’ll make for your big day, as you’ll be wearing them for the rest of your lives together. For men who’ve never purchased jewellery before, it can be particularly tricky to know where to start. That’s why we asked Jack Jahan, a jewellery expert from Ramsdens Jewellery, to share his advice for choosing a men’s wedding band.
The metal you choose for your wedding band will have a huge impact on its price, appearance, and durability, so it’s one of the most important things to consider before you start shopping.
Yellow and rose gold
Yellow gold is a traditional choice for a men’s wedding band. However, you are unlikely to end up with a pure gold ring, because the metal is too soft for jewellery in its purest form (24 carats). For this reason, it is usually alloyed with copper and silver. Those with higher copper content are classed as rose gold.
Generally, the higher the number of carats, the purer, less durable, and more expensive the ring. For this reason, many people opt for 18-carat (75% pure) wedding bands, which offer a good balance.
White gold is created when gold is alloyed with ‘white’ metals like nickel, silver, or palladium. A coating of hypoallergenic rhodium adds whiteness and strength but will wear away over time. White gold wedding bands are therefore likely to need re-plating in the future.
Sterling silver is another popular option for wedding rings. Like gold, silver is too soft for jewellery in its purest form, so it is alloyed with other metals (usually copper) to create sterling silver. Pieces usually carry a 925 hallmark to indicate that they are 92.5% pure.
Platinum is one of the most luxurious wedding ring metals. It is durable and hypoallergenic, with a natural silvery sheen. Palladium is a similar but more affordable option.
Darker metals like titanium, zirconium, tungsten, and steel are becoming more popular options for men’s wedding rings. They are strong, scratch-resistant, and hypoallergenic, making them popular among men who work with their hands.
The profile of your wedding ring will affect not only how it looks but also how it feels.
- Court rings are curved on the inside and outside, meaning that they’re comfortable to wear and unlikely to ‘catch’ when you’re working with your hands. This is one of the most popular shapes for a wedding ring.
- D-shaped rings are rounded on the outside and flat on the inside. This means that they sit snug to the finger for a more streamlined appearance.
- Flat rings are flat on the inside and outside. This gives them a chunky appearance that’s quite popular with men. However, they are more likely to catch and often considered to be less comfortable.
There are also some other options, such as halo rings, which have a circular cross-section. When trying on different profiles, think about comfort and practicality as well as the overall look. After all, you’re likely to wear this ring every day for the rest of your life.
When it comes to band width, some people think that chunkier rings are more masculine, but they are also more obtrusive. It is usually best to try on a few different styles and see what looks and feels best on your hand.
While many men opt for plain wedding bands, there’s nothing stopping you from choosing something with gemstones. These can add extra personality to your ring, and they might even symbolise something special to you. The decision ultimately comes down to your own sense of style.
Diamonds are one of the most popular options due to their association with luxury, but you could opt for a coloured stone like emerald, sapphire, or ruby. You can also buy rings with imitation precious stones that are more affordable.
Just remember to think about practicality as well as style. The way that the stones are set can impact the durability and maintenance requirements of your ring.
We hope this article has given you all the information you need to choose the perfect men’s wedding ring. If you need more help planning your big day in or around Norfolk, we offer a full wedding planning service here at Belles & Beaus.