As the most important item of jewellery you’re likely to ever wear, it pays to put some thought into your wedding ring. It’s an accessory that needs to work with every outfit and every occasion, whether you’re dining at a fancy restaurant with your partner, giving a presentation at work or going for drinks with your friends. But it also needs to be high quality, hardwearing and made to last a lifetime.
There are many factors that go into choosing a wedding band, from materials and thicknesses to engraving, unique styles and whether you want something traditional or contemporary. In this blog, we’ll go through each consideration in detail to help you choose the right men’s wedding ring for your special day.
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Invest in precious metals
When you’re buying a piece of jewellery that you’re going to wear every day for the rest of your life, quality matters. Precious metals will ensure your jewellery will last, without deteriorating in quality or showing signs of wear and tear. When it comes to men’s jewellery, there are several options to consider.
Yellow gold – yellow gold is the most traditional choice for a wedding band. It’s timeless, versatile and will complement any outfit. Provided you take good care of it, yellow gold will stand the test of time and will remain looking as good as the day you say “I do”. However, gold isn’t as robust as other metals, such as silver or platinum, so you need to take care of it to avoid scratches or dents.
White gold – If you’re looking for a modern alternative, white gold is an increasingly popular choice. It’s a mix of gold and white metals such as silver, nickel and palladium. This gives it a cooler toned appearance and also makes it more hardwearing than yellow gold. However, it might need to be re-plated every so often to maintain its shine.
Rose gold – Want something more unique? A rose gold wedding band is perfect. This warm-toned metal has a coppery appearance and is more durable than yellow gold. It’s also a less traditional choice, which may be what you’re looking for.
Sterling silver – A popular choice that’s classic yet contemporary, sterling silver is also more affordable than other precious metals. However, when choosing a sterling silver wedding band, choose the highest quality you can to make sure your jewellery lasts.
Platinum – Platinum wedding bands are perfect for durability and robustness, which is precisely what you want for a wedding ring that you plan to wear forever. Platinum is modern, stylish and works for every occasion. However, this is usually reflected in the price and platinum rings are much more expensive than other metals.
Choose your wedding ring profile and finish
Wedding bands may all look very similar at first glance, but there are subtle differences that can set your wedding ring apart. The ring profile is the shape of the band – the most popular style is a D-ring profile, which is round and thin on the outside but flat on the inside for a closer fit.
But you may also choose a court style, which is round inside and out, or a flat design which is comfortable to wear. Each style will not only look different but also feel different when you’re wearing it, so it’s worth trying on each style before buying so you can see for yourself how they look and feel on your hand.
There are also various finishes to choose from. A high polish finish provides you with a glimmering, shinier finish that really showcases the metal you’ve chosen, while a matte finish is more modern and gives off less reflection. A combination finish falls somewhere between the two, while a hammered finish is more distinctive and provides more texture. It can be a good choice if you want a more rustic, characterful finish to your wedding band.
The finish you choose depends on the style you’re going for and whether you want to stick with tradition or break from it. You’ll know your own tastes best, so think about the type of jewellery you ordinarily enjoy wearing to inspire you.
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Rings come in various widths, and wedding rings are no exception. A slim-width band will measure approximately 4mm, with medium widths around 6mm and wide bands around 8mm. Wider bands cost more but are also more flattering for men with larger or longer fingers, while a slimmer width might be a better fit for men with smaller or slimmer hands. Ultimately, it’s up to you which style you choose based on what you think works well for your hand, but again, it’s worth trying on a few different styles to see the difference in person.
Engraving and personal styles
Lastly, there may be ways you want to personalise your wedding band even further to make it truly unique to you and your marriage. You may want to choose a vintage band and have it engraved with your partner’s name or the date of your wedding day. Or maybe you want to include a gemstone on the band, or a pattern. There are so many ways to make your wedding band something you enjoy wearing every day and that’s well-suited to your personal style.
Just as with any aspect of your wedding, your wedding ring needs to be carefully considered. It’s surely one of the most important purchases you’ll ever make, so taking the time to think about what you want from this significant piece of jewellery is the key to finding a ring that will work with your style and age well throughout your lifetime.
At Cry for the Moon, we offer a broad selection of men’s jewellery, including wedding bands. Browse our jewellery online or contact us if you have any further questions.