Men's Wedding Bands: Narrowing The Field With Four Key Considerations


Your wedding ring will be one of the most important jewelry purchases you ever make. Men's wedding rings come in many shapes and designs. You can choose from several metals as well. With so many different options available, how do you know which one is really the right one? Not only should you consider aesthetics, but you should also think about functionality. Here's a look at some of the things you should consider when you make your choice.

Choosing a Metal

Although gold is a common choice for wedding bands, it's certainly not the only one. You can select from many metals, including sterling silver, white gold, titanium and tungsten wedding bands.

When you're evaluating metals, consider their durability. Gold is typically a soft metal, making it more vulnerable to scratches and dings. Titanium and tungsten are much harder and nearly impervious to damage.

Thinking Trendy or Timeless

You may be tempted to go with a ring from the latest trendy collection, but it's important to make sure the ring you choose is one you're going to want to wear for many years to come. When you're thinking about style, consider something that's more timeless so you don't have to worry about feeling as though it's fallen out of style before you celebrate your first milestone anniversary.

Simple styles with elegant markings or channel set stones will be stylish long after the bands with this year's latest trendy engraving have fallen out of favor.

Matching Your Ring to Your Style

No matter what band you choose for your wedding ring, you'll never feel truly comfortable in it unless it fits your overall sense of style. If you're a soft-spoken type of guy who dresses in muted colors and cargo pants, you may feel like a band with large, brilliant stones set into the center is too much. Similarly, if you like to make a statement with everything you wear, you may find that you prefer something that catches attention.

Wide bands have become increasingly popular in the men's jewelry market. The bold statement these bands make is unmistakable, and they are an ideal fit for guys with larger hands. Smaller bands are easily overshadowed on a larger hand, so consider the size of your hands carefully when you evaluate band styles.

Remember, you are the one who will be wearing the ring every day, so it's about what you like. You won't enjoy wearing your wedding band if it isn't something that fits your overall sense of style.

Evaluating Your Work Environment

Unless you want to have to remove your band every day for work and risk losing it, you'll want to consider how the band you choose will fit with the environment you work in. If you work in a manufacturing environment or with heavy equipment, you'll need a ring that can hold up to the demand. Tungsten and similar durable metals are ideal in this situation. You may also find you need a more sleek style so that you're not getting a large, heavy band caught in the machines.

In some work environments, wearing jewelry is prohibited. If this is the case at your job, you may want to invest in a keepsake chain so that you can wear your wedding ring around your neck while you're at work. It's a great way to keep it close when you can't wear it.

Shopping for wedding bands should be one of the most exciting parts of your wedding planning. If all of the choices are making it an overwhelming prospect, consider the information presented here to help you narrow down the field.


18 February 2015

The Power of Your Sense of Smell

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