Choosing a wedding ring is an extremely personal decision with the goal of wearing the ring for decades to come. Some couples prefer matching bands but many choose rings that express their personal, individual style. The best way to choose a band is to put them right on your hand and see what speaks to you.
Here is some advice to help guide you to the right ring:
Most men don’t wear lots of jewelry, so the wedding ring is their biggest chance to make a personal statement. Did you know that the most popular men’s band is actually a plain band (like the one to the right)? Plain is classic and will never go out of style, but there are also hundreds of other men’s ring styles to consider.
We suggest you think about these questions:
Here are some examples of men's wedding bands:
14K White Gold Polished Hammer Band ($1,440) || Tantalum 7mm Band with A Wired Center and High Polish Edges ($495) || 18K Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel Shotgun Barrel 7mm Band ($2,270) || 14K Yellow Gold Satin Step Edge Wedding Band ($790)
Do you want the band to “match” the engagement ring? Your wedding ring can be the exact same style as your engagement ring or it can be complementary without being “matchy matchy”. In our experience, about half of women go for the match while half go for a different style.For women, the choices are nearly endless, so let’s walk through some of the important questions.
Here are some examples with colored gemstones:
18K White Gold Channel Set Alternating Sapphire & Diamond Band ($1,995) || 18K White Gold Alternating Emerald & Diamond Eternity Band ($2,325) || 14K White Gold Black Pavé Diamond Band ($715) || 18K White Gold Alternating Round Diamond & Ruby Baguette Band ($1,875)
You want a ring that will last a lifetime and still fit into your budget. The metal used in the ring is a major part of the cost. Gold and Platinum are traditional precious metals that have used in wedding bands for centuries. Alternatives have come along and some have serious limitations. For example, tungsten carbide is a cool looking, inexpensive metal but it cannot be sized once it is made and it can’t be fixed if it cracks. Alternatively, Platinum and gold rings can be fixed.
If you prefer yellow then Yellow Gold is the way to go and you just need to decide if you prefer the traditional 18K (which is 75%. gold) or the newer 14K (which is 58% gold). If you prefer white, most choose either White Gold or Platinum.
If you are hard on your hands and you plan to wear your ring all the time, consider Platinum because it is the hardest, the most durable and its color never fades.
White Gold is beautiful but it is a softer metal, it will yellow over time back to its natural color and it has to be rhodium plated again to bring back that bright white color.
Palladium is a relative of Platinum that has a similar hardness but has substantially less weight and almost a paler white color. Palladium has become somewhat popular in men’s bands over the past decade, but most still prefer the traditional Gold and Platinum choices.
Lastly, don’t wait until the wedding before ordering or buying your wedding rings if you want to leave your options open. Jewelers will have some rings on hand that can be sized to your finger, but chances are you will have to have your wedding band custom made especially for you in your size. This can take several weeks so plan ahead and order your rings well in advance of your wedding day!