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While a groom will undoubtedly be occupied with images of standing at the alter leading up to his wedding day, he also has plenty of little things to think about before he ties the knot, like the wedding band he'll wear for the rest of his life. All grooms must make this decision carefully so that they love looking at their beloved ring for years to come.
However, this decision can be tricky since there are so many wedding band styles and materials.
Here, explore the top picks for men's wedding bands, learn about their strengths and weaknesses, and see which ring may be the most suitable for a man on such a special day.
The most commonly used tungsten metal is actually tungsten carbide when it comes to jewelry. This means that carbon is alloyed with tungsten for a beautiful yet durable jewelry-making material. A tungsten wedding band is a tough metal that makes it the best choice for everyday wear.
Tungsten is fast becoming the most popular wedding band choice for men. It offers many advantages as a material for a ring that other materials may not be able to provide.
Everyone knows the classic gold look. But before you settle for classic gold, know that you have three options: yellow, rose, and white. Gold is often mixed with another alloy, but the more gold present, the more expensive the wedding band. This is where the terms 24 karats vs. 18 karats come from — this refers to the higher or lower levels of gold.
Ceramic, like tungsten, is an alloy of carbide but with titanium rather than tungsten, which makes it heat-resistant and incredibly strong.
Platinum is rare, which makes it a sought-after but expensive material. It has a beautiful, silver-colored luster. Like gold, you can find rings with more or less platinum in their composition, depending on your budget.
This is a close cousin of platinum metal but at a more affordable price. It has the signature shine but is less rare and dense, making it a popular alternative.
Titanium is a strong metal that will last for many years to come, but not everyone likes this metal's final, matte finish. However, they are lightweight, comfortable, and hypoallergenic, making them excellent for picky jewelry wearers.
For a price point that's significantly lower than gold, silver, or platinum, you'll get a durable ring that still has that platinum-like shine with stainless steel. However, this material is a more novel addition to the wedding band scene. Because of this, designs haven't been able to keep up with popularity's demand. It may be hard to find the exact style you're looking for from a stainless steel band.
While cobalt is also newer in popularity for wedding bands and may not have the same customizations as a tungsten wedding ring, there are still some options to choose from, such as satin, polished, and hammered styles. This material isn't scratch-proof, so you'll need to take care not to scratch it throughout the day.
Sterling silver initially rose in popularity due to its extremely low prices. However, as we'll see, these price tags don't necessarily reflect reasonable value. The quality of these pieces is often poor, and they don't last like other metals.
Before landing on one final option, consider the groom's lifestyle and preferences. For example, does he require a hypoallergenic option? Or does he regularly work roughly with his hands and need something that won't ever scratch?
Always ask if the groom would like to look at the different material options. This will help him decide what he likes and doesn’t like and may reveal that what he thought he wanted doesn’t spark joy the way he thought it would.
This wedding band will be worn for many years, so take some extra time out to explore your options. And considering these materials above are the most popular, they are a great place to start your search.
Just as a groom finds his soulmate, there's a perfect wedding band for him, too. Don't assume that traditional will do, or the most modern will be to his taste. He must follow his heart and choose the material that he'll cherish from the minute he says “I do" until forever.
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