Men’s Wedding Rings - Pitfalls You Need to Avoid
Way back when, Men had very little choice as to what they got as a wedding ring. Most Men wore a plain yellow gold band, with the choice being either a flat or a half round profile and possibly a choice of width.
Today there is a fantastic range of wedding rings for guys. However, there are some pitfalls to avoid and limitations of certain materials to be aware of. Hopefully this blog will help you to make an informed choice for you or your partner’s most important ring that needs to stand the test of time.
A marriage lasts a long time. Your wedding ring represents that commitment. That’s why it’s round. It has no beginning and no end. A symbol of eternity. Needless to say, the materials your ring is made of needs to be durable to ideally last for the rest of your life. The choice of material will thus depend on your lifestyle, including what job you do.
Below is a list of possible options available today.
- Sterling Silver
- Stainless Steel
- Tungsten Carbide
Platinum and gold are precious meatls that have stood the test of time and are still today the most popular choice by far for men’s wedding rings. Platinum is harder than gold, holds it’s shine and is relatively scratch resistant. Things to take into account with gold are what karat you want? In New Zealand we use eighteen and nine karat. Somewhat recently we have fourteen karat available too.
What is karat? Karat or carat is the percent of gold compared to alloys in the metal based on weight. Pure gold is twenty four karat. Eighteen karat is 75% gold. Fourteen karat is 58.5% gold. Nine karat is 37.5% gold. This percent remains the same, regardless of the gold colour e.g. yellow, white or rose gold. The alloys added are what changes the gold’s overall colour.
Sterling Silver is a budget alternative to gold and platinum. It is a lot softer and scratches easily in comparison, as well as being prone to tarnishing. If you choose silver, make sure the ring is reasonably solid, as they can bend out of shape if too thin. Also, silver can wear out a lot quicker. That’s why it is usually better suited as a fashion ring that you wear occasionally. If you are in a trade where wearing a ring is not practical, or dangerous, and so you wear your ring only socially, then silver may be an option for you.
Stainless Steel, Titanium, Tungsten Carbide & Zirconium – have become popular non-precious metal alternatives recently. They are often looked on as options for those looking for a more durable alternative. They are usually also a cheaper option. The usual procedure is that you order the ring to your finger size, unless the store happens to have your size instore. Probably the biggest negative for them all is that they are unable to be sized. Once again this is less of an issue for a fashion ring, you just buy another. But, if it is your wedding ring you may not wish to do this. Another consideration is finish. Zirconium is a great looking black metal finish. The downside is that it is only a surface finish. If you badly scratch the ring it will scratch through the black surface showing a different colour underneath.
Wood & Ceramic – These are two contemporary materials that look great. Wood is popular as a natural look and ceramic being available in a wide range of colours is a very durable option. They do come with limitations. Ask any builder about Wood and you will hear about movement. Wood if not sealed completely is prone to moisture absorption creating swelling and shrinking. If the wood is an inlay within a metal ring the two materials will behave differently and may separate as a result. Wood if it loses it’s sealed finish will weather and may lose it’s attractive look. Ceramic is incredibly hard and very scratch resistant. The colours and blend options are vast and look very contemporary. Ceramic & Wood cannot be sized. Consider this if your family history is prone to arthritic knuckles.
Hopefully you find this blog helpful and can avoid some Men’s Wedding Ring Pitfalls and make an informed choice for a very special piece of jewellery. You should be able to wear whatever you want. Just be mindful of the limitations some options offer. Please feel fee to contact us with any queries you may have, before you take the leap.