It’s no secret that most wedding band designers offer a far greater selection for future brides than for grooms. In fact, until the mid-20th century, it was uncommon for men to even wear a ring! Nowadays, men’s jewelry trends have begun taking the market by storm – clear proof that there is a strong demand for custom jewelry.
When choosing men’s wedding rings, there are a number of options to take into consideration, like durability and your loved one’s personal style. It’s important to remember that a simple band may be a wonderful ‘fit’ for your future partner, but there are personalizations that can ensure that your ‘one and only’ receives the one and only ring of its kind.
Check Ring Sizing First
Before settling on a design, first, determine the size of your partner’s wedding band. Since he’ll wear this the rest of his life, encourage him to try on a few bands in varying widths. Many men choose rings at least 4mm wide, but for some, a thinner band is preferable. It’s important to see which is most comfortable and aesthetically pleasing for him.
Because wider rings use more precious and/or semi-precious metals, they’re often more expensive. By establishing a preferred size and width, you can choose a material that looks incredible and fits within your personal budget.
Not all jewelers measure rings the same way, and at Jaume Labro, we ensure that each wedding band we produce for clients fits them perfectly. In order to follow through on this promise, we ship our branded ring gauge to you and recommend that you measure your ringer a few times before settling on one.
Which Metal Is Best for Wedding Rings?
Different metals – or blends of metals – offer a variety of benefits, but prices vary as well. Choosing the material for a ring isn’t only aesthetic: a person’s lifestyle should be taken into consideration, too. For example, if your partner regularly performs menial tasks, his treasured gold ring is at risk of being scratched, or even disfigured. A platinum or palladium ring, however, may be a more enduring option.
One of the rarest elements in the world, platinum withstands unbelievable wear and tear with almost zero need for repair. When platinum becomes scratched, it maintains its shine and color and develops an enviable patina. Additionally, platinum is one of the best choices for hypoallergenic jewelry. The major drawback, however, is that men’s platinum wedding bands generally cost a great deal more than gold, silver and palladium pieces.
Yellow gold is traditionally the most desired choice for jewelry. While gold wedding rings with higher karat counts may be more valuable, a 22k gold ring is far less durable than an 18k ring, owing to the metal’s natural softness. Scratches in gold rings will eventually require polishing, so jewelry experts recommend removing them before performing manual tasks and working with chemicals.
White gold wedding rings have increased in popularity over the last decade. White gold is a great choice for a person attracted to platinum but looking for a more affordable price tag. Unfortunately, the rhodium plating on white gold typically yellows over time and regularly worn items typically require a new layer once every decade.
A popular emerging trend in men’s rings is the vintage allure of rose gold wedding bands. These are made from an alloy of gold and copper and have a more durable composition than yellow and white counterparts. Unlike white gold, rose gold does not require replating but those with metal sensitivities may find daily wearing difficult.
Palladium is a relatively new metal in the jewelry-making world, and while rare, is much more affordable than gold and platinum. It has little need for upkeep, maintains its naturally white appearance and is hypoallergenic. A downside is that most jewelers are still uncertain of how to appropriately care for rings made from this substance, though that is poised to change in coming years.
Mixed Metalwork and Mokume Gane
Many people erroneously believe that wedding bands require only one type of metal. Appreciators of the many facets of multiple metals can create two- or even three-toned masterpieces for their fingers.
Take, for example, the ancient art of Mokume Gane. Various precious metals and colored alloys are hand-hammered, twisted and forged into strong, intricately patterned jewelry pieces that are just as unique as the bond between you and your future spouse. What’s more, Mokume Gane jewelry can be made specifically with your husband-to-be’s preferred metal combinations in mind. It’s no surprise that time-honored Mokume Gane wedding rings have become one of the most enduring and sought-after ways to say “I do”.
Now that you’ve established the shape, size, and material of your partner’s wedding ring, it’s time to focus on any embellishments that will make it extra special.
Diamonds aren’t just a girl’s best friend. In fact, over the last few decades, men’s wedding ring fashions have expanded to include single and multiple stone settings. Precious stones like rubies and sapphires are stunning for wedding bands, but can be costly. Luckily, there is a myriad of semi-precious gemstones like onyx, peridot, and garnet that are affordable and masculine. For men who work with their hands or regularly play sports, gemstones may catch on clothing and materials. In this case, fitting stones in a flush setting may be a better choice than a pronged setting.
When finishing the outside of a wedding ring, a high polish is typically the go-to aesthetic. A highly reflective surface is a wonderful choice, especially on metals that hold up to general wear and tear. A matte finish, rather than a high-shine surface, may be a better choice for an outdoorsman who prefers working with his hands. Not only does this make rings less ‘flashy’, but scratches are also far less noticeable. Hammered rings are often a great fit for men who appreciate more austere, handcrafted looks.
Most jewelers offer to engrave the inside of your ring with a favorite quote, wedding date, initials and even small icons. This ensures that – whatever you chose to include – your story is a part of this wedding ring forever.
Matching Wedding Rings
Many couples have bucked tradition and rather than picking two distinctly different designs, choose matching wedding bands. Some brides and grooms go with a masculine and feminine aesthetic which revolve around the same concept. Mokume Gane wedding ring sets can be forged from the same metal billet, ensuring that the two are entirely unique and can never be replicated.
Design Your Custom Wedding Ring
A wedding ring symbolizes your enduring relationship. At Jaume Labro, our goal is to showcase that love and commitment with an unforgettable custom ring that is as unique as the bond you share. Please browse our Mokume Gane wedding bands to find the perfect ring and start the next big chapter of your life.