How To Choose A Wedding Band and What Kind Should I Get My Husband?

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How to choose a wedding band?

This is the usual question we all have. Let’s start with a bit of history about wedding bands first.

Until the mid-20th century, it was uncommon for men to wear a wedding band. Today’s selection of men’s wedding bands, however, shows that there is a strong demand for custom jewelry – especially the time-honored tradition of Mokume Gane jewelry.

When choosing the perfect wedding ring, you’ll discover a number of options to take into consideration (like sizing, material, and his personal style). A simple band may be a wonderful ‘fit’, but personalizations will ensure that your future husband has a one-of-a-kind wedding band that’s absolutely perfect.

First Thing’s First: Check Ring Sizing

Before settling on a design, you’ll need to determine the width. 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’ll likely be more expensive. By establishing the size and width of his wedding band, you’ll choose a wedding band that looks incredible and fits within your personal budget.

Remember: Not All Jewelry Measure Rings the Same Way

At Jaume Labro, we ensure that each client’s wedding band fits them perfectly. To maintain this promise, we ship our branded ring gauge to you. It’s recommended that you measure your ringer a few times before settling on one.


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Which Metal Is Best for Wedding Rings?

Choosing a ring’s material isn’t only aesthetic: A person’s lifestyle also needs to be taken into consideration. If your partner regularly performs menial tasks, he’ll risk scratching (and even disfiguring) his gold ring. Since these metals are far more enduring, platinum and palladium are preferable for handymen and outdoors man wedding bands.

Gold Men’s Wedding Bands

Yellow Gold

How to choose a wedding band

Traditionally, yellow gold is the most popular choice for jewelry. While a 22k gold ring is far more valuable than an 18k ring, it’s also less durable due to the metal’s natural softness. Scratches in gold rings eventually require polishing, so jewelry experts recommend removing them before performing manual tasks and working with chemicals.

White Gold

Over the last decade, white gold wedding rings have increased in popularity. It’s a great choice for a person attracted to platinum (but looking for a more affordable price tag). Unfortunately, the rhodium plating on white gold yellows over time – and regularly worn items typically require a new layer once every decade.

Rose Gold

Rose gold wedding bands

A popular emerging trend in men’s rings is the vintage allure of rose gold wedding bands. Produced from a gold-copper alloy, they have a more durable composition than their yellow and white counterparts. And unlike white gold, rose gold does not require replating but those with metal sensitivities may find daily wearing difficult.

Platinum Wedding Rings

One of the rarest elements in the world, platinum is able to withstand unbelievable wear and tear. When it becomes scratched, platinum maintains its shine and color, developing an enviable patina over time. This is also one of the best choices for hypoallergenic jewelry. Platinum wedding bands, however, cost a great deal more than gold, silver and palladium pieces.

Palladium Wedding Bands

Though relatively new to the jewelry-making world, palladium is a resilient, hypoallergenic metal that’s much more affordable than gold and platinum. With little need for upkeep, palladium maintains its naturally white appearance. Most jewelers, however, are unfamiliar with caring for rings made from this metal (though that is poised to change in coming years).

Mixed Metalwork and Mokume Gane Men’s Wedding Bands

Many people believe that wedding bands require one type of metal, but multiple metals can create incredible masterpieces.

Mokume Gane Wedding Ring, Mixed Metalwork - pink gold, white gold, silver - Custom Jewelry by Jaume Labro

 

To create a Mokume Gan e men’s wedding band, various precious metals and colored alloys are hand-hammered, twisted, and forged into strong, intricately-patterned pieces. Because no two combinations are the same – and made to your exact specifications – a custom Mokume Gane ring is as unique as the bond between you and your loved one.

Embellishments

Now that you’ve chosen the main elements of your partner’s wedding ring, it’s time to focus on any embellishments that will make it extra special.

Gemstones

Diamonds aren’t just a girl’s best friend. Over the last few decades, men’s wedding ring designs have expanded to include single and multiple stone settings. While precious stones (like rubies and sapphires) are stunning for men’s wedding bands, semi-precious gemstones like onyx, peridot, and garnet are both affordable and masculine.

For men who work with their hands or regularly play sports, gemstones may catch on clothing and materials. Instead of prongs, a flush setting may be a better choice.


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Surface Finishes

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 (like palladium and platinum).

Hammered Gold Rings Pair

A matte finish, however, may be a better choice for a handyman or outdoors man wedding band. Not only does this make rings less ‘flashy’, but scratches will also be far less noticeable. Platinum and gold hammered rings are often a great fit for men who appreciate more handcrafted looks.

Engraving

Most jewelers will offer to engrave your ring with a favorite quote, wedding date, initials, and even small icons. Whatever you choose to include, your story is a part of your husband’s wedding band forever.

Matching Wedding Rings

Matching Mokume Gane Wedding Bands

Rather than picking two distinctly different designs, many modern couples choose matching wedding bands. Some brides and grooms select masculine and feminine rings that revolve around the same concept. Your Mokume Gane wedding rings can be forged from the same metal billet, ensuring that they’re entirely unique and will never be replicated.

Design Your Custom Wedding Ring

Decide how to choose a wedding band for your husband may feel daunting, but at Jaume Labro, we’re here to help you create a custom ring that perfectly showcases your love and commitment. Contact us to start designing the perfect Mokume Gane wedding band – and start the next chapter of your lives.

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