Choosing your perfect wedding ring

Landing on the right material is probably the most important part of choosing a mens wedding band. Thankfully, the options aren’t so varied that you’ll spend months overthinking it, with most mens wedding rings coming in one of the following metals: white gold, rose gold, yellow gold, platinum, palladium, titanium and stainless steel. That’s joined by a growing list of alternative metals like tungsten and zirconium, which are gaining in popularity. Okay, so maybe you have a lot of options after all.

Metals like white gold and palladium are precious metals, making them rife with timeless symbolic value, easier to resize, costlier to purchase, and generally more prone to wear. Metals like titanium and tungsten are modern metals, meaning they’re more or less impossible to resize, commonly cheaper, and far more resilient to scratches or dents. Remember, it’s also quite important to determine what type of color you and your bride ultimately want. It’s not just about choosing a given material, it’s about choosing the color gold, rose gold, or platinum for your wedding bands.

Before grabbing the first metal to catch your eye, you should be aware of a few peripheral factors:

The physicality of your finger will probably change over the course of decades. That might make a precious metal ring more desirable, whereas if the girth of your finger changes, you can have the ring easily resized. By contrast, you would have to completely replace a modern metal ring if it no longer fits.
You might be allergic to certain materials. For example, white gold is probably the most popular metal among men, however it contains nickel, which at least some men are allergic to.

Platinum–which is more durable than most precious metals and also hypoallergenic–can definitely come with a lofty price tag.
If you work with your hands a lot, and plan to wear your ring at all times, you might be better off selecting a modern metal like increasingly popular tungsten, which won’t incur lots of scratches.

Truth be told, most men keep it classic and get a precious metal like white gold or yellow gold. Of course, we live in modern times, so there’s no harm in checking out some modern metals, especially since most will save you hundreds of dollars. Did the mention of tungsten catch your eye? If so, the Black Tungsten Ring with Brush Finish might very well be calling your name. Or maybe the Unique Tungsten and Gold Mens Ring is more your style–it definitely lives up to its promise of distinction.

Titanium metal is likewise resilient and sleek. Mix things up a bit by slipping a Titanium Mens Ring with Dark Hawaiian Koa Wood Centerpiece on your finger. Or maybe something like the Custom LGBT Wedding Band is more your speed.

What, you thought you were done? Quite the contrary. When choosing a mens wedding ring, you should also be mindful of the finish, i.e. the texture, aesthetic and profile of the ring itself. Here’s a breakdown of some different profiles:

  1. Classic Court – Arguably the most common ring shape, a classic court is round inside and out.
  2. D-Shape Ring – The outside is round and thin, while the inside is flat, offering a closer fit.
  3. Flat Ring – Comfortable to wear, but prone to getting stuck on clothing or machinery, the flat ring is true to its name, meaning its flat inside and out.
  4. Flat Court – Bridging two worlds, the flat court offers a flat exterior and round interior.

You also want to be mindful of the finish, or polish. Here are some different styles:

  1. High Polish – The most common type, a high polish delivers straight metal with a smooth, glimmering finish.
  2. Matte – Popular among modern grooms, the matte cuts down on the finish for less reflection.
  3. Combination – This one falls directly between a high polish and matte finish.
  4. Hammered – For those seeking true distinction, the hammered finJacob Osbornish looks as though every detail was pounded in, resulting in far more texture.