5 Tips For Shopping Men's Wedding Bands

Author David Millette
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Date Feb 24, 2015

Shopping for a wedding band is a once-in-a-lifetime process where you get to find a ring you will want to wear for countless years to come. Most men don't wear a lot of jewelry, so your wedding band is a great way to show off some of your individual style. Whether you are looking for a ring that is unique to you, or one that will match your partners, you'll have the opportunity to choose the features that make the most sense for you personally.

The best way to know if a ring is right for you is to try one on and see for yourself. But before you step into a store to start trying on rings, you'll want to have a general idea of the features you want in your ring.

Here are 5 tips that we would recommend you follow so that you can start to narrow down your search:

Tip #1: Decide which metal type & color you like best

The first thing you should determine is type of metal that you'd like to use in your wedding band. Choosing the metal type will be one of the most important decisions you will want to make. Each metal has their own relative pros and cons that you'll want to consider. To see a full list, click here.

The metal you choose will determine the ring's color, strength, and tendency to scratch or blemish. Some popular precious metals that are used in men's wedding bands include:

  • Gold: This can include rose gold, yellow gold, or white gold.
  • Platinum: This is considered to be the strongest metal, and is white in appearance.
  • Tungsten Carbide: This material doesn't scratch or damage easily, but it can not be resized. It's color can range from silver to black.

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Tip #2: Choose your preferred band width

Everyone has a preference for how wide they want their wedding band to be. Try on a few rings to find out what width fits your style best. You'll find that if a band is too wide, it can be heavy on the finger and look intrusive. If it is too thin, the ring can look dainty and underwhelming.

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Tip #3: Do you want the ring to have any extra designs?

The most popular style of men's wedding bands is actually a plain ring with no design at all. incorporating a design you connect with is a great way to stand out and show some off your personal style. Some popular designs include:

  • Stripes: This is a simple design that adds just a little flair to the traditional look.
  • Non-metal inlay: Choose from materials such as wood, carbon fiber, or stone to get a modern two tone look.
  • Two-tone metal: This is a great way to add color to your ring while keeping the classic look of a precious metal wedding band.
  • Pattern: There are tons of patterns out there to choose from. If you have one in mind that you cant find on a ring already, you can work with a jeweler to custom make a ring that incorporates it.

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Tip #4: Decide if you want to add any gemstones or diamonds

Many women choose to have diamonds in their wedding bands, but it's not typically for a men's wedding band to have them as well. Be unique and consider adding some bling to your band! Some men who appreciate diamonds and rare stones will include them in their rings, but not every man wants to have a flashy wedding band. Like everything else, this is a matter of preference and something that you should decide on for yourself.

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Tip #5: Choose what kind of texture or finish you want on the ring

The metal that you choose for your ring will determine its color, but the finish you choose will determine how that metal looks. Do you want the ring to look smooth and polished? Or do you want it to have some texture or a hammered look to it? There are a few different options you have that can transform the look of a wedding band. Some popular finish options include:

  • High polished
  • Brushed
  • Hammered

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Looking for your wedding band? Just stop by any of our five retail locations or make an appointment with a ring specialist, and you'll be on your way to finding the perfect ring to fit your style.

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