6 Things You Need to Know to Select the Ideal Men's Wedding Ring + Our Current Favorite Sources
We. Will. Keep. It. SIMPLE.
Here are the major things you need to know about men's wedding bands:
1. ON MATCHING: Her wedding band needs to match whatever metal the engagement ring is. So if her engagement ring is platinum, her wedding band needs to be platinum, too. If her engagement ring is 18K yellow gold, so should her wedding ring be. Unless you are mixing metal colors, stick to one metal type. However, YOUR ring doesn't need to match hers. So go with what you truly like the look and feel of! Definitely consider all the options: white gold, platinum, palladium, yellow gold, rose gold, matted, hammered, an alternative metal...
2. ON WIDTH: The most standard width for a men's wedding ring is somewhere between 4 - 6 millimeters. If you want a thinner, lighter band, then choose something closer to 4mm. If you want a wider, heftier band, then skew closer to 6mm. The 5mm is dead on "classic". Thinner than 4mm is totally cool, but on the slimmer and more feminine side. And wider than that is also a great look, but it's certainly going to feel heavier and bulkier.
3. ON METAL & STYLE CHOICE: If you decide to go with a white metal, then we strongly
suggest that you consider palladium. It's about the same price as white gold but it has one major upside: it never yellows like white gold eventually will. We can pretty much guarantee that most men will not take their white gold wedding bands in to the jeweler to be serviced every 12 months when the bright white rhodium plating wears off. Most dudes just tend to deal with it. Palladium is a great option for those that want their ring to stay white but aren't willing to do the occasional visit to the jeweler. Read: low effort, high reward.
4. ON ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS: We generally recommend that you do a lot of research on alternative metals if you don't immediately gravitate toward a more classic metal offering. It's really important to be fully educated on the materials you choose. The idea of a lighter weight metal, such as titanium, may be attractive if you aren't used to wearing rings. However, we promise that you can handle the little bit of extra weight. It's your wedding ring, you should feel something. Another popular alt metal choice is the dark tungsten carbide. Some fellas just don't want a ring that seems ultra shiny and this darker look may feel more approachable. Just keep in mind that the high polish of gold and platinum will mellow over time, but the high polish black of tungsten carbide will always remain the same. You might be considering a wood men's ring, too. Beautiful, but consider the longterm affects of your everyday life on this material. Even the woodsiest of fellas tend to regret choosing wood for their wedding ring. You're going to want to keep this ring forever... Speaking of forever, don't be afraid of adding a precious gemstone or two to your ring. They look awesome.
5. ON RING SIZE: Make sure you're sized by a professional, metal men's sizing ring. Don't look for online sizing guides or use paper or plastic implements. They are rarely correct. Go to a jewelry store and have this done professionally. Don't worry, asking for your ring size is like using the Starbuck's restroom without making a purchase at the coffee counter. It's NBD. When you are being sized, ask what mm width the sizing rings are that are being used. Wider rings fit tighter, thinner rings fit looser, and this can affect your ultimate ring size choice. More on ring size here.
6. TRY STUFF ON: Go in to a store and just try on everything: various widths shapes (flat and rounded), metal types, etc.... then price compare and vibe compare to make your final jeweler selection.
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9/5/2018 05:04:46 am
Very helpful information & nice collection of bands.
9/5/2018 12:53:32 pm
Thank you, Andrew!
4/18/2019 04:27:45 pm
I've been looking for a men's wedding band for my brother to buy for his wedding and it might be a good idea to try to match it with his wife's style. I think that he may appreciate a band that is between 4 to 6 millimeters since he likes thin rings. You made me realize that I can look for other options as well such as those that use alternative material so I'll help him look for the perfect band by visiting a jeweler next week.
4/21/2019 11:13:18 am
Thank you for the kind note, Angela! I recommend something in the 4-5mm range if he likes thinner bands ;)
7/26/2019 10:00:35 am
I never knew that a man's wedding ring doesn't need to match a woman's wedding ring. My uncle has been looking for a ring for himself ever since he got engaged and he wasn't sure what he should be looking for. I'll pass this information along to him while he searches for a wedding ring.
7/26/2019 10:19:01 am
Yes, Kate! So glad you found this perspective. Hope it helps your uncle :)
7/28/2019 08:54:28 am
Men's wedding rings should have a beautiful look . At the same time it should have a gesture of manhood
10/4/2019 08:30:27 am
Yay! I'm glad :)
10/17/2022 09:33:05 am
My friend wants to make sure that he gets the right wedding ring for his wife. It makes sense that he might want to get one that matches the band. That seems like a good way to ensure that everything goes well.
12/6/2022 02:31:35 pm
My cousin has been talking to me about what kind of ring to get her finance for their wedding. His favorite color is black, but she isn't sure what kind of metal that will come out to be. I'll be sure to tell her about how a darker tungsten carbide because while it won't be as shiny, but will still be made of metal.
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