Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Choosing a men's wedding ring is a significant decision as it is something you will wear every day for the rest of your life. With so many options available, it can be challenging to pick the perfect one. In this blog post, I will discuss the seven most important things to consider when choosing your wedding ring.
1) Metal Type: The first thing to consider is the metal type. Some of the popular options include gold, platinum, and palladium. There's also the contemporary metals such as titanium and tungsten. Each metal type has its unique characteristics and price point.
Gold is a classic option, while platinum is durable and silver is affordable. Titanium and other contemporary metals are popular choices for their durability and affordability but they are often mass produced overseas and cannot be resized at all. I don't personally work with contemporary metals but there are plenty of great artisans who do and who can advise on their characteristics.
2) Size: Getting the finger size right can be a challenging task, especially if someone is not accustomed to wearing a ring. Often, the ring may need to be readjusted shortly after receiving it, once the wearer has become accustomed to the sensation. Additionally, most people experience slight fluctuations in finger size throughout the day and between seasons with varying temperatures. To avoid a ring that is too loose, a helpful rule of thumb is to check if it falls off when you shake your hand.
3) Style: wedding rings come in various styles. The shape of the band is referred to as the profile. If you were to slice through the band and examine the cross section of the metal, that would be the profile shape. There are two main profiles: Half Round and Flat. There are distinct visual differences between the primary profiles, and most people will generally have a preference for one or the other.
Thickness of the band should also be considered. If you have a preference for band thickness, it can be taken into account with the profile shape. I don't recommend anything thinner than 1.2mm, anything thinner and you may see it distort over time.
4) Comfort: Comfort is a critical factor when buying a wedding ring. You'll be wearing it every day, so it's important to choose a ring that will feel comfortable on your finger. Comfort fit bands are curved on the inside, providing a comfortable fit for extended wear. This can range from a slight to extreme inner curve. Don't go for something highly textured or big and chunky with high set stones if you are not used to wearing rings.
5) Maintenance: Different metals require different levels of maintenance. For example, if you like the look of oxidized/blackened silver then you need to know that you'll be re-dipping your piece every few weeks to keep the oxidized look. Depending on your chosen finish it is important to understand it is a surface finish only and over time a matte finish will polish up a little and a bright polish will dull, simply due to the characteristics of daily wearing.
6) Budget: Wedding rings come at different price points. It's essential to have a budget in mind before making a purchase. Gold and platinum rings will be more expensive than contemporary metals or silver. Set a budget that works for you, and then choose a ring that fits within that budget. Thickness, width and design will play a role. Heavier and thicker bands will cost more than lightweight pieces.
7) Personalization: Lastly, consider personalizing your wedding ring. You can have your ring set with stones or finished with texture. Even "plain" rings can have a unique touch added to them by going for an unconventional width, profile or textural finish.
In conclusion, choosing a wedding ring can be an overwhelming task. But with the right information and guidance, you can find the perfect ring for your special day. Remember to consider all of the above when shopping around or undergoing the custom process. These factors will help you make an informed decision and choose a ring that you'll cherish for a lifetime.