During all the excitement of the engagement, it can be easy to forget that the men get to wear a stunning wedding band too!
That said, some men won’t have spent too much time looking at options for their rings, but this is every bit as important a decision as the engagement ring. A man’s wedding band will be worn for the rest of his life, so he should love the style and the look, and the ring should be prepared to last the test of time.
Here’s a quick rundown of the main options for men!
Yellow gold wedding bands
Yellow gold is what you would usually just refer to as gold. It has that gorgeous rich colour, and is the more traditional choice.
It’s important to note that yellow gold is now 100 per cent gold. Gold is quite a soft metal, so doesn’t make for durable rings by itself. Instead, jewellers use alloy materials such as silver, zinc, and copper to strengthen the piece and make it last forever.
The choice of yellow gold often simply comes down to personal preference, as some men will naturally suit the hue with their skin tone, while others may prefer something different.
White gold wedding bands
White gold wedding bands look like a classic silver colour, but are more durable than your usual silver metals such as sterling.
Just like yellow gold, 14k white gold is general 58 per cent actual gold, while 18k white gold is roughly 75 per cent gold. The remainder is made up of alloys such as silver, palladium, and zinc to give the jewellery its silver colour, and to make it strong and durable. Each white gold ring is finished with rhodium plating for extra silver shine, and this can wear down over time so it will need occasional replating to maintain its sparkle.
Again, the white gold option tends to come down to personal preference, and sometimes it’s simply to match the bride-to-be’s engagement ring. This option is increasingly popular and looks great with all skin tones.
Platinum offers another option for men wanting to wear a silver-coloured wedding band. This metal is heavier and denser than gold, and will never rust, tarnish, or change colour with time.
Platinum is actually rarer than gold and takes more expertise and time to create, so will cost more to purchase. In return, you get a ring that is 90 to 95 per cent pure platinum.
These rings can scratch up, however, so they will likely need more regular polishing than other options.
Tungsten wedding bands
Tungsten is a fun new option for men’s wedding bands. It is as much as four times harder than titanium, and comes in a dark charcoal tone that offers something non-traditional and undeniably masculine.
Tungsten needs very little maintenance due to its strength and durability.
Keep in mind that many men’s bands offer mixed metal options for contemporary and unique styles!
Custom Made Wedding Band
Finally, remember that you can always opt for something completely unique and work with our jewellers for a custom-designed band that best suits you and your relationship.