I Do: Our complete guide on picking the perfect male wedding ring
7th May 2020
When it comes to picking out the perfect wedding ring, men are often secondary to their fiancés. Considering that they’ll probably be wearing this single piece of jewellery for the rest of their lives, we think an equal consideration should be given to both partner’s rings. If you feel like you need some guidance, take a look at our guide to picking the perfect male wedding ring.
The metal of your ring should be considered from different perspectives, in order to gain a full insight into the metal you would like. You can consider the colour that suits you best – this often comes down to your skin tone and hair colour. Complimenting your partner’s ring is another way of deciding the metal of your own ring. You could also take into account the symbolism behind the metals and see if there is something that speaks to you. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly from a practical perspective, are the properties of each metal. Here’s are breakdown of metal properties:
- Platinum: Extremely durable, amongst the rarest elements on earth and hypoallergenic. Platinum is one of the most expensive metals of choice.
- White gold: Plated in rhodium, it gives off a pure white radiance like platinum and is far cheaper. However, the rhodium will wear off and may need to be replaced after a decade or so of wear.
- Yellow gold: The warm glow and rich colour makes this the classic and most popular choice for wedding rings.
- Palladium: This metal is part of the platinum group of metals, it shares a similar appearance but is a lot cheaper.
- Rose gold: This metal has a unique, vibrant glow which creates a distinctive look which is a great option for the modern man.
The profile of your ring (sometimes referred to as the band) will decide its appearance and the way it fits on your finger. Essentially, the profile are the edges of the ring band which can be shaped in a few different ways. You may know which profile you like purely from the way it looks, but it is good to also try on different profiles to see how they fit. Here are the usual varieties:
- D-shaped: the outer side of the band is very rounded and the inner is flatter. This profile is a close-fitting design, great for men that are active.
- Court: this is the most common profile, where both the inner and outer of the band are slightly rounded. This creates a very comfortable fit.
- Flat: this design has a flat inner and outer band, which creates a more modern look. It can be more or less comfortable depending on your finger shape.
- Flat court: this has the benefit of the modern-look flat outer band and the comfort of a rounded inner band. A nice middle-ground for those that want a flat design.
This involves many things, including the appearance of the band and the inclusion or exclusion of diamonds. This is perhaps one of the more challenging decisions when it comes to selecting a ring. You should consider that your wedding ring is intended to act as a symbol of your love and commitment, so try to reflect that from your own unique perspective. There are many different details that are available for men’s wedding rings, including:
- Plain band: this is the classic choice for most people. There are slight variations to this style which are shaped differently around the edges: some may have grooves, additional ridged detailing or matte elements.
- Diamond: this style incorporates diamonds into the band for a more luxurious look. This can feature a single central stone or multiple stones in different parts of the ring.
- Contemporary: this is the look for the modern man. The designs in this style may feature grooves, intricate detailing or unusual shapes to create a completely unique ring.
The final decision to be made is whether to get engraving. Normally, this involves a short phrase, abbreviation or timestamp on the inside of the ring as a sentiment to your relationship and recognition of the moment. There are number of options people go for such as:
- Yours and your partner’s name
- The date you met and the date you get married
- The initials of you and your partner
- A phrase that is special to you as a couple
Selecting your wedding ring is a very important decision and something you should take time to consider. There are many variations available to you, but don’t let this overwhelm you – we believe that when you see ‘the’ ring, you’ll know. You just need to trust your instincts.