The wedding ring is, perhaps, the most significant and most memorable symbol for a married couple.
And for a man, your wedding ring is probably the only jewelry you are going to wear most days, if not for the rest of your life. Because of its importance, it is good to be reminded of the few things that need to be carefully considered when choosing your wedding ring.PriceAs there are other things to spend on in a very special occasion, such as a wedding, it is important to always work on a budget when choosing the elements of the celebration (e.g. wedding ring, gown, souvenirs).
You may set a certain fraction, say 3% of the overall wedding budget, to be spent on your wedding ring. However, this should not limit you if you want to splurge a little or to invest in your wedding ring. If you are looking for embellishments such as engraving or diamonds, the cost can add up quickly, so you need to factor in any extras that you may want.MaterialIn Western nations, wedding rings are often forged of rose, white, or yellow gold; palladium, platinum, argentium silver, or, more recently, silicone.
The perpetuity of noble metals symbolizes the permanence of the marriage.Silver – Silver is less expensive compared to other metals. However, it may not be very durable and silver tends to be easily tarnished, so if the ring is likely to take some abuse it’s best to look for something stronger.
Gold – Lower karat gold is more durable than higher karat gold, while high karat gold is more resistant to corrosion. For a groom’s ring, 14-karat gold is usually recommended.Platinum – Platinum’s rarity as a metal makes it fairly expensive, but it is durable and unique, as it neither tarnishes nor wears out (unlike silver and gold). Platinum wedding rings also tend to be rather heavy, and some men can find them uncomfortable.
Titanium – Titanium is extremely durable. It is also lighter than gold or platinum and it is 100% hypoallergenic. Titanium is a good choice for a groom’s ring for it is lustrous, lightweight and understated.Tungsten – Tungsten is becoming increasingly popular for groom’s rings. It is lightweight, durable, and affordable. However, it is important to choose a tungsten carbide alloy for the ring to be extremely abrasion resistant. Tungsten carbide can also hold a longer burnished finish.
Style/DesignIt would be great if the style of your wedding ring would match your personality.Some men put engravings on the inside of the ring to add a personal touch. It could be the name of one’s spouse, the names of both spouses, the date of the wedding, and/or a phrase of significance to the spouses.SizeProfessional sizing is a must. Even if you think you know your ring size, it is always a good idea to have it confirmed. Most jewelers will size rings for free, so there is no reason for you to skip this step.QualityIn order to make sure that you are buying a quality product, you should look out for the quality mark.
For example, in gold jewelries, the quality and purity is measure by karat.You should also consider the trademark of the manufacturer. This will tell you that the ring has the backing of a legitimate manufacturer.
LifestyleThe ring you choose should fit well into your life since you will be wearing it every day. One of the major considerations is whether or not you play an instrument or sports. If so, a ring that has rounded edges will do better because it offers a comfortable fit. You should consider hard metal rings if you are working with your hands daily and be sure to keep away from gemstones. People who are very active should consider platinum rings because they tend to be more durable.PlusContrasting rings – If you and your bride-to-be do not agree on the same kind of rings, there is nothing wrong with mixing it up. This may be contrary to popular opinion, but the style and metal do not necessarily have to match.
It is best to figure out what you each like and then add something to tie them together. You should be comfortable with the wedding rings and they should reflect your style.