After all the effort you put into purchasing an engagement ring, the process of more jewelry shopping may be understandably daunting. Fortunately, you are not necessarily alone when picking out a mens wedding ring. It is customary for your future spouse to purchase it for you as a gift. Unlike choosing an engagement ring, which you probably did behind your future spouse’s back so it could be a surprise, shopping for your wedding ring can be a bonding experience that brings you closer together as a couple. It is a good idea for you to provide input in any case, or you could end up with a ring that is ill-fitting or uncomfortable or just doesn’t suit your style. Here are four important considerations.
1. Mens Wedding Ring Materials
Wedding rings for men are available in a wide range of materials. Yellow gold is the most traditional, but they are also available in titanium, sterling silver, rose gold (an alloy that contains copper), white gold (plated with rhodium), palladium, and platinum. However, you do not need to choose a metal wedding ring at all. Rings can also be made of alternative materials such as antlers or animal bones, wood, or ceramic.
Some men who prefer manual labor or participate in extreme sports wear silicone wedding rings on a daily basis. This is a soft, rubber-like material that can be more comfortable to wear. If it gets snagged on something, it can tear off without harming the finger. Silicone rings are fairly inexpensive and easy to replace. They come in a wide range of colors or styles, with some even mimicking the appearance of metal. You may wear a silicone ring on a daily basis and save your formal ring for special occasions.
The profile refers to the shape of the ring when you view it from the side. Rings that are completely flat are currently popular with younger guys. However, a mens wedding ring can also be domed, so that it presents more of a D-shape. The profile of the ring isn’t just an either/or. Rather, different ring shapes fall along a spectrum so that you can choose one that works for you.
A ring that is too small could damage your circulation, while you could lose it if it is too big. Finger sizing is free at most jewelry stores, or there are tools that allow you to do it online. Variations in body temperature can change the shape of your fingers, so try to achieve a neutral temperature before sizing.
4. Mens Wedding Ring Fit
Fit refers to how the ring conforms to the shape of your finger. Some rings are rounded on the inside to better match the contours of your hands. These are sometimes referred to as “Comfort Fit.” Standard fit rings are flat on the inside, and some men feel that they dig into the skin of the fingers. This can make wearing the ring uncomfortable, especially during the first month or so as you get used to wearing it.
As the wedding approaches, keep reading Rugged Standard for more relationship advice and contact us with any more questions or comments you have about your mens wedding ring or related topics.