Many men prefer to wear one kind of ring and that’s their wedding band. Some will prefer to wear decorative rings or a devoted ring, but very few will wear rings that are too feminine or too flashy. However, it all comes down to the design of the ring. Here’s a look at the metals most used in men’s wedding rings.
Gold is like the go-to metal for jewellery, but today it’s just one of a number of options. Before you decide on a wedding ring, know that gold comes in three colours: yellow, white, and rose:
- Yellow gold is blended with copper for extra strength.
- Rose gold is missed with copper for its red tinge.
- White gold is alloyed with nickel or manganese for its silver tone.
Ringleaders offer a wide variety of men’s wedding rings in Brisbane so check their wedding rings out. But first, let’s look at the pros and cons of the three kinds of gold.
Yellow gold is a traditional and natural colour that requires very little maintenance. It is also malleable which means it is easy for most jewellers to work with. However, yellow gold usually needs to be buffed and polished on a regular basis to keep it shiny and looking like new. It can also be easily dented and scratched compared to some of the more modern metals.
Rose gold tends to be more durable than either yellow gold or white gold, and it is more affordable. It has a beautiful vintage look and does not require rhodium plating, it also complements almost all kinds of skin tones. On the down side, since rose gold is copper, it is not hypoallergenic.
White gold is one of the more affordable options compared to a metal such as platinum. It is also more scratch resistant than yellow gold and works well with rosy and fair skins. However, white gold has to be re-plated every now and then so as to retain its colour. It doesn’t usually work well with darker skin tones.
Titanium is a lightweight metal, which is great for men who don’t like chunky rings. It comes in black, gold, and copper, and it can be treated to achieve a type of rainbow patina. This metal does not scratch easily and it is resistant to water and salt-based corrosion.
Platinum is more valuable than gold, and it can easily be confused with silver from a distance. But, you can have the ring polished either to a high sheen or keep it natural with a smooth finish. Many men like platinum wedding rings for their aesthetics, but it’s also more durable than gold and when it scratches, it develops a smooth look.
If you want something stunning but don’t have the budget for platinum, go for palladium. It’s similar to platinum but a little lighter.
If your guy wants a chunky, heavier ring, go for tungsten. It is denser than titanium, and is a hardy metal with a silvery undertone. Tungsten is almost completely scratch resistant and doesn’t need much maintenance.
Those are the most popular metals used in men’s wedding rings. If you’re planning to get married soon, start shopping for wedding rings.