The practice of men wearing wedding rings is a relatively new phenomenon. Pre-1940 only 15% of Grooms would receive and wear a ring from their Bride, but when World War II broke out, the figure rose to 60%. War separates couples, and as the wedding ring symbolises marriage it helps to remind us of loved ones; the male wedding band quickly established itself as a gesture of love and affection that has continued on to the modern era. Nowadays virtually every Groom will receive a ring, with 80-90% of men going on to wear them on a regular basis.
For married men, the main jewellery they normally wear is the wedding ring and generally, it is of a simple design. Although in some cases, both the wife’s and the husband’s wedding rings are designed and styled in the same manner. But rings mostly differ in terms of width and thickness, where the man’s wedding ring is generally wider and thicker.
In choosing a man’s wedding ring, it is important to consider how comfortable the ring will be. Comfort is governed by choosing the right finger size, profile and in particular the width. Width is important not only for comfort but how it will look when worn. A very narrow wedding ring doesn’t always suit the bigger fingers of most men. However, some men may not like very wide rings, so the width choice of the ring should be chosen carefully such that it suits taste as well as being comfortable. In addition, the finger structure should also be considered in choosing the width of the ring. Thick rings compliment long and slender fingers while a thin ring goes well with short and thicker fingers.
As with women’s wedding rings, a man’s wedding ring comes in a number of metal choices. In some cases, budget dictates the types of metal to choose but typically men’s rings are plain gold. White and yellow gold wedding rings for men come as 9-carat and 18-carat, ideally, 9-carat gold is a better choice compared to the 18-carat gold if the wearer prefers a stronger and harder ring. Although, higher carat gold rings are more attractive and have a brighter colour than lower carat gold rings.
Other metal options for men’s wedding rings are Platinum, Palladium, Titanium and Tungsten. Platinum is more expensive than the gold but is much stronger. In addition, platinum wedding rings are also ideal for men with sensitive skin since this metal is hypoallergenic. The other alternatives, Palladium, Titanium and Tungsten are again stronger than gold and a much lower price tag. If the budget is really tight, then these alternatives might be a good compromise. A silver wedding ring is also another option but rings made from this metal are likely to be damaged and will scratch easily.
So, after making the decision on the ring size, ring width, the metal to use and so on, the next step is to decide on the design of the ring. Typically men’s wedding ring designs are simple and plain. However, some men do like glamour and that’s where diamond set wedding rings suit best. That said diamonds aren’t the only choice – coloured gems such as sapphires, rubies, emeralds and many others could be used.
At The Wedding Ring Company, we believe in helping you to the best of our abilities. We believe we have a range of stock to suit most people but we realise we can’t cater for everyone’s taste. However, we are not constrained by our main stock range, if you see something on our site that’s almost right then contact us and let us know what you would like and we’ll change it for you. Conversely, if you don’t see anything you like but have an idea in mind then talk to us – if it’s practical we’ll make it for you, the cost is not necessarily prohibitive.