When it comes to wedding jewelry, whether an engagement ring or a wedding band, it isn’t all about the woman. While men’s engagement rings haven’t yet quite caught on, and probably never will, men’s wedding bands are just as important as the woman’s rings. Men’s wedding bands are generally far less expensive than woman’s wedding bands since they are usually simpler and contain fewer precious stones, if any at all. However, there are no specific guidelines as to what makes a wedding band either a men’s or women’s wedding band.
A Band to Fit the Man
Men’s wedding bands come in a number of sizes from 3mm on up to 10mm and more. The size listed is the distance from one side of the band to the other, or more simply, the width of the band. The size you choose has quite a bit to do with your own personal style or preference. Smaller framed men may prefer thinner wedding bands from 3-7mm while larger framed men with larger hands may prefer a 7-10mm band. Of course, this is not a rule, but a guideline that can be broken. There are most definitely smaller men who want larger bands and larger men who want smaller bands. Accessories like watches should also be taken into consideration. A yellow gold wedding band really “pops” when placed on a hand or wrist that features a watch that is also yellow gold.
Metals and Wedding Bands
Men’s wedding bands are made from a variety of metals, from the most expensive, platinum, to yellow and white gold on down to palladium, silver, tungsten and titanium. Titanium is a popular choice because it is inexpensive, strong, and is very shiny, and is also very light. Platinum, however, is expensive and one of the heaviest metals. Weight is usually not an issue for 3mm wedding bands, but on 10mm styles, the difference between a gold band and a titanium band is most certainly noticeable, especially if your man is not used to wearing a ring.
Patterns and Precious Stones
More and more frequently, precious stones are appearing on men’s wedding bands. Men, however, usually choose pieces with smaller stones rather than larger stones that appear on women’s bands and wedding sets. The smaller diamonds found on pieces popular with men are usually used as a design element to showcase a certain pattern in the ring. A popular choice is a ring with 5-7 diamonds placed in the center of the ring, all around the band. This helps add some flair to duller and darker wedding bands.
Picking a Pattern
Men have almost as much variety as women when choosing a wedding band. These patterns include weaving, mixed metal, and lined designs. Woven wedding bands look like gold strings that are woven then flattened to make a lighter, but more intricate wedding piece. Mixed metal bands are also very popular, with one metal on either sides of another, creating two shades of dark and light. Yellow gold and titanium rings are particularly beautiful because they mix the raw elements of the darkened silver look of titanium with incredibly shiny and bright 24k gold.
Lined designs can include mixed metal designs. These include rings that have one or more crevices running around the wedding band to add some depth to an otherwise boring wedding band.