One of the to do items on your list is picking out your future husband’s wedding band. Whether you choose to surprise him with it, or go shopping with him to pick one out, here are a few things that you will need to consider before selecting a ring.
1) Is there a specific type of metal that he gravitates to?
2) Does he want diamonds or a design/inscription on any part of the band?
3) Where does he work? Does he have to keep up appearances in his work life?
4) Does his work require hard labor with his hands that may affect the look of his band or if he is able to wear it?
5) Does he work out and will a metal band bother him?
6) Does he prefer a scratch resistant band over a precious metal?
Common Types of Men’s Wedding Bands
Rare precious metal, very durable, heavyweight, medium level of scratch resistance, naturally white, will not oxidize or decay over time, and is re-sizable.
Lightweight metal that is part of the platinum family but with a lower price tag. High level of scratch resistance, naturally white like platinum, and is re-sizable.
Affordable precious metal, bendable with long-term wear but will not break, medium weight metal, low-level of scratch resistance, available in yellow, white, or rose gold color varieties, and is re-sizable.
Affordable precious metal, soft, flexible, heavy weight, low-level of scratch resistance, silver in color, may tarnish over time and require rhodium treatment to restore its luster, and is re-sizable.
Alternative metal that is very durable, lightweight, low-level of scratch resistance, comes in gray and black, is not re-sizable.
Very popular alternative metal, heavyweight, very high level of scratch resistance, white, gray, or black color varieties, and is not re-sizable. Note that it is not very flexible and a blow to the ring can break it.
Alternative metal with the appearance of white gold, very durable, medium weight, medium level of scratch resistance, white color variety, not re-sizable.
Bright, alternative metal, very durable, medium weight, low-level of scratch resistance, white/silvery coloring, not re-sizable.
What if your future hubby wants a certain type of ring… perhaps one made of precious metal and is concerned about it scratching? What if he is considering an alternative metal, but is concerned about it breaking? Another option you may consider, is purchasing a silicone ring in addition to a more traditional one for him to wear when he goes to gym, or tackles an item on your ‘honey-do’ list!
One final recommendation is to give yourselves plenty of time to shop around before the wedding day. Do not leave this until the last-minute. The jewelry shop you visit may have to order one for you ahead of time, as jewelry stores do not always carry an abundance of men’s wedding bands in stock. This is more common for men’s wedding bands made from an alternative metal or that require half sizes. Start looking for bands at least 3 months before your wedding day in case you need to allow for extra time. If this is the case and you do not have enough time, you may be able to borrow one from the jewelry store and exchange it for the one that you ordered after it comes in.
Talk to your jeweler in more detail about your options and needs before purchasing a ring. It is a big investment and perhaps your most sentimental piece of jewelry you will ever own.
– Photo credit in order listed –
Engagement Photo via How He Asked | Platinum Ring via Tungsten Rings Online | Palladium Ring via The Ring by Gold Gals | Gold Ring via Blue Nile| Silver Ring via Jewelry Vortex | Titanium Ring via Its Hot | Tungsten Ring via Etsy | Cobalt Chrome Ring via Donna Jewelry Co | Stainless Steel Ring via Spexton |