Men’s wedding bands: More than silver and gold

12/10/2012 6:42 AM

12/10/2012 6:43 AM

You’ve probably seen quite a few ads for jewelers as the holiday shopping season kicks off. That’s because many couples get engaged this time of year.

If you’re currently shopping for an engagement ring, it’s a good time to start thinking about your own wedding bands. Provided she says yes, that is.

That’s because a wedding ring reflects the wearer’s personal style, be it the bride or the groom. A man’s wedding band should feel special, not “off the rack.” If you’re close to taking the marital leap, here are some wedding band options:

Traditional

A traditional, plain wedding band will never go out of style. These bands are available in all kinds of metals and can easily be matched to the bride’s own engagement and wedding ring. Simple, in this case, isn’t dull — it’s simply a classic.

Jeweled

For a man who wants to dazzle, a jeweled ring may be the right way to go. A groom’s band featuring a diamond of its own keeps the look classy but shows great attention to detail.

Two-tone

Another stylish option is a ring composed of more than one metal. Two-tone wedding bands may appeal to the man who already wears some jewelry. Whether you sport cuff links, a watch, bracelet or neck chain in gold or silver, a two-tone band will match it all. Silver and gold together are a popular combination, while some opt for the same metal in different finishes. One polished metal against a frosted metal, for instance, can provide a distinct look for your band.

Engraving

Another way to make your ring feel uniquely you is to engrave it. Some men choose to engrave their wedding date, a favorite bible verse, or a phrase that holds special meaning to him and his new wife.

Less-than-precious metals

Remember the old adage about a woman’s engagement ring costing three months of your hard-earned salary? Don’t feel obligated to spend that on your own “till death do you part” hardware. Stainless steel is a popular alternative to more precious metals and is notoriously difficult to tarnish. Zirconium is another inexpensive and hardwearing metal for a wedding ring, as is titanium.

Colorful rings

For the most adventurous betrothed man, why not go for a wedding ring with a little color? Zirconium is also available in black and can be created in both polished and matte finishes.

Whatever you choose to do, you will be wearing your ring for a long time, so explore your options now.

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