words Alexa Wang
Tradition dictates that the man has to make the proposal and provide the rings, in a more or less romantic grand gesture. However, the new generations are not that big on traditions, which means any of the two partners can provide the rings. Also, there’s no need for the romantic grand gesture (unless you really want it), so both partners can decide on the type of rings or whether they want one.
If you do choose to go with the rings, you’ll find that most designs are geared towards women. Most jewelry brands put a lot of care and attention into designing the perfect, delicate rings that will fit a princess bride’s fingers. This is truly great, but it also makes you wonder – what about the men?
Well, when looking for a wedding ring for a man, you’ll soon learn there are several standard options you can go with. Also, in terms of design, you can have the classic wedding band or you can ask for a custom-made ring that will fit your preferences.
While there isn’t as much diversity as it is for women, it still can be confusing for men to choose something that suits their needs. This is why it’s best to do a bit of research and learn about the various materials available and their strengths and weakness. Once you have this information, it will be easier to choose something that fits your personality.
Moving forward, we will walk you through the most common materials and what they symbolize.
If you are the kind of guy who enjoys outdoor adventures, likes to hunt, and has a blast when it comes to building a fire, you may like a wedding ring that symbolizes your wild, rugged nature. These antler wedding rings are specially designed for men who like to carve their own path and don’t bend to tradition that easily.
If you want a material that’s “tough as nails” that won’t scratch even if you put it through the chipper, look for a tungsten or titanium ring. Both these metals are durable and scratch-resistant, which is why they make for great men’s jewelry items.
Tungsten never tarnishes, which is why it’s perfect for men who work with their hands a lot. Plus, you’ll often find tungsten rings with creative inlays and carvings such as wood or opal. This is why so many working men go for this material as their number one choice.
On the other hand, titanium is also a durable material, but it is lightweight and fits great on an active man’s finger. The silver-white metallic color of the material makes it look elegant, but you can also look for one in black, which is great for guys who want something to set themselves apart from the crowd.
Millennials may have different views on marriage, but they also like to be stylish and fashionable. If this is the case, then you can never go wrong with classic gold or platinum as your wedding ring material.
You can choose from rose gold, white gold, or yellow gold and it’s best to go with an 18-karat material due to its gold to a sturdy material ratio (learn more about it here). Overall, the color of the material can help you pick a band that fits your overall style, but many men prefer the white or yellow options.
If you go for a platinum ring, you should be prepared to open up your wallet since it’s one of the rarest metals in the industry. It’s also one of the most durable metals in the world so you don’t have to worry about scratches too much. Yet, we wouldn’t recommend wearing it while doing woodwork or anything of that nature.
While they are a bit late to the party, the wedding jewelry industry is quickly adapting to the new trends. This means that both men and women have a wide range of options when it comes to their wedding rings. So choose wisely!