A Groom’s Fuss-Free Guide to Wedding Bands

So the great ring search is over now that she’s said ‘yes’? Nope! It’s time to shop for your wedding bands. This ring, gentlemen, will be the most important piece of jewelry. It symbolizes your promise to love and cherish your wife for the rest of your lives. Sounds stressful, ya? Not really. You need to focus on your main objective – finding a pair of rings that reflects your individual preferences. Start your search by thinking about the following 7 factors so you’ll find ring that suits your needs.

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1. Lifestyle

Before you start thinking about your lifestyle, you need to answer one simple question – will you be having ring on or taking it off most of the time? This is only important for those who plan to wear their rings all the time. Those of you planning to keep their rings at home aren’t affected, because you are not exposing your ring to daily wear and tear. Yes, this constant wear and tear is the thing you have to worry about. Every day, you are exposing your ring to rough surfaces and chemicals, which will wear down the beautiful etchings and loosen the embedded stones; hence those, who participate in outdoors activities regularly or work with their hands and various machinery, are much better off selecting a simpler and sturdier metal band. Fanciful rings with multiple stones are only suitable for the more sedentary wearer.

2. Design

People keep worrying about expressing their personality and style through their ring, but everything just boils down to what catches your eye and looks good on your hand. Identifying your ring style is not that stressful; in fact, everything can be done from the comfort of your own home. Just start by searching for online jewelers and browsing through their collection. Save the pictures of the rings you fancy then compare them to see whether they have any common elements, for example choice of metals for the base, the type of etchings and colours of the gemstones used.  Sites like Pinterest are also great sources for such pictorial information. Finally, before deciding on your final design, always try to imagine whether you’ll still want to wear your ring in 20 years time! This is the only practical advice we have for this section.

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3. Matching Designs

Getting a set of couple rings is nice, but seriously, your wedding bands don’t have to match. You have your style and she has hers. Like we mentioned before, the wedding band is an accessory both of you would want to wear for the rest of your married life, so it needs to be something both of you don’t mind being wearing. Picking two rings that look like a pair isn’t that hard. You can choose two rings similar patterns, similar gems or perhaps similar types of metal. Of course, there is a much easier way! You pick your rings first then have your names engraved. No one will ever doubt that these are your wedding bands once they read the inscriptions.

4. Choice of Metal

Gold is still one of the most popular choices for wedding rings. The tricky thing about buying a gold ring is that pure gold tends to be very soft. Thus, it is usually alloyed with metals such as copper and silver (yellow gold and rose gold) or nickel and palladium (white gold) to strengthen it. That’s why 24 karat (99.95% gold) rings tends to be much softer than 18 karat (75.0% to 79.96% gold) rings. You ought to pick either a 14 karat or 18 karat ring, if you want something sturdier. Platinum is another lovely, albeit more expensive, choice for a silvery white base. This metal is highly prized because its colour is said to make diamonds sparkle. However, while this metal is a hardier than gold, it isn’t scratch-proof. Rings made from platinum often develop unique scratch-like pattern called platina.

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5. Gemstones

Many male wedding bands tend to be unadorned, but there is no rule stating you can’t add stones to complement those in your wife-to-be’s band. Generally speaking though, a wedding band is plainer, because most people, especially your girl, will continue wearing their engagement ring even after you are married. So, the few gemstones incorporated into your wedding rings tend to be much smaller, so that they will not overwhelm the central stone adorning the engagement ring – again referring mostly to your fiancée’s engagement ring. While you may opt to have the stones set in a similar style to her engagement ring, it is much better to have these stones embedded into the band itself. This reduces the chances of you knocking them off as you go about your daily activities. Popular gems for wedding band designs includes the diamond or your birthstones.

6. Ring Size

The most obvious way to ensure your ring is comfortable is to make sure it is fitted. That’s right! You need to have your ring finger measured. Most of the time the jewelers will size it in such a way that there is room for your finger to expand as your body temperature rises on hotter days yet it won’t fall off when your body temperature dips on colder days. Bearing this in mind, you ought to have your finger measured when your body temperature is normal with as little water retention as possible. Doing this helps you avoid sending your ring back for resizing, particularly when you are ordering a tungsten or titanium ring. Few jewelers have the tools to resize these metals, so you may land up having to buy a new ring altogether.

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7. Overall Comfort

The first thing you ought to do is to check your ring for rounded edges at the top and bottom (soft-fit ring) or one that has a curved inner surface (comfort-fit ring). Between the two the domed inner surface comfort-fit is considered much more comfortable, because it keeps the metal will not be pressing into your skin. This curved interior also makes it easier to slide the ring over your knuckle. Speaking of cutting into the skin, you may also want to run a finger over the outer surface of the band, because the straight edges of the etching may chaff the skin of your middle finger and pinkie. Finally, after slipping on the ring, check the width compared to distance between your two knuckles. Sometimes a thinner ring, about a 1/3 of the distance knuckle to knuckle, is more comfortable to wear compared to a thicker ring.

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Once you’ve considered each of the 7 factors listed above, you will have a better idea about the type of ring that would suit you and your lifestyle. As you can see, it isn’t always about being trendy, but being comfortable once you have slipped the ring on. If it’s uncomfortable, you will keep taking off and leaving it around, which may result in you losing your wedding band.

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