When choosing a men’s wedding band, it’s important to consider one’s day-to-day activities in addition to aesthetic and style preferences, as different materials can suit different budgets and lifestyles. Here is a look at some of the most popular materials currently on the men’s wedding band market and their respective benefits and suitability’s.

Gold

The traditional choice for men’s wedding bands, gold nowadays is available in a variety of hues – from the classic yellow and white gold’s to more offbeat shades like rose, green, pink or black. On the downside, gold is naturally softer than other popular options on the market and more likely to exhibit signs of wear, making it a less-than-ideal choice for men who work a lot with their hands. The higher the karat grade of gold, the softer it gets – for example, 18k gold is softer than 14k gold.

Bottom line: Gold is a handsome and traditional choice for those who might like more vivid color options and can take care with their men’s wedding band.

Platinum

Often considered to be the most precious metal used for jewelry, during the time of Louis XV platinum was so rare that he declared it the sole metal fit for a king. A versatile and beautiful white metal, platinum is harder and more durable than gold. Generally fine platinum men’s wedding bands are 90% or 95% pure platinum (alloyed with agents like ruthenium), and denoted by trade names 900 platinum or 950 platinum. Platinum can be prone to small surface scratches, although these can often transition to an inoffensive satin-like patina. The biggest deterrent to purchasing a platinum men’s wedding band is usually the price.

Bottom line: Platinum is an exclusive and generally expensive choice for those seeking a luxurious metal for their men’s wedding band.

Men Wedding Band

Men Wedding Band

Silver

Silver offers a more affordable alternative for those who like the white metal appearance of platinum or white gold but lack the budget for either. Unfortunately, sterling silver does not wear as well as its higher end counterparts – it is softer than both gold and platinum and has a tendency to oxidize (or blacken). However, sterling alloys like Argentium silver are gaining a foothold in the men’s wedding band market by integrating elements like germanium to assist in tarnish-resistance and durability.

Bottom line: Silver is a more budget-friendly white metal choice, though one that may not wear as well as more precious metals like gold and platinum. For men’s wedding bands, more advanced sterling alloys like Argentium silver wedding band are advisable.

Men Wedding Band

Men Wedding Band

Titanium

Hypoallergenic titanium is primarily known for its extreme lightness, durability, bio-compatibility and signature gunmetal gray hue. Different grades of titanium most commonly used in men’s wedding bands include commercial pure titanium, extra-hard titanium and aircraft grade titanium. Each has its own unique properties and may be used based on the particular style of your men’s wedding band, if it has gemstones or if it is tension set. Traditionalists may find titanium’s natural gunmetal hue to be lacking, but it is possible to achieve different colors using oxidization techniques, including more classic gold’s or silvers. Due to the strength of the material, titanium men’s wedding bands generally cannot be resized.

Bottom line: Titanium is ideal for those who seek a lightweight, durable ring with a more industrial look and who do not foresee needing their men’s wedding band resized. Titanium is also ideal for those who have sensitive skin or who work in a sterile environment.

Men Wedding Band

Men Wedding Band

Tungsten

Scratch-resistant and weighty, tungsten is stronger than nearly any other material used in jewelry making – save diamonds. Tungsten has a slightly lighter gunmetal gray color than titanium, although in recent years white tungsten similar in appearance to white gold or platinum has entered the market, much to the delight of more classically minded tungsten wearers. On the negative side, tungsten is not resizable and due to its brittleness can be likely to crack if dropped on a hard surface.

Bottom line: Tungsten wedding band is an excellent choice for those who value extreme strength and durability, but not for those who might be liable to dropping their men’s wedding band on a regular basis.

Author Name/Pen Name: Tanya Zilinskas Naouri

Author Bio: We think Platinum wedding band is the right choice for men’s wedding band.

 


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