Which men’s wedding bands are the best?
Blogs and ads still cover women’s engagement rings, but men’s rings are overlooked. The Macy’s Diamond Brushed Ring in 10k Gold features a masculine band set with diamonds and is a star contender. Macy’s offers resizing (if the group can live with it) with the purchase of its protection plan. The protection plan also covers the repairs of any imperfections in the jewellery.
What to know before buying a men’s wedding band
A man’s wedding band is more customizable than you might think; you can choose the metal, the width, the profile and the design. These details not only play an aesthetic role, but require cleaning and renovation over the years.
Most wedding rings are made of platinum, gold, titanium or tungsten.
- Platinum is the most durable option and scratches will not physically damage the surface; it just needs to be re-polished over time. This metal is hypoallergenic.
- Gold is too soft to hold its shape on its own and is often mixed with silver, zinc, palladium, nickel or copper. It usually comes in shades of white, yellow or pink. Gold jewelry is durable and long lasting, but needs to be touched up over the years.
- Titanium is hypoallergenic and can last a lifetime; however, these rings cannot be reshaped or resized.
- Tungsten is very sturdy and scratch resistant. These rings are heavy, can break and cannot be resized.
Wedding rings come in different widths, usually between 5 and 10 millimeters. Smaller widths are subtle while larger ones are bold and heavy. The most popular widths are 7 and 8 millimeters.
Profile and design
Wedding rings have a flat or domed appearance. You have the choice between several finishes:
- Polish is the most common and is shiny and reflective.
- The satin is smooth like polished bands but without shiny reflections.
- Brushed and brushed are satin finishes with more texture.
- Hammered has a bumpy texture with an overlaid satin finish.
- Sanded is coarse and more textured than brushed options.
Maintenance and cleaning
Most wedding rings are easily maintained with water and washing up liquid. You can extend the life of your ring if you remove your bracelet when cleaning your home and using chemicals. Remember to remove your ring when doing manual activities, showering or swimming.
What to Look for in a Quality Men’s Wedding Ring
A quality wedding band is designed to last for decades. Choose a band that matches your preferences, made from real metal and resizable to ensure it retains its value.
Any quality wedding ring is made of an alloy, or a mixture of metals, that is durable and long lasting. Avoid gold rings containing less than 50% gold and platinum rings containing less than 90% platinum.
If you’re interested in sustainable practices, consider rings made from recycled metals. Most are of equal quality and are eco-friendly options.
Since this ring is meant to last for generations, you want an easily resizable ring. Your finger circumference will change as your muscle definition and body weight fluctuate over the decades. So you need a ring that adapts to these changes. Gold and platinum rings are almost always resizable.
A ring does not only need pure materials to be considered valuable. Look for models with detailing and personalization to add sentimental and fiscal value to your purchase.
How to measure your ring size
The easiest way to determine your ring size is to use a sewing tape measure. Wrap the tape around the base of your finger and note the number of millimeters. You can match your number to the equivalent ring size using a chart on a retailer’s website.
If you don’t have a measuring tape, use a piece of string or fabric and wrap it around the base of your finger. Mark the fabric where it meets by wrapping it around your finger and measure the length with a ruler.
How much you can expect to spend on a men’s wedding band
Budget rings cost as little as $68, but diamond ring prices can run into the thousands.
Men’s wedding ring FAQ
What is the difference between a wedding band and an engagement ring?
A. An engagement ring is used to propose future marriage to another person while a wedding band, or ring, is traditionally exchanged during vows in a wedding ceremony.
Who should pay for a man’s wedding ring?
A. Traditionally, this ring is purchased by the groom or his family; however, it is not uncommon for people to purchase their own rings.
What are the best wedding rings for men to buy?
Premium wedding ring for men
Brushed diamond band for men in 10 carat gold
What do you want to know: This is a classic yellow gold wedding band with round diamonds.
What you will love: The ring is textured and set with an arrangement of small diamonds.
What you should consider: Custom sizing is not available for this item.
Or buy: Sold by Macy’s
Best men’s wedding band for the money
Macy’s wedding band in 14 carat gold 4 mm
What do you want to know: This wedding band is a classic design available in three colors.
What you will love: You can customize the size of this ring and it is available in yellow, white and rose gold. The bracelet is thin and comfortable for daily use.
What you should consider: The design is very basic.
Or buy: Sold by Macy’s
Worth checking out
Boston Bay Diamonds Men’s Titanium Center Wedding Band
What do you want to know: This silver ring has a brushed center band and is designed for comfort.
What you will love: This titanium ring has a sturdy yet polished design that resists tarnishing. It complements other jewelry or can be worn alone.
What you should consider: This ring cannot be resized.
Or buy: Sold by Amazon and Kohl’s
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