Men’s Weddings Bands: A Brief History
Women’s wedding rings have long been a symbol of eternal love. The Egyptians and the Greeks were thought to have chosen the ‘ring finger’ because they believed it contained a vein leading directly to the heart.
I have no idea if this is true or not. Either way, this legend has influenced many communities throughout history to gift their brides wedding rings.
How did diamonds come into play? The first recorded diamond engagement ring was given by the Archduke of Hammond in 1477. Diamonds were presumably chosen for their beautiful sparkle and hard characteristics. Their virtual indestructibility symbolizes eternal love.
However, it is only recently that men have begun wearing wedding bands.
During WWII, men wore wedding rings to remind them of their wives back home. They were used as a symbol of commitment while overseas. During the next few decades, they became increasingly popular for civilians and are now a staple of modern matrimony.
Pick Your Metal
Men’s wedding rings are like any other piece of wedding jewelry, in that they come in a few flavors.
Here are the common metal types:
- White gold
- Rose gold
- Yellow gold
- Stainless steel
The most common two types are white gold and platinum. Rose gold is making a comeback, though.
Quick tips on metal types:
- White gold is probably the most popular ring for men. But white gold contains nickel. Many people are allergic to nickel. If you are one of them, get a different type of ring.
- Platinum is more expensive. It’s also surprisingly durable and dense, as well as hypoallergenic.
- Yellow gold is what most people think of when they hear ‘gold wedding ring.’ It’s warm and modern.
- Rose gold has been increasing in popularity. It is made with a mix of pure gold and copper, which emits a rosy/champagne hue (check out our men’s rose gold guide for more info).
Pick the Right Ring for your Personality and Lifestyle
Do you have a job or hobby that could potential damage your ring? Spend a lot of time lifting heavy weights or working with tools, then you might want a more durable ring.
The most durable ring types are lower carat golds, platinum, palladium, titanium, and tungsten.
Figure in your personality as well.
If you like the classics, pick a simple gold or silver band. If you’re a bit bolder, try a rose gold ring for men or something with a unique design.
Consider Your Budget
Next, figure in how much you want to pay.
A men’s wedding band will cost anywhere from $100 (titanium) to $2,000 (platinum), with the average price being around $600.
If you’ve got a large budget, platinum is always a great option. If not, I’d avoid platinum because it’s a bit pricier.
Lower carat golds are also less expensive because they have larger percentages of metal alloys in their makeup. 14k yellow, white, or rose gold are good options.
Palladium is also a good lower-cost alternative to white gold and platinum.
Matching Your Ring
Of course, you and your spouse’s rings should go together well.
You don’t necessarily have to match them perfectly or have to buy the men’s version of the bride’s ring. There are a few easy ways to make sure your rings match:
- Buy within the same class of metals. Rose gold rings go together well.
- Consider getting a matching engraving. We do them for free 🙂
- Match size/width of your rings
Here’s a cool engraving we did recently for a customer who fell in love with her fiance in the mountains.
Examples of Men’s Wedding Bands
We’ve got some great examples of men’s wedding rings on our site. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Men’s Seren Band
2. Men’s Simba Band
3. Men’s Dunia Band (one of our more popular rings, this one in rose gold)
Final Thoughts on Men’s Wedding Bands
Choosing a men’s wedding band should be a lot of fun. Once you’ve got your budget decided, really try to pick a ring that complements your personality and relationship.
One of our favorite things to do is create custom rings. We love doing engravings. If you’re interested in a unique ring like this, reach out to us. We can show you some cool things we’ve done before and help you come up with something cool for your own ring.