When it comes to choosing men’s wedding rings, the options can feel endless. You have to navigate and compare various prices, shapes, widths and materials, and deal with the pressure of finding that one piece of jewellery that you’ll be ideally wearing for life. But no need to worry, as experts in men’s wedding bands, we’ve created this comprehensive guide with everything you need to know about buying a mens wedding ring to smooth out the process of finding the right fit.
How to choose the ring metal
Deciding on a metal or material is probably the most important, yet difficult part of the process of finding the right men’s wedding ring. Majority of rings come from the traditional materials of white gold, rose gold, yellow gold, platinum, palladium or titanium. However, alternative materials like zirconium, wood and mokume-gane are popular choices for those looking for something a bit more original and unique.
Mokume-Gane wedding rings have become extremely popular with our male customers, as they aren’t a traditional wedding band that has been done a thousand times over. Instead, using ancient techniques, they’re hand tailored and forged from start to finish to capture our customers’ story, meaning no two rings are ever the same.
Since you’ll ideally be wearing this ring daily, you might want to consider the durability of the metal in your choice. Modern metals like titanium might be more resilient to scratches and dents than white gold or platinum, but have their own limitations. Other factors worth considering are:
- Your partners material - while there is no need for a couple’s rings to match & each should choose a piece that matches their own unique and personal tastes, many soon-to-be-married couples like their rings to symbolise a pairing, by either sharing some small detail or the same material.
- Ability to resize - over time, the girth of your finger may change and you may desire a slight alteration of your ring size to fit more comfortably. If you are heavily investing in one piece for life, you may want to ensure the material can be easily adjusted for resizing before purchasing. If you would rather find the perfect piece for now and are not fazed about a hypothetical, then your choices are far more varied. These limitations on resizing are particularly relevant to industrial metals like titanium, where the metal is harder than the jewellers tools can work on. For example, if you were in an accident and needed your ring cut off at the hospital, they would not be able to cut through the industrial strength metal!
How to choose the budget for a men’s wedding ring
While women’s engagement and wedding rings often come with some hefty price tags, men’s wedding rings usually offer a larger range of affordability. Precious metals will usually cost more and modern metals will usually cost less, so you can choose a ring to meet any budget.
Custom men’s wedding rings can be pricier, but also offer more flexibility with your budget, as a jeweller will work to bring your ideas to life without exceeding your price limit.
How to choose the right ring width
Once you have chosen the right material for your men’s wedding band, think about how thick you would like the band to be. Are you after a slim (4mm), medium (6mm) or wide (8mm) style? Medium and wide band rings are best suited for larger or longer hands and a slim fit is perfect for shorter and thinner fingers.
But ultimately, the choice is entirely up to you and you should try on a variety of widths to find your ideal look and feel that suits the look you are after.
How to choose the right fit and size for your wedding ring
Once you’ve found your perfect ring metal, confirmed budget and style, you’ll want to make sure your ring fits and is comfortable for wear. You can refer to our guide on measuring your ring size at home to find your perfect fit or if you know the size of one of your existing rings, compare it to a range of international equivalents.
Other important things to note:
- Different metals from different jewellers may not always fit the exact same. It’s important to reconfirm your size with your jeweller before purchasing to ensure you have the right fit for their jewellery.
- Your finger circumference changes throughout the day and also due to temperature. When shopping for rings, make sure to account for these factors when trying rings on to make sure you have comfortable wear all day.
- Wider ring styles are often accompanied by a tighter fit, so be prepared to go up a half size if this is your preferred ring width.
We hope you found this guide helpful in understanding the key factors to consider in choosing the perfect men’s wedding ring and would be delighted to be part of your ring-choosing journey!
At Jason Ree, we are Australia’s leading jewellery experts in men’s mokume-gane wedding rings. Browse our available men’s wedding rings or book a conversation today to discuss customising the perfect ring for you.