A jewellery expert's top tips for choosing a men's wedding ring
A jewellery expert's top tips for choosing a men's wedding ringPublished: 15 October 2020
There are endless options when it comes to wedding rings for men, so it can be tricky to know where to start — especially if you've never really worn jewellery before. And, as it's a piece you're likely to wear every day for the rest of your life, there's a lot of pressure to make the right decision. If you'd like to symbolise your marriage by wearing a wedding ring, make sure to take these tips on board before you start shopping.
Set A Budget If you haven't already included the ring in your wedding budget, now is the time to decide how much you can afford and would like to spend. Deciding before you go shopping will give you a good starting point to work from and reduce the risk of you falling in love with something that's out of your price range. You can save money on a wedding ring by buying pre-owned and opting for a simple design in a less expensive metal, such as 9-carat gold. If you wanted diamonds or other precious gemstones, you could always opt for inexpensive alternatives like cubic zirconia or quartz.
Consider Practicality Choosing the right men's wedding ring isn't just about finding something that fits your budget and looks great: you'll also need to consider how well it suits your lifestyle. One of the most important things to consider is durability. If your ring is likely to be exposed to lots of bumps and scrapes, it might be worth investing in a strong and scratch-resistant metal like platinum and avoiding prominent gemstone settings, which are more prone to coming loose. You'll also need to think about profile. Certain rings are shaped in such a way that they're more likely to catch, which can be problematic if you work with your hands. The profile of the ring will also affect comfort. Lastly, think about whether you want or need a hypoallergenic ring. Some people are allergic to certain metals, with nickel being one of the most common culprits of skin irritation. Look To Celebrities For Inspiration As with all things fashion and style, you might want to consider looking to the world of celebrity for inspiration. Justin Bieber, Ryan Reynolds, and Barack Obama are just some of the men proving that a wedding band can make a sharp addition to any outfit. Should you see the perfect ring, it’s likely to be bespoke and out of budget, but there's a good chance you'll be able to find something similar. At the very least, you can get an idea of what features to look out for. For example, earlier this year, many of us admired the gold sovereign ring that Brooklyn Beckham sported on his wedding ring finger. With so many designs out there, you can choose one that means something to you and suits your unique style.
Think About What Your Partner is Wearing While there's certainly nothing unromantic about having totally different rings (they symbolise your marriage, after all!), some couples purchase matching rings or buy his and hers sets, believing that this better represents their togetherness. If the idea appeals to you but it proves tricky to find a design you both love, you might want to consider opting for rings with a particular feature in common instead. This could be anything from the type of metal or gemstone to a special engraving. Written by Jack Jahan from Ramsdens Jewellery - https://www.ramsdensjewellery.co.uk/
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