Mens Wedding Ring Buying Guide

Our simple guide to selecting and buying men’s wedding bands. A gentleman’s wedding ring is a highly important purchase, so it is crucial that it is timeless, stylish and comfortable. Our selection of unique and eye-catching men’s rings is extensive, whether his preference is yellow, rose or white gold, or even platinum or palladium. We also stock diamond set wedding rings, as well as wedding band sets, to ensure you find the perfect ring for him.

Width of the band

Deciding upon the width of the ring is one of the first tasks when shopping for a wedding band. It is recommended to try on as many widths of ring band as possible to ensure that he finds the most comfortable fit. The average width of a man’s wedding band is between 5 and 7mm, however, it is largely down to personal preference and comfort of the fit. The wider the band, the more precious metal is used in the ring and so the heavier it will be to wear.

Choosing the metal

Wedding bands are traditionally made from gold, platinum, palladium or silver. Choosing the metal largely depends upon personal taste, budget, and the colour of other jewellery or accessories that will be worn alongside the wedding band. For example, if he wears a yellow gold watch, a wedding band of the same metal will look smart and cohesive.

Some couples choose to have their wedding bands in the same metal, however others prefer to contrast. Here are our top tips for the varying types of metal:

  • Platinum

Platinum is the rarest of all the precious metals. It is a white metal that is highly durable. It is also hypoallergenic, and therefore is the best choice for those desiring a white metal ring but have an allergy to the nickel in white gold.

  • Palladium

Palladium is a white metal that is from the platinum family. It boasts similar properties to platinum, such as its hardness and hypoallergenic nature, however it is seen as the more cost effective of the two.

  • White gold

White gold is an alloy of yellow gold and is coated in a layer of rhodium plating. This high-shine white metal does require re-plating every few years which really refreshes the metal. Any white metal is a brilliant choice, especially if there are diamonds in the design.

  • Yellow gold

Yellow gold gives a warm, traditional look to a wedding band, and we offer yellow gold in 9ct, 14ct, 18ct and 22ct. The higher the carat, the purer the gold however it is also softer and more saturated in colour.

  • Rose gold

Rose gold is a fashion forward material for a wedding band. It is a gold alloy mixed with copper to give a lovely pink hue. Rose gold is a romantic choice for a wedding ring, it is also often set in bi and tri-metal rings and looks wonderful contrasted against yellow and white gold.

  • Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver is the most cost effective of the precious metals. It is a brilliant choice for those who are not sure on which precious metal to choose, as it is a good stand in for a white metal ring whilst you decide.  

Finish

The finish on your wedding ring is the most personalized aspect of the design. The metal you choose can be highly polished, matte, hammered, or a combination of the three finishes. 

An engaving on the wedding band can also add a personalized touch. Whether you decide upon the wedding date, your initials, a symbol or a phrase, an engraving is a sentimental choice and makes the wedding band uniquely yours.

Choosing a wedding band with diamonds or gemstones set into either the interior or exterior is also an increasingly popular choice with grooms. We offer plenty of styles of wedding band with varying settings and carat weights to suit those after a small accent, or those wanting to create a bright statement with their wedding band.

Contact our team of jewellery and wedding ring specialists to learn more about our interest free credit purchase options, or further advice on finding the perfect wedding band for him. Call us on 01335 453 453 or email sales@britishdiamondcompany.com.