How to choose a comfortable wedding ring
Many men and women are concerned that a wedding ring will not be comfortable to wear. This concern normally stems from the fact that they have not worn a ring before.
Wedding rings can be comfortable to wear if you know what to look for. Consider these two factors, the shape of the ring and the ring width.
First, look for a ring design that has softly rounded edges, rather than sharp angular edges. This does not mean that a flat band style cannot be comfortable. A flat band can still have a good construction which the edge of the band is made with a very gentle rounded inside edge.
Next, consider the inside curve the of ring. The inside of a ring should have a gentle curve on the inside edges of the ring. This soft internal curve will make the ring feel more comfortable on your finger.
Another option is a soft fit ring, which has softly curved edges on the ring, though not a completely curved inside surface in the ring.
Something that is also a popular choice is a ring made with a comfort curve. A comfort curve refers to the inside of a ring, not the outside. So it is possible to have a comfort curve with a ring that is flat on the outside surface.
A comfort curve is a ring that is curved on the inside of the band, rather than having a more flat surface on the inside of the ring.
When considering ring width, factors to consider include the size and length of your fingers and your personal preference. Often people with larger hands or longer fingers choose an average width band or a slightly wider band. People with smaller hands or more slender fingers often choose a 5mm ring or a slightly narrower ring.
Men's wedding rings are usually wider than a ladies wedding ring and most men choose a ring width of between 5mm and 7mm with 6mm and 7mm being the more popular widths.
Which metal is best for men's wedding rings
The metals that can be used to make men's wedding rings include gold, titanium, platinum and silver. The information below will help you choose the metal to use for your wedding ring.
Gold is the most popular choice for men's wedding rings.
There are two things to consider when choosing a gold men's wedding ring. Which gold carat to choose and gold color or what combination of gold colors you would like.
The gold carats normally used in men's wedding rings are 10kt, 14kt and 18kt. The higher the proportion of gold used in the final metal, the more valuable and expensive the metal will be. So all other things being the same, an 18kt ring will be more expensive than a 14kt ring and a 14kt ring will be more expensive than a 10kt ring.
Next you need to consider the color of the gold.
Gold is available in several different colors. The most popular is white gold, followed by yellow gold and rose gold, though other gold colors are sometimes also available such as bronze, peach, red and lime gold.
Titanium is a natural element which has a silver-greyish-white color. Titanium is the hardest natural metal in the world.
It is very strong, three times the strength of steel and much stronger than gold, silver and platinum and yet is very light weight. Pure titanium is also 100% hypoallergenic which means that it if safe for anyone to wear as it will not react to your skin.
Titanium provides several unique factors that make it a good metal for rings. It is very strong, more dent, bend and scratch resistant than gold, silver and platinum, is lightweight and importantly offers an exotic array of colors which other metals do not.
One factor to consider with titanium is that titanium cannot be soldered, which means that titanium rings cannot normally be resized.
Titanium rings made using pure titanium can normally be cutoff the finger in the event of an emergency, though they are more difficult to cut-off than gold, silver or platinum rings. Aircraft grade titanium rings normally cannot be cut-off in the event of an emergency.
Tungsten carbide is the hardest metal alloy on Earth and is virtually indestructible and scratch proof under normal wear. Tungsten carbide is two times as hard as steel and four times as hard as titanium. Our tungsten carbide rings are formed through a process in which the tungsten carbide particles are melted together at 2400 degrees Fahrenheit. In the final process, the rings are polished with a diamond compound. Our tungsten carbide wedding rings consist of 89% tungsten carbide, 10% nickel and 1% chromium and are hypo-allergenic. We do not use cobalt in our tungsten carbide rings as that compound leads to oxidation and possible irritation to your ring finger.
Platinum is a white metal, but unlike gold it is used in jewelry in almost its pure form (approximately 95% pure). Platinum is extremely long wearing and is very white, so it does not need to be rhodium plated like white gold.
Platinum is a very dense, heavy metal, so a platinum ring will feel heavier than an 18kt gold ring.
Platinum is however significantly more expensive than gold. All other things being the same, a platinum ring will be approximately twice the price of an 18kt white gold ring (not including gemstones).
The selection of men's wedding rings made in platinum is generally smaller than the ranges available for gold and titanium rings.
Platinum rings can be cut-off the finger in the event of an emergency.
Choosing matching wedding rings
Are you hoping to wear a matching wedding ring?
Couples sometimes choose to wear matching wedding rings. This can be a romantic touch, though it will limit the options that you can choose from. You would then need to take into account all of the above factors for you and your fiancé and importantly you will need to consider the types of rings that your fiancé can wear with her engagement ring. Some ladies engagement rings need to have curved fitted rings specially made to match their wedding ring, so if that is the case for your fiancé's ring, it would generally be best to not have matching rings.
For these reasons couples sometimes prefer to choose a ring with some similar features, such as the same metal type, a similar pattern or another feature in common.
Should your wedding ring include gemstones?
It is acceptable for your wedding ring to include diamonds and gemstones.
The decision to include diamonds or gemstones in your ring will depend on your personal preference.
You should consider the type of work that you do and the sports you play when considering gemstones. Gemstone settings can be affected and the risk of a gemstone being lost will be increased if the ring is knocked around through manual labour and some sporting activities.
You should also consider the type of gemstones that are suitable to be worn in wedding rings. Some gemstones are more fragile than others and are not suited to be worn everyday. The gemstones that are suitable to be worn in wedding rings are diamonds, sapphires (all colors of sapphires including blue, black, pink, orange, green and yellow) and rubies.
We do not suggest that opal rings be worn as wedding rings, as opals are a more fragile gemstone.