The Best Metals for Men's Wedding Rings

by Krista Sheehan

When selecting a wedding ring for a man, one of the most important decisions to make is the metal that will be used for the ring. Rings can be made from a variety of different metals. Before choosing a metal, carefully consider the advantages and disadvantages associated with each. Obtain information on the durability, color, care requirements and cost associated with each metal. Then, select the wedding ring metal that best meets your preferences and lifestyle.

Traditional Choices

Gold is the most traditional metal choice for a man’s wedding ring. When selecting gold for a wedding ring, choose either 14-karat or 18-karat gold. Although 14-karat gold is just over 58 percent pure gold, it still maintains exceptional durability and a rich color. On the other hand, 18-karat gold is 75 percent pure gold; it is slightly less durable than 14-karat gold but offers a brighter color. Gold is available in a variety of colors, although yellow and white gold are the most popular. The cost depends on the karat size and color.

Silver is a soft, white metal that is occasionally used for wedding rings. Although it is significantly more affordable than other metals, silver requires extensive care. The metal itself is extremely soft, which makes the ring prone to scratches. Additionally, silver can become tarnished or discolored quite easily, so it is not recommended for everyday wear.

Modern Choices

Platinum wedding rings have been growing in popularity as people shift away from traditional gold rings. When compared to gold, platinum is a much stronger metal. However, it is less durable than other metals, such as titanium. It is a heavy metal, so you may want to try a platinum ring on for comfort before you settle on a wedding ring made of this metal. Platinum is hypoallergenic, so it will not cause any allergic reactions. Platinum has a bright white color, which will never fade. It is, however, significantly more expensive than other metal choices, such as gold.

Titanium is the hardest natural metal available. It is a popular choice for a man’s wedding ring because of its strong resistance to dents, scratches and bending. Although it is extremely strong and durable, it is also very lightweight. Just like platinum, titanium is hypoallergenic; it is safe for anyone to wear. Titanium’s natural color is a silver-gray, which will not fade. Titanium is more affordable than platinum, yet may be slightly more expensive than gold.

Growing Trend

Tungsten carbide wedding rings are becoming increasingly popular for men who need an extremely durable and resistant ring. Tungsten is an extremely hard and dense metal, yet it is still vulnerable to scratches. However, when combined with carbon alloy, it forms an extremely hard and resistant metal. It is approximately four times harder than titanium and nearly impossible to scratch or bend. In fact, tungsten carbide wedding rings can only be damaged through extreme force, such as being hit with a hammer. However, due to its significant hardness, tungsten carbide wedding rings cannot be resized, so it is important to ensure you have the correct ring size when ordering a tungsten carbide wedding ring.

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