Wedding bands are definitely special items that have a league of their own. Rightly designed wedding bands are defined by the best of symbolism and purpose that far exceed the ornamental functionality. For the masculine gender, wedding bands are definitely the most common and important piece of jewelry items to wear during the special day. These bands are however, being worn by both the genders all over the world.
Qualities that the Bands must Possess
Since these bands are hardly put off from the finger, one must look for items that are totally hypoallergenic, durable and comfortable. Definitely, these bands are expected to fulfill the aesthetic standards, but only after fulfilling the first three requirements. Without these three essential characteristic features, they would never be the same and may find it difficult to capture your attention. Comfort level of the ring primarily depends on several factors, the most crucial being the shape of one’s finger.
The Design of the Bands
The bands must come with comfort fit design. What this indicates is the fact that the the internal wall of the band must not be flat and should remain rounded. This also ensures the fact that the edges need to be softened and, hence, there must only be a slightly minute part of the inner surface available in the band that offers the finger some space to breathe. Remember to make the wedding band sufficiently thick to ensure the roundedness of the inner wall, which offers comfort for the wearer. It also allows the ring to be heavier than those with flat walls. Remember, a thicker wedding band is more generous when it comes to comfort-level fittings. Also, thicker the band, higher the pricing. Some manufacturers provide sharper edges to the wedding bands in order to make these ornaments lighter. You must consider these facts when you have a fixed budget. Cheap wedding bands usually come with sharp outer edges and deeply carved inner areas. When purchasing these items, always focus on the designs that are totally uncomplicated and extremely simple. They are the ones offering the maximum comfort. It may not be possible for everybody to afford those classic half-round comfort-fit bands, but then, they are the most comfortable ones to wear.
Durability and Robustness Count
The durability factor is the most integral part of the purchase. You must consider the quality of the band. Thickness is something that adds to the robustness and the strength of the band. On an average, the thickness for a low end 4mm wedding band for men can be somewhere around 1.5mm. But, that never assures the most comfort of fittings. Remember, comfort fit is possible, only if the band covers a thickness of minimum 2mm. According to MensWeddingBands.com, the high-end metal bands come with thickness in the range of 2.3 – 2.7mm. Apart from the thickness, it is also important to focus on the quality and the type of metal. The metal variant must promise total resistance from abrasion. The type of metal is also a very important durability factor.
Here, it is good to differentiate the hardness of the metal form its abrasion resistance. Some hard metals wear off faster than some softer ones, with a higher abrasion resistance. 10ct gold, for example, is probably the hardest gold alloy, but it wears off at very rapid rate.
The educated choice of white metal is definitely pointing to platinum and palladium, depending on the personal preferences and the budget. The two metals have an identical look and mechanical properties, with vast difference in specific weight and price. Palladium is 40% lighter than platinum and the identical item cost is +/- 4 times less, making it the perfect wedding white band. Both metals are hypoallergenic and highly abrasion-resistant.
The Perfect Wedding Band
If you are searching for the perfect wedding band, always look for the ones made from yellow gold (18ct minimum). The traditional wedding yellow gold band measures 4.5mm. If you opt for cheaply priced gold alloys, you must know that they come with a diluted color and a mixed metal content. This decreases the valuation of the jewelry item. Low cast gold bands never possess that perfect shine. Hence, they are not recommended. If you are unable to afford expensive god bands, you can easily go for other metals like, tungsten, zirconium and titanium. They are quite popular, but often considered to be less expensive.
When it is about wedding attire, always try to keep the design simple, yet niche. For men, simple design jewelry items appeal more than the once, with complicated detailing. However, designing and fashion senses vary from one’s own view to taht of another. How you look into it, depends entirely upon you. When it is about men’s designing aspect, an unsuitable design may lead to discomfort.
When choosing wedding bands for men, the ones having small detailing like, engraving in gold may not be the right option, since the design may well wear-off with the passing of time while leaving deep scratches. Remember, hollowed designs and shadow lines will result in gathering grease that ultimately lead to skin irritation. If you go for complicated mix finishes that combine polished style with matted effect, the impact will always be short-lived. After a while, they cause some kind of bruising effect to the neighboring fingers. Henceforth, you must not experiment much with the designing part when choosing for men’s wedding bands. Always try to keep it simple because men like it that way. Also you must ensure that the quality of metal (no matter what type you choose) should always be genuine and of high-quality.
Author Bio: Michael Grover is a master goldsmith and an experienced designer, with quality knowledge in different aspects of fine jewelry. He writes for MensWeddingBands.com and other notable blogs that deal with fashion jewelry and ornaments.