How to Choose a Modern Men’s Wedding Band

Looking for modern wedding bands for men? Our Zola experts are here to help. Read on for all there is to know.

By Jennifer Prince

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Styles circle back around. The show “Mad Men” portrayed the 1960s and impeccably followed every trend of the era, especially clothing and interior design. In fact, the show caused a resurgence of mid-century modern styling, which begs the question—Are styles from the ‘60s dated or current (or both)? The same principle goes when choosing a modern men’s wedding band. Cutting edge rings are innovative, yet give nods to the past, proving the adage that fashion is spherical.

When you’re looking for a ring, there are several things to consider. And do not—we repeat, do not—let your wedding band go to the wayside. There is a lot of planning that goes into the wedding day, yet men’s wedding bands are for daily use, for a lifetime. Go into your purchase with that thought in mind and by following our advice below.

Before Looking for a Band

Come Up With a Budget

Fortunately, men’s rings aren’t nearly as expensive as diamond engagement rings. However, there’s still a need to plan financially. Considerations, such as the type of metal and the presence of gemstones, will factor into the overall cost. As a result, going in with a budget in mind will help greatly.

Know How Durable Your Ring Needs to Be

Vocation and lifestyle are components that will determine how durable your ring needs to be. Softer metals and gemstones may not be ideal for those who work with their hands or have active lifestyles. Considering your hobbies and daily activities should influence how sturdy the ring should be. Also, silicone wedding bands aren’t as durable, but they are inexpensive and easily replaced.

Decide Whether You and Your Partner Will Have Matching Rings

First, don’t feel as though you have to match. Second, it’s perfectly ok to do so. Matching wedding bands are sweet and can often be purchased simultaneously, which can mean a better deal. However, don’t be afraid to choose rings that show the unique personalities of each partner.

Figure Out Your Size

A jeweler can determine your ring size, although there are a few ways to figure it out at home. This handy guide offers a variety of charts with measurements to DIY your ring size using a string or a band that you already have. Another option is to purchase a ring sizer online and slide it on your finger to calculate.

Ponder Your Definition of Modern

When considering modern men’s wedding bands, the interpretation of modern could be up for debate. The technical definition is “relating to the present or recent times as opposed to the remote past.” Consequently, some popular wedding bands give nods to former eras. So, it’s best to determine what the term means for you before you start your search.

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Considerations for Modern Men’s Wedding Bands

Determine a Width

Men’s wedding ring designs are usually measured in millimeters across the band to determine the width. Ultra-skinny rings can be as small as two millimeters, yet larger widths can be eight millimeters and beyond. Minimalist men’s wedding bands are on the thinner side, whereas statement pieces tend to be wider.

Decide on the Material

If there’s one thing that will dictate the cost of a popular wedding band, it’s the materials that compose it. Precious metals such as platinum, palladium, and gold are more costly than steel, chrome, or tungsten rings for men. Also, the presence of gemstones, the size, and their type—diamonds are more expensive than sapphires—or lack thereof is a personal decision.

Choose a Fit

The fit, also referred to as the profile, of modern men’s wedding bands is a bit of a mystery to most; however, it’s not difficult to understand. There are two classic fits, the more common standard fit and the finger conforming comfort fit. However, there are also other profiles to consider, such as flat, concave, and D-shaped.

Settle on a Finish

Of course, the construction of your ring will influence the finish. Men’s wood rings will have a grainy finish, and vintage wedding bands will come as-is. Conversely, when you select a metal ring, there are a variety of sheens available, ranging from shiny polished to more a natural-looking hammered finish. Knowing how reflective you want the metal to be can help you select the finish that is right for you.

Pick a Design

The design is perhaps one of the best parts of looking at unique men’s rings. Popular wedding bands feature engraving, etching, and stones, and others bear intricate cutouts and braiding. There is a whole world of designs out there worth exploring. If you still can’t find one, working with a designer on a custom ring is always an option.

After Narrowing Down Your Options

Do Your Research

Once you’ve settled on what type of ring you’d like, do your research. Compare prices online. Go to a variety of jewelry stores. If you’re a bit off-budget, make simple swaps, such as selecting chrome instead of platinum, or skipping the gemstones. Heading into your purchase armed with knowledge is essential for finding the best modern men’s wedding bands.

Purchase Your Ring

Hopefully, you’ve found one in your price range, so you can seal the deal by actually buying it. Although, figure out a plan beforehand as to how that will happen. Jewelry stores often offer financing, or you can open a new credit card to take advantage of low introductory rates.

Take Care of Your Wedding Band, and Insure It

Insert get married here, but after you say “I do,” be sure to maintain your ring. Clean it periodically, and if the finish is faded or nicked, have it repolished, if possible. It’s also essential to add your ring to your insurance policy. Similarly, you could get separate insurance to replace the band if it’s lost or stolen.

So, head out on your search, and enjoy picking out a ring that suits your lifestyle. It’ll be so exciting to slip it on at your wedding ceremony. Would Don Draper approve? As a fictional character, he didn’t fare too well in the relationship department, though. All that matters is that you have the one you love, a ring to show your commitment, and a lifetime to spend together.