Twenty-five years ago, a groom had two basic choices in wedding bands: gold and platinum. A generation later, tungsten carbide dominates in an explosion of exciting contemporary metals and styles for men’s rings.
Often fashioned with wood, carbon fiber, titanium — even meteorite and palladium (both more precious than gold) — tungsten carbide is a natural material with staying power.
Your first decision: Do you want a ring that’s durable, dependable and built to last or one that’s ultra cool but isn’t likely to give you a lifetime of wear? If you’re in the latter camp (i.e. not overly sentimental), a ring in a material that can’t be resized is likely to run you less. Still, look for a designer that offers a lifetime fit warranty and a replacement — just in case.
As for gold and platinum? There’s a reason they’re called precious metals, darlings. See what's new and trending in our styled shoot at Jefferson's Lounge in Council Bluffs.
The art of self-expression
Wedding rings aren’t just a symbol of love and marriage; they’re an expression of yourself. Shapes, metals, diamonds and gemstones are yours, and yours alone, to decide in a world of personalized design.
At your fingertips:
- Oval diamonds, the haute darlings of 2020
- Cushion cut diamonds (squarish with rounded corners)
- Rose cut (domed, flat-bottomed) for the illusion of surface weight
- Nature-inspired motifs, ethereal movement in filigree, waves and twists
- Overlapping details symbolizing faith, hope and love
- Colored gemstones
- Art Deco settings
Source: Angelique Crown, representing Kirk Kara at the Borsheims YES! Event
Tip: Every three months, have your ring checked and cleaned to protect it from wear and tear. It’s a free service at most jewelry stores.