The Best Metals for Men’s Wedding Rings

When you’re shopping for a wedding ring for your man, one of the most important things you need to consider is the metal that will be used for the ring. Before making this decision, though you need to think of the advantages and disadvantages that come with each type of metal. You should learn more about the durability, color, care requirements and cost associated with each. Then you can choose which metal works best for the taste and lifestyle of your future hubby.

The Best Metals for Men’s Wedding Rings

Traditional Choices

Gold is the most traditional metal choice for a man’s wedding ring – typically either 14-karat or 18-karat gold. 14-karat gold is about 58 percent pure gold, making it very durable and rich color. But 18-karat gold is 75 percent pure gold, so it’s slightly less durable than 14-karat gold but has a brighter color. The cost of the metal will depend on the karat size and color.
Silver is a soft, white metal that is occasionally used for wedding rings, and though it is more affordable than other metals, it also requires extensive care. It’s very prone to scratches and can tarnish and discolor easily, so it isn’t smart to wear it every day.

Modern Choices

Platinum wedding rings really popular right now – it’s incredibly strong, yet not as durable as some other metals like titanium.  However, platinum is hypoallergenic, so it won’t cause any allergic reactions; and since it has a bright white color, it will never fade. The biggest downside of platinum, though, is that it is quite a bit more expensive than other metals, such as gold. Titanium is the hardest metal that’s available, so it’s resistant to scratches, dents and bending. It’s also hypoallergenic and it’s silver-gray color will never fade. The biggest difference between titanium and platinum is that titanium is cheaper, although it is more expensive than gold.

Growing Trend

Tungsten carbide wedding rings are becoming trendier for men that need a ring that is super durable. It’s hard, dense, but it’s vulnerable to scratches. However, when you combine it with carbon alloy, it forms an extremely hard and resistant metal – approximately four times harder than titanium and almost impossible to scratch or bend. In fact, tungsten carbide wedding rings will really only get damaged if you hit them with a hammer. However, since they’re so hard, tungsten carbide wedding rings can’t be resized, so you have to make sure you have exactly the right size when you purchase one.

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