A gentleman's guide to choosing the perfect wedding ring Credit: Beatriz Perez Moya

A gentleman's guide to choosing the perfect wedding ring

by Liz Gatherer

As the most important day of your life soon approaches, it’s time to start thinking about your choice of wedding band. This isn’t a decision that should be made lightly since the ring is a symbol of your love and commitment and you’ll wear it every day. 

However, with such a wide range of options and styles, where do you start? In this guide, we reveal how to pick the perfect wedding ring to suit both your personality and your relationship.

The type of precious metal

Probably the single most important decision you’ll make when it comes to your wedding ring is what material the band will be made from. This will influence everything from the ring’s durability to its weight. 

Platinum is a solid choice for men given its undeniable opulence and hypoallergenic qualities. Even better, the metal tends to acquire a patina over the years, which some find aesthetically pleasing, and can easily be polished to revert it back to its original lustre. 

Palladium is another popular metal for men’s wedding bands thanks to its exceptional resistance to the elements and natural white shine that never tarnishes. When also considering that it is lighter than platinum, the ring is perfect for men whose hands are exposed to harsh conditions. 

If you’re looking for something more traditional, consider a wedding ring made from gold or silver. Both are timeless and highly versatile options and can easily be resized since they are soft metals. You’ll also find white gold and rose gold bands should you prefer something more modern.

The width of the band

While the width of your ring probably isn’t at the forefront of your thoughts, it can make a world of difference. It is a personal choice that should be based on the length and width of your fingers and your job. 

If you’re someone who tends to use their hands for most of the day, a narrow ring is a suitable choice as it’s less obtrusive. By opting for a flatter ring with rounded edges, you also ensure maximum comfortability. 

When in doubt, go for a 6mm wedding band. Not only do they suit almost all hand types but they also make a pleasant visual statement without being overly flashy. Rings above 6mm are considered wide and are typically recommended for men with larger hands.

Adding personal touches

Consider making the ring all the more significant and personal by including another layer of symbolism. The possibilities here are endless but should hold a special meaning to you and your partner. 

As an example, you could engrave the band with each of your initials, the date of your nuptials, or the birth of your children. It could even be a quote or lyrics from a song you both love. The result will be a truly remarkable and distinctive ring that you’ll adore for years to come. 

If you plan to look for a ring with your significant other, you may even choose matching rings. These don’t necessarily need to be the same but could be made from the same metal or include the same precious stones.