The top men’s wedding band designers in the jewelry industry craft their pieces out of so many different kinds of materials that it can be somewhat overwhelming to a groom-to-be looking for a wedding band. But since a wedding band is probably the only piece of jewelry that your guy’s going to be wearing regularly for the rest of his life, it’s critical to get the perfect piece for him.
But never fear! Good Old Gold is ready to provide a handy guide to our customers to help fiancés weigh the pros and cons of the refined metals that our designers make their bands from:
Platinum is 30 times scarcer than gold, and with that rarity comes a hefty price tag. If you’re a man who likes the rarity and density of platinum, it may be worth investing in a platinum wedding band, like the men’s wedding bands from Michael M.
Platinum starts out a unique shade of dark silver, but over time, it will develop a patina that changes the color to something like frosty gunmetal. If you don’t like jewelry that can visibly wear, platinum may not be right for you. However, if you like the idea of wearing something that feels “antique,” or if you want a ring that can be passed down for generations, check out our offerings of platinum bands!
Yellow gold is probably the first thing you think of when you envision a wedding band in your head, and for good reason: Yellow gold is the most traditional choice for bridal jewelry, and it has a one-of-a-kind sunny brilliance that simply can’t be matched by any other metal. Yellow gold is also hypoallergenic and will not tarnish or discolor over time.
But of all the different variations of gold, yellow gold is the softest and least resistant to scratches and dents. If you’re a man who works with his hands, a yellow gold band may not be best. If not, you may enjoy checking out the men’s bands from Stuller, whose etched and textured yellow gold bands are amazing examples of what can be done with this luminous metal.
A more cost-effective choice for a men’s wedding band than platinum, white gold has a cool, icy radiance of its own. The color of white gold compliments diamonds perfectly, so if you’re in the market for a diamond-studded band, you can’t do better than a white gold band. While white gold is stronger and more durable than yellow gold.
But, the downside of this tone is that the rhodium plating that accentuates the whiteness of the metal will wear off over time, requiring regular trips to your local jeweler to get it re-plated. Some white gold is also made with nickel, to which some men are highly allergic. Those who are in the market for a white gold ring should keep these facts in mind before making a final decision.
For a man who works with his hands often, look into the titanium wedding bands from brands. Titanium is extremely lightweight compared to gold or platinum, is far more flexible and stronger, and has the added “cool” factor once you let your gearhead fiancé know that it’s the same material from which jets and space ships are built. Benchmark, one of our most popular wedding band brands, offers black titanium styling options for those looking for a sleek statement ring.
The biggest downside of titanium is that it is far less valuable and shining than the noble metals—though if your groom-to-be is more interested in the symbolic value of his ring, titanium may be an acceptable metal for his tastes.
If you’re interested in the men’s wedding bands we offer at Good Old Gold, don’t hesitate to call 516-798-5151 to speak to one of our professionals, or visit our Massapequa Park, New York showroom today!