New men’s wedding band trends- Hook your one-of-a-kind honey up with these styles
It used to be just women that got to be excited about wedding rings – first the engagement, and then the band itself. These days, men get the chance too, with a whole world of men’s fashion leading to lots of choice. There’s some fantastic trends out there, so why not look for something special for your partner?
Forget plain bands or engagement-ring style gemstones – there’s way much more on offer out there. Plenty of thick men’s bands are inlaid with things you might not have even realised where an option. From dinosaur bone to rare woods, it’s no longer just about jewels. We’re particularly fans of the carbon fibre inlay, which looks absolutely stunning against a titanium background. This is great for those of you who want something subtle, but still interesting – they’re a great combination of deep black and matt silver tones.
Why stick to just plain bands? Signet rings are always in fashion, and they’re associated with a certain type of man – a gentleman. Slightly chunkier in style than your standard band, they’re available both set with stones and without, as well as in a variety of metals. They’re easy to customise, with the space in the centre traditionally used for a family crest or monogram. You could easily theme this to your marriage – a new monogram, a combination of you and your partner’s names, or simply something special to the two of you.
Worried about scratches or other damage to your ring because of doing manual work? Try a tungsten ring. Tungsten carbide is incredibly durable, and it’s not as expensive as you would expect. It’s also much darker in colour – a much deeper shade grey, without the sparkle you get in other metals. It’s main downside is that it’s somewhat weightier than silver or gold, so you may well find yourself more aware of it than you would other metals. For something slightly lighter, there’s always the option of titanium, but this isn’t quite as hard-wearing as tungsten.
Not quite as traditional as the rest, but one recent trend is that of getting a tattoo rather than buying a ring. If you want permanent, this is as permanent as they come. Whether it’s opting for a single black line on the ring finger, or something a little bit more complex, a tattoo is an interesting alternative to wedding bands – especially for those who find wearing jewellery uncomfortable.
We usually think of wedding bands as smooth, flat metal, but this doesn’t have to be the case. A hammered finish can add texture to an otherwise plain band, and it can also reduce the slight sparkle that some metals have – great if they wearer wants something interesting, but not shiny. Not all metals can be treated this way, but silver looks especially good in this style.
Why not avoid the current market altogether, and go for something vintage? Whether it’s from a family member or an antique shop, vintage rings have that timeless, unique quality that can be hard to find today. The only difficulty is finding something to fit – but alterations are always an option. This can be challenging search – you might have to trawl through quite a lot of places to find the perfect ring, but it’s worth it in the end.
Design Your Own!
If none of these trends stand out to you, why not work with a jeweller and design your own? If you don’t know any near you, try etsy – the ability to custom order means that you can often get the exact thing you’re looking for, for around the same price as a standard ring would cost. This opens up a great combination of unusual metals, settings, stones and styles, so you can go as big and bold or as subtle as you like. Whether you fancy a thin inscribed band, or something flashy and dramatic, you’ll be able to get it sorted this way.
Whatever you choose, remember it’s going to be something you keep for the rest of your life so make sure it’s something you’re happy with, and that feels comfortable to you. Most importantly, make sure you get something that fits you well and is neither too tight nor too loose. After all, you’re going to be keeping it on that ring finger most of the time, so make sure it’s perfect for you – regardless of whether that’s on trend or not.
By Alfred Stallion and MyFamilySilver.com!