There’s a lot of focus on women’s engagement rings, but what about men’s wedding bands? Guys deserve a ring they love, too! And there are more choices than you might have imagined, from different designs, metals, textures, and other materials from which to choose. Here, we break down some of the most common wedding band materials and our top pick for each!
White-Gold Wedding Bands
White gold has a cool-toned silver look but is much more durable than silver. It is a classic, understated choice that isn’t bulky and doesn’t bring too much attention to itself.
Our Pick: Blue Nile 4mm Classic Wedding Ring in 14-Karat White Gold ($450, shop here)
Titanium or Black Titanium Wedding Bands
If you are looking for a sleek ring that is both strong and lightweight, titanium might be your best option. Titanium rings have been popular since the ’90s and continue to gain momentum. One of our favorite things about titanium rings is they require little care and upkeep compared to gold, silver, or platinum.
Our Pick: David Yurman Streamline Collection Band in Black Titanium ($425, shop here)
Platinum Wedding Bands
Platinum wedding bands look white gold but don’t tarnish as easily and require less maintenance. Platinum is also one of the heavier metal choices, so if you want some weight to the ring, this may be the best option. It both looks and feels luxurious.
Yellow-Gold Wedding Bands
If you’re looking for a classic metal, yellow gold is the way to go. Traditional gold is never out of fashion and looks great with every style.
Our Pick: Brilliant Earth 5mm Mojave Florentine Wedding Ring in 18-Karat Yellow Gold ($1,150, shop here)
Tungsten Carbide Wedding Bands
Carbon mixed with tungsten creates tungsten carbide, which is gray in its natural state but can be polished, sandblasted, or carved to get different aesthetics. Because these anti-scratch, tarnish-resistant wedding bands are made of strong and dense material, they will keep their finish practically forever. Plus, they are considered hypoallergenic.
Our Pick: Brilliant Earth 6mm Hammered Meteorite and Tungsten Wedding Ring ($1,290, shop here)
Wood Wedding Bands
Wooden wedding bands have gained popularity in recent years. Keep in mind that water and moist conditions can damage wood – and wooden rings can stain easily. A wooden ring is ideal for someone who doesn’t always wear their ring and doesn’t work with their hands.
Which of these wedding band materials is your favorite? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!