Once upon a time, a bride and groom chose matching bands in gold or silver, to wear to signify their union. Today, not only do the bride and groom’s rings NOT have to match, but there are so many choices it’ll make your head spin. For those couples starting to look, it’s best to choose the type of metal your ring will be made from before deciding on a design. To help you narrow it down, we’ve collected a sample of the various metals that are popular and available for grooms.
Lead photograph ~ Tino & Pip
Tungsten is a very versatile metal that can be made into a black, grey or silver colored ring. It is a fairly priced metal running between $100-$500. Tungsten is known for its’ weight so it’s quite heavy on your finger. It is also durable, and scratch resistant; however if dropped it may shatter or fracture. On a positive note it’s one of the most popular ring metals for grooms right now for those of you who like to be current.
Yellow Gold, White Gold and Silver
If you are a traditionalist, then chances are you will be looking at gold or silver. Though gold is pricier, both metals have a nice weight to them (neither too heavy nor too light). The price of these rings is hard to determine because of the difference in the price of karats, the design and the purity of silver, but gold rings are usually in the $200-$2,000 range while silver is in the $100-$500 range.
Platinum has seen a resurgence in the past decade. It’s rarer than gold and therefore much more expensive, but is very durable and will hold up to every day wear and tear and last a lifetime. Platinum has a heavier feel and is more lustrous than white gold because it is naturally white. Prices range from $900-$2,000.
Titanium is an affordably priced metal ranging from $100-$500. Titanium is known for its feeling of weightlessness. If you want something easy to wear, or you don’t normally wear jewelry and you like the idea of wearing a ring that feels like you aren’t wearing one, then titanium might be for you. This metal can scratch and show signs of wear, but can be polished to look like new.
Zirconium is a great modern looking material actually made from ceramic. For those wanting a black ring this may be the way to go. Black ceramic or zirconium rings are very hard, extremely lightweight and difficult to scratch. They are naturally black which means they are black all the way through. Black tungsten or black titanium rings are plated with a black coating that over time may scratch off leaving the ring no longer black in places. Zirconium rings are non metallic and are the perfect choice for people who can’t wear metallic jewelry like electricians. Ranging in price from $100-$250 makes this choice relatively inexpensive. Like tungsten, this too could possibly shatter or fracture if dropped. The solution? Don’t take it off!