Is it almost time for you to tie the knot and say I DO? That is great news! That is because most of the tough work is over. You have already picked the right person and the engagement ring for your big day. Choosing the right wedding ring should be a piece of cake. The only reason most men get the jitters while picking a ring design is because they will be wearing it for the better part of their lives.

Silver, gold, white gold, platinum, and rose gold have always been the traditional choice of metals wedding rings. This year has brought a new trend in wedding ring designs that is changing the façade of fine jewelry, as we know it.

The ultimate buying guide for all grooms

Wedding rings have a rich historical and cultural reference.Wedding rings are a comparatively newer addition. They became very popular during World War II. Men wore wedding rings as a symbol of their love for their wives and family. It is true that you will be wearing it ‘till “death do you part”. You need to consider a number of factors before investing in your wedding ring.

Picking the metal

The most common metal for wedding rings has been gold. With the new generation requiring wearability and durability, tungsten is quickly taking center stage in the wedding ring market.

Tungsten is a non-reactive metal. It is hypoallergenic. It is hard and resistant to easy chips and scratches. When we say tungsten, we mean tungsten carbide. The jewelry industry prefers the alloy of tungsten and carbide to handcraft pieces. Tungsten carbide is undoubtedly one of the hardest alloys known to man. It is tougher than aluminum and steel. Due to its toughness men who work outdoors or deal with heavy machinery prefer tungsten rings to the conventional gold or silver.

Tungsten is very affordable. Traditional wedding rings use gold, silver, and platinum. These precious metals can be very costly. People will try to tell you how wedding rings are a smart investment, however, what they do not say is that the moment you engrave a wedding ring, you are depreciating its resale value. Tungsten will last as long as your marriage. They will not incur scratches and they will always make their presence felt.

Picking the right design

Tungsten rings are durable. It has given birth to a myth stating it is impossible to engrave, redesign or decorate tungsten rings. It is true that tungsten is a robust metal. However, the sheer variety of styles in tungsten wedding rings will leave you spoilt for choice.

Men’s wedding rings in tungsten come in a variety of designs:

  • Tungsten plain rings
  • Two-tone tungsten rings
  • Brushed effect tungsten rings
  • Wood inlaid effect tungsten rings
  • Polished wedding rings
  • Choice of ring widths
  • Tungsten rings with inlay
  • Black tungsten rings
  • Coloured rings
  • Fashion rings
  • Personalised engraved rings

Each one is different from the other. The designs are as varied as wedding rings designs in other metals, if not more. The compatibility and hardness of the metal allow the craftsmen to experiment with all kinds of designs and styles. Inlaying tungsten with another metal is quite with modern grooms. The inlays can be silver, gold or colored metals even carbon fibre.

Black tungsten rings and plain tungsten wedding bands are ideal for professional workers. Solicitors/ Barristers, business executives and marketing professionals prefer the understated charm of these simple yet elegant designs. Police and armed forces personnel are now wearing tungsten more than ever due to the nature of their work.

Watch this short video on YOUTUBE  to see just how tough a tungsten ring is compared to gold, platinum and titanium.

Match the ring

The grooms version of a wedding ring should try to match the brides ring in metal color and design if possible.

Tungsten opens a whole new world of masculine designs that fit perfectly with the brides wedding ring. Tungsten rings can match gold, silver, white gold and even platinum wedding ring designs. If your spouse is going for a gold ring, you can inlay your titanium ring with gold. It will save you money and at the same time, keep you in sync with the wedding day theme.

If you don’t have the time to think and find out interesting ways to make your rings match, you can always stick to the following practices.

Can you get a tungsten ring engraved?

It is myth that you cannot engrave tungsten rings. The toughness makes it a little more challenging than traditional gold or silver rings. Tungsten carbide rings are immune to the traditional engraving processes therefore jewelers use a laser to engrave tungsten rings. On the brighter side, the engraving will stay sharp forever.

Learn more about engraving tungsten rings HERE

Choosing the gemstone

Tungsten rings are a wholesome affair. Sometimes grooms would like gemstones on their wedding rings so as to match their bride’s ring. You can customise your rings with diamonds or emeralds to match the theme of your wedding.

Customisation of tungsten is easy. Since it is 10 times tougher than gold, it needs special methods. However, the pocket-friendly price allows room for a lot of experimentation and personalisation.

What is our take on men’s wedding rings?

Choosing your wedding band should be enjoyable and fun. You should not have to sweat it to choose a metal and design. Just go with a design you like best. While choosing, remember that you will be wearing your choice for the better part of your life. Tungsten is the hipster of wedding ring metals. It is cool, it is hip, and people love it! Always stay unique with the latest wedding ring designs.