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A Guide to Men's Wedding Bands

A disinterested groom-to-be is not an uncommon sight in a jewelry store. So much time and energy is spent selecting an intricate (and often pricey) wedding set for the bride, and by the time the groom's ring needs to be purchased he's low on enthusiasm (and sometimes the ring budget). Luckily there's many choices out there for the modern groom. Whether you are looking for something low-key and inexpensive, or bold and elaborate, you're bound to find something to fit within your style. Here are some key points to consider when shopping for your band.

Gold ( 10k, 14, 18k)

  • Can be re-sized

  • Can be recycled by melting into new jewelry pieces

  • Wears down over time

  • White gold may irritate nickle allergies


  • Excellent durability, does not wear

  • The soft silver-white sheen of this metal beautifully accentuates any stone

  • Weighted

  • Highly resistant to scratches

  • Rather rare


  • Relatively rare

  • Less expensive than Platinum

  • Incredibly durable


  • Lightweight

  • Flexible and difficult to break

  • Shatterproof

  • Economical

  • Dark gray color

  • Low scratch resistance

  • Hypoallergenic

  • Can't be sized

  • Can be removed with a standard ring cutter


  • Lightweight

  • Permanent polish

  • Heat resistant

  • Can't be sized

  • Can be removed with vice grips.

Black Zirconium

  • Typically use in dental implants and nuclear reactors

  • Black oxidized coated is created when heated

  • Scratch resistant

  • High design versatility

Cobalt Chrome:

  • Hypoallergenic and biocompatible

  • Look of a platinum band at a lower price point

  • Heavier than titanium, lighter than tungsten

  • Scratch resistant

  • Shatterproof

  • Commonly used in the medical field

  • Can be removed with a standard ring cutter

Damascus Steel:

  • Consists of two grades of stainless steel fused together

  • Ancient metal working skill

  • No two rings are alike, artistic value

  • Heat and acid etched for a unique design

  • Dark gray color with lighter contrast

  • Commonly used to make swords and knives

  • Can be removed with a standard ring cutter

Tungsten Carbide

  • Extremely scratch resistant

  • Always looks polished - little maintenance needed

  • Least flexible, will not bend

  • Heavy

  • A pure element - hypoallergenic

  • Permanently polished

  • Dark gray color

  • Commonly used as machine tools

  • Can be removed with vice grips

  • Can't be sized

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