Selecting Men's Engagement Rings – From Wood to Metal
Selecting an engagement ring for men is widely misunderstood to be an easy process that doesn’t take up all that much time, thought or investment. The truth is, selecting a ring to commemorate your engagement is pretty tricky and since there are so many options now, it’s become all the more difficult to choose. Just like any part of the wedding, buying an engagement ring for the soon-to-be-groom is a well-planned activity. Here are some of the factors you should consider when you’re buying unique male engagement rings.
Consider the Metal
Most women want to surprise their significant other with an engagement ring. Therefore you need to be mindful of your partner’s preference when selecting the material for the ring – the more modern man may prefer a platinum engagement band while the more traditional man may prefer a gold engagement band. All that said, you are still the best judge of your partner’s taste and hence, keep his personality, style, and daily activities in mind when selecting the material for the ring.
Platinum Platinum is the rarest of all the precious metals you could choose, so there’s merit in selecting a ring made from it. It has a pure and white undertone to it - which is what makes it all the more attractive. On the plus side, it’s the strongest and most durable precious metal you can choose, and you won’t have to worry about regular maintenance or repairs either.
With a platinum ring, you’ll get a bright shine that never fades, and it doesn’t require rhodium plating to remain as stunning.
Palladium is somewhat similar to Platinum as it belongs to the same family of metals, but it’s much easier on your budget…. It’s a fairly new addition to the market, which means you’ll have a ring with an elegant shine that’s not as white as platinum, but rather a dark grey. But shine aside, it shares features with platinum, such as its hypoallergenic properties and resistance to corrosion.
An alloy of precious yellow gold, white gold has a bright shine that’s similar to that of platinum. If you want to retain that attractive look, you’ll need to get it re-plated with rhodium every couple of years. Even if you skimp on the rhodium plating, you’ll still get a ring with mixed-tones of yellow and white.
For a trendier ring, you can select a metal like rose gold which gives off a rosy-red finish that is ideal for women’s engagement rings as well. A matching set of rose gold engagement rings for him and her would make a wonderful statement while giving off a youthful charm.
Though silver is not often used in engagement or wedding bands, it is still regarded as a precious metal and can be easily sourced – and it is very light on the budget. Silver gives off an understated appearance that is perfect for grooms-to-be that have a liking for muted tones.