When selecting men's wedding bands, there are so many options that it can be difficult to know where to start. Let Larson Jeweler's help you by describing the most popular metals for wedding bands right now. Here's a look at the available metals and some of our best options.
You'll want to consider not only the look and style of the metal, but its durability - which varies greatly - its price and how it will complement the engagement ring and woman's wedding band.
If you're traditional, you probably want some type of gold. Here are some of the options:
Yellow gold is a classic choice that never goes out of style. One advantage to this material is that it's commonly used for engagement rings, so it will match easily. It's also very affordable, durable and low-maintenance, but will need to be polished and will scratch when rubbed against hard surfaces.
Keeping in mind that yellow gold bands contain a combination of gold and alloy, a combination of metals like copper and zinc, let's look at the different types of yellow gold that are available:
18K gold contains more gold, is more expensive and has a richer, warmer color than bands with less gold. It's also more resistant to tarnishing, but it's a bit less durable and will show marks sooner.
White Gold is becoming more popular and has a bit more of a modern look. Typically available in 14k, it's made with a combination of gold and other metals like nickel, silver and palladium. The additional metals change the color and also make the band more durable. White gold is also typically more affordable than yellow gold and platinum.
The biggest disadvantage of white gold is that it needs maintenance every few years to maintain its rhodium coating, which provides color and luster. White gold also contains nickel, which may cause skin reactions in some people. Check out our selection of white gold wedding bands, including our popular Roulette band with a textured engraved design.
Rose gold is a nice option, as it matches the growing number of rose gold engagement ring sets. Made by blending gold and copper alloys to create a warm, reddish hue, Typically available in 14k and 18k, it's typically stronger than white or yellow gold, and is also quite affordable. One disadvantage is that it can cause skin reactions because of its copper content. Check out our selection of rose gold wedding bands, including our popular SOL traditional domed rose gold band.
Alternative Metals If you're looking for something a bit different, Larson Jeweler's is the place to shop. Explore these unique options:
Palladium is a durable, lightweight white metal that makes for a great wedding band. This metal is not coated or plated and is known for its longevity. It's also a rare metal that's not widely available, and its popularity has made it relatively expensive. Larson Jewelers offers a wide selection of palladium rings, including our Baldemar hammer finished ring.
Titanium is a low-maintenance durable metal that has a light gray color. Masculine and modern in its look, it's durable, heat-resistant and also affordable. It's also hypoallergenic. One disadvantage is that it's more difficult to cast and cannot be resized because of its strength. Larson Jewelers offers a variety of titanium wedding bands, including our Talon black titanium band.
Cobalt is becoming more popular as an alternative to gold- and silver-colored rings. It's typically a combination of cobalt with alloys like iron, tungsten and chromium. It's a durable metal with a white color that's also more affordable than gold or some of its other counterparts. It's also hypoallergenic. See our selection of cobalt wedding bands, including our popular polished cobalt wedding ring.
If none of these metals appeals to you, you might try another alternative - ceramic wedding bands. Larson offers a wide selection of these, including the striking Marlow design.
If you're looking for specific recommendations, check out our Top 10 Best Men's Wedding Bands for ideas. But we recommend going with whatever suits his style. Contact us anytime if you need help selecting the right ring for you. After all, a wedding band is forever!