Wedding Rings for Men

Why so many?

I can write this hub because my husband has four wedding rings. Yes, he has FOUR. We have been through ring after ring to find what works for him. It sounds silly, but read on to see what happened.

Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

OK, it's not a precious metal. But, it sounds functional, right? We eat with stainless steel, our appliances are made of stainless steel now, even counter-tops come in stainless steel. It's been a durable kitchen metal for ages, and more popularly so these days.

Before our wedding, my husband decided to have a "training" ring. You see, he fidgets a lot, and we thought it would be a good idea to see if he could keep track of a ring before we bought a nice one. The edges were a little sharp for him, and he found it uncomfortable, but he wore it. It also has some nicks in it now, just from daily wear. Maybe not the right long-term ring choice.

Stainless steel often contains elements of iron, chromium, nickel and carbon. It does not rust easily, but it can be stained.

Two-toned Gold
Two-toned Gold

Gold

He chose a lovely ring, 2-toned gold. This is what we used for the ceremony. He wore it proudly for a few weeks, and then . . . . . his fingers began to peel. Apparently he is allergic to the nickel found in gold rings. Take the ring off, everything is fine - put the ring on, peeling begins. It's now used for special occasions only. At least we won't have to have it re-dipped very often.

Gold is a very soft metal and has to be mixed with other alloys to allow for jewelry settings. Yellow gold is often mixed with copper, while white gold is often mixed with nickel - a less expensive but toxic alloy.

White gold is covered by a thin layer of rhodium, which helps to protect the metal and gives it a wonderful shine. Most white gold rings that are worn daily need to be dipped in rhodium about once every 6-12 months.

Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel

Back to Stainless Steel

This one was sweetly engraved. It was a more comfortable cut, but this ring took more nicks in a shorter amount of time. It may be because of the satin finish, or it may be that he's just hard on rings. Who knows.

Tungsten Carbide
Tungsten Carbide

Tungsten Carbide

Now we had to find something that was virtually indestructible and would require little to no maintenance. A friend recommended tungsten carbide. Truly, there isn't a single mark on it after 6 months of wear and tear. There were several to choose from, including diamond insets and lovely etchings.

Tungsten has the highest melting point of all metals. Tungsten by itself is very soft, but when mixed with carbon becomes extraordinarily hard.

According to Wikipedia, "Tungsten carbide is four times harder than titanium, twice as hard as steel, is virtually unscratchable, and has been widely used for decades in industrial applications such as cutting tools, mining machinery, and rocket engine nozzles. Its extreme hardness makes it useful in the manufacture of cutting tools, abrasives and bearings, as a cheaper and more heat-resistant alternative to diamond. Tungsten carbide is also used as a scratch-resistant material for jewelry including watch bands and wedding rings."

Titanium

Titanium allows for durability while offering a lighter weight. Titanium can be engraved or etched without affecting the strength of the metal.

Platinum

Platinum costs more than gold because it is a more precious metal. I have heard others remark that platinum actually is fairly soft in rings and needs maintenance. We don't have any platinum rings so I can't speak to this first hand.

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Comments 8 comments

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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

It sure does sound like a huge amount of hard work.

In fifty years I have been through two.

The First one wore out.

The second one.

I got very thin, tripped over and lost it.

Next month I will get remarried and buy a new one


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Kat07 8 years ago from Tampa Author

Your doing better than my husband - he went through these 4 rings in one year! He's very happy with the tungsten carbide ring now, hopefully there will be no more adverse reactions and no more marred rings!


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle

We have silver rings (I'm sensitive and allergic to just about everything else). My ring has remained in great condition, but my husbands accidentally ended up in the garbage disposal. It is still in one piece, but not very smooth anymore. He doesn't wear it, but we have saved it. Interesting info here. At some point we might look into different rings.


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WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

I've got a yellow gold ring with white gold trim on either side of it. I, too, was worried about losing it, etc. but it hasn't happened....yet!


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Kat07 8 years ago from Tampa Author

Stacie -

I otherwise LOVE sterling jewelry, but have found it to be fairly soft. All of my old sterling rings have bent and conformed with wear. And it does tarnish, but I wonder if you wear it daily does it still develop tarnish???

WeddingConsultant -

Sounds like you have done a good job of keeping track of your ring! My husband's rings are often left by the sink side or in the shower. One day I will be glad we have so many when the drains claim a few!


Amanda 7 years ago

Just be careful. With the hardness and scratch resistance comes little forgiveness for weight loss/gain. Titanium rings can only be changed by one size and tugsten carbide rings cannot be resized at all.


Mike Allin 6 years ago

A lot of men who have had gold rings for their entire marriage and now renewing their vows and getting titanium rings. They not only like the new look, but love how lightweight they are.


Ryan Xavier 4 years ago

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