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Many grooms have never worn a ring, and have no idea what they want, or what they should look for. Some may even be nervous about wearing a ring, fearing it will bother them or interfere with certain activities. If you are lost on the subject of manly rings, here is what you need to know.
Once upon a time, choosing a wedding band for the groom was a fairly straight forward process. A simple, rounded gold band was the order of the day, and the rest of your attention could be spent on other matters. Over the last couple of decades however, the landscape has changed dramatically, with far more options and considerations on the table. While choice is great, it can also be confusing, so it's a good idea to know what the options are before you start shopping, and know what might suit your lifestyle the best.
Your first consideration should be your own personal taste. If a traditional gold band that matches your bride's rings perfectly is what you've always dreamed of, then don't let anyone else convince you otherwise. This is your wedding ring, and you will be the one that has to wear it for the rest of your life, so make sure that you like it! If you're more practical by nature, and want a hardier ring, then a modern metal like tungsten or titanium might suit you better. To help you with the different aspects of the metals used in wedding bands today, here are is a quick guide:
Gold, White Gold: Traditional and beautiful, these are still the most popular metals used for men's wedding bands today. From a practical perspective, they do scratch and bend fairly easily, and the price of gold means that they are on the more expensive side. They can also be re-sized in future if needed.
Platinum: The most expensive of the precious metals here, platinum has become quite popular over the last century. Like gold, it can be re-sized, and can scratch easier than metals like titanium and tungsten.
Palladium: Although quite popular internationally, palladium is a relative newcomer to the Australian wedding band scene. Palladium is a precious metal that is very similar to platinum in almost every way, with the exception that it is much cheaper;
Titanium: Still edging out tungsten as the most popular modern metal used in men's wedding bands, titanium's strengths lie in the fact that it is more scratch resistant than the precious metals (but not scratch-proof), is very strong, and also very light. Titanium also doesn't tarnish, or need re-plating, and is cheaper than the precious metals. Titanium can't be re-sized, but many stores offer a lifetime exchange policy should you dramatically gain or lose weight in future.
Tungsten Carbide: Tungsten carbide is fast becoming one of the most popular materials for use as a wedding band due to its virtually scratch-proof quality. It is similarly priced to titanium, and is often used as a secondary or “every day” wedding band for men who have jobs or hobbies that can cause a lot of damage to softer rings. Like titanium tungsten can't be re-sized, so the same caveats apply.
As you can see, there is no “best” metal for a wedding band. Having said that, there is quite possibly a metal that suits your particular lifestyle and desires above all others.