Mens Wedding Bands, Pick one that Suits His Style.
Mens wedding bands are a relatively new trend. Jewelers tried to popularize them in the 1920s, but they never caught on with grooms. They took on a life of their own during World War II, when men wore them to remember their sweethearts. Hollywood film star Humphrey Bogart’s decision to wear a wedding band following his 1945 marriage to actress Lauren Bacall likely sent a stamp of approval to his millions of fans. Fast-forward to the present and you’ll spot mens wedding bands on A-list celebrities, athletes and entertainers like Ryan Reynolds, David Beckham and Michael Bublé. When Prince Harry, now the Duke of Sussex, wed Meghan Markle, he chose to wear a platinum wedding band, a break in tradition from the Welsh gold typically used for British royal weddings.
So, when it comes to tradition, who gets to select and pay for the groom’s wedding band? Fortunately, there’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to mens wedding bands. Often the decision is a joint one, with the bride paying for the band. Modern couples typically shop together: The bride weighs in on style and design, and the groom decides which wedding band is right for him.
Like choosing an engagement ring, selecting a forever wedding band can feel overwhelming given all the choices available. You can narrow down the options by considering personal style and focusing on those rings that best reflect it. Before you start shopping together, ask yourselves:
Yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and platinum are popular choices for mens wedding bands. But there are a host of other metals and materials that are also suitable. How do you choose? Again, it’s a combination of personal style, cost and a few other considerations.
Mens wedding bands can also feature more than one metal. For example, combining yellow gold with white gold or platinum creates contrast and can make a strong statement.
Here are two helpful facts about precious metals:
Several other metals and materials are also popular choices for mens wedding bands:
If you opt for one of these alternatives to precious metals, be sure to consult your jeweler before deciding. Some materials are more difficult to resize than others. Some can’t be easily cut from the finger in an emergency. And some may not be suitable to your lifestyle. For example, tungsten conducts electricity, making is unsuitable for certain professions.
Steve Pronko Jewelers has a full repair shop with trained, certified gemologists on site at our store. Here are a few of the most common repairs and services we provide:
Years ago, almost every jeweler did “bench work.” Today finding a full service jewelry store with knowledgeable jewelers and designers who work in-house is rare. We are proud to carry on this tradition and frankly, customers should be very careful about buying from a store that does not offer in-house repair services with certified gemologists on staff.
Your most valuable pieces are probably the ones that hold the most sentimental value. Pieces like your engagement ring, great grandmother’s necklace or your graduation pearls. These are irreplaceable pieces of fine jewelry worn regularly for years. No one expects their car to stay beautiful for 20 years without maintenance and repair. Yet we expect this from our engagement ring or wedding band. Repair is important for keeping your jewelry looking its best, and remaining structurally sound, as prongs and clasps can fail with age.
If you are relying on a store that doesn’t have an on-site repair shop then another level of risk is introduced into every single repair situation. Why settle for this? At best, an off-site shop will be slower in providing repairs; at worst, your irreplaceable items can be lost or stolen.