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Choosing His Wedding Band

Category:  Engagement
Posted on:  July 28, 2023
by Jaime Polk

Let’s start with the basics.  Does he want a classic band or a modern band?

First, pick your metal & metal color

For a classic band, consider a precious metal which includes:

  • Yellow or White gold in 14 karat or 18 karat. 14 karat gold is approximately 58.5% gold.  18 karat gold is 75% gold. The balance of metal is called “alloy”.  Remember the natural color of gold is yellow so if he chooses white gold, the white will come from the alloy and it will also be rhodium plated.
  • Platinum, which is a naturally white metal and is 95% platinum.

For a modern band, you might consider an “alternative” metal choice.  These newer, modern metals are often more scratch resistant than precious gold.  The list of modern metals includes the following options:

  • Tungsten Carbide – a heavy dark grey metal
  • Titanium – a lightweight, medium grey metal
  • Stainless steel – a medium weight, bright white metal

Next, pick your profile and width

Wedding bands come in a variety of profiles and widths.  The width is referred to in millimeters.  The most popular millimeter widths are 4mm & 6mm, although many of the modern metal wedding bands are popular in 8mm as well.  For the profile, the most popular profiles include the following:

  • Domed
  • Flat
  • Edge design, usually step down or beveled
  • Comfort fit or not comfort fit – This refers to the profile of the inside of the band. A comfort fit band is rounded on the inside while a non-comfort fit band is flat inside.  Most profiles are available in comfort fit and non-comfort fit.

Lastly, pick your finish.  The most popular finishes include the following:

  • Satin or matte
  • Polished
  • Hammered
  • Inlaid

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