A Mans Guide To Select A Perfect Wedding Band…

January 9, 2018, Alyssa Bruni

Most ring widths are measured in millimeters or “mm” for short, even in countries that use inches, such as the USA. Most people already have a hard enough time trying to imagine how wide a quarter inch or a half inch is. So, it is much more difficult to imagine how wide 6 mm is when you don’t even think in terms of the metric system to begin with. Customers frequently struggle with how wide they want their ring or wedding band to be. Below is a chart that shows common ring widths in millimeters converted to inches. If you have a ruler handy, you could reference it to easily visualize how wide the ring you are about to order will be.

MM INCHES
2 0.07
4 0.15
6 0.23
8 0.31
10 0.39
12 0.47
14 0.55
16 0.62
18 0.70
20 0.78

 

If you don’t happen to have a ruler nearby, an everyday object we have found that gives an accurate representation of the width of a ring is a 5¢ US nickel. The thickness of a nickel is basically 2 mm thick.

How wide is a 2mm ring?

A 2mm ring is as about the width of a nickle.  A standard U.S uses nickle measures 1/16 of an inch, which is almost 2mm wide.

How wide is a 4mm ring?

The 4 mm men’s wedding band is the most popular width of metal to go for. Due to its comfort fit and its unique appeal, its adds flavour to ones personality. It’s versatile and can also be worn by women. The width is quite optimal as it is neither too thick nor too thin.

How wide is a 6mm ring?

An 6mm ring is as about the width of three nickles stacked together. A standard U.S uses nickle measures 1/16 of an inch, which is almost 2mm wide. Three nickles, or 6mm, would measure 6/16 inch.

If you stack three nickels it would be 6mm thick, 4 would be 8mm thick, and so on and so forth. So, simply find some loose change in your pocket, and stack nickels together to visualize how wide your ring will be. See below for a chart that gives equivalent numbers of nickels for common rings widths.

How wide is an 8mm ring?

An 8mm ring is as about the width of four nickles stacked together. A standard U.S uses nickle measures 1/16 of an inch, which is almost 2mm wide. Four nickles, or 8mm, would measure 1/4 inch.

How wide should a mans ring be?

The most common ring width for men is 8mm wide. However, many men choose to get a 6mm or 10mm ring. Men with larger finger sizes tend to prefer wider rings. A majority of men that have a finger size under 9.0 prefer a 6 mm wide ring. This is because they do not want the ring to look too big in comparison to their hand. Men with finger sizes above 9.0 tend to prefer an 8 mm wide ring, or even a 10 mm wide ring. We do offer rings above 12 mm wide, and men who prefer those rings really just like wider rings. It has nothing to do with their finger size. In the end it all comes down to personal preference. There are no hard rules about how wide your wedding band should be. There are even men who prefer 4 mm wide rings because they are not used to wearing a ring, and that is perfectly fine.

METAL CHOICE

The metals that are usually used are platinum, white gold, yellow gold 14k and 18k, Black Gold and rose gold.

Durability And Lifestyle Considerations

Durability And Lifestyle Considerations

Because of its higher percentage of alloyed metals, 14k gold offers more resistance to wear and tear. Thus, it is ideal for everyday use, and is the most popular choice for engagement rings and simple wedding bands. Those with active lifestyles should definitely consider getting 14K gold jewelry because it holds up better in sports, manual labor, and other rigorous, regular activities. 18K gold jewelry is softer than 14K, and is therefore typically considered a special occasion piece. You can expect to see more of 18K gold pieces at social events or on red carpets.

GOLD KARAT

Gold is an extremely versatile metal, and the most common choice for jewelry. The standard measurement of gold is a karat, which is divided into 24 parts. Pure gold is 24 karats, meaning 24 out of 24 parts are gold.

Pure gold is too soft to be used for jewelry, so it’s combined with other metal alloys to increase its strength. You’ll find 22K gold, but most often gold comes in 18K (75% gold), 14K (58% gold) and 10K (about 42% gold). The remainder is made up of other metals — like silver, copper, nickel and zinc — to lend strength and durability. The type and percentage of metal alloys used determine the shade and color of gold. For example, 22K gold tends to be a rich, saturated gold color, while 14K gold may appear as a slightly paler yellow.

1. PLATINUM GOLD

Platinum is extremely durable and is among the rarest elements in the earth’s crust. It is also hypoallergenic and almost never causes skin reactions.

Platinum is a chemical element with symbol Pt and atomic number 78. It is a dense, malleable, ductile, highly unreactive, precious, silverish-white transition metal. Its name is derived from the Spanish term platina, meaning “little silver”. … Platinum is one of the least reactive metals.

Platinum is a naturally white metal with a cool luster that showcases the brilliance and sparkle of diamonds beautifully. It’s a popular choice for engagement rings and wedding bands, and is considered the most precious of all jewelry metals.

Compared to gold, platinum is five times as rare and purer when used in jewelry. Platinum is durable, making it a good option if your fiancée leads an active lifestyle — its density provides a secure setting for diamonds or gemstones. Platinum is also naturally hypoallergenic, so it’s a great choice for those with sensitive skin.

Its elegant sheen will not fade or change colour over time, making re-plating your platinum ring unnecessary. Because of its strength, it’s a popular choice for setting diamonds.

2. WHITE GOLD

White gold is gold plated in rhodium, a member of the platinum family, which gives it a brilliant white color similar to platinum’s but at a lower price point (note: the rhodium plating on white gold jewelry may need to be replaced after a decade or so).

More contemporary than yellow gold, white gold gets its silvery white character from combining yellow gold with copper, zinc and nickel (or palladium). It’s plated with a hard element called rhodium (a platinum group metal), which costs about four times as much as platinum, resists scratches and tarnishing, and gives white gold a reflective appearance. However, it may wear away over time, requiring a quick trip to your jeweler for re-plating.

3. YELLOW GOLD

Classic yet fashionable, yellow gold achieves its warm patina from the red of copper and the green hue of silver. Yellow gold lost favour to white gold for a while, but has recently regained popularity.

Yellow gold gives off a subtle, warm glow and is a classic option. You can opt for 14k or 18k.

As mentioned above, pure gold is too soft for everyday wear, gold jewelry often also contains other metals, such as silver, copper, nickel or zinc, to make the piece more durable. The karatage shows how much of the metal is pure gold, compared to other metals. 24k is 100% gold, while 18k is 75% gold, and 14k is 58.3% gold. Aproximately 90% of wedding bands in the American market use 14k gold.

Karat desirability varies from region to region. In the US, 14-karat gold is more dominant in the jewelry industry. Meanwhile, 18-karat gold is more popular in Europe and Asia.

Because of its greater percentage of gold, an 18-karat piece will fetch a higher price than one of 14-karat gold. However, in some cases, monetary value alone does not influence purchasing decisions. Others take history, circumstance, or sentimental value into consideration, too. Some also consider the look of the gold, as the higher the karat of the gold, the more yellow it appears. 18-karat yellow gold has a deeper yellow hue than 14-karat, 14K-karat white gold has a stronger white color than 18-karat, 14-karat rose gold is more pink than 18K, and so on. Sometimes 14K is the better complement to the desired gems for the piece or just has a more appealing look.

4. ROSE GOLD

Rose gold is a beautiful, less common choice and creates a unique vintage effect. It’s perfect for a groom who wants a more distinctive look. If you are confused and need help with picking out your wedding band, you can always go for mixing the metal. The combination of rose gold with other metals is beautiful. We have some great choices such as SKU: FDM50240-B and SKU: FDMSQ1143.

Rose gold is unique and romantic, rose gold has a warm, pink hue created by combining yellow gold with a copper alloy. The overall percentages of metal alloys are the same for rose gold as they are for yellow or white.

5. BLACK GOLD

Often under the black gold understand nothing like oil. But we’re going to talk specifically about the black gold. Black gold is a type of gold used in jewelry. This question is about black gold, or blackened by chemical reactions and compounds of different metals.

COMFORT FIT BAND

The edges of men’s wedding bands can be curved or flat, forming right angles to the sides of the ring. Our popular Comfort Fit band has gently rounded edges, which can make it a good choice for men who are concerned about how it will feel to wear a ring every day. Try on a number of different rings to get a sense of which fit feels right to you.

Here is an example of a comfort fit.

  • Comfort fit wedding band: Comfort fit wedding bands are crafted using extra metal to make the inside of the band slightly domed, resulting in a very comfortable fit.
    Comfort-fit bands are especially recommended for men, because they are easier to squeeze over a large knuckle when putting your ring on or taking it off, and it’s much more comfortable to wear once it’s on.

  • Standard fit band: Standard fit bands have a straight interior, and do not have the extra dome of metal provided by comfort fit wedding bands.

  • heavy domed wedding bands: This drawing shows a cross section of a heavy domed wedding band featuring a comfort fit. Notice that the comfort fit on the inside of this ring is the same as the ring shown in the top picture, but the outside dome on this ring is higher.

  • Here is a flat style wedding band showing a comfort fit.

  • We strongly recommend comfort-fit styles for widths of 5mm and wider. On widths of 4mm or less, the comfort-fit advantage is not as noticeable, but because the rings are still more comfortable than standard wedding bands, we recommend the comfort-fit for all widths if your budget allows.

WEDDING BAND FINISH

CUSTOM DESIGNS

CUSTOM DESIGNS

To wear a ring that truly reflects your one-of-a-kind personality, consider having your wedding band custom designed. Our jewelry design experts will help you bring your vision to life, and can suggest styles and effects that will express your unique style, such as nature-inspired motifs, antique designs, or custom patterns or symbols that honor your heritage or history.

 
 

HIGH POLISH

HIGH POLISH

High Polish- High Polish is the most traditional choice and describes metal with a reflective finish.

MATTE FINISH

MATTE FINISH

Matte is a less reflective finish with an understated, modern feel.

 
 

DETAILING

DETAILING

Today we have a large number desiring a little bit of dash and style instead of going for the plain band that was generically associated with male preferences. At Fascinating diamonds we have a range of dash detailed rings, whether it is adding some coloured stone or a diamond to your ring or sapphire accents, we have it all. See below and check out our top selling men’s rings. (Including design and detail.)

 
 

COMBINATION

COMBINATION

combination is a combination of both matt and high polish.

HAMMERED

HAMMERED

Hammered rings look as if a tiny hammer has pounded the metal to create a textured effect. They are popular with men who want a unique, eye-catching look.

 
 

ENGRAVING

ENGRAVING

Whether you choose a ring that’s understated and classic or more unique and eye-catching, there are endless ways to personalize the band with engraving. The date of your wedding, your fiancé’s name or initials, a word, phrase or song lyric that’s central to your love story—engraving any of these on your ring will lend it extra meaning. You could even have your fiancé’s fingerprint engraved into the metal—what could be more romantic than choosing to keep a reminder of your other half close to you every day? You can have either the inside or the outside of your ring engraved, depending on whether you want to keep the engraving private or show it off to the world.

Check Out Our Top Best Selling Men’s Rings Available Below

 




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