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Men's Wedding Bands Are Turning on the Style

Sep 3, 2008
The most common choice in men's wedding bands for generations has been the plain band made of yellow gold that is wider than the woman's wedding band. Glitz was left for the women. But today more and more men are choosing wedding rings in a wide variety of metals and unique designs. They're finding that there are many options for creating a truly unique piece of jewelry.

In addition to yellow gold, wedding rings are now commonly available in white gold, titanium, tungsten, palladium, and platinum. Each metal has its unique characteristics that make for a unique wedding band.

While some men still prefer a very plain wedding band, many others are embracing the wide variety of unique and custom wedding bands that are now readily available. They are looking for a band that will be one-of-a-kind. These include bands set with a diamond or other gemstones, bands made of two different metal colors, bands with personalization (names, dates, words). There are many contemporary styles along with classic styles available today. Some popular choices include:

- A traditional 6mm to 8mm white gold or yellow gold comfort fit wedding band with scrolling (milgrain) along the rims for ornamentation, making this a classic, yet very stylish ring.

- A contemporary tungsten band, which is a lightweight, ultra hard material that takes abuse well. Tungsten looks wonderful with inlaid gemstones, is scratch resistant, and when polished to a high sheen, looks very similar to silver.

- A totally modern band design with asymmetrical grooves inlaid with diamonds, sapphires or other gemstones. Round-cut small diamonds, small rubies and sapphires are many men's favorites.

- Titanium wedding bands have increased in popularity. They're very modern looking in both black and light and are very durable, lightweight, and strong.

The lighter style titanium bands are a grayish colored metal that has a rich, subtle shade when polished and is certainly ideal for the low-maintenance type of man.

Titanium bands can be inlaid with a yellow gold stripe or crowned with a beautiful diamond or a precious gemstone that matches the woman's wedding band.

Genuine black titanium is a spectacular metal with uniform color throughout, produced by a manufacturing process that makes black titanium wedding bands. The exterior of the ring never requires replacing and scratches do not show. Both light and black titanium are extremely durable, stylish, ultra-lightweight, and make a wonderful choice for men's wedding bands.

- Also popular are bands slimmer than the more traditional 8mm men's band. These bands can be as thin as 2mm. In addition to providing enhanced comfort, the thinner bands can make more precious metals such as platinum more affordable and accessible.

- Diamonds and gemstones are also being seen more often on men's wedding bands.

Traditionally men have worn very plain and basic wedding bands. Today, however, men are embracing the wide variety of designs and metals available and celebrating the beauty that can be created in jewelry.
About the Author
Amy Carrington is a fashion maven and editor at www.SorellaJewelry.com. Sorella Jewelry Studio creates elegant and original personalized jewelry with the names, words, dates and Chinese symbols that matter to you.
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