The traditional shiny gold wedding band has been moving away from the top of the women’s trend list for years, with many women preferring a more feminine silver or white gold, so why not take a page out of her book and go for something more manly? There are some really interesting trends in metals right now for men’s rings ranging from platinum to titanium, cobalt or even tungsten. Check out this list below of some of the hot new metals in men’s wedding bands to get some rough, tough and affordable new ideas for that ring finger.
PLATINUM WEDDINGS BANDS
Not so much a trend as a statement, platinum is ever-popular despite how expensive it is.
COBALT WEDDING RINGS
Cobalt, a white metal, has a silver hue to it, and may often be mistaken for platinum. The sheen, color and luster will all be fairly akin to platinum, but the price tag will be far, far lower. Men have a tendency to lose wedding rings more than women (taking it off for work, the gym or to sleep contributes whereas women are more accustomed to having jewelry on most of the time) so this lower price point helps take some pressure off. It has been shown that when a man is less afraid of losing a wedding band, he’s more likely to wear it- which is a great selling point for the ladies too.
TITANIUM WEDDING BANDS
Any boy who enjoyed comics and superheroes and grew up to be a married man knows that the word ‘Titanium’ just has a nice ring to it. With many of the features mentioned about Cobalt above (such as the platinum-esque sheen and luster) Titanium has the ‘ooh’ factor attached to it whenever anyone asks what it’s made of.
TUNGSTEN WEDDING BANDS
Not many people will be very familiar with Tungsten, but recently it has become one of the top trends in men’s wedding bands. Durable and tough this metal can be worn without wearing down no matter how much a man is using his hands. Add to this the fact that Tungsten has little of the traditional shine or glitz to it and it’s the dream of many men, well, the compromise, which makes wearing a wedding ring viable. The color of the metal tends to be a dark slate gray or even black, making them a bit manlier.
STAINLESS STEEL WEDDING BANDS
Many men enjoy the clean, simple look of a stainless steel band. These are fantastic for engravings or even designs with greater meaning to them, and are a steal (pun intended) at pennies to the dollar the price of platinum or gold.
CERAMIC WEDDING BANDS
Simple, with smooth lines and great durability, the new ceramic rings are supremely comfortable to wear, while still providing a little bit of shine and affordability.
COBALT CHROME WEDDING BANDS
Who doesn’t like the sound of having a little bling bling by way of chrome? This metal alloy is often used in orthopedic and dental implants, and is extremely versatile while still being extremely durable, certainly symbolizing a lasting marriage.
CARBON FIBER WEDDING BANDS
For something a little more 21st century (or even 22nd century), try a carbon fiber inlayed band. Generally mixed with another tough metal, it can create a sense of texture and tone to liven up the average tough metal wedding band.
SERANITE WEDDING BANDS
Never heard of it? Most people haven’t, but this durable material, also known as “super ceramic” is extremely light and comfortable making it a favorite amongst grooms.
MOKUME-GANE WEDDING BANDS
This Japanese art form uses mixed-metals to create an almost wood-grain-like effect (think something like you’d imagine the surface of Jupiter to appear) gives a unique appearance for a truly individual ring… and makes you sound worldly and enlightened when you talk about it.
Jessica Josh is an author who has been blogging and writing online for a number of years. Her love of wedding bands, entertainment, trends has allowed her to review and work with a number of companies such as JMD ENTERTAINMENT