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Now Youíre Engaged, How Do You Choose A Mens Wedding Ring?
So, youíve just got engaged.
Whether you are a man or a woman you have an important decision to make
(amongst the myriad of other decisions) about mens wedding rings. Itís
this. Will the man in your relationship wear one?
Maybe thatís you, maybe not. But you both need to think about it.
You see itís only since the second world war that modern men have
started to publicly display their marital status by the wearing of a
man wedding ring.
Prior to that it was rare for a man to wear a ring when he married. Men
were able to hide their marital status behind the tradition that
required a woman to wear a wedding ring, but not a man.
However during the war many US soldiers chose to wear mens wedding
rings as a public symbol of their marital status whilst away at war and
that has started a tradition for the modern man. Now itís very common
for a man to wear a mens wedding ring, perhaps the norm.
So, what decisions need to be made? Well the first is this. Will he
wear one? Thatís probably the hardest decision in the process.
For a woman thereís no decision. Sheís engaged, she wants the ring. For
her she needs an engagement ring as well as a wedding ring, and an
expensive engagement ring at that. But for a man itís not so straight
So a very important part of the process is for both of you to talk
about it. Do you both have strong feelings about the man wearing a man
wedding ring, either one way or the other? Does the woman feel that if
she is to publicly display her marital status then itís only fair that
he do the same? Does he have any reservations about wearing a ring and
if so what are they? You both need to talk over your feelings about the
wearing of a man wedding ring. Establish the groundwork.
Once and if you have made a decision that he will wear a ring then
thatís just the start. Itís perfectly possible to buy a his and hers
matching wedding ring set. These are rings designed as matching sets
for you both so that both your wedding rings go well together. So are
you going to look for matching rings, or just buy him a ring and focus
on hers separately?
Next you have to decide what type of ring. Thereís a whole world of
designs for mens wedding rings out there. An enormous range of styles
and materials. A man makes a statement about himself in selecting the
ring he will wear for his wife, and she is a part of that statement if
she is actively involved in the decision.
Think about his personality. Is he outgoing or shy? Is he outrageous or
conservative? Is he flamboyant? Understated? When he buys clothes what
does he select? Does he buy colourful flamboyant ties or ties which fit
in with the style of the suit? Would he wear clothes which make him
stand out from the crowd or does he prefer to meld in?
His menís wedding ring needs to fit his personality. All these
characteristics, as well as many others, bear on your choice of ring. A
man with a strong flamboyant personality would be much more likely to
prefer a ring which stands out. Which sets him apart from the crowd,
which says ďlook at meĒ. On the other hand a man with a more
conservative type of personality would probably prefer to say ďIím
married but Iím not going to shout it from the rooftopĒ with his ring.
Similarly, think about his stature. Is he short or tall? Is he large or
small? Does he have long slender fingers or short stubby fingers? These
characteristics also bear on the style of ring selected.
So size up the man before making a decision on the style of ring for
One of the most common form of mens wedding ring is the simple band
style. Often in gold or white gold, it is plain and unadorned. A simple
statement of marital status and nothing else. But even amongst simple
bands there are decisions to make. How wide? What colour? What type of
material? New materials such as Titanium or Platinum have broadened the
choices hugely. Mens black Titanium rings really catch the eye.
Or amongst the more traditional materials sterling silver menís wedding
rings look stunning. Or brushed mens white gold wedding rings. The
range of choices now is enormous.
And itís not necessary to decide on a single material. Mens two toned
gold wedding rings, utilising white and yellow gold, are popular.
Perhaps match the ring material with gemstones such as rubies or
sapphires or even diamonds to create a stunning effect.
Itís perfectly possible to get custom made rings or even design them
yourself. The internet offers a big range of choices and also offers
rings and other jewelry dramatically cheaper than your traditional
bricks and mortar stores. Several online jewellers offer a design your
own mens wedding ring service so that you can design a ring thatís
unique to you.
And if you want something really different why not consider celtic mens
The range of choices is endless, enough to satisfy even the most
And remember that for a man this ring may be the only jewelry he will
ever wear. The choice of man ring that you both make is a big one.
So, now youíre engaged, spend a little time thinking about what you are
going to do about a menís wedding ring. Start talking about it with
your partner. The more time you spend on it the happier you will be
with your final choice.
About the author:
© 2005 Peter Crump. Peter Crump is the webmaster and owner of two jewelry websites. The first is
http://www.coolmensrings.ili1.com/sitemap_1.htmlThis is a website devoted solely to mens rings, both mens wedding rings and mens rings in general.
The second is http://www.magic-of-moissanite.comThis website is devoted to moissanite jewelry. Both to explain what moissanite is and also to point out the reasons why moissanite is such a marvellous jewelry stone.
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