It really depends! From durability to price, you’ll want to weigh out the various options to determine the best wedding metal for you.
Shopping for men’s wedding bands doesn’t have to be rocket science. However, it is helpful to know the answers to a few questions about the types of metals that are available. We’ve compiled a list of the most common questions that couples have when they are shopping for wedding rings, along with some helpful input.
Which wedding bands are most durable?
Over time, wedding bands will exhibit signs of wear and tear, and some quicker than others. While all wedding bands take a beating, some hold up a bit better in the long term. If you are active and are concerned about scratches or fading, durability should be a consideration.
Most durable: Platinum
Medium durability: Tungsten, 14K Gold
Least durable: 18K Gold
What do wedding bands weigh?
One reason wedding band home try-on kits are great is that they allow you to test the weight of your ring. Knowing how your ring will feel on your finger day in and day out is an important part of determining which ring to buy. Do you want something that feels substantial? Or do you prefer to wear a ring that you won’t really feel at all? Here is our list of men’s wedding bands from heaviest to lightest:
Lightest: 14K and 18K Gold
Which wedding bands can be resized?
The answer to this question might be the only one you need when making your decision. Our bodies go through changes, and you don’t want to be stuck with a ring that no longer fits. This is another reason to consider a home try-on. Wearing a ring through the day, as your fingers swell and shrink, will give you a good idea of what size to purchase. Here are the ring metals that can and cannot be resized:
Yes, resize me: 14K Gold, 18K Gold and Platinum
Nope, can’t resize: Tungsten
Which metals are hypo-allergenic?
Another reason why home try-on kits are so great is that you can wear them around and determine whether or not you might have an allergy to a certain metal. There are some metals that are hypoallergenic and can be worn by anyone. If you have sensitive skin, this list will help you determine which metals to consider and which should be ruled out.
Hypoallergenic: Platinum, Tungsten
Not Hypoallergenic: 14K Gold, Sometimes 18K Gold
How do metals compare in price?
14K Gold holds its value better than the other metals and sometimes even increases in value. For this reason, gold will be more expensive than the others. Here is a basic list of pricing. You can see exactly how much each ring costs by going to our pricing page.
More expensive: Platinum
Medium: 14K Gold and 18K Gold
Least expensive: Tungsten
Each groom is unique and your wedding band should be tailored to your specific needs. We hope this list helps! Ordering a home try-on kit will help you get a better idea of what your ring will feel like and look like. Get more information here.
*We never recommended wearing your wedding band while engaged in activities that require extensive work with your hands, including but not limited to working with electricity and working in construction.