Choosing the right metal for your wedding band or engagement ring is not easy. Since engagement rings are typically made in platinum, palladium or gold, the choices are relatively narrow. The biggest decision might be deciding between yellow, rose or white gold. Or whether your diamond should be set with a white gold or much stronger platinum head.
Wedding bands – especially for men – have broader options. Choices range from always valuable precious metals to no-value alternative metals. After spending weeks making decision on tuxedos, the honeymoon, menu, and wedding venue, many men might simply be worn out. Cheaper options, such as tungsten or titanium, may appear to be most attractive.
This is where most men sell themselves short. Most men won’t choose a tuxedo offered from a place like Wal-Mart, Sears or JC Penny. However, if choosing an alternative metal wedding band, that’s exactly the type of retailers that sell them.
When it comes to alternative metals, you get what you pay for. Tungsten or titanium can’t be sized. Styles can’t be changed. Everything about them may be “as is.” Sure – the worn out groom may be saving some money. But whatever they choose has little actual value.
Here’s where a precious metal wedding band comes into play. Platinum, palladium and gold can all be resized. Refinished as well.
Guys – don’t kid yourself! Over the course of your marriage, there’s a good chance you’ll gain or lose weight. That means your finger size will change. A precious metal wedding band can practically change with you finger. You can have a jeweler size it up or down. Better yet – you can have it sent back to the manufacturer to be completely refurbished.
Having a precious metal wedding band is like having a car that always looks like new. Mileage on platinum, palladium or gold can be covered up with refinishing.
There’s also another factor associated with alternative metals. Most designs (but not all) are made overseas. So if Made in America* is important to you, chances are a precious metal ring has been manufactured domestically. Not all jewelry companies are alike, so be sure to do a little research.
Need more help with choosing the right metal for your wedding band? Here’s some great advice to help you quickly select the type of metal that is best suited for you and for your lifestyle.