How to Choose a Wedding Band That Suits Your Personality: A Guide for Grooms-To-Be

Let’s face it: you’ve probably spent less time browsing through jewelry store selections than you have discussing the merits of bubble baths with your future father-in-law. Sooner or later, though, you’ll have a decision to make about the only accessory you’ll be wearing every day for the rest of your life. The wedding band. Needless to say, you’re going to want a wedding band that blends as seamlessly with your fashion sense as it does with your lifestyle. Check out the following guide for tips on how to make it happen.

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SKIN:

First thing to consider: your skin. Are you allergic to nickel or any other metals, or have reason to think you might be? If so, you might want to schedule a visit with your physician or an allergy specialist to help you determine if it’s necessary to avoid certain materials or composites. Alternatively, you could commit to choosing a ring made from material that’s hypoallergenic, like platinum, stainless steel, titanium, or zirconium. After all, you don’t want to find your long-awaited honeymoon interrupted by  an irritating, uncomfortable rash.

PRICE:

Second, how much can you afford to spend? For the high rollers out there this is a non-issue. For most of us, though, affordable options that don’t require a compromise on looks or quality are a priority. Here’s a quick, general look at how prices stack up:

Platinum, palladium, and mokume-gane rings are within your price range if your price range has no ceiling. Starting around $1,000 and going up, up, up, rings made from these materials carry a premium price mainly due to their looks and high levels of purity.

More affordable, but still not really for some of us, is gold. Most gold rings are in the $700 and up range, although price can vary considerably based on whether you’re talking 9, 14, or 18 carats.

Rings made from Damascus steel can look pretty darn cool, but carry a much heftier price tag than their stainless steel brethren, coming in at $400 and up. Classy black zirconium bands are similar in price, but tend to run just a bit cheaper.

Ceramic, carbon fiber, titanium, stainless steel, cobalt chrome, tungsten carbide,  and wood are your allies when money is an object. The good news is that rings made from these materials can be just as durable, versatile, and sexy, if not more so, than their more expensive counterparts.

DURABILITY:

Now, how often will you take it off? Depending on your job or your hobbies, removing your ring might be an everyday occurrence. However, if you’re expecting to keep that precious piece of craftsmanship on at all times, like many men do, you’ll want to consider hardness and durability.

In these categories, the gold does not go to gold. Although a traditional and popular choice, gold is about as soft as it gets where rings are concerned, meaning it’s easily scratched, scraped, and bent. White-collar workers with indoor hobbies, this is you.

Tungsten carbide rings represent the opposite side of the spectrum. Almost totally scratch-proof, this composite material has another added benefit known as “permanent polish,” a phrase that speaks for itself. Ceramic rings are known for having only slightly less hardness and durability than tungsten. If you work or play outdoors on a daily basis, going with ceramics or tungsten can help ease your mind about the inevitable abuse your ring will endure.

In between the extremes of gold and tungsten carbide lies the abundance of other options, including, from softest to hardest, platinum, palladium, titanium, and stainless steel.

LOOKS:

Last but certainly not least, looks. Maybe you’re the down-to-earth type who would feel most at home in a wooden wedding band, maybe you crave the unmistakable glimmer of white platinum, or maybe you just want something a little unique. In that case, you’ll be glad to know that there are plenty of styles, shapes, and colors to go around.

Zirconium rings are popular for their textured look, and come in many shades ranging from glossy black to matte charcoal.

If exotic colors are more your style, you’ll want to check out the rainbow palate of titanium rings on the market.

Damascus steel has a remarkable and provocative appearance that is a product of hammer-welding and hand-forging.

Even if you decide to go with traditional gold, looks aren’t limited, since your options include rings of white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold.

Of course, if finding something a little off the beaten path still doesn’t satisfy your appetite for the unique, you can always have your ring personalized even further, since all of these materials can be engraved. Contact a ring designer to help you create a wedding band uniquely for you.

Picking out a wedding band is a big decision, but can be easier if you go into the process with a little knowledge and some patience. In the end, you want a ring that is comfortable and that makes you feel at home while wearing it. Don’t be afraid to try on every type of ring in your size that you can find before making your final choice, because remember, every groom’s “I do” should have a nice ring to it.

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The Rise Of The Man-Gagement Ring

Society evolved and what was seen as common practice a few years ago is no longer accurate. Nowadays, modern women do expect the same rights as men and education evolved to the point where engagement rings are no longer just for women.

Women have many reasons to consider proposing. In some situations this happens as the woman just wants to know where the relationship is at. Also, we do have the situation in which the woman is faced with a better financial stability where she thinks that it is financial worries stopping the man from buying an engagement ring. No matter what situation we are faced with, younger crowds do gravitate towards gender role sharing without any associated embarrassment. This led towards a constant growth in popularity for handmade engagement rings for men.

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The Fiancee Is Taken

Women do now want other women to know the fact that the fiancée is taken so it is normal to see that increase in man-gagement rings. Jewellery stores are quickly picking up the trend and feminists do consider it offensive that they have to wear an engagement ring, showcasing that they are taken, while men do not have such a limit that is imposed. Couples do buy matching rings, without taking into account who proposed.

Men Do Wear Jewellery

A few years ago, up until the late nineties, most men did not wear jewellery. This trend did change. There are many men that wear designer clothes and jewellery. Because of this shift, many men are feeling a little slighted that girlfriends receive beautiful engagement rings and they do not. Women thus now buy matching engagement rings for their soon to be spouses. We also see a constant increase in the number of men that buy their very own engagement rings, usually as a set that comes with the woman’s.

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Gay Marriage Rights

In the USA we have gay marriage being legal in all states. That automatically led towards a growth in the number of male engagement rings as they basically take on a brand new meaning together with the legal aspect of gay marriage. Various jewellery stores in states that were progressive about this matter are now promoting diversity and actually have many interesting diamond rings that are designed for men that want to engage to other men.

Creating New Traditions

Engagement rings for men are driven in part by the fact that the younger generation is now looking to create brand new traditions and distance itself from the older traditions. The current generation has a reputation of bucking tradition and going on a new path with millennials embracing equality and the evolution of marriage.

On the whole, we can say that marriage is nowadays seen differently and engagement rings for men are no longer taboo. They are accepted and they are becoming a part of culture in many parts of the world. There is no shame in wearing one and there are some that are incredibly beautiful in jewellery stores that embraced change.

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Fashion at the Clooney Wedding Weekend

This past weekend marked the end of Hollywood’s “most eligible bachelor”, George Clooney’s reign. After his first marriage to actress Talia Balsam in 1989, George Clooney has been seen with many beautiful women on his arm, but has managed to avoid the phrase “I do”, until now. The woman who captured George’s heart is Amal Alamuddin. She is a criminal/human rights lawyer, who is as fashionable, as she is intelligent. Of course, George Clooney is no slouch in the fashion department himself.

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Starting on Friday, September 26th, Hollywood’s finest started arriving for the three day extravaganza. The first photo is George’s pal Matt Damon, who looked stunning at the rehearsal dinner. Matt is sporting a charcoal grey, three-piece suit with a black button-down, and saddle brown oxfords to shake it up a little.

at the hotel Cipriani post nuptuals

Next, is a photo of the happy couple themselves, George and Amal, at the Hotel Cipriani in Venice post their high security night of nuptials, for which the actual ceremony photos were just released to People Magazine today. George Clooney looks dashing in his light grey suit with marine blue tie and dark shades. Amal is very trendy in this white lace, high-low hemmed dress with colorful floral appliqué. The style showcases her long legs, but might be a little un-nerving in windy weather.

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Lastly, Best Man Randy Gerber and supermodel/wife Cindy Crawford have opted for quiet glam as they make their way home from Venice. Randy has layered a blue and black button-down, pairing it with jeans and black sneakers. Cindy adds some flair to her blue jeans with a camel-colored v-neck sweater, a sheer tan scarf, and a black leather catch-all tote.

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Women’s Fashion Advice – Wedding Dresses For 2014

Finding the perfect wedding dress in 2014 will be difficult. With so many brands and models out there, you have to shop around and compare prices. Modern brides often choose to buy their wedding dresses online. Internet-based stores offer a wide array of products at a competitive price. By ordering your dress online, you will save time and money. With a little research, you can find a beautiful designer dress for a quarter of the price.

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Shop Around

Bridal dresses can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Some brides pay a fortune on their wedding gowns. The good news is that you can significantly cut your costs. Online stores offer gorgeous wedding dresses and matching accessories for every taste. Future brides can visit online shops galore and place their order within minutes. Most stores, including Dimitra Designs, sell mermaid wedding dresses, lace dresses, modest wedding gowns, short bridal dresses, and plus size dresses.

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