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The men’s wedding ring is just as important as the female wedding ring, both in the wedding ceremony and married life. The ring is a symbol of many aspects of the relationship between the loved ones. Today men’s wedding bands or are also available in various styles.

It also carries a strong meaning to the woman he is married to. The tradition of men wearing wedding rings is a young tradition in the history of jewellery and there are many facts about the tradition that one should know.

When did men start wearing wedding rings?

It was only in the early 20th century that the tradition of both men and women wearing wedding rings started. Looking back in history it is possible to find a trend of only women wearing wedding bands as traditionally the engagement ring was given to a woman as a proposal of marriage.

During the 1st and 2nd World Wars soldiers would wear their wedding rings as a means of remembering their loved ones back home. Historically it is only after the Korean War that male wedding bands took on the sentimental value they have today. At this time the creation of matching wedding rings increased and designs specifically done for men became popular.

Customary wearing of the ring

As with ladies wedding rings, the male wedding ring is always worn on the ring finger but the hand it is worn on will vary depending on the culture. In many cultures the ring is worn on the right hand to symbolise the vows of matrimony and the promise to uphold these vows. The reason for this is that the right hand is often used for oaths and vows.

In other cultures the ring is worn on the left hand. One of the reasons for this is that it is believed the vein of love (vena amoris) runs through the left ring finger. There are also claims for this hand which relate to the right hand being more dominant than the left. This means that the ring will not be damaged while the right hand is being used.

The use of our ring fingers is also thought to have a similar origin as it is the least used of the fingers and wearing a ring on it will not disrupt the day to day working of the hand and the other fingers.

Metal Choices for Men's engagement rings

Men have a seemingly unlimited number of choices when it comes to the wedding band metals. The variety of choices can make shopping for the best men’s wedding bands quite intimidating. This is especially true for men who weren’t expecting to have so many options to choose from. Consulting with your jeweller is essential in making the right decision as the best way is to learn about the metals that are used to create wedding bands.

 The most popular metals for men’s wedding bands are gold, platinum, palladium, tungsten, titanium and silver. Each metal has its own strengths and weaknesses. Selecting the ideal metal type depends on your man’s personality and lifestyle.

The Birth of the Tungsten ring

Never before has any metal, style or colour had such a big impact on the male jewellery market as the Tungsten ring.

Tungsten rings are 10 times harder than gold, 4 times harder than titanium and the most scratch resistant of metals. They are considered one of the most popular rings in the world today because they provide style, toughness and comfort to last a long time.

Any coloured tungsten carbide ring, other than its natural silver colour, is achieved through a process called ion plating. This is true for all tungsten jewellery in the world. Ion plating is a process by which a surface is bombarded with atomic sized energetic particles in a vacuum to deposit a hard coating of compound materials that results in a desirable colour. 

The process is vastly superior to traditional “wet” plating methods (like electroplating) due to its increased bonding strength.

Plated tungsten rings are still highly scratch-resistant (comparable to titanium in hardness), but not as resistant as natural silver tungsten carbide. Please keep this in mind when purchasing your coloured Tungsten ring. Rose gold tungsten can change colour and lose its rosy hue when exposed to prolonged moisture: a natural and thus unavoidable physical property of the real gold powder used in the ion plating process.

Diamonds and Gems

A man who selects to wear Diamonds or Gems in his wedding ring, sets himself apart, it is the choice of the strong individual and for those with a love of the finer things in life.

Precious and Semi-precious gemstones are not often used in the modern male wedding ring. Mostly featured, as in the female wedding ring, is the Diamond. Be it white or black diamonds, they create an interesting design choice.

Blue Sapphire is also a popular choice as traditionally blue is a strong male colour. It is also a good choice for the male wedding ring due to its strength on the Mohs hardness scale of 9, just below a diamond, which measures 10.

Onyx is a variety of the microcrystalline quartz, called chalcedony, and was widely used in male rings in the 1960’s to 1980’s. These rings, however, are still very popular today and are worn as pinkie rings.

Ruby was considered the stone of love, energy, passion, power, and a zest for life. Like no other gemstone in the world, Ruby is the perfect symbol for powerful feelings. Emotionally, it is believed that rubies improve motivation and the setting of goals.