Men have worn rings for more years than people presume, and not merely a simple wedding band. A combination of a wider metal spectrum, changing sensibilities and tastes, and a wider design spectrum, one can refer to men’s fashion rings and not be thought daft.
Gold and silver have long been joined by titanium, tungsten steel, tungsten carbide, ceramic, palladium, and simple steel as ringmaking materials, and men’s rings are not exempt. These rings are well-fitted for such stones as diamond, emerald, ruby, topaz, onyx, turquoise, opal, cubic zirconia, and more, and the colour versatility augments the design variety.
Most men’s rings still come in gold or silver because of their affordability-the standard price range is between $20 and $200, depending on the stone inlay-but gold is seen as somewhat traditional while, lately, silver and steel alloys are seen as even more affordable.
According to Justmen’sRings.com, tungsten, titanium, stainless, and palladium are becoming more popular men’s ring choices. Tungsten in particular is popular for its durability-the site says tungsten rings are the hardest jewelry ever hand-made and difficult to impossible to scratch or nick, not to mention that you can polish them back to their original shine readily enough. They are also amenable to two-toning between yellow and white, whether in wedding band styles or general fashion styles.
Titanium rings are considered lighter weight than tungsten rings but no less sturdy, not to mention somewhat more comfortable and better wearing than gold. Palladium, a somewhat rare but lustrous silver-white metal, came into general jewelry usage around 1939. Considered a white gold alloy, according to Justmen’sRings.com, palladium is a popular alternative to platinum and white gold, not to mention being considered hypoallergenic.
But stainless steel rings may be the most popular men’s rings for now-for wedding rings, everyday rings, fashion rings, and more. They are often considered ideal options for active men who like wearing rings and are considered to wear better than softer metals.