Where to start for ideas for men's wedding band?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
Hostess
30305 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Michelle0918:  We actually didn’t set out to compliment our rings. Instead, I really wanted DH to have a ring that he loved, seeing as he’s the one wearing it.  I say, start with what your boyfriend likes wearing, and go from there.  If he chooses something that compliments your rings, then great! If not, I wouldn’t worry about it too much.

Post # 4
Hostess
22135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

The only “complementary” thing about our wedding bands is that they are both white gold. We just started at jewelry stores, trying things on, just like with my band. My husband had noticed some of our friends’ bands that he liked, so he looked for those first and went from there! I definitely agree that it’s most important that he’s happy with it. 🙂 Good luck!

Post # 5
Member
1443 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

just go to some stores and have him start trying on rings, even if you don’t intend to buy it there. then you’ll get a feel for what type you two like.

as far as his complimenting your wedding band – no you don’t have to do that. you can do whatever you want. 

Post # 6
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3614 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I would look for hand shots of different widths so you have an idea there.  But I would likely get him a plain plat band.  LM has then listed on his site, they are perfectly classic I think.  

Post # 7
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1080 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

He got me a platinum e-ring and I wear my Grandma’s wedding band which is also platinum. he bought a block of platinum cheaply in Dubai on a work trip and was going to have a ring custom made to match mine. However, we couldn’t find a European jeweller willing to work with such pure metal (it’s always mixed with something else here) and so we were a bit stuck.

He went off alone to look at rings a couple of weeks before the wedding and texted me 3 pics all of which I hated! I went to join him and we picked one out together (my idea!) He is black so preferred the look of yellow gold with his skin and I didn’t want it to look too flashy. So in the end no, the don’t compliment each other really but we both wear a ring we love.

And he has a block of platinum for my future jewellery gifts…. 🙂

Post # 8
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1951 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Michelle0918:  our jeweler was having a wedding band trunk show thing. We went and saw a huge selection, mostly from Christian Bauer. We ended up finding something we really liked. It doesn’t match mine at all, but we kind of like that. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2000

Coordinating our rings is very important to me and my husband, so My weI used my engagement ring as the basis of the design of his wedding band.  If you look at my ring,

 

 

 

We used yellow gold as the basis for the band. Then we had the jeweler inset rose gold where the purple stones are on the sides of the opal, and we had the jeweler inset white gold where the opals are in my ring. 

 

I would start with your fiance narrowing down the shape that he prefers in his ring (my husband likes a square ring), and I’d go from there.  Any custom jeweler could find a way to design a ring to compliment your ring.

 

We’re designing new rings for our 15th anniversary, and one of the requirements of my ring’s design is the ability to create a coordinating ring for him.

 

Post # 10
Member
1106 posts
Bumble bee

our rings don’t match at all. His is a sleek black tungsten carbide ring by triton and mine is Silver

Post # 11
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2111 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@Michelle0918:  I proposed to FI, so I went on the ring hunt without his help. I went to all the main jewelry store websites, found some that reminded me of him. I know FI doesn’t like stones, so nothing with diamonds. He’s a total nerd and an engineer, so I wanted it to reflect his interests. I also knew he preferred silver tones, not yellow.

This is the ring I liked the most at first, but I didn’t like that it was open, the holes. I wanted a solid piece. I liked that it looked a bit like the Xmen logo, plus it’s a Celtic Eternity Knot and that’s something else he’s into:

From there, I scoured the internet trying to find what I wanted, but the ones I liked were all sterling and the ones that weren’t I didn’t like. So I kept looking. 

Then I found THE ring for him. I was looking around the mall jewelry stores one by one, seeing what they had in my budget, and fell in love with this one. I knew he would like it. Stainless steel with the cables, very mechanic, very much something he’d love:

I put it on layaway, but the ring was discontinued before I finished paying for it. It couldn’t be ordered in his size anymore. I had to start over. Starting in this new mechanical direction, I came across the idea of puzzle rings. What’s better for a MechE than a ring you can take apart and put back together?

That led me to find the ring I ended up getting him. I came across the image in a google search and knew it was the one. Tungsten puzzle ring, capable of being engraved, perfect in every way. I talked to their customer service who was very helpful and we worked out engraving both halves, an engagement ring for him and a standin for me:

In short, look everywhere. Once you find a feature you like, look for things with that feature. Keep going until you narrow it down to exactly what you’re looking for. The hard thing about men’s rings is that for the most part they all look exactly the same. Find what you like to make it different and run with it. I ran with the eternity knot, then the mechanical, then the puzzle rings, narrowing it down more and more until I found the perfect ring for him. You have an idea of the basic feel you want for the ring, just figure out what will give it that feel. What makes it understated? What will make it bold? Then look for those features.

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