(Closed) Man's Wedding Band Advice: price seems low? material?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
  • poll: what material for man's wedding band?
    tungsten : (18 votes)
    32 %
    titanium : (6 votes)
    11 %
    ceramic : (0 votes)
    gold : (20 votes)
    36 %
    platinum : (11 votes)
    20 %
    other : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 16
    435 posts
    Helper bee

    marvinlove:  I took a picture of some rings we own, to demostrate the small differences in shades of white metals.

    Starting from the bottom band, the materials are; Steel, unplated 18k palladium alloy white gold, rhodium plated white gold, titanium, platinum 950.

    There is A LOT of variation between different alloys, so this is just a raw comparison of the bands we happen to have between dh and I to show you some possible shades these metals may have.

    For your question where to buy unplated white gold.. Sadly I have no good suggestions. We are from northern Europe, and got our wedding rings custom made at a local jeweller’s. If you’re picky with the shade of any metal you may end up with choosing I’d suggest buying at a place where you’re able too see something made in that exact alloy before making your purchase. The link you had was for a 10kt white gold band. If there is no mentioning of the white gold being unplated, it is for sure always rhodium plated. That is the norm. For a wedding band, I’d personally choose at least 14kt (and nickel free) gold alloy if it fits in budget.

    And as I was taking that comparison picture of the metals, I also got hubby to pose for a picture, so here you can see a more real life perspective comparison of my solitaire platinum and plated white gold eternity next to his unplated white gold band.

    Post # 17
    11381 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    So glad you guys found him a band. : ) My husband went with tungsten and he has been wearing it for 4 years with no issues. It was $68 (overstock.com). I also have a stand in rose tungsten band I wear when swimming or situations where I don’t want to wear my set. My band was only $11 (Ebay) and I’ve had it for a couple years and it’s perfectly fine.

    And here is my rose toned tungsten band. I only have it pictured with my ering. Both of the bands are nice and solid and neither have any scratches whatsoever. Any smudges on them are finger prints or just dirty.

    Post # 18
    16 posts
    • Wedding: April 2015

    My fi chose cobalt ring (he doesn’t plan on wearing it often and I don’t care if he does or not) which cost £60. He’s happy-I’m happy!

    Post # 20
    1357 posts
    Bumble bee

    My hubby has a tungsten band with a row of diamonds he paid less than $200 for. Simliar ones at the jeweler at the mall were around $350 to $400. It’s very heavy and looks nice. He likes it. 

    Post # 22
    3036 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

    My husband got his on etsy, it’s tungsten carbide & koa wood. We paid $50 and it looks great. We purchased it from https://www.etsy.com/shop/HappyLaulea 

    Most mens bands can’t be re-sized unless they are gold. But at $50, I told him we can just buy another. 

    If he works with his hands and is worried about safety, then don’t wear the ring at work or get a silicone ring for those kinds of activities. My husband doesnt wear his to work… he puts it on when he comes home and changes his clothes to go out… he puts it on like when he would his nice watch.


    Post # 26
    2211 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    My husband’s wedding band is tungsten (either that or titanium, but I really think it’s tungsten) and we got it for like $15 from Amazon.  It looks just like rings we saw that were going for $100-$400 at local jewelery stores.

    He ordered a few sizes and sent back the ones that didn’t work.  At our wedding, his hands swelled up a bit and he couldn’t get the ring fully on his finger (which made for some pretty funny pictures and remarks from the pastor), but it wasn’t a big deal to order him a larger one after, since…$15… 😛

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