Ringin' your bell
Alright, it's time for some real talk about "men's issues" here. We get a lot of men exclaiming that they want the cheapest thing they can find for their wedding band. Make it out of beer tabs, whatever! Rubber gasket, why not? Now, when this exchange happens in the store, we can't help but cringe internally and seeing the subtle pained shifts in his partner's emotions is definitely awkward. It's the sexiest thing you'll ever wear, according to your #1. We've seen new wives lose it and literally start kissing their husbands hands at the wedding reception because it's such a meaningful object. Just to clear things up, a rubber gasket is much less sexy than a gold or platinum band--and that kind of talk is hurtful because it reflects on how invested you are in the relationship.
Heirloom is a topic we discuss around here at least once a week. That word is our touchstone and how we make decisions about what we buy and make. It's the reason we don't offer wood wedding bands, hyper trendy items, or anything made out of a material that isn't proven to be something you couldn't pass onto a loved one when the time comes. We believe that the jewelry we provide here is significant and part of the larger human traditions of adornment, storytelling, and heritage.
A wedding band can be made of any number of materials, but around here we focus on precious metals. We believe a wedding band needs to hold up to the rigors of realistic daily wear and tear, and we help you make the decision for material based on your day-to-day activities. We steer clear of materials that we know won't withstand the test of time--we've seen the concrete in a concrete/stainless steel band completely wash away, and we don't want that for you!
Let's talk materials
Our all time bae, gold is our favorite material to work with but we understand some people just aren't into it. While it is one of the most expensive materials for bands, lower karat alloys can make it much more affordable while still maintaining integrity over years of wear. At a higher karat (20k to 24k), the gold will have a deep sunny hue and be more prone to denting and scratching, which is romantic to us--it's evidence of time and effort put into your marriage. Lower karat (10k to 14k) will be a paler tone and be more resistant to scratching. There is a common belief that you can't wear gold if you work with your hands, which is definitely a misconception. Regardless of the material, if your job description involves something that could involve injury to your hands, you should just take it off before you start for the day. That means you, welders, woodworkers, weight lifters, electricians, et al!
An alternative to platinum for those who want the silvery color without the expense. White gold is naturally a deep grey tone, so it is frequently plated with rhodium to make it appear brighter. We offer plated and non-plated options for white gold wedding bands. That being said, we generally prefer making white bands out of a palladium alloy because it cuts nickel out of the equation, which many people are allergic to.
Platinum & Palladium
Platinum is an extremely popular metal for men's wedding bands because of its neutral tone and durability. It is more resistant to scratching and denting than gold and its cost is similar to that of gold. Because the color of platinum is naturally bright silver, it does not have to be re-plated like white gold. Palladium is in the same metal family as platinum, but is less expensive and slightly less durable, but will still withstand a lifetime of wear.
Things that exist out in the world, but not here
Tungsten & Titanium
While titanium and tungsten can make for what seems like an inexpensive alternative to gold and platinum, we're not the biggest fans around here. Neither titanium nor tungsten can be sized when your finger changes, which is a deal breaker for us. For something with the emotional and psychological weight of a wedding band, we don't jive with the idea of just replacing something that represents the moment you made such a significant choice in your life. Tungsten can shatter if it is dropped because while it is very strong, it is also extremely brittle.
Just... no. We understand the desire to be eco-friendly and to show your connectedness to the Big Mother, but is cutting down a tree the best way? The metal we use is recycled and as green as jewelry can get. The maintenance that comes with wood rings can be unrealistic for many people. They must be removed any time you work with abrasives or chemicals, any time you wash your hands because wood swells, and they can't be resized. While we think wood can be a very chic material for occasional wear, we rest our case for wedding bands.