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Picking your wedding rings can be as easy or as hard as you want it to be. For some it’s just a simple find-two-matching-bands exercise. But if you are anything like me, you’ll probably search all over for the perfect shape, design, number of diamonds, to then get completely confused on what the options are. And believe it or not, while I ended up designing mine, picking and agreeing on his wedding band turned out to be even harder – shape? should it have a design on it? should it match mine? what about engraving? perhaps a diamond? what’s going to be comfortable and what material is not going to get damaged that easily if he wears it daily at work?
The experts at Wedding Rings Direct have kindly agreed to give us some insights into wedding rings for grooms, AND they’re offering one couple the chance to WIN a £100 voucher, plus a personal consultation with Wedding Rings Direct’s bespoke jewellery designer in their showroom or via Skype to help you choose the perfect wedding rings.
To win all you need to do is leave a comment by Sunday telling us why you’d like to win and we’ll select our favourite, which will be announced on the blog on Tuesday 15th April*.
Below is Wedding Rings Direct‘s helpful advice on groom’s wedding rings, alternative materials and trends. What do men tend to look for in a wedding ring compared to women?
Men tend to be more open to the option of alternative alloys for their wedding rings, such as titanium and zirconium, whereas women will usually opt for more traditional precious metals such as platinum and white gold. These alternative alloys are harder-wearing and cheaper, so they will often suit men who aren’t used to wearing jewellery. We speak to plenty of grooms who’ve never worn a ring before and we often hear: “Wow, that feels weird” when they try a wedding ring on for the first time!
Do you find that grooms tend to want wedding rings that match their bride’s?
Some do, but most often it’s the brides who would like the rings to match in some way – for example, the same metal or shape (profile) of ring. We do have a matching sets collection, which are decorative wedding rings where one of the pair is set with one or more diamonds, but they come in the same metal and design.
Which are the most popular metals for men’s wedding rings and why?
Titanium is becoming increasingly popular with grooms due to it being lightweight and hard-wearing. Palladium as an alternative to platinum is also a precious metal which men are purchasing more often, due to the fact that it’s cheaper and doesn’t require rhodium-plating like white gold. Obviously, platinum as the most prestigious metal is still extremely popular.
What are the main pros and cons of some of these lesser-known, alternative metals?
Both titanium and zirconium are cost-effective, hard-wearing and lightweight – titanium is also hypoallergenic. Tungsten is heavier and scratch-resistant, but it can also be very brittle. None of these metals will be hallmarked either, as they aren’t classed as “precious metals”.
What different shapes are available for men’s wedding rings?
Women often have an engagement ring that they want to match their wedding ring to in terms of shape (profile) and metal. We have various different profiles available including court, double comfort (our own design) and flat profiles. We also offer a variety of unique rings including sandcast, rock rings, ceramic, moving block and wooden rings which are very popular with grooms-to-be.
Do you get many men using your sample service to try their rings in advance?
Our sample service is used by both brides and grooms, but we do tend to re-size more men’s rings – so the answer to this is that men probably should use sample service more! It tends to be women who encourage their husbands-to-be to use our sample service, to ensure that they select the right size as well as their preferred width and profile.
What’s the most memorable bespoke men’s ring you’ve made?
It’s definitely a Dalek-inspired ring we recently made for a lifelong ‘Doctor Who’ fan. He initially considered designs that incorporated the Tardis Console, The Seal of Rassilon and Cybermen icons (all things that I’m sure die-hard Doctor Who fans will know about!) Eventually, he settled on an idea that incorporated the neck ring of a mark one Dalek. The customer sent our bespoke team a collection of images that had inspired him, along with some sketches of how he envisaged the ring looking. Our bespoke team then got to work turning his sketches into a design for a wedding ring, producing a series of 3D photo-realistic, CAD (Computer Aided Design) drawings which demonstrated how the final ring would look. Once the customer had approved the final drawings we got to work making the ring. This was definitely a design process that stood out for us!
Looking forward to receiving your entries to WIN Wedding Rings Direct’s prize! But as usual, don’t forget to check the T&Cs!
*WIN £100 voucher with Wedding Rings Direct Terms and Conditions:
- One winning entry per giveaway
- Wedding Rings Direct accept no responsibility for entries lost, delayed or corrupted
- Wedding Rings Direct reserve the right to amend or alter the terms of competition at any time
- The prizes are as stated, are not transferable to another individual and no cash or other alternatives will be offered
- Voucher much be redeemed within 12 months
- You have until 11.59pm Sunday 13th April 2014 GMT to enter. Winner will be notified on Monday 14th April via email and announced on the blog on Tuesday 15th April. You will have one week to email me back to to claim your prize
- Your details will be passed on to Wedding Rings Direct only in order for you to receive your prize