You go to department store and there is a section of clothes, jewelry, shoes and even some electronics geared and marketed towards men or women. It is without any surprise that a vast majority of people, when searching for the perfect tungsten wedding bands to accentuate their wedding day, would believe there are specific wedding bands for men and specific bands for women. It is important to know the differences, as you do not want to be stuck with a women’s ring!
Do not fret, however, as the simple truth is that wedding bands, much like sunglasses, are unisex, meaning that they are technically appropriate for either gender. However, much like sunglasses, certain types and styles are more preferred by a specific gender, and admittedly, look better on certain genders. When choosing a wedding band, it is really more dependent on what you like! Keep in mind; it is good to have the opinion of your future spouse on the decision as well. But, shop freely, as there is no right or wrong style for you. As long as you like the style and the fit, it will be the right ring for you.
However, traditionally men and women tend to gravitate to certain styles, certain widths, certain finishes and certain stone settings. For width, men tend to prefer about 6 mm, which is about 0.24 inches; a more common width for a woman is 4 mm, which is about 0.16 inches. If you find that “common” width too big or too small for your liking, do not be concerned. Any deviation from the “common” does not mean that your ring is automatically a ring for the other gender. Like we said earlier, it is a matter of preference.
For men, those who tend to be a little flashier and enjoy wearing jewelry tend to go for wider ring, whereas those who do not seem to revel in the spotlight and do not enjoy wearing jewelry tend to opt for a thinner ring. You will usually see rings for men ranging from 4 mm to 12 mm in thickness.
For women, the range of thickness tends to be between 2 mm and 8 mm. Again, this is all based on what you like and what you think looks good on you. If you are buying a wedding band made of the more precious metal variety, such as gold or platinum, it is important to keep in mind that the thicker the ring, the larger the price tag. This is one of the many reasons that couples who like thicker rings opt for alternative metals, such as tungsten carbide. You can achieve your desired look without having the added cost.
Next factor to look at is finish. Some men prefer satin or brushed finishes, which is a similar look to what you’d find on stainless steel products. This is mostly because men tend to associate a shiny, polished product as a female product. This preference in finish is perfect for tungsten carbide shoppers, as scratches do not appear on the ring whether it is polished or brushed. Women tend to flock for rings that are polished. A duller, not polished look is more associated with a masculine ring. Tungsten’s durability is perfect for either type of ring, as it requires significantly less maintenance.
Diamonds or other precious stones – while diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, men are tending to like them in their wedding bands. Gone are the days when a man would choose a plain, stone-less ring as their father’s ring. Men are becoming more comfortable with getting a ring with stones, such as diamonds. As for women, many still prefer diamonds, to their groom’s wallet’s dismay. Many women choose to have diamonds all around the ring, which is commonly referred to as an “eternity band” which is a symbol of the eternal love for the husband.
Regardless of the thickness, polish, and amount of stones, it is important to above all, make a quality informed decision. Take your time and find out what you really like, as you’ll be wearing the ring for a long time. Go with what you and your partner both not only like, but love.