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Now Youíre Engaged, How Do You Choose A Mens Wedding Ring?

By Peter Crump

So, youíve just got engaged. Whether you are a man or a woman you have an important decision to make (amongst the myriad of other decisions) about mens wedding rings. Itís this. Will the man in your relationship wear one? Maybe thatís you, maybe not. But you both need to think about it. You see itís only since the second world war that modern men have started to publicly display their marital status by the wearing of a man wedding ring. Prior to that it was rare for a man to wear a ring when he married. Men were able to hide their marital status behind the tradition that required a woman to wear a wedding ring, but not a man. However during the war many US soldiers chose to wear mens wedding rings as a public symbol of their marital status whilst away at war and that has started a tradition for the modern man.

Now itís very common for a man to wear a mens wedding ring, perhaps the norm. So, what decisions need to be made? Well the first is this. Will he wear one? Thatís probably the hardest decision in the process. For a woman thereís no decision. Sheís engaged, she wants the ring. For her she needs an engagement ring as well as a wedding ring, and an expensive engagement ring at that. But for a man itís not so straight forward. So a very important part of the process is for both of you to talk about it. Do you both have strong feelings about the man wearing a man wedding ring, either one way or the other? Does the woman feel that if she is to publicly display her marital status then itís only fair that he do the same? Does he have any reservations about wearing a ring and if so what are they? You both need to talk over your feelings about the wearing of a man wedding ring. Establish the groundwork.

Once and if you have made a decision that he will wear a ring then thatís just the start. Itís perfectly possible to buy a his and hers matching wedding ring set. These are rings designed as matching sets for you both so that both your wedding rings go well together. So are you going to look for matching rings, or just buy him a ring and focus on hers separately? Next you have to decide what type of ring. Thereís a whole world of designs for mens wedding rings out there. An enormous range of styles and materials. A man makes a statement about himself in selecting the ring he will wear for his wife, and she is a part of that statement if she is actively involved in the decision. Think about his personality. Is he outgoing or shy? Is he outrageous or conservative? Is he flamboyant? Understated? When he buys clothes what does he select? Does he buy colourful flamboyant ties or ties which fit in with the style of the suit? Would he wear clothes which make him stand out from the crowd or does he prefer to meld in? His menís wedding ring needs to fit his personality. All these characteristics, as well as many others, bear on your choice of ring.

A man with a strong flamboyant personality would be much more likely to prefer a ring which stands out. Which sets him apart from the crowd, which says ďlook at meĒ. On the other hand a man with a more conservative type of personality would probably prefer to say ďIím married but Iím not going to shout it from the rooftopĒ with his ring. Similarly, think about his stature. Is he short or tall? Is he large or small? Does he have long slender fingers or short stubby fingers? These characteristics also bear on the style of ring selected. So size up the man before making a decision on the style of ring for him. One of the most common form of mens wedding ring is the simple band style. Often in gold or white gold, it is plain and unadorned. A simple statement of marital status and nothing else. But even amongst simple bands there are decisions to make.

How wide? What colour? What type of material? New materials such as Titanium or Platinum have broadened the choices hugely. Mens black Titanium rings really catch the eye. Or amongst the more traditional materials sterling silver menís wedding rings look stunning. Or brushed mens white gold wedding rings. The range of choices now is enormous. And itís not necessary to decide on a single material. Mens two toned gold wedding rings, utilising white and yellow gold, are popular. Perhaps match the ring material with gemstones such as rubies or sapphires or even diamonds to create a stunning effect. Itís perfectly possible to get custom made rings or even design them yourself.

The internet offers a big range of choices and also offers rings and other jewelry dramatically cheaper than your traditional bricks and mortar stores. Several online jewellers offer a design your own mens wedding ring service so that you can design a ring thatís unique to you. And if you want something really different why not consider celtic mens wedding bands? The range of choices is endless, enough to satisfy even the most discriminating couple. And remember that for a man this ring may be the only jewelry he will ever wear. The choice of man ring that you both make is a big one. So, now youíre engaged, spend a little time thinking about what you are going to do about a menís wedding ring. Start talking about it with your partner. The more time you spend on it the happier you will be with your final choice.

© 2005 Peter Crump Peter Crump is the webmaster and owner of two jewelry websites. The first is http://www.coolmensrings.ili1.com/inexpensive-mens-wedding-rings.html. This is a website devoted solely to mens rings, both mens wedding rings and mens rings in general.

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