Dear brides: please don’t hate us too much for suggesting this amazing basketball themed ring design.
We understand that not everyone enjoys sports — one half of L&L is included in that category! However, chances are your future spouse has a secret or not-so-secret obsession with football, basketball, baseball, or even cricket (yup, that’s a real sport too)!
The design of this basketball themed gold wedding band has a classic appeal. Andew could especially see himself wearing the basketball ring. Of course, the fact that he’s watched NBA games for over 25 years could have something to do with it!
Definitely consider this a #1 draft pick for your man’s wedding ring!
Earthy, rugged, and made from 14k yellow gold, this ring’s appeal is its textured design and non-symmetrical look. I see how the designer was inspired by ‘the eternal heat of Mojave Desert’ to forge this unique wedding band.
This ring has a boho-beach feel to it, which could be why Lauren Wolf chose to name it ‘Gold Urchin’. The ruggedness of the ring is evident and should appeal to a ring buyer with a love for unique jewelry.
Wielding this ring on your finger should come with a warning similar to that of the Red Rider Bee-Bee gun: “Be careful, you’ll poke your eye out!”
Classic Christmas jokes aside, I love the unique look from New Jersey based artist Angelo.
Gold Wedding Band FAQ
How is gold graded?
The term karat is a unit of measurement used to measure the purity of gold. Basically, the higher the karat the more pure the gold.
Similar to a diamond, the higher the Karat, the more dollar signs on the price tag. For example, 24 karat (also referred to as 24k) is known as pure gold. However, 24k gold likely won’t adorn your ring finger. In its pure state gold is pliable and very soft, and is generally considered unsuitable for jewelry such as wedding bands.
What’s so great about gold for my wedding band?
Gold has many desirable and unique characteristics that make it valuable both as a store of value and as an object of adornment in every country around the world. As for your wedding band, gold is a good choice because:
it is non-allergenic
it is easy to work and shape
it won’t tarnish
it will polish up to a mirror-like shine
Which gold karat should you choose?
From the question above you know that 24k gold is not really suitable for your wedding band. Which gold karat should you choose? Well, there are 3 different karat gold combinations which have become the standard for wedding bands: 18K, 14K, and 10K.
18K Gold Band
Contains 25% alloy and 75% gold; have a brighter yellow tone.
14K Gold Band
Contains 41.7% alloy 58.3% gold; have a darker yellow-orange tone.
10K Gold Band
Contains 58.3% alloy and 41.7% gold; paler in color with a less yellow tone.
In short, in order to make gold jewelry that’s long lasting and durable, gold is mixed with other metals called alloys. These alloys make the gold stronger and even change it’s color if desired. The alloy may add strength, but it will also diminish the value and may even cause allergic reactions and/or tarnish. In order to try and achieve the best balance between the desirable and valuable properties of gold (including strength) the three standard gold combinations were created.
All three of the gold karats are available in yellow, white, and rose gold. Typically, white gold alloys are stronger than yellow gold alloys, so a white gold ring will be slightly stronger and last a little longer than a yellow gold ring.
With all the different options for men’s gold wedding bands available, make sure to choose the right karat grade to fit your budget, style, design and color — the possibilities of this wonderful metal are truly endless!
Gold wedding band pricing
A 10k gold ring is the most affordable wedding band because it has the least amount of gold content. At the opposite end of the spectrum, an 18k gold ring is considered the most posh and expensive. For a mid-range wedding band, stick with a 14k gold band that combines a balance of good quality and price.
Learn more about gold metal
Gold has been prized for millennia by ancient and modern day civilizations alike as a symbol of prestige, luxury, and wealth. Furthermore, the rarity of gold along with its aesthetic qualities make it an ideal material as a symbol of immortality and power.
Yellow gold is often considered to be the most traditional metal for a man’s wedding band, offering a timeless and classic look. Gold is malleable and softer than many other types of metals, which makes it easier to fashion a wide selection of gold rings for grooms to choose from.
Gold has proven to hold its value over time
Gold is a great choice for those who love rich tones
Gold will not rust
Easier and cheaper to repair as well as re-size
Easily removed in a case of an emergency
All three karat golds are available in white, rose, or yellow gold
The lightness of gold rings make them comfortable
Gold rings can be easily made with custom designs or patterns
Can be inlayed with other metals or stone
Some people can develop allergic reactions from nickel alloy
If rhodium is included in the gold wedding band (gives gold shine) the Rhodium will have to be redone every couple of years
Gold wedding rings have a large environmental cost
A luxury diamond jewelry house that specializes in creating handcrafted diamond engagement rings in West Hollywood presents this stunning handcrafted men’s wedding band design in black rhodium with black pavé diamonds.
Alternatively, you can contact the designer to customize options such as other white diamonds or material types (Platinum or 18K White Gold, Yellow Gold or Rose Gold)
One of Brilliant Earth’s top 20 bands, the minimalist style of this wedding band with its’ vertical sapphire baguette is what sets it apart from the rest. Complete with a matte brushed finish, this ring may be simple, but it definitely has a presence about it.
What better way to express your love then putting your fingerprint on his ring? Gals get to look down at their diamond ring all the time and reminisce. Give him something to adore by adding your finger print to his ring.
Textured Oxidized Ring
Designed by: Hot Rox Custom Jewelry
You can’t get any more unique or eye catching than this ring. Made from solid sterling silver and random drops of 18K yellow gold, the contrast of the oxidization and blue metal staining will even have your wedding guests sitting in the back row wanting to get a closer look.
Oxidized Sterling Silver
Designed by: Epheriell
An Australian designer presents this ring made from brushed and oxidized sterling silver in a black-grey finish. Over time the ring will weather and the pattern will be unique to you.
Speckle Textured Ring
by: CADI Jewelry
A unique and speckled texture ring. Dalmatian dog lovers may need to buy two of these rings just because!
Pure silver is in fact too soft of a material to be used for a wedding band. What you will come across when searching for a “silver wedding ring” is sterling silver. That means a .925 hallmark stamp on the inside of the ring.
Sterling silver is 7.5% copper alloyed with 92.5% silver (by weight).
Why choose silver for a wedding band
No other metal has a natural brilliance and radiance than that of sterling silver. Compared to platinum or white gold, sterling silver rings are much more affordable. It is a malleable metal, which makes it a favorite choice among jewelers as design options are endless!
What does ‘flashing’ mean in silver?
The term ‘flashing’ has a naughty connotation. For wedding bands, you may come across silver rings that are treated with a process called flashing: the ring is plated with a thin coat of 99.999% pure silver to give it some extra shine along with a luster finish. This thin layer of pure silver will wear off fairly rapidly with everyday wear.
Ways to keep silver looking shiny
Another option is to treat sterling silver rings with rhodium plate (just like white gold bands), which will increase the shine and durability. As with flashing, the rhodium will wear off over time and the wearer will need to have the ring re-plated.
No other metal has natural brilliance/radiance
Most inexpensive precious metal
Endless selection of styles
Silver rings do not require rhodium plate
Not as durable as other types of metals (i.e., palladium, gold, platinum, titanium, or tungsten)
Does require special care or the ring will eventually tarnish
Generally not recommended for everyday wear over long periods of time
Silver wedding rings can scratch and bend under pressure
Not a good choice if the wearer works in any capacity involving electricity as silver has the highest electrical and heat conductivity of any known metal
Get yourself a platinum wedding band and you’ll be in good company – platinum was originally developed in the late 1770’s for royalty.
There is something about these two rings that I really enjoy. Like laying the foundation of a house, the platinum ring on the left embodies the foundation and building blocks of your union as a couple.
While the ring on the right screams, “the future is now, join the robot machine while you still can!”
I confess: when I first added this men’s wedding band to the list, I had to go search the name ‘Colin Cowie’. Wedding personalities aren’t my thing, but i do really like his platinum designed men’s ring!
Simple designs can produce stunningly unique results. Love the wavy shimmer of this platinum ring. The metal is finely textured by hand and the whole ring is polished to a high shine.
Platinum for a Wedding Band
Platinum rings were originally developed in the late 1770’s for royalty, and to this day they are still associated with high durability. They have a bright white-silver finish and give off a luxury timeless look.
Platinum is a high density precious metal that is very rare, and is also one of the heaviest metals used for wedding bands. Its malleable nature makes it perfect for wedding rings settings that require intricate filigree work. However, as like most precious metals, platinum is mixed with other metals, like cobalt, iridium or ruthenium to make it harder.
Extremely strong and durable
Highly resistant to tarnish
40% to 60% denser than gold
Platinum can scratch, but the rings surface can be cleaned and polished
Doesn’t need to be rhodium plated
Usually twice the price of an 18k white gold ring
Smaller selection than gold or titanium
Platinum mines have a very big environmental impact
Can be expensive to resize or repair
A heavy metal that will feel heavier than an 18k gold ring
Yup, that’s right. Elk antlers and sound waves made it onto our top list of titanium wedding bands.
I seriously love the simple design and natural materials used in this elk antler ring. The 10k gold inlay and hand-turned titanium wedding band means you have a truly stunning piece of jewelry to wear.
On the flip side, a little bit of sound technology is required in order to forge this unique-as-your-voice titanium wedding band.
I wonder what a soundwave ring for Mariah Carey’s voice would look like!?
While the look is certainly unique, I have a feeling that this is one of those rings that you must physically touch and inspect in order to truly appreciate.
Titanium for a Wedding Band
Titanium is a metallic element that can be found in abundance and therefore is made into many different products like golf clubs, air crafts, watches and even wedding bands.
Found in the late 18th century, and fittingly named after the mythical Greek giants, the Titans, who personified different forces of nature and also ruled the earth.
Titanium is one of the transitional elements on the periodic table and can be found found in many forms.
Titanium is a lightweight, affordable metal, that has grown in popularity for grooms-to-be because it offers a luxurious appearance, as well as a high degree of strength.
Bands can be found in very light grey/white color and their actual finish can change through different methods of polishing and or brushing.
An important feature to note is titanium’s strength-to-weight ratio. It is the highest out of all the transitional metals, which means that titanium is light weight, with a low density, but is extremely strong. So, if you are looking for a light weight ring that you won’t feel while wearing, than titanium bands are the one to choose.
Titanium can be split into four grades: 1 through 4. Grade one is the softest form of titanium while grade 4 is the hardest. The best type of titanium for wedding bands is Commercially Pure (CP) grade titanium, which is 99% pure. Grades between 2 to 4 CP work best for rings.
Low maintenance and no need to re-coat
Reasonably priced, much cheaper than gold or platinum
Pure titanium is 100% hypoallergenic
Can be colored into a variety of colors
Strong, scratch resistant and durable
Poor conductor of heat and electricity
Light weight and easy to wear
Cannot always be resized (costly if required)
Titanium is a difficult metal to use for intricate designs, which mean ring designs are limited
Black Titanium Wedding Bands
While there are many sharp looking black titanium rings on the market, the problem lies in that many of these bands aren’t actually created through the treatment process which transforms the entire color of the band. Most of them have only been plated (will eventually wear away) or have had an ion treatment that is more durable than being plated, but will eventually wear away or chip as well.
If you have your heart set on buying a black titanium ring, keep in mind that real black titanium rings will ALWAYS involve a treatment of the entire metal. If there are any notes about coating or techniques of ions, heat, or glue, than the ring has probably been coated.
Titanium is naturally a grayish white color. To achieve the sharp looking black titanium wedding band, the titanium is treated one of two ways: by either applying black plate or by transforming the color of the metal with silicon dioxide and heat. As for the rings being treated with black plate, they may have been through a number of processes including heat/glue treatments and ion applications.
Create your own unique barcode and have it engraved onto a ring. Don’t worry, its not a real barcode. So if it accidently gets scanned at the supermarket it won’t add an extra hundred bucks to your bill!
This comes as a wedding band set for him and her. While the look is certainly unique, I have a feeling that the polished ring look appeals to a select couple.
Q: Why this list of unique wedding bands for men?
We see inspiring wedding products from around the world every day. We thought, ‘Why not share our passion for unique and beautiful jewelry objects with our readers?’
Q: What makes a guy’s wedding band unique?
That’s a tough question to answer. One person may think something is unique, while someone else does not. In order to define unique, one must first see what is not common.
Jewelry design and appeal has changed over the years. Look around at today’s newlywed grooms and see what rings they have on their fingers. Chances are the ring is a simple, solid gold or white gold band without embellishments. Then, take a look at some of the rings here and tell us if you agree that they are unique enough!
Q: Can I find wedding rings for women here?
Nope, this page is just for the guys. Check out this curated article we made if you need ideas for ladies wedding rings.
Q: Are prices accurate?
We update this page as often as we can. However, you should always check the retailer’s website for accurate and up-to-date prices.
The prices listed on this page are an indication only (where applicable) . Custom rings may be more or less expensive than the prices we indicate on this page.
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Final Note: If one of the wedding rings really speaks to you, don’t wait too long to decide. It may be a one-of-a-kind item and could sell out!