How to Pick an Engagement and a Wedding Ring for Him

Who said that only guys get to propose to their beloved? You can make their own choices and decide for your future, including proposing to that special someone you want to spend the rest of your life with.

But just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean you’re the expert in anything shiny, including your man’s engagement ring and wedding ring. So, is there really a difference between a woman’s ring and a man’sring? And what qualities should you look for in a ring?

Same Qualities, Different Tastes

To answer the first question, no, there are no significant differences between a man’s and a woman’s wedding ring. Just like how your man asks himself “where to find a personalised diamond solitaire for my girl,” you also treat it in the same importance when looking for the perfect ring for him amidst the many unique men’s wedding bands in Singapore jewelry shops. However, there are differences between your partner’s tastes and yours, and that’s the first thing that you should keep in mind. The ring should reflect his personality, tastes, and should suit his lifestyle, as well as symbolize your love for him.

Like a woman’s engagement ring, you should look for a durable and high-quality proposal ring that will last a lifetime and can be worn on any occasion and with any outfit.

Should you ask your partner about the ring? That depends on what your plans are for the proposal. If you want to surprise him, there are ways to determine the accurate fingersize and the style that will suit him without having to give away the plans. It’s also fine if you want to let him choose the ring instead of going through all the trouble, after all, you will have to plan for the wedding together after the engagement and you will most likely ask for his opinion about the wedding ring.

Choosing a Metal

Metals used for rings aren’t limited to platinum and gold alone. Why don’t you consider stylish alternatives such as titanium, palladium, sterling silver, tungsten carbide, cobalt and stainless steel?

Platinum is the most expensive metal, but it’s durable and long-lasting. Gold is classy and elegant, but it might not be a match for his work or lifestyle, because it’s prone to scratching. Titanium is anti-corrosive, hypoallergenic, and durable, but it can be difficult to resize or repair. Palladium is cheaper than platinum, but offers the same benefits. Sterling silver is cheaper than gold, but it damages easily. A tungsten carbide ring is durable and scratch-resistant, but it cannot be resized. Cobalt doesn’t tarnish and is durable, but isn’t as strong as tungsten. Stainless steel is fashionable, but your partner might not like the idea of wearing the same material as your spoon and fork.

When deciding on the metal for your fiance’s wedding band from your chosen jeweler here in Singapore, you might want to consider getting matching wedding rings set with the same gold bridal band. This way, all your rings look coherent and won’t clash, aesthetically speaking.

Choosing a Ring Profile

The ring profile refers to the shape of the band when its cross-section is examined. The profile will determine the type of decorations you want on the ring such as gemstones and engraving. Try on each ring on your finger while you’re at the jewelry shops in Singapore to see for yourself how they fit.

The classic court ring has a rounded interior that matches its rounded exterior to create a nearly-perfect round ring. If you want your wedding ring to match his, this is the perfect ring profile for both of you. The D-shaped ring has a rounded exterior but a flat interior, so that it fits snugly on the finger. This is perfect for an active partner who loves going to the gym. A flat ring has both a flat interior and exterior and will fit the finger snugly, but this is not recommended for active people, while a flat court has a flat exterior and a rounded interior for extra comfort and less bulk.

Choosing the Ring Size

If your partner has a ring, you can take that and measure the diameter of the hole, but if he doesn’t own any ring, you should think of a clever plan to get the measurements. It’s important to measure the fingers at the end of the day when it isn’t too hot or cold and he has not had any strenuous activities. If the measurement is between two sizes, jewelers advise to pick the bigger size for extra comfort.

The band width refers to the thickness of the metal, a feature that you should seriously consider, especially if your partner doesn’t like bulky rings and prefer the narrow rings that are 3 mm or narrower.

Choosing the Details

If your partner is not into gems, you should at least pick details that are needed to distinguish the ring from other rings. The shapes and patterns that will go into the design will be your decision alone based on your partner’s interests and personal style. When choosing details on the ring, keep your mind open and don’t rush while you’re visiting various jewelry shops in Singapore.

But what about the gems? If you decide to give him a ring with a gemstone (or if he like gems as much as you do), then by all means, go ahead. You could go for diamonds or other gemstones, because after all it’s your decision and it’s your ring.

Choosing the Finish and Engraving

Besides the details, the finish of the metal can also add style to ring. The finish refers to the texture of the ring’s metal, such as high or reflective polish, matte, hammered, and a combination of high and matte finish.

The high polish is shiny and reflects a lot of light, while matte is less reflective. Hammered finish has an uneven, patterned texture as if the metal was hammered in places, while the combination finish is popular in wedding rings.

Another popular option when it comes to a custom-made engagement ring or wedding ring is the engraving or the text or design that is incised in the metal (remember the one ring in The Lord of the Rings?). You can place your partner’s name or your favorite quote, but remember that the band has to have enough space for the engraving.