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Congratulations! You’re in the market for a wedding band. But now what? How will you decide what’s right for you?

There are a variety of questions one should ask before purchasing a wedding band, but most can be answered if you take into consideration three important factors: style, material, and price point.

Style

Are you classic or modern? Traditional or extravagant? Do you want to match your partner’s ring or stand apart? There is no shortage of designs when it comes to men’s wedding bands these days, so feel free to express yourself. As Esquire Magazine reported, “the best engagement ring for any man is one that reflects his personal style.” Today’s trends include everything from traditional gold wedding bands, to domed tungsten rings, dual toned bands, wooden wedding bands, rings studded with diamonds, and even black diamond rings.

If the sound of diamonds strikes your fancy, but you aren’t sure where to start, try a channel set diamond band, or a single diamond wedding ring—both very popular trends for 2022.

When contemplating style, also be sure to account for band width (the most common widths are slim at 4mm, medium at 6mm, and wide at 8mm) and if you would like the ring engraved. Engraving is an excellent way to add personality and romance without extravagant finishes.

Finally, consider if you want a new or old ring. Buying rings second-hand from estate sales, online, or vintage and specialty shops is a sustainable and often affordable choice.

Material

First and foremost, when deciding on the material of your wedding band, you should take skin allergies into consideration.

One of the most common skin allergies is to nickel, and most white gold rings include nickel. (Yellow and rose gold do not typically contain nickel.) But don’t fret! There are plenty of hypoallergenic materials that rings can be made of, including sterling silver, stainless steel, titanium, niobium, and gold.

What are the demands of your lifestyle? It’s important to consider what day-to-day activities your ring will be subject to. Some men even choose to buy an extra ring more suited to the rigors of daily life. These are usually made of cheaper and more durable silicone.

Fun fact: some men’s sweat can be corrosive to several of the most popular ring metals. If you find yourself in this exclusive club, then tungsten is an excellent option. It is impervious to corrosion and is extremely strong. However, it is also fairly brittle and if it happens to drop, it can shatter. Make sure your tungsten ring is properly sized!

Finally, be sure to consider band finishes when choosing a material. Do you want polished or matte? Brushed or hammered? Some finishes are only possible with certain materials.

Price Point

The old adage on ring price is that one should spend at least two months’ salary, but not only is that for engagement rings, it’s seen as increasingly outdated. These days, there are no hard and fast rules on price point for wedding bands. And as is the case with style, you should spend what is right for you. According to marriage website The Knot, the average cost of a woman’s wedding band is $1,100, while the average price of a men’s band is $550.

Once you’ve thought through style, material, and price point, you should be well on your way to finding your dream band! Like your marriage, your ring is a lifelong commitment, so make sure you love it—and that it doesn’t make you itch!