Compared to women’s rings, rings for men are at once much more straightforward yet deceptive in their seeming simplicity. Given these small subtleties, shoppers can sometimes find themselves at a loss when trying to find a men’s wedding ring for a particular budget.

It never hurts to educate yourself a little so that you can save some time, as well as hopefully also some money. Here are some must-know terms that you will encounter when shopping for affordable men’s wedding bands:

  • Alloy - Most wedding bands, from precious gold to contemporary titanium rings for men, employ some sort of alloy in their production. An alloy is another metal or material that is mixed with the base material, and usually serves some sort of helpful purpose – to make a band more durable, or tarnish-resistant, or to change the color of the original material. Different alloys can make a huge difference in a ring, potentially influencing its price point, durability or

  • Contemporary materials - Also known as alternative materials, these metals and ceramic-based materials offer a more affordable substitute to precious metals like gold and platinum, and many offer special benefits like increased durability. The most common contemporary options currently on the market include ceramic, tungsten, stainless steel, cobalt chrome and titanium rings for men. With their dependable strength, ultra light weight and stylish options in both gunmetal and black, titanium rings for men in particular have proven to be a popular choice as wedding bands.

  • Finish – Finish refers to the surface treatment of the exterior of a wedding band. Because men’s wedding rings tend to be plainer than women’s engagement rings and wedding bands, the finish of a ring can make a huge difference in its appearance and style. Some of the most common finishes seen in rings for men include polished, brushed, satin, hammered and wired.

  • Fit - Fit refers to the interior of a band, and not any particular exterior measurements like width or ring size. The two main types of fit are traditional fit and comfort fit, and they could not be more different. Traditional fit bands pre-date comfort fit ones, and offer a more squared off interior. Comfort fit rings for men, on the other hand, utilize more band material on the interior for a more rounded and comfortable fit. These bands are widely considered to be preferable, although many men end up having to order 1/2 a size down from their traditional fit bands.

  • Profile – On the literal flip side of fit is profile. For men’s wedding bands, profile refers to the exterior shape of the band, with the most common profiles being domed and flat. The domed profile is the more “traditional” profile, and has a rounded silhouette which can vary based on the size and style of the ring. The flat profile is considered to be the contemporary profile, and has a more flat shape.

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