Men’s wedding and engagement rings are offered in a broader array of metals, stones, and ring designs than the plain old band of gold.
Have you caught your man staring at your diamond engagement ring for inordinate amounts of time while remaining unimpressed with his men’s wedding ring options? Diamonds are not just a girl’s best friend anymore—they’re a rapidly growing and popular option for men who want a memorable wedding ring that avoids the standard plain band cliché. Here are five reasons to consider buying men’s diamond rings.
They’re a fitting companion to your engagement ring
Let’s face it: the majority of men’s wedding rings are dull companions to their sparkling female counterparts. Many women find themselves wishing they could purchase their groom-to-be a more dazzling ring, and guys are surprisingly up for it. There’s long been a disparity between the quality and value of women’s engagement rings and men’s wedding rings. Men’s diamond rings bridge that difference beautifully. These days men’s diamond rings are by no means considered feminine, but rather are an increasingly sought after option by educated consumers in a diverse men’s jewelry market.
They have manly color options
While white or colorless diamonds are always a classic choice for men’s diamond rings, the options don’t just end there. Two particularly popular stone colors for men’s diamond rings are black and cognac diamonds. Most of the black diamonds found in men’s diamond rings have been color treated to achieve their deep ebony hue, as natural black diamonds are very rare and expensive (and not actually a true black).
Cognac diamonds offer a rich chocolate brown shade, and are a warm addition to men’s diamond rings. As an added bonus, men’s diamond rings with cognac diamonds can often be less expensive than those with colorless diamonds, as brown diamonds occur more frequently in nature.
They can be surprisingly affordable
At this point, you can probably recite the Four Cs (cut, clarity, color and carat weight) by heart, but you may be surprised to know that they are not as crucially important for men’s diamond rings as they are for women’s engagement rings. As a result, men’s diamond rings tend to be significantly less expensive than women’s rings.
For starters, most men’s diamond rings utilize smaller stones that tend to function more as design accents rather than single show stopping gems. This means that factors like clarity and color grade become less important, as most buyers go by their own naked eye visual rather than a detailed appraisal. Instead, most shoppers focus on cut and diamond settings, since those factors influence the look and style of men’s diamond rings to an infinitely greater degree.
Another factor in price is the materials used in men’s diamond rings. While women’s engagement rings are primarily found in pricey precious metals like platinum and gold, men’s diamond rings have a much more diverse group of band materials to choose from, including significantly more affordable contemporary options like cobalt chrome and titanium.
They offer a timeless value and quality
There’s a reason why diamonds are so highly valued—actually, there’s plenty of reasons. Beyond their incomparable beauty and sparkle, diamonds are incredibly tough. In fact, they are the hardest natural substance on earth, measuring 10 out of 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness, and only a diamond can scratch another diamond. This makes them ideal for jewelry that is likely to be worn every day, like wedding bands.
They don’t have to be wedding bands or engagement rings
Want to get him a diamond ring but don’t want to give him the wrong impression? Relax—there are plenty of men’s diamond fashion rings that don’t involve popping the big question. The beauty of men’s diamond rings is that they still don’t have all the weight and symbolism that women’s diamond rings have (at least, not yet). You can easily find him a men’s diamond ring in a contemporary material that will add a little bit of luxury into his wardrobe without worrying about making any drastic changes to your relationship.
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