Engagement rings tend to get all the glory when it comes to wedding jewelry, but men’s wedding bands should be equally considered. After all, this is the band he'll be sporting to symbolize a beautiful partnership for years to come.
“Men should shop for a band that reflects their unique ethos and style,” says jewelry designer Melissa Joy Manning. “A band is a daily reminder of your relationship and individuality. It should echo them accordingly.” We talked to Manning and Roxanna Rector, an engagement and bridal ring buyer at Blue Nile, about unique wedding bands for men and how to find the right one for you or your partner.
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When it comes to finding the perfect men’s wedding band, the options are just as vast as women’s bands. Gold, platinum, or silver men’s wedding bands are total classics, but there are also plenty of options for finishes, such as matte or polished styles and hammered or brushed. There's no need to shy away from diamonds, either–Char DeFrancesco is proof of this with his 17-carat emerald-cut eternity band symbolizing his union with fashion designer Marc Jacobs.
- If plain gold or platinum feels too simple, don't be afraid to make a bold choice. Check with your jeweler to see if colored gemstones or other materials can be incorporated into your band.
There is definitely no harm in thinking outside of the box when it comes to selecting a beautiful band. With so many options for metals, styles, and engravings, the choices may seem endless. In the end, it’s all about finding the perfect fit for that left ring finger. “We encourage our customers to find a ring that speaks to them—a token not only of their love but of their individual spirit,” says Manning. “A band should be as unique as the relationship they celebrate."
Whether you're searching for coordinating bands or for something utterly unique, we've researched the best men's wedding bands with these expert tips and features in mind. Grooms looking for something ultra-cool and sleek will love the Blue Nile Polished Comfort Fit Wedding Ring and the 1stDibs Men's Platinum Wedding Band with Brushed Finish. Those who appreciate intricate detailing will gravitate toward the Mociun Etched Lines Band and the Shane Co. Textured Cobalt and Meteorite Men's Band.
Read on for the most unique men’s wedding bands for every taste.
Anna Sheffield Brushed Soft Square Rose Gold Band With Champagne Diamond
This is the perfect band to just slightly stray away from those typical rounded edges. We also love how this brushed soft square band features one champagne diamond for a unique look.
Price at time of publish: $2,100
Allurez Carved Wedding Band in Palladium
This palladium ring is classic but with a twist, which is why it earned a spot on our list. The band is polished and stylish with a unique textured look that will look effortlessly cool on your ring finger for years to come.
Price at time of publish: $4,429
Manly Bands The Tyler Ring
Made of black zirconium, this men's wedding ring from Manly Bands is an immediate showstopper thanks to its hammered finish. Simple with a sense of style, it's perfect for men who want something with a little edge.
Price at time of publish: $425
A.Jaffe Morse Code Men's Diamond Ring
This band is available in platinum, yellow gold, rose gold, or white gold, leaving you with plenty of options to suit your personal style. But what truly makes it unique is the way round and baguette diamonds are incorporated to spell "I love you" in Morse code.
Bario Neal Milla Square Rims Band
Mixing metals is such a great way to incorporate a unique look into an otherwise classic ring style. This band features 14k yellow gold, paired with a platinum center, with a matte finish.
Price at time of publish: Starts at $370
Aprés Jewelry The Phoenix Ring
Want something fairly classic with an elevated look? This band is available in white, yellow gold, or rose gold, featuring a beveled edge to stray away from the traditional flat ring. We love the modern multi-surface look of this sleek band.
Price at time of publish: $1,150
Blue Nile Brushed and Polished Comfort Fit Wedding Ring
Switch things up from the traditional gold band and go for tungsten. This band is available in black or white tungsten and pairs polished edges with a brushed center finish for a modern and unique look.
Price at time of publish: $390
1stDibs Men's Platinum Wedding Band with Brushed Finish
Go for a deep, dark charcoal color with this unexpected and modern band. A wider design at five millimetres, this sophisticated and cool band is stunning in a brushed platinum finish.
Price at time of publish: $1,400
Christian Bauer Rose Gold and Platinum Men's Band
Want something classic yet different at the same time? Go for this special two-toned band made with rose gold. This unique option pairs a platinum center with a glossy rose gold edge that's elegant and chic. This rings also offers the option to order a wider style if desired.
Digby & Iona Flat Arrows Band
Get creative with a textured design. This band is available in recycled yellow gold, white gold, or rose gold with an intricate arrow motif all the way around. We love this ring because it's understated but still makes a statement.
Price at time of publish: $1,020
Diamond Nexus Sinclair Wedding Band
Don't be afraid of a little bling when it comes to men's wedding bands. Bold grooms will love this band, available in white or yellow gold, that's paired with a segmented design with beveled edges and three princess-cut diamonds.
Price at time of publish: $2,980
1stDibs Edwardian Yellow Gold Men’s Wedding Band
A beautifully beveled edge is paired with texturing throughout this yellow gold band for a unique design that would look good on any groom. And at an affordable price, this ring offers something unique for budget-friendly newlyweds.
Price at time of publish: $775
Kataoka Bias & Milgrain Band
This unique band features a variety of textures throughout for an eye-catching design. With a choice of metals, from platinum to gold, this hammered ring incorporates textured edges for a handcrafted milgrain look.
Price at time of publish: $2,780
Marrow Fine Jewelry Tyson Men's Band
This is definitely the band for you if you're a groom looking for a unique shape. Incorporating a flat top design, this band can also be customized with your partner's birthstone on the inside of the band. How romantic is that?
Price at time of publish: $1,050
Marian Maurer Yellow Gold Plain Costa Band
Go for classic yellow gold but incorporate a unique pattern for something at once classic and unique. This band features a dotted motif on each edge paired with a matte finish that makes for a clean and elegant ring design.
Price at time of publish: $2,080
Melissa Joy Manning Diamond Edge Band
Opt for a classic gold band, but add in a touch of sparkle (yes, men can sparkle, too!). This hand-forged band features a hammered texture with five diamonds set along the edge that delivers an eye-catching and unique finish.
Price at time of publish: $4,430
Mociun Etched Lines Band
This band option offers so many choices for simple customization, including a choice of width and metal, so you can find something that perfectly fits your tastes. We also love how adding simple etched lines throughout creates a unique look.
Price at time of publish: $750
Rachel Boston Engraved Lines Wedding Band
This is the perfect way to marry a unique but modern design. Available in a variety of metal options, this band features hand-engraved lines all the way around the band for a cool design that adds dimension and texture.
Price at time of publish: $832
Roman Malakov Rose Gold and Black Diamond Men's Wedding Band
Featuring channel-set black diamonds, this is such a beautiful option for a bold groom with elevated style. The brushed rose gold contrasts perfectly with the black diamonds for a unique look that's sure to stun for years to come.
Price at time of publish: $5,900
Shahla Karimi Every Love Better Half Band
This gender-neutral option is so special. Half of the band features a polished finish while the other half is matte. Available in a variety of metals, this is the perfect band to display your love for your partner.
Price at time of publish: $890
Todd Reed Green Jade and Sterling Silver Ring
Want something totally out of this world? Go for this ultra-unique green band. No, the exterior of your band doesn't have to be metal! Choose a sterling silver ring paired with green jade for an unexpected look.
Shane Co. Textured Cobalt and Meteorite Men's Band
Is there such a thing as too much texture? We don't think so. This band is crafted from cobalt and meteorite with a textured center and hammered edges that are completely unique and modern.
Stone and Strand Gold Cigar Band
This is a classic gold option but with a twist. If a heavy band isn't your thing, opting for a cigar band might be a perfect choice. This 10k solid gold band is quite a bit lighter than other options providing a simple, comfortable fit.
Price at time of publish: $198
Tiffany & Co. Classic Milgrain Wedding Band
This is such a great gender-neutral option, we had to include it in our list of top picks! With platinum and 18k gold and milgrain detailing, it's a beautifully classic band that still offers a modern edge.
Price at time of publish: $2,400
Vera Wang Love Collection Men's Four Stone Diamond Wedding Band
If you like a bit of bling, this is the perfect design to add a little shine. Four diamonds are tucked into this white gold band for just a hint of sparkle you'll be excited to flaunt on the big day and beyond.
Price at time of publish: $1,119
Vrai Flat Band
Ditch those rounded edges if they're not for you. This style, available in multiple metal options, offers a sleek and modern look with a flat surface.
Price at time of publish: $1,050
OTEM White Gold Tetra Ring
This white gold band definitely brings a unique design with its four-sided shape. But it's the small diamond set on the inside of the band that makes it truly special.
Anna Sheffield Rose Gold and Black Diamond Ring
With beautifully contrasting black diamonds incorporated into the design, this design offers something totally different for modern grooms. Choose from yellow, white, or rose gold for this band. Plus, a custom engraving can be added to make this band extra special.
Price at time of publish: $2,650
Melissa Joy Manning Half Dome Diamond Band
There's no shame in opting for a whole lot of sparkle, starting with this stunning band from Melissa Joy Manning. This classic gold band features 18 flush-set white diamonds for a splash of shine.
Price at time of publish: $3,900
Todd Pownell Diamond Fissure Band
This band is truly unique from the inside out. An oxidized sterling silver band is wrapped with textured yellow gold and designed to feature a fissure pattern of diamonds for a rustic look. It's made for the truly artistic and avant-garde grooms.
Price at time of publish: $1,800
Brilliant Earth Aspen Wedding Ring
Available in platinum as well as white, yellow, or rose gold, this band incorporates just the right amount of texture. Featuring a matte finish, this piece has a natural element inspired by the gentle ripples of water.
Price at time of publish: $1,390
Todd Pownell Thin Row Wavy Diamond Band
A wavy texture can create a truly unique look, which is why this stunner earned a spot on this list. This band incorporates thin rows of rose gold in a wavy design paired with stunning white diamonds throughout.
Price at time of publish: $2,465
Bario Neal Shield Band With Blue Enamel
Who says you can't add a splash of color to your wedding band? This unique patterned band brings blue glass enamel into the mix for an artistic and unique design.
Price at time of publish: $570
What to Look for When Choosing a Unique Men's Wedding Band
There are a variety of metals to choose from, including gold, platinum, silver, and more. Gold is the strongest and most requested seller in men's bands, according to Manning, with almost a 50/50 split between white and yellow gold.
"Platinum and 14k gold are our most popular choices, and you can get a unique ring by going classic with the metal but with more unique design elements, such as diamonds, gemstones, or textures," says Rector.
"The first decision after metal is usually around width and fit, which is based on your preference and what feels comfortable to you," says Rector. "If you have larger knuckles, look for 'comfort fit' rings, which are rounded on the inside. That helps them slip over your knuckles and forget you're wearing a ring except for the weight."
Speaking of the band width, there’s also consistent demand for thicker, flatter men’s bands when it comes to style. A thicker band may come at a higher price point (thanks to using more metal), so be sure it's something that can be comfortably worn on a daily basis. “A unique wedding band should be chosen based not only on style but on fit. A daily band should be as comfortable as it is momentous,” says Manning.
Other unique style options include marrying two metals together, incorporating hammering or finishing textures, or including hidden stones or engravings. “Unusual bands come in a range of styles,” says Manning. “A band can be designed as differently as the wearer desires. There really are no rules except for designing with an eye to longevity.”
Not sure where to start? Simply consider the basics of your personal style, and decide how you want your ring to stand out. "The first thing to consider with style is what element you want to use to differentiate your ring: color and metal, texture and design, or diamonds and gemstones," Rector explains.
What is the average price of a men's wedding band?
"The average price men spent on wedding rings with us last year was around $600 but range from $195 to $7,000, so there is something for every budget," assures Rector.
How can I make the wedding band more unique?
"Ask for something custom! We love bringing what's in your imagination to life," says Rector. "Add an engraving" or "think of a memory with your partner and find a design element or stone to represent it," Rector suggests.
Can I add diamonds or gemstones to my wedding band?
"We see this as a growing trend but in more understated looks or even larger stones that are worthy of an engagement ring," states Rector. "If you like the idea of stones but want to keep a more masculine look, try black rings with stones, black diamonds, or geometric, linear designs."
What is the most unique type of metal?
"Our most unique metals are referred to as 'alternative metals' since they are alternatives to traditional precious metals: tungsten, tantalum, and titanium. These metals come in shades of gray, stark black, and even colors like cobalt blue or espresso brown and are a great way to show your style. They're also more budget-friendly than precious metals," Rector states.
What is a big trend in men's wedding bands right now?
"Multi-tone metals are a major trend and a great way to add a twist to your style as well," says Rector.
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