Have you seen the guys' wedding ring section in jewellery shops these days?
It's slowly but surely creeping in to the masses of ladies' rings (I honestly don't know how any guy could make a decision if choosing for his partner! Even I go in there and fall for every second item) and the choice has become... unrecognisable.
Gone are the days of the plain gold or silver band (which, of course, is still very popular) and it's helloooooo titanium, tungsten and platinum. Oh, and of course, diamonds.
Seriously, dudes' rings are so blinged up these days that when I was shopping for my own wedding band I kept straying over into the men's section without even knowing! (The shop assistants were quick to point out my mistake - but that didn't stop me doing it more than once in other shops!)
Now I'm not exactly against guys wearing wedding bands that feature diamonds; men can be magpies too. But some of the options these days are hilariously intricate and leave me wondering what the partner's wedding band looks like if the man's is traditionally the "toned down" version?
When we went wedding ring shopping, future husband kind of knew what he wanted (read: he probably gave it 60 seconds' thought). Plain-ish, thickish, brushed tungsten; Otherwise known as run-of-the-mill, pretty standard stuff. He tried the first one on and he flexed his little yam hands* as would a baby who had just felt water or sand for the first time: unsure of this foreign object, and whether it would ever feel normal.
I did a little "squee" at the sight of my future husband wearing a symbol of commitment that I'd next see on our wedding day. It made him instantly 32 million times sexier (in a way only girls will understand when they check out a hot guy and then see he's wearing a wedding ring...)
But then he did something SO unusual for him: he asked to try on a different one. Future husband is the king of "This will do" when it comes to shopping around (clearly, this was exactly his thought process when he met me) so I was infinitely proud of him for trying on a slightly different version of the same ring which he declared to be perfect, so that was that.
I couldn't, however, persuade him to try on one of the more intricate designs, including the ones with diamonds.
I don't know whether it's because he thinks diamonds can't be a guy's best friend or whether maybe he was worried he'd damage it with his extremely physical job (not knowing how amazingly rings are built these days! On a side note, isn't it hilarious how shop assistants sell you on a ring's "breaking" points. It's like the one thing a guy asks: "So if my finger gets trapped in a machine, will it break" etc. I mean seriously, if your finger gets caught in a machine, your last concern is a ring. I know some are easier to cut off, snap under pressure to save your fingers etc - all very serious stuff - but it just sounds like such a glum topic. You'd never see girls ask about what happens if they get their finger stuck in a machine. Which, incidentally, I did yesterday while at a pump class at the gym. Damn near snapped my finger off when my ring caught on a weight. Even got the bruise to prove it. I digress).
Anyhoo, along with the different types of material they can be made out of, I've also noticed another trend (thank yooou, Pinterest). I don't know what it's called but I like to call it the "wedding brand".
Check these out:
The anti-cheating ring (Yes, coz that'll really stop him from cheating...)
So what do you think - would you insist your bloke work a "wedding brand" to prevent him from slipping off his ring to pretend he's single? Do you think they're pretty cute? Or ever-so-slightly creepy?
How did you or do you plan on picking out a guy's wedding band? Blokes - is it something you think about or you're not really fussed? Girls - are you in on the decision when it comes to picking your partner's jewellery?
You can also email Greer here and share your wedding woes, feedback or questions.
* He's going to KILL me for saying that in public. Sorry darling, but I ADORE your big, strong yam hands.
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