Nothing lasts longer from you wedding day, aside perhaps from the memories themselves, than your wedding rings. It is for this reason that many couples now choose to have their rings custom made, ensuring they use the most durable materials that will stand the test of time and remain looking great long after you say your “I dos”.
The symbolism behind the wedding band
Ever wondered why rings have come to play such a central role in weddings?
According to the BBC, wedding rings have long been worn by women, but are a relatively new occurrence for men. As the article points out, it may have been during World War II that the practice really took off, providing enlisted men fighting abroad with a reminder of their loved one back home.
There are lots of different theories out there about how wedding rings came about. It could be that in ancient times, a ring was placed on the finger of a woman to publicly show that she was married and therefore unavailable to other men.
More recent theories suggest that a ring, being circular, symbolises eternal love, since a circle has no end.
In a list of wedding traditions and superstitions, The Huffington Post states that “Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.”
Wedding bands for men
While gold has always been the traditional option for wedding rings, men’s wedding bands are increasingly made from diverse materials. One of the most popular is a metallic or silver-effect, which can be achieved with many polished metals. One of the major benefits of such a choice is that metal is much more durable than gold, which is easily malleable and degenerates over time.
When I got married in 2012, I opted for a simple band made from palladium. At the time, platinum was a popular choice for men’s wedding rings, thanks to its strength and durability yet light weight. Palladium, though, was an up-and-coming metal which was even lighter yet just as strong (if not stronger), but at that time was cheaper. Since then, the price of palladium has overtaken platinum, as its properties make it ideal for use in aircraft and engine components.
The “new black” in men’s jewellery though is tantalum
As Sydney-based jeweller Grew & Co explains, “Tantalum or TA on the periodic table is one of the darkest naturally occurring metals in colour and is an extraordinary metal to work with. Being a very dense, strong and naturally dark graphite grey/black in colour it makes for a fantastic alternative for gents in wedding rings and in fashion jewellery."
“Rarer than platinum but carrying similar characteristics, tantalum is the metal to watch. We are one of a few designer/makers in the world working with this material and look forward to bringing it to the Australian wedding market.”
We suggest popping in to see the guys at Grew & Co if you've got any other questions regarding Tantalum and having your wedding band made to last.