3 Reasons Why Men’s Silver Wedding Bands are Better than Gold
If you simply read the title of this article, you might pass it off as a promotional article for men’s silver wedding bands, but then you would be missing the point. The truth is, as a jeweler I’ve had a hard time making the case for choosing silver over gold. Men are creatures of habit and they have a tendency to stick with the most traditional wedding ring metals. I can’t say I blame them. Until recently, I was “sold on gold” too, but that was before I started doing an apples-to-apples comparison between the two metals.
In order to fully understand why I now prefer men’s silver wedding bands over gold, it’s important to learn what differentiates sterling silver jewelry from gold. Instead of making a bold recommendation that you should choose silver over gold, I will simply lay out some key facts about men’s silver wedding bands and let you decide. But remember, choosing a wedding band is still a matter of personal preference.
So here it is – drum-roll, please – the three reasons why I believe men’s silver rings are better than gold.
Silver rings are a better complement to men’s skin tone and match up well with other jewelry.
Men’s silver wedding bands have a more contemporary look than yellow gold, and they are a lot easier to maintain than white gold. Let’s face it; men today are more likely to choose silver-colored jewelry for their watches, bracelets and pendants. Not that guys care as much about “matching jewelry” as women do, but it is always more aesthetically pleasing when a man’s ring in the same color family as the rest of his jewelry and accessories.
Silver is inevitably compared to gold, both for its physical characteristics and precious beauty. One of silver’s major advantages over yellow gold is its appearance. Silver’s white luster looks good on nearly all skin colors and shades. Whereas yellow gold can look washed out on people with lighter skin, silver stands out and can look very attractive among paler skin tones.
Men’s silver wedding bands are much less expensive than gold
This may seem a little obvious, since gold has always been more expensive, but now it is more relevant than ever. Gold prices have skyrocketed over the past few years, and some jewelry buyers are rebelling against the price increase. With the cost of weddings going up and incomes stagnating, buying an expensive precious metal ring seems more like a luxury than a necessity. Men are more practical in their choices of wedding jewelry to begin with, and are less likely to care if their ring is worth $50 or $500. Even the most expensive men’s silver wedding bands are still quite a bit cheaper than gold.
In case you are unfamiliar, a new breed of silver called Argentium silver has recently appeared in some major designer collections, including Benchmark. This brighter and purer version of sterling is 93.5 percent silver and is alloyed with white metals and copper, making it appear more like platinum. If Argentium silver takes off, it will pose a serious threat to gold wedding bands.
Silver is more likely to be “made in the USA”
With so many American jobs at risk due to losses in the manufacturing sector, it is nice to know that there is a way to support our economy just by choosing men’s silver wedding bands. Silver is one of the rare precious metals that is heavily mined in the America. In fact, the United States produces one third of all the world’s silver through mines located in twelve key silver mining states. In addition to the U.S., other silver producing countries include Japan, India and China. As the silver industry continues to grow, more and more jobs are being created in the United States.
Now you know why I prefer silver wedding bands over gold.