When you think of wedding rings, silver and gold immediately come to mind. There’s no disputing the fact that these two metals have always reigned supreme in the kingdom of wedding jewelry. Even as we debate the merits of titanium vs tungsten, tantalum vs cobalt and marvel at the pros of innovative materials like stainless steel and carbon fiber, we still come back to that classic look for which silver and gold are known.
Gold is worth its weight in...well, gold. But did you know that silver was the “it” metal in wedding jewelry all the way up until the gold rush of the 1800s? Since then, silver has sometimes been outshone by the popularity of gold but it has never gone out of style. Here’s everything you need to know about this tried-and-true classic of wedding band metals, courtesy of Jordan Jack:
How Do I Know What Type of Silver is Best for Male Engagement Rings or Wedding Bands?
Before you take the plunge into buying a silver wedding band, it’s helpful to know a bit about the different types of silver used in jewelry so you can make the best choice. Here are the types of silver you’re most likely to encounter when shopping for male wedding rings:
It is fairly common to see jewelry that is simply labeled “silver.” This generic term is often used to describe the color of the metal while telling us nothing about what the metal is actually made of. Best to avoid any silver that has no mark indicating its quality designation.
Silver plated jewelry has a base metal with a thin plating of silver on the surface that will eventually wear off. Regardless of what grade of silver the plating, silver plated jewelry should only be considered costume jewelry.
Silver is a very soft metal and is not commonly used in jewelry in its pure form. A wedding ring made of pure silver would be much too soft to withstand the rigors of everyday wear. Pure silver is stamped “999,” indicating that it is 99.9% pure silver. Like many other wedding ring metals, silver for jewelry is usually alloyed with other metals to make it stronger so that it will last a lifetime.
Sterling silver is what we typically think of when we imagine silver. Its alloys give it the characteristic shine and color and increase the hardness and strength of the metal to withstand daily wear. Sterling silver is an excellent material for male wedding bands because of its beauty and ability to hold up to daily wear. Look for a stamp that says “925” on sterling silver jewelry. This indicates that it is truly sterling silver, made of 92.5% silver alloyed with 7.5% copper. Jordan Jack is proud that all of our silver rings are made of sterling silver. It is a classic choice in our lineup of high quality wedding ring materials.
Why Men Should Choose a Sterling Silver Wedding Band?
Silver Has a Distinct and Beautiful Shine
Other metals such as platinum and white gold have a similar look but sterling silver has its own unique hue and natural brilliant shine that other metals can only emulate. Silver is naturally shinier than other silver hued metals. Jordan Jack’s sterling silver does not need special coatings or processes to keep it looking lovely, but we do utilize rhodium plating to help you protect your ring from tarnish and maintain that hallmark shine for a longer time. Once it wears off you can choose whether or not to have it replated.
Silver is Very Affordable
Sterling silver gives you the same look as its silver-hued counterparts but comes with a more affordable price tag.
Silver is Versatile
Silver is quite malleable and therefore easy for jewelers to work with. This makes it very versatile in terms of available designs and styles. Intricate designs are feasible with silver and less difficult to accomplish than with other metals.
Silver Develops Its Own Unique Look as It Ages
Although silver does wear over time, the look of time-tested silver is very appealing to many people. Any nicks or scratches can be easily buffed out but there’s also something to be said for leaving them as they are. Silver may take some hits but is made all the more beautiful for them and a sterling silver ring will last for generations. Should you decide you want that like-new look again, silver is easily brought back to its original luster.
Silver is Lightweight
Silver won’t weigh your hand down. This is a great feature for those who aren’t accustomed to wearing rings or who prefer a lighter weight metal.
Silver is Easy to Resize
As we’ve mentioned, silver is a jeweler’s dream because it is so easy to work. Resizing is a cinch with silver. And, although we can’t account for possible finger size fluctuations you may encounter in the future, it’s easy to buy your perfect size in the beginning with our handy downloadable ring sizer.
Jordan Jack’s Favorite Silver Wedding Bands
Jordan Jack has a great selection of sterling silver wedding bands. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Our Sterling Silver High Polished Band is perfection in its timeless design. The wide band and high polish finish command attention.
- Jordan Jack’s Sterling Silver Hammered Band is a marriage of old and new. Milgrain textured borders surround a hammered center band, making a match as unique as your own.
- Do you want the look of a men’s black wedding band with the desirable qualities of sterling silver? This Sterling Silver Two-Tone Faceted Band combines the best of both with intricate details to put it right over the top.
- Maybe you prefer a gold ring but love silver’s color and shine. If so, our 14kt White Gold High Polished Band may be just the thing for you.
Caring for Sterling Silver Wedding Bands
Sterling silver is a low maintenance metal and its upkeep is quite easy. Like most metals, silver does need to be cleaned occasionally to maintain its shine and to remove any tarnish that may have formed. Even the most poorly kept, tarnished silver can be brought back to life with just a little care. Here’s how to keep your sterling silver wedding band looking like new:
Take It Off, Baby!
Silver can bend and scratch under pressure so remove your ring during times that it may be exposed to rough treatment or harsh chemicals.
Keep It in a Safe Place
When not on your finger keep your sterling silver wedding band in a cloth pouch to keep it from touching other jewelry that may scratch or damage it. Pieces that are kept away from other jewelry tend to tarnish less easily as well.
Keep It Clean
Cleaning your silver wedding band is simple. Wash with warm soapy water and dry with a soft cloth such as microfiber. If your ring is tarnished use a jewelry cleaner that is specifically made for silver. Scratches or bent rings can usually be repaired fairly easily by a jeweler. Though not strictly necessary, a yearly visit to a jeweler to clean your ring and buff out scratches is a good way to keep it in tip top shape.
Jordan Jack Makes Ring Shopping Hassle-Free
Jordan Jack’s Home Try On Service is an easy, hassle-free way to shop for sterling silver wedding bands in the comfort of your own home. Visit our website and put together your Home Try On box, then sit back and wait for your rings to arrive at your doorstep. Ring shopping has never been easier.
Ready to Buy Your Sterling Silver Wedding Band?
Now that you’ve shopped Jordan Jack’s selection of silver wedding bands and chosen your favorite from your Home Try On box, it’s time to commit! Our process is simple to navigate and we make it a breeze to order your new sterling silver wedding band. Feel free to contact us if you hit any bumps along the road or have any questions. We’re here to help!