by Staff Writer
If you're like many men, you may not have worn any jewelry before your wedding, so wearing your wedding ring may take some getting used to. However, certain rings are more comfortable to wear by design. As you're making wedding plans, look for rings with comfort features that make them easy to wear every day.
Plain bands: Sharp edges and raised patterns on the outside of the ring can rub against your little and middle fingers. The smooth surface of a plain wedding band may cause less irritation. If you really have your heart set on a certain pattern, a laser-etched -- rather than a sculpted -- design will create a sharp pattern with minimal texture.
Comfort-fit rings: Comfort-fit wedding bands are designed with a domed interior, which has less contact with the skin than a flat band. These rings are easier to slide past your knuckle. The design also traps fewer irritants against your skin, such as dirt or hand soap. Also, a comfort-fit ring's curved interior edges can prevent the band from cutting into your finger.
Flush-set rings: Protruding gemstones may poke your other fingers, especially if they are distributed around the band. Consider rings with flush-mounted stones. A tension setting will also help keep a solitaire gemstone from rubbing against your skin if the ring rotates.
Industrial metal rings: Titanium, tungsten and stainless steel rings have several advantages when it comes to comfort. Industrial metals don't bend as easily as softer precious metals, so they are less likely to bend out of shape and pinch your finger. These metals are also hypoallergenic since fewer skin-irritating allergens are included in their manufacture. Of these three metals, titanium is the lightest -- a quarter of the weight of gold -- so it may be the least distracting to wear.
Thin bands: Wide wedding bands are popular among men, but a thinner wedding band can be much lighter and more comfortable. A band that covers a third or less of the distance between knuckles will feel less bulky than a wider band or signet ring. You may not even feel a thin band while wearing it.
If wearing a ring is difficult while working with your hands, you might consider wearing yours on a chain around your neck.