I have to agree with the characterization of this ring as "masculine" -- to me it says I don't need "sparkles" along with my commitment!I knew I wanted understated, ultra-lightweight and rugged. My wife picked out about 10 different rings, styles, and this is the one I settled on, and am glad I did. I recommend getting 1/2 size smaller than for other rings.As others mentioned, it scratches quickly, which I liked as it looks worn quickly. Unlike some of my other friends who have a shiny ring for months after their wedding, I like the worn look of this brushed finish.It has been nearly 2 years now, and still very happy. In fact, I came back to the site to buy one as a "backup" -- just in case. Now, some of you might not approve, but let me tell you that I lost my ring for one weekend (lost in my gym bag, as it fell into a hidden pocket). It just happened that that was the weekend my in-laws were in town and they were NOT very pleased (what can I say?). So, just to ensure something similar doesn't happen again, I'm getting a backup now. Like I mentioned, am getting 1/2 size smaller than the original.