The wedding band has long been the symbol of everlasting love because of it’s shape. There is no beginning or end to the ring. The square ring is quickly gaining momentum because it’s four sides defies the traditional shape of a ring. The uniqueness of these particular bands symbolizes balance (the four seasons, the four points of direction, four classical elements) but could also mean modernism, pragmatism, durability and dependability. Master artisan Joseph Boukhalil of Joseph Jewelers, skillfully crafts four sided rings. The wedding band shown below features a four sided, sandblasted matte finish inlayed into a polished white gold band.
Wedding bands are no longer all yellow gold, but are now available in silver, white gold, yellow gold, platinum palladium, tungsten, titanium, and rose gold. Boucheron Paris introduces the Pointe de Diamant pink gold wedding band (right). This pink ring “evokes the cobblestones of the Place Vendome and Paris, the city of light and romance”. David Yerman offers a black titanium and sterling silver (left) reminiscent of the self-aligning ball bearing used in modern machinery. This specific band is complete with cable accents and two rows of glittering sapphires. Two toned wedding bands combine various metals and colors, which can be a black and silver combination or more popular silver and gold. Combining a titanium band with a black carbon fiber inlay creates an unusual two-tone effect. Swiss Jeweler Furrer Jacot masters the elegance of multi-tonal rings especially with his Karbon Collection. The bottom ring features a white gold band with a yellow gold center inset in black carbon with a dazzling 1 karat diamond.
Symbolically the wedding band is worn on the fourth finger on the left hand because it was thought to be a vein in this finger that was directly connected to the heart. Scientists have proven this theory false. Some couples have agreed to wear their wedding bands on their thumbs, other couples move the engagement ring from the left hand to the right during the wedding ceremony. With the influx of couples defying classical tradition and creating their own styles, Men’s wedding jewelry is rapidly diversifying.