One of our clients is curious about the differences between Flat vs Comfort fit wedding bands. Here is what she wrote:
“My fiancé continues to receive comments on the 1.56 carat, G-color, VS-2 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond that you helped me select. As a matter of fact, she receives comments about how beautiful her engagement ring is practically every day!
We were a bit hesitant to buy a diamond with strong blue fluorescence sight-unseen. However, I’ve got to tell you that we’ve fallen in love with that hidden property. We even purchased a mini black light flashlight online so that we can see it from time to time.
In fact, my girlfriend is always making excuses to go into the local aquarium shop to look at fish. Of course, we both know that she just wants to look at her diamond under the black light.
Anyway, it’s time for me to buy a wedding band and I’m trying to decide between a flat or round wedding band. What do you recommend for men?”
Flat standard fit wedding bands for men:
Thank you for sharing your feedback on the strong blue fluorescence within your Brian Gavin Signature diamond. A lot of people express concern about blue fluorescence when buying diamonds from the Brian Gavin Blue collection of blue fluorescent diamonds. Thankfully all that concern seems to just disappear once they open the box and see how incredible out diamonds sparkle!
With regard to what you refer to as a "flat wedding band," I believe you are referring to a standard fit wedding band. As a matter of fact, that type of wedding band features a flat inner ring shank. Whereas a pipe band will be flat on both the inside and the outside.
However, we'll explore all the options available in men's wedding bands from Brian Gavin just to be certain. With that in mind, the ring pictured at the top of this post is a standard half-round style wedding band with a milgrain edge.
As you can see, the inside of the ring shank is flat, while the outer edge of the ring is round. In fact, that is why it’s described as a “half-round” wedding band. In the event that both the inner and outer edge of the ring was rounded, it would be known as a comfort fit style wedding band.
By the way, the pattern that runs along the outer edge of the ring is known as a milgrain edge. It adds a splash of style and spices up what would otherwise be a plain wedding band.
Rounded “Comfort Fit” wedding bands for men:
Men's wedding bands that feature an inner ring shank that is slightly rounded are commonly referred to as “comfort fit”.
If you look closely at this style of wedding rings, you’ll be able to see the differences in the design.
In the first place, the inner edge of this comfort fit style wedding band by Brian Gavin is beveled slightly.
As a matter of fact, a lot of men prefer comfort fit wedding bands because they feel more comfortable. After all, the interior of the ring shank is slightly rounded and that might be more comfortable than standard fit rings.
On the other hand, a lot of guys prefer the flat standard fit wedding bands because they tend to have a lower profile. In other words, a flat traditional fit wedding band has a lower profile and will fit more flush upon the finger. As a general rule of thumb, it's probably a good idea to try on different wedding rings to determine your personal preference.
Flat or “Pipe Cut” wedding bands for men:
Pipe cut or flat wedding bands are another popular style of wedding bands for men. In this case, both the inner and outer edge of the ring shank is flat, as opposed to being slightly rounded.
As you can see, this standard flat wedding band by Brian Gavin has an extremely low profile. In fact, this makes it popular with guys who aren’t used to wearing rings. After all, the ring isn't going to sit very high on the finger since it is flat along the interior and outer edges.
Whereas a comfort fit band and other styles of comfort fit rings will sit higher because of the added depth. By the way, you'll find that the depth of our flat wedding bands is relatively equal since they're all about the same depth.
As a matter of fact, the primary differences are the design of the inner and outer ring sections. For example, the side profile of the ring as might be seen if you were to cut the ring in half and view it from the side.
Best Alloys for Men's Wedding Bands:
In the first place, we offer men's wedding bands in the most popular types of alloys and many alternative metals:
- 14k and 18k rose gold, white gold, yellow gold.
- Carbon Fiber.
As a matter of fact, one type of alloy or material is not superior to another. In other words, the best alloy for a men's wedding ring is more a matter of personal preference. Of course, you'll want to take into account your lifestyle and the circumstances under which your ring will be worn.
Getting Your Finger Measured:
Sizing your finger for a wedding band is pretty straightforward. Most people find it easier to stop by a local jeweler to determine their ring size. After all, they'll have the ring sizers necessary to size your finger accurately.
With that in mind, it's good to know that ring sizers are available in different widths. Generally speaking, your local jeweler should have one that is designed for thinner and thicker wedding bands. Under those circumstances, you'll want to take the width of the wedding band you are shopping for into account.
Alternative Ways to Size Your Ring:
In the event that you are interested in things that are curiously odd, you'll find this interesting. A long time ago, an old-timer in the industry told me that a man's ring size is the same as his shoe size. As a matter of fact, I thought he was trying to pull a fast one on me since I was a newbie in the industry.
However, he told me that he was being perfectly honest and advised me to keep his advice in the back of my mind. Interestingly enough, I've found his theory to be fairly accurate throughout the years. Although that may be true, I still recommend using a ring sizer to verify your size before buying a wedding band.
Brian Gavin offers a wide selection of wedding bands for men in all the popular styles. The majority of designs are available with plain or patterned designs, with or without milgrain edges, and of course, we can custom create anything you might have in mind.
How Should a Wedding Band Fit?
As a matter of fact, you are the only person who will know how your wedding band should fit. After all, some people will prefer a ring that fits snugly on the finger. While other people might prefer a wedding band that is one size smaller or larger.
With that in mind, we recommend that you begin with a wedding band that matches your ring size. In the event that it feels comfortably snug on your finger, then you're good to go. However, if the ring feels too loose or tight, then adjust the size accordingly.
Obviously, you want a wedding ring that slips comfortably over the knuckle. However, you also don't want it to be too small or too big. In some respects, selecting the right size wedding band is similar to buying a comfortable pair of shoes.
Under those circumstances, we recommend trying on a few different styles to determine whether a flat vs comfort fit band is best for you. Of course, Brian Gavin is happy to help you choose the best wedding band for your particular taste.