Men's Engagement Ring Guide: Terms Explained
A comprehensive guide to Men's Engagement Ring Terms.
In this guide we will go over some common terms used in men's rings. For a man it can be confusing to purchase an engagement ring, what do all these industry buzz words actually mean? How do you discern marketing speak from actual information? If you've ever had questions during your ring buying experience this guide is for you. We're experts in the men's ring industry and we'll guide you through the buying process.
Ring Sizing Terms:
Size: The size of the ring refers to the internal diameter of the ring. Typically measured in millimeters to give a more accurate size than inches. Ring sizing can vary greatly between individual people and even individual fingers and hands. For more information on ring sizing visit our ring sizing page here to learn more.
Width: The width refers to how wide the ring is. Typically measured in millimeters most men's rings will be in the 6 mm to 10 mm range. The width of the ring does affect the sizing of a ring. A wider ring will fit more tight on the finger as it takes up more space on the finger.
Thickness: The thickness of a ring refers to how tall the ring stands off the finger. Generally men's rings are 1 mm - 2 mm thick. Thickness can also affect fit. Thicker rings will feel more prominent on a finger than thinner rings.
Comfort Fit: This term is used a lot in men's rings. It refers to the beveled inside edges of the ring, creating a domed interior that allows the ring to slide on and off the finger easier.
Ring Style Terms:
- Ultralight: This term refers to the thickness and profile of a ring. An ultralight ring is a thin profile ring, approximately 1 mm thick. These rings are lightweight and thin profiled allowing them to feel virtually invisible on a finger.
- Traditional: This term also refers to the thickness and profile of a ring. A traditional ring features a more standard profile and thickness of a ring, approximately 2 mm thick. These rings feature rounded edges and comfort fit interiors.
- Domed: Domed rings are built replicating the shape of a domed building. They feature a convex outer surface with a comfort fit interior.
- Stackable: Stackable rings are rings that are designed to be worn in partnership with another ring. They typically feature thin profiles and narrow widths to allow the wearer to have multiple pieces on one finger.
Ring Material Terms:
- Carbon Fiber: Carbon fiber is a composite that is made from thousands of carbon fibers mixed with an epoxy. Carbon fiber features many benefits such as low weight, high tensile strength, chemical resistance, and hypoallergenic properties.
- Glass Fiber: Glass fiber is a composite that is made from thousands of fiber glass strands. Glass fibers feature many of the same benefits as carbon fiber as well being non electrically conductive.
- Twill: A twill weave in carbon fiber is made up of a 2 x 2 weave where the fibers are laid in an over - under pattern. The twill weave is the most recognizable weave and is used in many applications. It allows for great functionality as well durability.
- Filament: A filament weave features carbon fiber layered in an abstract pattern. The layering gives the carbon fiber high tensile strength and a unique aesthetic.
- Uni-Directional: A uni-directional weave features carbon fibers all laid in the same direction. A uni-directional weave gives the carbon fiber great strength and a uniform appearance.
- Stabilized Wood: This term refers to wood that has been stabilized. Stabilized wood is created by taking solid blocks of wood and in a process of oven baking and vacuum infusion of stabilizing resin creating a more durable piece of wood.
- Resin: Resin refers to a chemical epoxy made up from 1 part epoxy and 1 part hardener. Resin is used in casting rings and bonding materials together.
- Glow: Glow rings are made up from material that produces a luminescent light when charged with UV light. Typically glow rings are made from resin infused with a luminescent powder.