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Mens Gold Rings

The options for mens gold rings are endless in today's jewelery market. Mens gold rings come in a variety of designs, finishes and settings. So what should you consider when purchasing a mens gold ring? You will need to consider the comfort of the gold ring on your hand and how it will stand up to the test of time and the rigors you will put it through in your daily life. You will also need to consider the look and style of your gold ring as you'll still want it to look appealing in the years to come. Finally you will need to consider whether to have gems incorporated in your gold ring.

Why Gold?
Gold has been to men everywhere a desirable economic object. Man has used gold for thousands of year, there is little doubt that it was one of the first metals known to man. Gold became a part of every human culture. Its brilliance, natural beauty, and luster, and its great malleability and resistance to tarnish made it enjoyable to work and play with. Gold is dispersed through out the world and every culture that found it was in awe of it's beauty. Gold has always been a symbol of great power. The linking of gold to immortality, gods and wealth are common in many cultures. Humans intuitively put a high price on gold because they view it as something beautiful and powerful. The search for gold was done by the Phoenicians, Egyptians, Indians, Hittites, Chinese, and others.  These nations put slaves, criminals and prisoners of war to work in dangerous gold mines. During these times gold was not used as money put purely for the adornment of the wealthy and powerful. Gold is accepted all over the modern world just as it was in ancient time as something that is valuable.

Styles of Mens Gold Rings
Mens gold rings are generally styled more solid and less details than women's rings. That being said there are many styles to choose from such as a rounded band, flat band, domed band, ribbed edge, Celtic, Claddagh, engraved, wave, puzzle, jigsaw, double and triple banded, and signet styles. Most of these styles come in a variety of finishes, and also include the option of diamonds or gem stones to be set in them. So let your personal style shine through when choosing the ring that is right for you, keep in mind that your ring will be seeing the same amount of action as your hands do so make sure it will be able to survive the test of time.

Finding a comfortable fit
For a comfortable fitting ring be sure to choose a design with smoothed edges on the interior of the ring. If you are allergic to some metals be sure that the ring you choose doesn't contain it, as many use nickel as an alloy. Other metals such as stainless steel and platinum are usually hypoallergenic for almost everyone. Most men that wear a ring or rings do so day in day out, year in year out, through a variety of conditions. As your temperature changes and your body ages your fingers may swell or contract. Try to size your ring when you are at a relaxed temperature and haven't been exerting yourself vigorously. Choose a fit that is snug but not tight. Remember there may be times when you will have to remove your ring such as when doing rough work or working with machinery, so ensure that you are still able to remove your ring even if it takes a little effort. Some of the harder metals are either extremely hard to or impossible to resize so keep this in mind when purchasing. Some jewelers offer a lifetime fitting service either for free or at a discount to ensure their clients ring always fits.

Caring for your Gold Ring
Using a soft clean cloth and warm, mild soapy water is best for cleaning gold. Employ a soft bristled brush at times when you need to clean detailed work. Gold specific cleaning products are available, if you use these be sure to follow the directions carefully as misuse could damage your gold ring. Another way to clean gold rings is to put it in pot of boiling water with a teaspoon of baking soda, leave the ring in the water for 30 seconds and then remove it making sure to dry it carefully. Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools while wearing your gold ring. Chlorine can erode gold, causing stones to fall out of settings. Avoid contact with household cleaners as many of the chemical contained in them can tarnish your gold ring.