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Textured wedding rings ultimate accessory for men

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I know I've said this before -- women have it easy-peasy when it comes to procuring the latest fashion trends or the hottest looks of the runway. There are no shortage of boutiques to browse through or shoe shops to scour.

We can easily head out at the spur of the moment and have no trouble finding something new and fabulous to wear for that impromptu soirée or feeding our fashion frenzy for the latest trends a few weeks after they are unveiled during fashion week.

Accessories -- we have access to heaps upon heaps of baubles, bracelets and broaches, earrings from studs to chandelier and enough necklace options to keep us well stocked for eons.

I do admit, there are more and more boutiques carrying men's clothing and shoes these days -- some dedicated solely to that -- but what you will be hard-pressed to find are men's accessories. This is especially challenging when looking for that special token to symbolize a very special union.

Men's wedding bands for the most part aren't really trend-setting if you ask me, but jewelry designer and goldsmith David Rice is changing that one golden band at a time.

Known for his artistically sculpted jewelry, Rice's textured wedding bands for men are unique and stylish, yet they remain understated and masculine at the same time.

"We find that men really like the textured bands because they are a bit more rugged but also artistic so they can wear them with anything, says Marie Christoffersson, co-owner of David Rice Jewelry + Objects. "Often people say they have looked everywhere and they come here to find something unique."

Unique indeed. The hand-crafted bands are made using expertly carved wax moulds with impressions inspired by everything from nature to Japanese paper to graffiti or what the customer may desire.

Each one can be further customized through the selection of metal, be it white, yellow, green or rose-hued gold. There is even the option to incorporate two hues into one textured band making it even more personalized -- like a wearable sculpted piece of art.

"They are like modern classics and it's nice that men who want to wear a band can have something that is hand-crafted and artistic as opposed to the traditional Tiffany style band," Christoffersson.

For more information on the David Rice textured bands you can check out the latest collection online at www.davidrice.com or pop by the boutique located at 100 Osborne St.

Got a suggestion for a future column or a fashion trend worth following? Email Connie Tamoto at connietamotofashion@hotmail.com.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 16, 2013 E10

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