Whenever there’s a discussion about engagement, wedding, or proposal, the main thing in focus is always the ring for the bride. What we forget is that there are two parties involved in a wedding and the groom is equally important in the relationship.
However, there are many caveats involved in selecting the perfect ring for men. Two of the main reasons why men’s rings are not as popular is because people feel they are too feminine or too flashy. However, these two are issues related to the design of the ring in question and not with the idea of wearing a ring.
Things are changing off-late and more men are embracing the idea of wearing a ring. According to a trend report, after Ed Sheeran was seen flaunting an engagement ring in 2019, the popularity of these rings climbed by 66 percent. Additionally, Pinterest revealed that there was a 28 percent surge in the searches for engagement rings for men. The age-old notion of men not wearing jewelry is being challenged now.
However, if you have never shopped for a ring before the sheer amount of options available can be very intimidating. You can check out Leibish.com for all the options available to you.
From the classic diamond to colored gemstones, the options are practically unlimited. You’ll need to consider factors like the kind of ring, size, material, and price to get the right ring. Here’s a handy guide to picking the perfect ring for yourself.
Zero in on the Kind of Ring Your Want
The first step towards picking a ring for yourself is to know the style of ring you want to rock on your hand. Decide whether you want something subtle or something big, chunky, macho, and dramatic. Unless you are an incredibly unvaried styler like Steve Jobs, you cannot pick one ring to go with your entire wardrobe. Therefore, you need to be realistic with your expectations.
Think about a versatile style that will go with the maximum number of outfits in your wardrobe. If not all, at least the general, everyday outfits should match with your ring.
That sweet and macho ring that looks cool with your suits should be your preference only if you’re a baller and rock a suit every day or most of the time like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Choose the one that’s versatile because otherwise, it will only end up being a really expensive paperweight for you.
Pick the Right Size of the Ring
When picking the size of the ring, you’ve to keep two things in mind – the band size and the cross-section width of the ring. The former ensures that the ring fits on the finger you intend to wear it on and the latter will affect how chunky or big the ring looks on your hand.
The band size is the easy part as any jewelry store will do it for you. If you are shopping online, there are several methods to determine your ring size including measure tapes, string method, and more.
Coming to the cross-sectional width or the thickness, there’s one general rule for it. Your ring should not be so thick that your finger joint is unable to flex, in other words, you’re unable to close your finger. As a general rule of thumb, there should be a gap of at least a millimeter or two between your ring’s top edge and the knuckle above it. Anything beyond this is just a show-off.
Choose Your Ring Material
This is where things get sticky. Usually, men prefer rings with a single metal for the sake of simplicity. However, there are still so many options of material to choose from. Here are some of the most common metals picked by men.
- Gold: Gold naturally is the first option for many. Available in various shades like gold, white gold, and rose gold, it’s just very versatile. The advantages of gold are it costs more, weighs more, and is less likely to contain any allergenic metal unless you are going for an alloy. Even if you choose an alloy, say a 50/50 alloy that is 12 karat, you will still get the aesthetics of the real deal.
- Silver: Silver is not the first material that comes to mind when picking jewelry. However, if you choose well, it will serve you well. The most common type is sterling silver that is 92.5 percent silver by weight and mostly with copper added for strength without losing the shine. Reasonably affordable, silver is a brilliant choice for those who want a no-brainer white-tone ring.
- Platinum: Platinum is one of the most precious materials used in jewelry that looks like silver at first glance but has a mellow color when observed closely. The appeal of platinum is in the fact that it’s very expensive and is a status quo. You can go for a flashy design or a simple band, the appeal will still be there.
- Titanium: Titanium is also preferred by many considering it’s one of the strongest metals but also extremely lightweight and less chunky. The metal naturally occurs in silver-tone but is easily colored and is available in black, gold, and copper colors.
Additionally, patina titanium rings are very popular, which have a rainbow-like color-changing appearance. The main advantage of titanium is its durability and hypoallergenic nature. The metal is water-resistant and is not affected by salt-based corrosion.
- Stainless Steel: This is among the most popular choices for those who want a silver-tone ring that’s easy on the pocket. The shiny surface of the metal lends itself to the jewelry. You can either choose a normal silver-tone stainless steel ring or a stained one, whichever goes the best with your aesthetics.
Decide on the Price
Lastly, when you have decided what ring you want, the price comes into factor. This is the last factor because it’s not that important if you have found that one ring to rule them all. If the ring you have picked matches your style and taste, money won’t be an issue for you.
Having said that, put down big money only if, and again it’s a big if, you’ve found the perfect ring for you. If the price is too high and you’re not quite feeling the ring, it’s best to walk away. There are plenty of other options.
In a nutshell, choosing a men’s ring requires a lot of work but once you have found the perfect ring, make it happen. If it’s not perfect but just good enough, consider it an option only if the price is right. Once you have found a ring that fits all the above criteria – style, size, material, and price, congratulations! You’ve just picked the ultimate accessory that you’ll ever own.