Men’s engagement rings: trend or tradition?

Traditionally, women have worn engagement rings as a symbol of their partner’s commitment to providing for them in marriage. As gender roles have changed over time, however, so has some of the meaning behind a diamond ring. For many couples today, it isn’t a guarantee of financial stability, but an emotional bond. Indeed, most women these days work and can support themselves – often splitting the cost of an engagement ring.

It follows, then, that more men will wear a band once they are engaged. But do men wear engagement rings? In Brazil and Sweden, it is a longstanding tradition for men to wear engagement rings. In Chile, both men and women receive an engagement ring and wear it on their right hand but move it to their left once they get married. While men’s engagement rings are a new trend in the US, it’s one that’s quickly gaining traction. This may be due to the fact that many couples are increasingly concerned with equality. It makes sense for both people in a relationship to want to show (and celebrate!) their love and commitment. Getting engaged is an exciting time! Additionally, dozens of male celebrities are now wearing engagement rings, making it more popular.

Approximately 1 in 20 women propose to their male partners, and many of them are likely to do so by presenting a men’s engagement ring. 5% of men wear engagement rings, including those in same-sex relationships, while 17% are intrigued by the idea of wearing a ring before the big day. Searches online have even risen up to 66% year on year for men’s engagement rings.

If you are looking for men’s engagement rings, you will need to consider which metal, style, and finish are best. Here are some of the most popular Ritani men’s wedding bands that can also be worn as an engagement ring.

Width

If you are shopping for a men’s engagement ring for your partner or yourself, start by deciding your desired band width. Men’s bands come in varying widths, from slim to wide. If you’re unsure what width to get, try on some rings at a local jeweler to figure out what width is most appealing and comfortable. If the proposal is a surprise, take a look at your significant other’s jewelry and check out the width of any rings they already own. If you’re still unsure which width to get, our 6mm band is a fan favorite.

4mm band vs. 7mm band
4mm band vs. 7mm band  

Men’s bands aren’t necessarily made for stacking the way women’s bands are. Keep in mind that if you’d like to stack your engagement ring and wedding band on one finger, you should opt for a slimmer band for either your wedding band and/or your engagement ring. If both bands don’t fit on one finger, some men will put their engagement ring on their right hand and their wedding band on their left. Some men even choose to double their engagement ring as a wedding band instead of buying an additional ring.

Metals

The metal you choose for a men’s engagement ring will influence its longevity. For a durable ring, choose a platinum, cobalt, or palladium. These metals also make great options for those with sensitive skin. Yellow gold is also a great hypoallergenic option. If you’re buying an engagement ring for your partner and you’re not sure what metal they would like, take a look at any existing jewelry they already own.

You can read more about precious metals in depth here.

Styles

It’s important to choose an engagement ring style that matches your partner’s personality and tastes.
gold mens band

 

Classic bands are a popular choice for their versatility and timelessness. A classic band is perfect for a man who favors the simple things in life and has a low-key wardrobe.

black panel cobalt ring

Modern bands are distinctive and fashion-forward. A modern band is perfect for a man who isn’t afraid to stand out. Cobalt rings, shown above, are a very popular choice for their sleek and masculine look.

hammered finish mens band

Modern bands can also feature unique finishes. The hammered-finish ring above gives this band visual interest and an artisan feel.

two tone double inlay band

Another stylish option for men’s engagement rings are two-toned bands. Two-toned bands draw in the eye and are a perfect compromise if you admire two different metals, but can’t pick just one.

Gemstone Rings

men's diamond ring

 

Diamonds can be a man’s best friend, too. This suave diamond ring puts a modern and masculine twist on traditional engagement rings.

black diamond mens band

Black diamonds and sapphire bands are also a sophisticated choice for men’s engagement rings.

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