It can be confusing to wear men’s rings. There is not much information about ring etiquette. When it comes to men’s rings, there are some rules. These rules are not set in stone. Rings can be worn wherever and whenever you like.
Men’s jewelry is often limited to a watch or a simple marriage band. There are many style guidelines for watches. But rings are not the same. There are some rules that can be used to guide men when it comes to ring etiquette. These rules can be modified to suit your style and personal preference.
We are here to help you find the right men’s ring style path.
The Benefits Of Wearing A Ring
- A gold band around your ring finger will instantly make it obvious that you aren’t on the market.
- These stress toys are only for children. Real men can focus their attention and occupy their time with the rings on their fingers.
- Rings are a natural accessory that can be worn with any outfit. Particularly, a gemstone ring can bring out colors.
- A pinky ring can be a great way to show your affiliation. A ring on your pinky can show your support for a college or football team.
- Signet ring.
- It is very expensive to buy gold. There is no better way to show off your wealth than to wear a lot of bling.
A Quick History Of Men’s Engagement Rings
For nearly 100 years, men’s engagement rings have been available in the United States. L. Bamberger & Co., a New Jersey-based store, published advertisements for men’s engagement rings. These ads were stereotypically macho and meant to appeal to men with disposable income.
The trend didn’t take hold in the 1920s, as most men weren’t wearing wedding rings then. Their popularity soared only after Humphrey Bogart, a famous face in the 1940s, started wearing a wedding ring.
In the beginning, men’s engagement rings consisted of simple metal bands. However, this trend has changed over time to more modern and elaborate designs, including ones with gemstones and mixed metals.
What Is The Best Gold Karat For Ring Making?
Karat is a measurement system that indicates the proportion of pure gold to any other metals or alloys within a piece of gold jewelry. It can be marked with “k,” “K,” or “Kt.” It can be measured on a scale of 0 to 24, with the purest form (pure) being pure gold.
A 14-karat gold ring, for example, contains 14 parts pure gold from 24 and 10 parts other metals like copper, silver, nickel, or zinc. An 18-karat gold ring has 18 parts pure gold and 6 other metals or alloys. The purer the gold, the higher the karatage.
Consider the durability of your ring, which is a major consideration when selecting the right karat for gold rings. Rings are susceptible to scratching during wear.
24k gold in its purest form is much softer than that of lower karatage. Pure gold is, therefore, not suitable for regular jewelry forms such as engagement rings and eternity bands, wedding rings, and cocktail rings. The stronger the alloy of gold, the more it contains other metals. This is why 14k and 18k gold are used for diamonds and other gemstone jewelry.
For those who desire to have the highest amount of gold while still maintaining a high degree of durability, 18k is the best option. For those who want a balance between durability, price, and quality, 14k is the best choice.
What Is The Best Gold Color?
You have many options when it comes to choosing a gold color for your ring. The most popular colors of gold are white gold and rose gold.
Yellow gold is the only form of gold that can be found naturally. Yellow gold, in its pure form, is 2.5 on the Mohs scale. This is why it is used in jewelry production. It must be mixed with other harder metals like copper and zinc. Yellow gold can come in many shades depending on its concentration of mixed elements.
PROS OF YELLOW GOLD
- The most widely used metal for jewelry is historically copper.
- This is the most hypoallergenic of all three types of gold colors.
- This is the purest color.
- It is easy to match diamonds with a lower color grade.
- It is easy to use.
CONS OF YELLOW GOLD
- Regular cleaning and polishing are required.
- Avoid scratches and dents.
It is not a natural substance. It is made up of palladium, silver, and nickel and is composed of white gold and other metals like palladium, zinc, nickel, and zinc. These alloys give white gold a paler color, greater hardness, and longer durability. Final coating with a metal called rhodium gives the silvery-white color.
PROS OF WHITE GOLD
- This is probably the most well-known gold color.
- Platinum is less expensive than platinum.
- Due to the stronger metals combined, yellow gold is more durable and resistant to scratches than yellow.
CONS WHITE GOLD
- To retain its silvery-white color and luster, rhodium must be replated every few years.
- Nickel may cause allergic reactions.
Rose gold is not a natural substance, just like white gold. It is a mixture of pure yellow and copper, as well as silver alloys. These metals make rose gold harder and give it a lovely rose color. Rose gold’s color depth is dependent on how much copper was used. A higher amount of copper will give rose gold a deeper color.
PROS OF ROSE GOLD
- Copper content, which is less expensive than other colors of gold, makes them often more affordable.
- Copper’s strength makes it more durable than white and yellow gold.
- It is easy to match diamonds with a lower color grade.
CONS OF ROSE GOLD
- Regular cleaning and polishing are required.
- It can cause allergic reactions.
What If My Gold Ring Contains Nickel
Pure gold, as mentioned earlier, is too soft for jewelry manufacturing. To make it more difficult and more productive, it is often mixed with nickel or other metals.
The higher the purity of the gold alloy, the more it contains other metals. A ring made of low-karat, pure gold is more likely than a ring made from other metals to cause skin irritations and allergic reactions.
You should know that not all types of gold contain the same amount of nickel. This means that if you have a nickel allergy, you may only experience a reaction when you wear certain types of gold. It is possible to have two rings with the same karat, but only one can cause an allergy.
You may be allergic to nickel and want to switch to higher-karat gold jewelry. People with this allergy can’t wear 14k-gold jewelry. You should therefore try different karats to find the right one.
White gold is also best avoided as it contains yellow gold mixed with other metals such as nickel. To achieve a silvery-white color, white gold can be plated with rhodium. When this layer is worn, the nickel underneath will contact your skin and cause irritation. If you still want to purchase white gold jewelry, ensure it is free of nickel.
How To Wear A Ring
Beyond a wedding band, rings can reflect your individual style and make a statement. Many people have questions about what rings men should wear and whether it is okay for men to wear rings. We will answer all your questions in this men’s style guide.
Which Hand Should You Wear A Ring On? Which Hand Should You Use?
Let’s start by discussing whether a ring should be worn on one hand or the other. Except for the wedding ring, there aren’t any hard and fast rules regarding wearing a ring on a particular hand. This also varies from one culture to the next. Some traditions require that a man wear the ring on his left hand. Others insist that it be worn on the right.
The right hand is more dominant and active than the left, so hand gestures are a big draw for attention. The right hand is the best choice if you want to stand out and be the center of attention in a conversation.
The other side, i.e., It is symbolized as a mental hand and represents your belief system. These concepts are not specific and should not be used in your styling. If you’re looking for something more exciting, consider wearing rings in both your hands to instantly elevate your style.
How To Clean Your Ring
You must properly store and clean your rings to ensure they last a lifetime. A qualified jeweler is the best way to clean your rings. You can also clean metal objects without stones yourself by using water, mild detergent, a soft-bristled toothbrush, and a cotton towel to dry.
You can also use a soft jewelry polishing cloth to remove light tarnishing. To avoid scratches, you should keep your rings’ moisture levels low and use no abrasives. The jewelry will shine again if cotton swabs are immersed in hydrogen peroxide. It is important not to let wood get wet. Jewelry shouldn’t be in direct contact with chemicals or chlorinated waters. This can cause severe damage to the metal and loosen the stones.
Your wedding ring’s width will likely make a greater impact on its overall appearance and feel than you might think. While most rings are between 4 and 8 millimeters wide, there are exceptions. Men tend to gravitate towards the higher end of this range. A ring that is less than 4mm in width can look dainty, but not always. An 8mm ring looks bolder and more durable.
The first thing you should consider when deciding how wide your ring should be. A ring that is 8mm wide might not be appropriate for your small hands. It could also make the ring stick out too much. I have small hands. I wore an 8mm ring for many years before switching to a 6mm ring. The latter is more comfortable and flattering on my fingers. A small 4mm ring is not appropriate for a man with large hands or fingers.
Your personal style is the other major factor in determining ring width. A larger ring will be more striking and bolder. A thinner ring blends in better with the rest of your outfit and is less noticeable.
You have two choices for how the ring fits onto your finger: standard or comfort. As you can see, the standard is the way that every ring used to fit. It simply means that the inside, which is the part that touches your finger, is completely flat. The standard fit may be a bit more difficult to achieve and may slip a little on the finger.
Most rings today are a comfortable fit. The inside of the ring has a slightly domed shape, making it easier to put on and take off and ensuring that the ring stays in place.
It is easy to size up your finger for a wedding ring these days. Many companies offer a free or very inexpensive ring sizing guide. This is especially true in these days of COVID. You can also use apps to do the same.
The average combination of an engagement and wedding ring for a woman is more than $6,000 (yowza! The average price for a wedding ring is $500 for a guy. There are many options that go beyond and below this amount. You can spend anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000 if you have the funds and the desire. This includes unique materials, inlays, and gems. There are many stylish, sturdy, and beautiful rings for as low as $200.
The real question is how to decide on a ring budget. These rules regarding monthly salaries are bunkum. In fact, De Beers created the 2-3 month wage rule because they wanted men to spend more on engagement rings. There is no formula. It is important to assess your financial situation and decide what you (and your fiancée) are comfortable with. A diamond engagement ring can last forever. However, it is relatively easy to sell up after a few years or a decade if you bought a budget-friendly ring. You may also become attached to rings that you gave at the altar.
Now you can make an informed decision on the ring you will wear ’til death do us part.