34 Best Menâ€™s Engagement Rings
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Choosing an engagement ring is an undoubtedly exciting part of marriage; however, the history is a bit less romantic. Traditionally, engagement rings have been targeted toward women, as they served as replacements for high-priced gifts and dowries and physical representations that a woman was taken. A token of ownership, if you will. Things have come a long way since then and many modern men are choosing to showcase their commitment by wearing one.
"We are finding this a more and more common practice," says Liz Ferris of Valerie Madison Fine Jewelry. "Why should only one partner get to rock some bling in advance of the wedding date?"
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While some men may not be interested in a huge, sparkling rock, there are certainly those who want in on the symbolic practice of giving or receiving a beautiful engagement ring. For those who want a little (or a lot) of sparkle, the options are far from short. There are plenty of menâ€™s bands on the market that can serve as engagement rings from brands synonymous with marriageâ€”think Cartier, Tiffany & Co., and De Beers. Additionally, many lesser-known jewelry designers have handsome creations befitting a men's engagement ring.
Ring shopping is a very personal experience. "It's easy to feel pressure to conform to tradition or stereotypes, but only you know your exact preferences, lifestyle, and taste," says Ferris. Since there are a lot more options out there than youâ€™d expect, the first step is figuring out what type of ring suits you or your partner.
Weâ€™ve rounded up 34 of our favorite options to inspire you.
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The type of metal you choose will help define your engagement ring's aesthetic, especially if you decide against diamonds or other gemstones. When it comes to metals, there is no shortage of options. Platinum has long been a popular choice for men's rings because it is a subtle and timeless look. On the other hand, gold is also a popular choice that is eye-catching and elegant. For a more romantic look, you may also choose to go with a rose gold ring, which has increased in popularity over the past few years. Sterling silver is another option you might choose, which is crisp and a bit more cost-efficient.
Diamonds and gemstones are popping up in many men's engagement rings. Traditionally, diamonds were not the center of attention in men's rings, but that is quickly changing. Now you may see rings with a large center stone or even a pavĂ© band for all-around sparkle. If you decide to choose a diamond engagement ring, take into account the 4Cs: color, cut, clarity, and carat weight. These four qualities in a diamond will guide you in the right direction when choosing your ring. For other stones, like black onyx, sapphire, morganite, etc., keep in mind that they are softer stonesâ€”meaning they could scratch easierâ€”so they should be held in a safe setting, such as a bezel setting.
In the past, men's wedding rings were standard without many different options outside of metal options. Now, men's engagement rings are more customizable than ever. For example, you may find that you prefer a thinner band compared to a thicker option. Signet rings are also a popular option, especially because there is room for engraving.
- Can men wear both an engagement ring and a wedding band? Yes, you can wear both a wedding band along with an engagement ring. Just keep in mind the thickness of each band, so they fit together nicely. If you choose to do both an engagement ring and a wedding band, consider a fused band, so the rings move together on your ring finger.
- What is the average ring size for men? The average ring size for men is a size nine. Most men's engagement rings range in sizes. Generally, you'll be able to find rings in sizes 4 to 13. If your ring size happens to change over time, not to worry. If you bring your ring to your local jeweler, they will slightly stretch the ring for you without trouble.
- How much do men's engagement rings generally cost? Pricing can start around $250 for men's engagement rings and can range up to $2000. Cost depends on the type of metal you get and if you choose a ring with diamonds or other gemstones. Platinum and gold rings tend to be on the pricer side while silver and titanium rings are less costly.
- Where can I shop for a men's engagement ring? Typically, a men's engagement ring can also be marketed as a wedding band, so you can look for your ring at any jeweler that sells men's wedding bands. For a more unique look, brands like Bario Neal, Valerie Madison, and Anna Sheffield are all great places to start. Tiffany & Co., Mociun, and Angara are popular options for a more traditional look.