Throughout history, rings have held symbolic meaning. While we commemorate our love and commitment by exchanging wedding rings today, this wasn't always a time-honored tradition.
We'll take a brief look at the history of men’s rings and their evolution into wedding rings. We’ll also share some of our favorite men’s wedding bands to consider for yourself or your husband-to-be.
The Original Symbolism of Men’s Rings
For centuries, lavish rings graced the fingers of men around the world. While each culture held its own traditions for using men’s rings, many were similarly worn to signify one’s power, boast wealth, and prove status.
A man’s ring was also used to celebrate a victory or milestone. Worn proudly, they often marked accomplishment and demanded respect.
Men’s Rings of Ancient Egypt
The Pharaohs and wealthier men of ancient Egypt often wore ornamental rings upon their right hand. Yet, they were not worn as symbols of love or marital commitment. Instead, their rings revealed their social class and position of authority. Men of lower classes wore rings made from inexpensive materials, including bone.
During this period, wedding ceremonies did not include the exchange of women or men’s wedding bands.
Men’s Rings of Ancient Rome
Roman emperors were known to gift their most distinguished soldiers with gold rings. The wealthy wore gold men’s bands while lower-class men wore rings made from silver. Even slaves wore iron bands displayed for all to see.
Around this era, women received betrothal rings, but there were no men’s wedding bands exchanged.
Ecclesiastical Men’s Rings
Although the women’s wedding band became more widely used throughout various cultures, the men’s wedding band still did not catch on. Ecclesiastical men’s rings were extravagantly designed to boast wealth and became popular in the 19th century. Clergymen were known to wear multiple rings to symbolize their authoritative position within the church.
The Influence of the War on Men’s Wedding Bands
It wasn’t until World War I that men began to embrace the symbolism of the wedding ring. As they prepared to ship off to war, the men’s wedding band became a way for some to keep their wives and children close to their hearts while away.
By the second World War, the men’s wedding ring had caught on. The '50s saw men embracing the men’s wedding band and accepting it as a new wedding tradition.
Selecting a Men’s Wedding Band
While it may not seem as difficult as shopping for a women’s engagement ring, there is still much to be considered in your search for a men’s ring. From metal to fit, there are a few factors to take into account before committing to your forever band. Let us guide you through a few considerations you’ll want to make:
Considering Style Options of Men’s Rings
Women aren’t the only ones with dazzling diamonds gracing their fingers. Traditionally, men chose to wear a solid metal men’s wedding band. However, over time, men’s wedding rings added diamonds and gemstones to fit their personal style or match their fiancé’s wedding band style.
Soon, gold and silver weren’t the only metals a man wanted in his collection. Metals varying in color and luster gained more popularity, as did the combining of metals and the addition of accent stones.
Men’s wedding bands offer step cuts, engraved design, hammered finishes, and more. The men’s wedding ring has become his subtle fashion statement.
Considering the Width of the Band
Choosing a band also includes selecting the width that is both appealing and comfortable. For example, most men’s wedding bands range from 4mm to 8mm.
Thin rings will generally be lighter in weight and easier on the pocket. Medium to wide bands tend to look better perched upon larger or longer men’s fingers. But, ultimately, it all comes down to preference and comfort.
Selecting a Metal for a Men's Wedding Ring
Men now choose from a variety of metals beyond the traditional gold and silver. While some men’s wedding bands are designed for appeal, others are created for durability.
If your husband-to-be is a rugged outdoorsman, ideal men’s wedding band metal choices may be tungsten, stainless steel, and titanium. These fine metals can withstand his toughest day on the job or long hiking adventures. They’ll take a few bumps and scratches without a worry.
Understanding Men's Ring Profiles
Your band’s profile refers to the shape of its outer surface. For some men, the profile adds to the appeal of the design.
Four Basic Ring Profiles
- Classic court (most traditional) – round both inside and out
- Flat ring – flat both inside and out
- D-shaped ring – a thin, round outside with a close, flat inner surface
- Flat court – flat on the outside with a rounded interior
Stylish Men’s Wedding Rings to Consider
If your man wants to venture outside of the classic metal band style, we have a few suggestions that may catch his eye. From casual to formal, these stylish men’s wedding rings pair well with any look.
This finely crafted men’s wedding ring will catch the attention of all. The perfectly paired rose gold and matte grey combination is undeniably stunning. In addition, the ring is designed with a step edge cut for added depth and appeal.
This white tungsten carbonite band boasts beautiful black sapphires around the center. It’s unique, stunning, and masculine, all wrapped up in one perfect band.
Whether you love the look of matching wedding bands or he already has his eye on stones, a stunning diamond band always makes an elegant men’s wedding ring choice.
With a variety of styles, metals, and weights to select from, one of our favorites is the Half-Way Diamond Band. The brilliant round diamonds are perfectly set within the groove of 18k white gold.
Caring for Your Wedding Band
As with any jewelry piece, keep the wedding band stored in a dry, secure place when it’s not being worn.
Occasional, gentle cleaning is recommended in between your regular jewelry maintenance checkups. You can soak your band in a warm solution of warm mild soap for up to thirty minutes. A soft cloth is ideal for drying and removing leftover debris without scratching your metal or stones.
We’re confident you’re armed with the knowledge to start your search for the perfect men’s wedding band.