What do Egyptian pharaohs, Viking raiders, and Ottoman sultans have in common?
They all wore rings.
We think it’s time for mens rings to get the attention they deserve. They’re not just for royalty and you don’t need a Grammy-winning rap album to wear one (or 2) with style.
Men’s rings have come a long way from the Viking Age and now run the gamut from clean, simple Titanium bands to over-the-top Moody Mason rings.
Your next ring is out there – from signet rings worthy of Odin’s blessing to elegantly masculine rings adorned with a black Onyx … and you won’t have to cross the Atlantic or raid an English village to find it.
1. WEAR WITH CONFIDENCE
Want to know the greatest style secret known to man?
No matter what piece of men’s jewelry you wear, wear it with confidence.
Wearing a ring for the first time will feel a little odd. You’ll feel its weight and that can be uncomfortable for someone just toe-dipping in the jewelry pool.
Opt for a lightweight ring to begin with. Try a band around 8mm (5/16”) and see how it feels.
At the end of the day, confidence is what makes your ring look its best. If you’re worried that you’ll walk around with your hands in your pockets all day… maybe a ring isn’t for you.
2. GO FOR COMFORT
Comfort and confidence go hand in hand. It’s tough feeling confident if your wrists hurt from overcrowded finger bling.
- Which hand do you work with?
- Do you shake hands a lot?
- Do you have to type all day?
- Does your work or school require you to look a certain way
Answering these questions will help you decide how many rings you need and how large they should be. You can always save the dramatic stuff for a night out and stick to simple, smaller pieces during the day.
WHICH HAND SHOULD YOU WEAR A RING ON?
While there are many opinions on the subject, there aren’t any definite rules. The exception is with your wedding ring – in Denmark, it’s traditionally worn on the ring finger of your left hand. Although, a quick poll of our office proves this isn’t always the case! A prime example that going for comfort is more important than tradition.
What about which finger to wear your ring on?
3. MATCH METALS & SKIN TONE
Style influencer Michele Fedecostante suggests picking one color of metal and building around that. “To keep my look on point, I make sure the rings match my necklace or bracelets. I don’t mix silver and gold, but I will wear black and gold or black and silver.“
The main reason for wearing metals that match is to keep your look clean and uncluttered. That being said, we’ve seen socks and sandals grow from the dad-only category to mainstream acceptance (thanks, Beckham) – so who says rules are meant to be broken.
Wearing 1 ring with both metals (silver- and gold-toned) gives you permission to choose any color for your other rings, bracelet or watch. It makes your choice look deliberate instead of like you got dressed in the dark.
Speaking of dark (or light)… matching metals to your skin tone is another way to make sure your jewellery isn’t distracting and that your final look is as polished as possible
HOW DO YOU DETERMINE YOUR SKIN TONE
- Stop what you’re doing and look at the veins on the inside of your wrist.
- What color are they? If they appear blue, you have a cool skin tone. If they appear green, you have a warmer skin tone.
WHAT COLOR METAL RING WILL LOOK THE BEST?
- Cool Skin Tone: Rings made of silver, silver-tone steel, platinum, and Titanium work well.
- Warm Skin Tone: Rings made from gold, gold-tone steel, rose-gold, and brass will complement nicely.
Looking for a man’s ring with a gemstone? Check out red, blue, purple and green for cooler skin tones. And orange, brown, yellow or turquoise for warmer tones.
4. KEEP IT SIMPLE (OR DON’T)
João Nunes , fashion influencer, suggests, “I have 3 rings that I wear daily. I put 2 on one hand – any more than that and it makes my hand look too heavy – and 1 on the other. When you do wear more than 1 ring, choose pieces that are similar in style or color.”
A great ‘starter’ ring is the signet ring. Slip one on your ring finger and you’re done. Put the signet ring on the opposite hand when wearing it with a wedding band.
FOCUS ON BALANCE
Do you wear a wedding ring and watch on one hand? Then add 2 rings on the other. The idea is to not have both hands/wrists look equally adorned.
If you only want 1 extra ring (besides your wedding ring), play around with how it looks on the opposite hand. It may work better on the same side as your wedding band. The mirror will be your best friend here. Your best friend will also be your mirror – don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Balance also applies to the actual size of the rings. If you’re working with stubby digits, a larger ring will look proportional – vice versa if you’re scrolling with long, thin fingers.
YOUR RING WILL TELL A STORY
From a simple ceramic band to a steel monkey skull ring, the ring you choose will say something about you.
”Wearing and styling rings is a lifestyle. Sometimes guys, like myself, are hesitant about wearing jewelry because we have a hard time accessorizing. We only think about the wedding ring… but hey, you can put on any ring you want.
I wear rings because I want to, not because of tradition or trends. Like any accessory, if you instinctively like it, you’ll wear it well – no second thoughts. You’ll see the one that expresses your character and you’ll just know that it’s the one to help tell your story.” – Carlos Nóbrega
Expressing your story is about taking that first step. Use our tips as a guideline, but if you want to mix metals, toss visual weight out the door and totally disregard skin tone… you are allowed to do that.
Your relationship talk might not necessarily be about break up, it might be about your sex life, money or family issues. You might be currently confused on how to bridge an issue eating you up from the inside out, to your partner that you think about it everyday and everywhere.
You are not alone on this, in fact, millions of couples have gone through this tunnel and some are currently going through it. There are ways this talk can be handled. Kate Forsythe, a specialist in sexuality, relationships and divorce has posited 7 ways for preparing for the tough talk.
- Give your partner a heads-up that you would like to carve out time for a serious talk. The four words men hate most are “We Need To Talk”. If a woman says that to a guy, he dreads it, and he may balk, but the conversation needs to happen. Just the opposite is true for most women. When a guy says that to a woman, she may be anxious, but she is likely to welcome the opportunity for discussion. Recognize that you’re coming from completely different corners.
- Creat three talking points (and only three!) and memorize them. Be able to make each point in one sentence. If you say nothing else, these are the points you need to make. Now you have a skeleton outline to help you return to the issues at hand if you get sidetracked.
- Be concise. We tend to say too much. Say it once. Let silence happen while your partner processes your points.
- Don’t be in it to win it. Be in it to discover how your partner sees it. In fact, ask, “How do you see it?” This attitude shift is critical. It’s not a fight. It’s a discussion.
- Stay in the present! Do not bring up past transgressions no matter how tempting it is to zap him with old atrocities. That’s hitting below the belt. Defensiveness and anger will follow, and your talk will dissolve into an argument no one can win.
- After you’ve covered your three talking points, ask, “Where do we go from here?” Be prepared with your own suggestions, but listen to your partner’s ideas, too. He or she may suggest alternatives that never crossed your mind.
- If you’re reduced to shouting, be confident enough to end the discussion. Suggest you both think about what happened and set a time to talk within three days when both of you have calmed down.
Following these tactics is a sure guarantee for having a mature heart to heart talk even when it gets emotional. Once you’ve said everything that needs to be said, you will notice a freedom where there used to be tension.
So, take the leap now. Stop your procrastination and say everything that needs to be said.