First published: 11-11-2015

I'm interested in buying... a men's ring

Article date: Tue 27th January 2015 03:32 PM
I'm interested in buying... a men's ring

Wedding rings are commonplace on men's hands, though if you want to get a little more creative, consider increasing your ring collection and dive headfirst into the variety of designs that exist out there. From thin to thick and silver to grey, there's a style to suit every finger in the universe.

Rings are very personal items, so give some thought to how it'll match up with your wardrobe; the same applies if you're buying for someone else. Be sure to also consider how a ring will work alongside the other items in your regular jewellery ensemble if you're a fan of bling, as well as where you're intending to wear it - in the office or for special occasions, for example.


Being on top of the trends

Whilst many rings are timeless and others pop back into fashion every now and then, you'll also find that there are always a number of cutting-edge pieces available too. If you're all about following the newest trends when it comes to clothes, then you should feel right at home in the company of the latest in finger-wear fashion.

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Delving into the annals of ring history, you'll struggle to find something quite like this Diesel piece. With its multi-layered silver and grey appearance, it really is unique in the world of rings, with nothing else coming close to its design. Although unusual, the colour scheme means that it'll team up well with many outfits and a variety of colours.

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Whilst the majority of men's rings will be a band, here's a rare signet variety from Guess. With a black design in the centre of the piece, surrounded by a matt silver band, it's definitely one that will catch the eye of your average co-worker. As with the Diesel ring, it conveniently comes in a colour scheme which can be matched with most of the items in your wardrobe too.


Different styles for different occasions

Rings can be worn for a variety of different occasions, from a day at work to more formal events such as get-togethers and weddings. However, you might find that only certain styles will suffice for particular situations; something classic for the office and a flashier piece for evenings out, for example.

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This simple stainless steel model from Calvin Klein will play the part of your everyday ring extremely well. With its understated yet clean look, it'll match a wide variety of clothes and colours, whilst giving off a vibe of sophistication. Although it's subtle, its chunky and wide appearance won't allow it to go unnoticed on your hand.

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If you're in the market for a ring that will do for a special occasion, then you'll need something slightly showier than your average band. This Armani ring features something of a chainmail section, as well as having the easily-recognisable logo on display. With this refreshing, non-standard take on a humble ring, it's something special to have on your finger.


Ring materials

As with any other items of jewellery, men's rings can come in a selection of different materials, the most common of which are silver and stainless steel. Both are similarly coloured in appearance, but silver is, of course a more precious metal and therefore often commands higher prices.  Both metals do have their distinct advantages over the other.

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Stainless steel tends to be a safe material for allergic skin, and it's also very strong despite its cost-effective price. This Guess model benefits from both those plus points, as well as being a really modern-looking piece of hand jewellery. It might appear to be a typical band on first inspection, though its bold logo and unique design ensure that it's something more special.

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Not only is silver a more treasured metal than stainless steel, it's also easily resizable. Once the piece is on your finger, it'll certainly be there to make a statement. Take this Armani ring for example, which is subtle in general, yet its design work sets it apart from a plain silver band. It's sure to look great in the office during the daytime, as well as on a fancy night out.

Ring sizes


The most important thing to consider when buying a ring is: will it fit me? As good-looking as it might be, you'll undoubtedly want to wear it rather than just look at it in the box. To prevent this situation, you'll need to know exactly which size is perfect for you and, if you're unsure, you might need to get the measuring tape out!

You should measure your fingers when they're warm and be sure to take three or four measurements just to make sure you've got it right. However, if you're buying for someone else, try to borrow one of their other rings for reference, or ask their family if they know their ring size.

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It's important to consider resizing too, just in case you find that your ring isn't quite the perfect fit. Taking this Calvin Klein men's ring as an example, it's made of stainless steel and, whilst it has a gorgeous matt finish and is also cost-effective, steel rings are harder to resize. Silver, on the other hand, is the opposite, being more expensive to buy but easier to resize.

As a bloke, wearing a ring shouldn't just be confined to a wedding band, as there are a whole host of other styles, materials and colours to consider. Be sure to measure your finger before you buy, though if it doesn't fit, just remember that it's not the end of the world – you can still get the piece resized!

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