Concept of mens engagement rings is comparatively new as against the custom of mens wedding bands. You must have observed, for a man to wear an engagement ring is not a very frequent sight.
According to a survey done by XO Group in 2011, only 5% men were found wearing engagement ring at that time.
However, as the saying goes "Change is the only Constant", men nowadays are not afraid of breaking age-old traditions and treading the road less-traveled.
And this is the trait that don't make them feel shy in adorning engagement rings that have long been accomplice of women.
So, it may not be long enough when men sporting engagement rings will become a common thing.
And let me tell you, jewelers will not lag behind either to grab the new trend in men's jewelry.
Male Engagement Rings from Cartier, Harry Winston (top right) and Tiffany
Simplicity is the Key
A woman's engagement ring is symbolic as well as ornamental. After all, don't we identify a woman's engagement ring with its style and sumptuousness!
Contrary to that, engagement ring of a man has nothing ornate about it. Without any gaudiness and show-off, it is purely a token of commitment towards new relationship. So, a male engagement ring must be simple, sophisticated and hassle-free.
How to choose mens engagement rings?
White gold, stainless steel, sterling silver, tungsten, black titanium and platinum are the preferred metals for mens engagement rings. Yellow gold can be used with white gold in two-tone effect. However, rose gold should be avoided as its color has a womanish feel.
fast catching the trend due to its durability and gold getting
expensive. Further, tungsten has a modern flavor which makes it a good
choice for contemporary engagement rings. However, make sure to select
the right ring-size on the first go itself, because being very hard
tungsten ring cannot be resized easily.
As always, round shape is the evergreen and classic pick, while princess and emerald shapes exudes masculinity. But, marquise and pear shapes are in red zone for a male engagement ring because of their feminine touch.
Mens jewelry and geometrical patterns work together. In case of non-solitaire diamond engagement ring, small diamonds set in pave setting - with square or rectangular outline - looks quite refine.
For mens engagement rings, multi-color look is strictly NO! Basic rule is, mens ring should be elegant without being flashy. So, a white diamond engagement ring is most appropriate. However, if you are searching for something different, then go for black diamond. Among gemstones, onyx, opal, emerald and blue sapphire usually blends well with men in general. Always keep in mind, darker shade gemstones should be preferred for male engagement rings.
Women can compromise on comfort for the sake of a stylish piece of jewelry, but this is not applicable on men. For them comfort comes first. Their engagement ring or band's surface should be smooth and snag-free. Pave setting, channel setting and prong setting are most-preferred. If it's a band, then flush-set engagement band looks good.
Mens Engagement Rings from Amazon
It's not necessary for a male engagement ring to be expensive, and one has to splurge on it. If searched properly, you can easily find a good-looking and suitable male engagement ring under $200.
When it comes to variety and price range in men's rings segment, Amazon offers a wide array of rings for men with an extensive price range. Below, I have listed my inexpensive selections from Amazon's collection of men's rings.
Design your own Mens Engagement Ring
Put on your thinking cap, and play with your imagination. One can very well add a personal touch to a male engagement ring by getting an intimate message (like "I Love You" or your engagement date or any special moment/thing you both share) engraved.