Women have been the main wearer of rings because very few men wear rings for a lot of reasons ranging from its fanciness to its feminism. This article is here to change that. The majority of men will probably wear only the wedding ring in their lifetime and that’s understandable as it’s the most generally accepted kind. There are different kinds of rings men wear, they include;
Cultural and Religious Rings
The Western wedding band is the most familiar example for most of us: it’s not explicitly required by Christian tradition, but over time it’s evolved into a cultural expectation with a lot of symbolism behind it — enough that choosing to go without is something people will notice and consider unusual. That said, you can work these into your personal style — married men with gold bands, for example, often tend to accessorize with other gold elements (belt buckles, etc.) so that there’s a natural match across all their metal items. However you decide to wear it, it’s advisable to keep it simple to avoid appearing tacky.
These days, the most common examples are fraternal rings, class rings, and the occasional family crest, along with other things of that nature. Some veterans may also wear a ring denoting their branch of service, or even a specific program within their branch (Naval Academy, West Point, Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy).
These are cultural, in that they display a specific belief or membership, but they also tend to be decorative. As a result, the bands and designs are larger, and the detailing more eye-catching, than on a wedding band. Most guys wear these with the desire that they be noticed and remarked upon. They’re not necessarily meant to impress with their artistry or craftsmanship — just grab the eye and make a statement.
The purpose of a family ring is simply to remind the wearer of something special and unique to his family and its history. It might be a ring of any style that a beloved ancestor wore (rings acquired overseas by soldiers often come down through the family this way), or it might be made from a certain metal or in a certain shape that has personal significance.
It’s not really important if the reasoning behind the family ring is obvious to outsiders, although it can help. If you’re ever really worried about the appropriateness of a family ring, but don’t want to go without it, invest in a long, slim chain and wear it around your neck, under your shirt.
Art and Design Rings
An art/design ring can look like anything and say anything you want. That lets you pick and choose items that work perfectly with your wardrobe, or even with a single specific outfit that you have in mind.
Guys who are just starting to toy with the idea of wearing a ring would probably do well to start with something that’s relatively simple — a thick metal band with circular etching or inlay, for example, without specific jewels or ornamentations or exotic shapes.
That’s not to say that you can’t jump straight to the screaming eagle clutching a skull traced in diamonds, of course. But a decorative ring on a man’s hand is a bold statement on its own. You don’t have to overdo it.