It’s nearly 2018 and yet somehow engagement rings are still mostly targeted towards women. The guys deserve to get in on the action, too! While some men might not interested in a big ol’ rock, there are certainly those who want in on the symbolic practice of giving or receiving a beautiful engagement ring. There are also those who want a little (or a lot) of sparkle. (We are totally here for it!)
There are plenty of men’s bands on the market that can serve as an engagement ring from brands synonymous with marriage—think Cartier, Tiffany & Co. and De Beers. Additionally, many lesser known jewelry designers have handsome creations befitting a man-gagement (we may or may not have made up this term) ring.
Since there are a lot more options out there than you’d expect, the first step is figuring out what type of ring suits you or your partner.
Something simple and sleek? Bario Neal’s brushed two-tone square band, Porter Gulch’s distressed gold band with a narrow design or Loren Stewart's oxidized sterling silver slender split band layered with polished yellow gold could be ideal. Sustainable fine jewelry brand OTEM is launching men’s rings come Valentine’s Day with minimal, affordable designs starting at $120. Perfect for those who are price conscious and with a minimal aesthetic.
Into a blingier look? Why not stand out with Rahaminov Diamonds emerald cut diamond, Cartier’s white gold, black ceramic and diamond Trinity de Cartier ring, or Spinelli Kilcollin's handcrafted sterling silver Sirrus band encrusted with micro-pavé white diamonds, grey diamonds, and black diamonds? Handsome sparkle is a thing.
More for modern design with a subtle bit of shine? Consider Todd Reed’s raw diamond band with a zig-zag design and raw diamond cube, Anna Sheffield’s rose gold Virtue Band with black diamonds, or Brilliant Earth's modern band with a thin vertical row of blue sapphires set against a matte brushed white gold band.
Whenever you fall on the man-gagement spectrum, we’ve rounded up 16 options to inspire you. Click through our edit ahead.
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Black Diamond Channel Set Wedding Ring in 14k White Gold (6mm), $1,350, Blue Nile
Breather Split-Band Ring, $375, Loren Stewart available at Barneys New York
Classic Chain Band Ring with Black Sapphire, $2,200, John Hardy
Fused Lines Band, $1,600, De Beers
GX178 Diamond Wedding Band, price upon request, Leo Ingwer
Horizon Sapphire Wedding Ring in 18K White Gold, $1,490, Brilliant Earth
Men's Black Diamond Band, $1,220, MOCIUN
Milla Square with Rims Band, starts at $370, Bario Neal
Narrow Comfort Fit Band with Distressed Finish, $720, Porter Gulch
Sculpted Crescent Ring with Diamonds in Platinum (6mm), $4,170, Tacori
Sirrus Band, $2,150, Spinelli Kilcollin available at Barneys New York
Solid Sterling Silver Ring, $150, OTEM
Lane + Lanae
Tag You're It Ring, $980, Lane + Lanae
The Ridgeback Ring in yellow gold, 4mm wide, $1,340, Nora Kogan
Tiffany & Co
Tiffany Flat Double Milgrain Wedding Band Ring, $1,775, Tiffany & Co.
Virtue Band in Rose Gold & Black Diamonds, $3,600, Anna Sheffield