How to Style Men's Rings? A Man’s Guide To Wearing Rings

You look in your closet every morning to choose the outfit for the day -- what kind of an image do you want to project? What kind of story do you want to tell the world? Are you in a rugged Hemingway mood, pulling on the rumpled khakis and a fishing vest, or in more of a dapper mood and reaching for your creased trousers and best tie? Can a ring help you tell your story? Take a look at these men’s rings fashion tips to learn how to style your jewelry.

Men’s Rings Tell a Story

Rings for men range from the sturdy and practical – plain wedding bands – to the fanciful. Jewelry, and rings, in particular, can be an integral part of your overall outfit and help tell the world more about yourself.  

When the world was divided into the people who owned the land and the people who worked the land for them, the man in the castle could wear a bejeweled ring with an intricate design, but the man who worked below in the field couldn’t wear (let alone afford) a ring that might get banged around and accrue dirt in the design.  

Different Rings for Different Occasions 

How does that old concept help you style your jewelry today? By deciding what kind of image you want to project. Going in for a job interview? Stick with the plain rings that help you broadcast an image of a hard worker, not afraid to get your hands dirty to get the job done. 

Out for a night in the town with someone new? Go ahead and get fanciful with your men’s ring styles… a bold fashion statement worn on your hand could add to a good impression. It is important you know what types of men's rings exist on the market so you can choose appropriately for any occasion.

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Where to Wear a Ring for Maximum Impact

Whether you've always wanted to wear a ring or you're thinking about changing up your ring routine, men's ring fashion has indeed come a long way from the simple wedding band. Even if you're not one to accessorize much, the right ring on the right finger can dress up your look or play it down, and they also go great with watches, necklaces, and other jewelry. 

If you're wondering how to wear men's rings without looking like you're dressing up in costume, our men's guide to wearing rings can help you out. After all, rings aren't just for women; Vikings and Egyptian royalty wore rings as a sign of masculinity, and many people from entertainers to heads of state to titans of industry all wear rings to put that finishing touch on their look.

The same is true for you, and it doesn't take much to figure out how to wear men's jewelry and make that look work. Today, men are more open to wearing rings than ever before, and, culturally, rings can also serve as a status symbol or a sign that you are a member of a tribe. But what does men's ring fashion say about where you should wear that ring? Let's take a look.

A Ring for Any Finger

Wearing a ring on which finger depends more on your comfort, the size of the ring and your goals. There are no hard and fast rules. Sure, a wedding band usually ends up on your left ring finger, but even that can be placed anywhere. Just as you don't have to be married to wear a ring on your ring finger.

But if you're looking for some place to start, here's what men's ring fashion has to say about each finger.

  • Ring Finger - The most common finger to wear a ring on. Often a wedding band on the left hand, but the right works, too.
  • Pinky Finger - A common alternative to the ring finger. It doesn't affect how you use your hands or fingers.
  • Middle Finger - Used for spacing out rings from your pinky. Not common because of its proximity to the index finger.
  • Index Finger - Historically indicated aristocracy or nobility. Some commoners were even banned from wearing rings on their index finger. Suitable for making a big statement.
  • Thumb - Requires a big ring but makes the most impactful statement. 

Send a Strong Message

Have you seen the media coverage of Ralph Lauren during this, his fiftieth year in business? Now there is a man who knows how to style his jewelry. Take a look at his hands – on his left hand, he wears a simple wedding band, but on his right – a battered silver crest ring rests on his little finger. This men’s style icon is sending a strong style message of tradition and fidelity, the central theme in his business empire.

Contemporary Design Twists

Want to venture past traditional wedding bands or family crests? Black diamonds give off a more subtle dazzle for daytime wear. But, think also of the contemporary design look they will give to stodgy black tie outfits on formal occasions. A luxurious look, but not ostentatious. The Centauro Sterling Silver & Black Diamond Ring would fill this gap in a wardrobe with ease.  

Thinking about trying a bold men’s ring style soon? Why not go with a Falco 18k Gold and Black Onyx Ring, it will let the world know that a wearer is a man of both style and substance. Check out the full line of men’s rings at

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