Jewelry Talk: TYPES OF RINGS
GUIDE TO MEN'S RINGS
Men seem to hold back when it comes to wearing a lot of jewelry, but wearing a ring will always prevail as an item of jewelry that stands the test of time. There are many designs in men’s rings and this guide will explain the different types of rings available to make your jewelry shopping experience easier.
HISTORY OF RINGS
People have been wearing finger rings like forever. They've even been found in ancient tombs of Mesopotamia in modern-day Iraq dating back to circa 2500 BC. Wearing rings became popular with the ever so stylish ancient Egyptians and we have been wearing them for a variety of reasons ever since then.
Although most people wear rings to adorn themselves, a ring on your finger can sometimes mean more than decorating your hand. Rings have been associated with high status, authority, memberships in secret society or clubs and sororities, and also an achievement of some sort.
In Ancient Rome, signet rings were used as a signature/ seal. The rings were made to sport an insignia to represent a person’s identity, to be transferred as an impression on a wax seal, and was then used to seal letters or sign important documents.
In the Victorian era, rings were outfitted with a small compartment in which to conceal things like poison or drugs. In mythology, rings are often endowed with spiritual or supernatural significance.
LUXURY BRAND RINGS
Even in today's society, the jewelry ring can also signify wealth and social status. For some being able to buy and wear luxury designer brand jewelry is a goal or rather an accomplishment and says few things about their lives. It is definitely perceived as they might include that they are already wealthy, or are gold diggers or are making great money.
Maybe they have inherited some money to throw around or want to be perceived as wealthy so they buy replica brand jewelry. Sometimes people buy high-end designer brand rings as a one-off piece for special events and occasions such as engagement rings, and wedding rings.
Suffice to say if you’re lucky enough to be able to afford high-end jewelry brands such as Cartier, Tiffany & Co, Chanel, Van Cleef & Arpels, Gucci, and Bulgari even as a one-off, then you're doing ok.
RINGS AND RELATIONSHIPS
Wearing rings also have important symbolic social functions and have been intertwined with human emotions and desires especially in relation to relationships such as friendships, engagement, and marriage.
In the early stages of an intimate relationship, a couple might exchange promise rings to show each other they care. Later on, the relationship might progress to the exchanging of engagement rings, and then ultimately wedding rings.
PROMISE RINGS FOR MEN
Promise rings have grown in popularity over the last decade. They are usually exchanged at an early stage of an intimate relationship. Depending on your budget, of course, you don't need to spend that much on a promise ring as its the thought that counts at this stage.
MEN'S ETERNITY RINGS
Eternity rings symbolize an endless ring of love and commitment, representing the past, present, and future. They can be exchanged as gifts on special romantic occasions such as a wedding anniversary.
A half eternity ring has diamonds or gemstones stones around about half of the front of the band. The back section of the ring doesn’t contain any and is usually plain and devoid of any diamonds or gemstones.
A full eternity ring is considered as the perfect eternity ring as the diamonds surround the entire outside band of the ring.
ENGAGEMENT RINGS FOR MEN
Engagement rings for men is another modern popular jewelry trend. Finger ring shopping will be up to the couple's needs, budget, individual style, and taste.
MENS WEDDING BAND RINGS
Exchanging wedding band rings represent the infinity of love and commitment between a couple. Worn on the left hand as it is closest to the heart. This idea started with the ancient Egyptians who believed the ‘Vena Amoris’ (vein of love) ran from the ring finger to the heart. This belief has become a custom and is still valid today.
OTHER FINE FASHION RING TYPES
Fine fashion rings are made of precious metals and worn purely for no other reason than adornment and fashion. Rings add style to your outfit and create a statement of who you are. There are many designs to consider:
A pinky finger ring is a signet ring worn on the pinky finger. So Vintage cool atm
The band ring is usually a circle of metal surrounding your finger. They can be wide and thick or thin and fine. The same design as a wedding band can also be used as an eternity ring or as a promise ring.
Minimalist Rings are great for those guys that like wearing just a dash of jewelry. Its another name for a very thin and fine band ring.
An initial ring is a great piece of personalized jewelry, where you can state the initial of your name.
Custom personalized rings are usually a ring that allows the customer to request custom words or designs that are engraved or embossed onto the surface of a ring. These also make great jewelry gifts as it shows you thought about the person.
Jewelry trends come and go but the wearing of rings has always been around in some way or another. Most importantly rings have become meaningful and representative tokens of love and commitment in the form of friendship, promise, engagement, and wedding rings.
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