Written by: Sharon Wild
It’s becoming increasingly common for men to wear engagement rings.
In the past men have generally only worn a wedding ring, though today, more men are choosing to wear an engagement ring also.
Men’s engagement ring designs
The distinction between the design of a men’s engagement ring and men’s wedding ring is far less obvious than it is for ladies rings.
However, one popular determining factor when considering the actual design of the rings is that men’s engagement rings will often feature a diamond.
Though naturally a diamond is optional, depending upon the taste of the groom-to-be.
Men’s engagement rings are also normally made in 18ct yellow gold or 18ct white gold (or two tone), or platinum.
Otherwise, there aren’t really any guidelines when it comes choosing the design of a men’s engagement ring.
Wearing 2 rings – a men’s engagement ring and men’s wedding ring
Generally, if a men’s engagement ring is worn, it will continue to be worn as an engagement ring after the wedding, in addition to a separate ring which is worn as the wedding ring from the wedding ceremony onwards.
Where to wear the men’s engagement ring and wedding ring – Same finger or different finger?
It is possible to wear both the men’s engagement and men’s wedding ring on the same finger (wedding ring finger on the left hand), though men’s rings are often quite wide, so wearing two rings on the same finger isn’t always practical or comfortable.
Most men choose to wear the men’s engagement ring on the wedding ring finger until the wedding ceremony. They then move the men’s engagement ring from the ‘wedding ring’ finger, to another finger on the other hand.
That way, after the ceremony, the wedding ring is worn on the wedding ring finger on the left hand, and the engagement ring is worn on the right hand. The right hand ‘ring finger’ is the most common, though, the finger that the engagement ring is worn on after the ceremony is entirely a matter of personal preference.
Using the same ring as a men’s engagement ring and men’s wedding ring
It’s possible to use the ‘one ring’ as both a men’s engagement and wedding ring – whereby the ring is initially worn as an engagement ring – as a symbol of the engagement and pending nuptials, and then after the wedding, the ring is worn as a wedding ring.
This ‘transitioning’ concept isn’t all that common, though, as you may have already noticed, when it comes to men’s engagement rings there aren’t any hard and fast rules – so at the end of the day, it really comes down to the couple’s wishes and preferences.