Put a Ring On it: Rings for Men

Rings- the one men’s accessory that continues to go in and out and in and out of style– except for wedding rings (band) or superbowl rings- those will NEVER be out.

Let’s see I would guess pre the 70s the were mostly out, in the 70s they were sorta in if you were a wanna be pimp of sorts or a hippie, early 80s out, mid to late 80s all the way to the early 90s very very in, in the mid to late 90s it was all about bling, so things like blinged out pinky rings were in, then once 2000 came around less became more… theeen a very tad in 2007, bit more in 2008, and now in 2009 rings have become cool again due to the incredible 80s/90s hiphop inspiration that seems to be influencing everyone from couture designers to mainstream retailers.

Personally, with the exception of wedding bands, championship rings, and maybe a ring that has a specific meaning (ex: it was your dads or grandpas, or it symbolizes something etc) , I don’t like rings on men… just like I don’t like loop earrings on men- its unnecessary and too feminine. But obviously there are exceptions to every rule, and if you can pull it off then by all means- rock on.

I did a very quick search of rings for men, and I found a few rings that are sorta rad and I think the right guy can easily pull these off:

(Surface to air ring) Three finger ring, $98 (oaknyc)

(Surface to air ring) Graduate/helmut ring, $236 (oaknyc)

Steel ring with spinning chain, $21.99 (justmensrings)

Horseshoe ring, $33.44 (justmensrings)

Steel recesses ring, $21.99 (justmensrings)

(Vane NY) 2-finger brass knuckle ring, $80

Sterling Silver 2 ring finger, $40.99 (vistabella)

The main thing that men should remember when wearing a ring– less is more. You know how some girls may have four or five rings on at a time (depending on the look they’re going for)? yeah, well guys shouldn’t do it… One ring at a time unless for some reason 2 in necessary. Usually, in my opinion, a man should never wear more than 2 rings. (but there obviously are exceptions to the rule :-)
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7 Comments


  1. AGREED. HATE it when I see cats walking around with a bunch of rings. Its one guy in my building wears about 5 gold rings- looks BAD!

  2. the vain? dope.

  3. I personally don’t think me should wear ANY rings EXCEPT his wedding band. Even sports rings are tacky to me

  4. Rings, in my opinion, should only be worn by men if they have meaning. In modern contexts, this limits the types (and number) of rings men can wear to:

    1) wedding rings

    2) class rings (no more than one at a time, and preferably a class ring from higher education, i.e. college and graduate school, as most high school class rings are gaudy and garish in addition to providing no real class to one's character – everyone graduates from high school, so a high school class ring's symbolism is lost the minute you graduate from college)

    3) professional rings (by which I specifically mean rings that are official symbols of one's profession; I was a biomedical engineering undergraduate, and the American version of the Order of the Engineer gives a stainless steel pinky ring to trained engineers who join the Order, be it upon graduation or some time later, as a reminder of ethical principles to which engineers are held – if there is an order for physicians that gives rings to its members, and I don't believe either AMSA or AMA do, I would wear such a ring once I finish medical school)

    4) family/clan rings (obviously one can only wear one of these, unless there are identity issues at play)

    As for how many of these may be worn at any one time, while that is personal preference, to avoid appearing overly obsessed with jewelry or pretentious, for most men under the age of 40 I would advise only wearing a wedding ring and AT MOST two of the other three types of rings I mentioned, and not all on the same hand.

    Rings for other/miscellaneous professional affiliations (I am a member of American Mensa, and I am aware that Mensa has a ring, but I would personally advise any Mensans from actually wearing it even if they buy it) MAY be acceptable, but generally lower in priority than the four I've already listed, and certainly should not be worn if you have one for your primary profession (for me, that would be engineering; once I graduate from medical school, that would be medicine, and unless I continued to work as an engineer with an MD, it would be somewhat remiss of me to continue wearing my Engineer's Ring).

    I feel that it is generally unacceptable for men to wear any rings other than the ones I've mentioned. As far as accessories go, outside of the rings I've mentioned, a watch is about as much as any man needs to wear (possibly cufflinks for the right occasion or effect) and anything more is too flashy.

  5. Q: Where can I order a men’s silver MENSA ring; will send a USD money order to purhcase, OK?>

  6. Good supply of information..retain it up :)

  7. I’ve bookmarked, Dugg, and I joined the RSS subscription. Thanks! .

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