Rings. They’re small — but mighty. They’re understated, underrated and a stylish way to assert your personality without looking too showy. Some are statement pieces, other are subtle and many become signature accessories despite their small-scale size. They’re as characterful as cufflinks — but span every single dress code known to modern man.
Yet there are still ring rules you must follow. Whether looking for a signet ring or a statement ring — or even just a plain wedding band — it pays to pare things back and find a piece of simple-but-signature jewellery that works for you. Here are the best rings for men…
Signet rings should show who you are
First up, the king of rings; the prince of your pinky; the signet. Named for the official seal or crest this design tends to bear, signet rings have been co-opted by the rich and the royal in modern years. But there’s room on everyone’s little finger for one of these manly bands.
Even if you don’t have a family crest, you could opt for a plain coloured signet ring — such as this handsome black onyx option from Ruffs. Or simply leave your ring plain, and let the sterling silver of Deakin & Francis’ signet ring be statement enough. But, if you want to do things properly, head to one of the most reliable ringmakers in Britain, Rebus, to get your coat of arms or heraldic emblem engraved in style.
Ruffs Black Onyx Signet Ring
Deakin & Francis Sterling Silver Signet Ring
Rebus Cushion Signet Ring
Statement rings should add a little interest
But a ring can still say something even without an emblem. Statement rings walk the delicate line between tasteful and brash — but slip the right one on your finger, and it’ll add more charm, charisma and taste to your outfit than even the most trimly tailored suit or polished pair of shoes.
Take Patrick Mavros, for example. The brand’s ‘Pangolin Armour Ring’ is a statement without being showy — and works to highlight the endangered status of one of Africa’s most beautiful animals. John Hardy’s chain-motif ring is similarly understated, and yet equally unique. And, from Tom Wood, this slim ring has a custom-cut bezel set with a sliver of the fascinating igneous rock Larvikite.
Patrick Mavros Pangolin Armour Ring
John Hardy Kami Classic Chain Ring
Tom Wood Peaky Ring Larvikite
Wedding rings should stick to tradition
And then we come to wedding rings. One of the most classic men’s ring, these bands are better off left simply-designed and inoffensive. Opt for single precious metal, shy away from too much decoration and never be tempted into gemstone territory.
Instead, keep it basic. Taylor & Hart’s ‘Emerson’ ring is crafted from platinum — and features a complimentary ruby set subtly inside the band. From Piaget — yes, they of the watches — this rose gold wedding ring is unisex, and features a ridged edge. Or, from Mappin & Webb, the ‘Gent’s Court Ring’ is a tasteful band of 18-carat gold goodness.
Taylor & Hart Emerson Platinum Wedding Band
Piaget Rose Gold Wedding Ring
Mappin & Webb Gold Gent’s Court Ring
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