There really are no prerequisites for wearing male engagement rings. Heterosexual celebrities like Johnny Depp, Ed Sheerin, Michael Buble and Charlie Sheen have all proudly worn men’s engagement rings, along with everyday meterosexual gents who appreciate male diamond rings, and gay couples, for whom engagement rings can symbolise a hard-earned win in the fight for marriage equality.
In some Latin American countries it is also common practice for men to buy male engagement rings, which are typically worn on their right hand for the duration of the engagement and moved to their left hand during the wedding ceremony.
How to Choose Male Engagement Rings
Being a relatively new phenomenon, there are no traditional guidelines to follow when it comes to choosing a men’s engagement ring, though there are price, practicality and design aspects to consider before settling on a ring.
Price: How much do male engagement rings cost?
The answer to this question depends on how much you want to spend. The best way to buy engagement rings online within your budget is using the search filter “Price, Low to High”. You can then browse rings in price order and create a shortlist of favourites to compare and share with your partner.
At SH Jewellery, we offer Afterpay on all jewellery under $2,000, and ZipMoney for purchases $2,000+ to make Melbourne engagement rings accessible for all budgets. We also run seasonal promotions in our newsletter, so subscribe in the footer and be the first to know about our male engagement ring promotions!
Design: Types of Male Engagement Rings
Men’s Engagement Rings with Diamonds
These are the most popular style of male engagement jewellery at SH, following the tradition of women’s engagement rings that prominently feature a centre diamond, and in some cases additional accent stones around the centre stone or in the shank of the ring.
At SH Jewellery, our diamonds are consistently 3-4 grades higher than industry standards and 7-8 grades higher than most chain retailers. Every diamond that’s hand-picked by our team is GIA certified and graded in an approved testing laboratory by no less than four randomly selected Gemologists to ensure an accurate and unbiased report, so that your male diamond ring meets the highest standard of globally recognised diamond grading available.
Male Engagement Rings Without Diamonds
Plain men’s rings without diamonds are another stylish ring for men to wear as an engagement ring, which still offer a great deal of design variation; the finish, shape, metal type, band width, edging and patterns can all be customised to personal preference.
Polished Finish Men’s Rings
This eye-catching finish is created by a high-speed polishing wheel that buffs the surface of the ring until it produces a shiny reflective appearance.
This type of finish feels smooth to touch like a polished finish, but does not have the same reflective qualities, making it ideal for men who like the smoothness of a polished ring without the high-shine effect.
This type of finish is similar to a satin finish, but offers greater texture due to its tiny yet visible brush marks. This finish is popular amongst men with active lifestyles or jobs, as scratches don’t show up as easily on a brushed finish when compared with a smooth polished finish.
This classic men’s ring shape features a generous curve to both the interior and exterior of the ring. The interior curve of the ring (often referred to as “comfort fit”) allows for smoother contact with the finger, which some men find more comfortable than the more contemporary flat ring design that sits flush against the finger. Half-rounded rings have a rounded exterior, and the interior of the ring can be either flat or comfort fit.
Square Shaped Men’s Rings
For a more contemporary feel, square shaped men’s rings make great male engagement rings. The square exterior gives the gold band a substantial feel, while a smooth rounded interior provides the level of comfort needed for everyday wear.
Edging on Men’s Rings
The type of edging you choose for your male engagement ring also allows for a greater level of customisation. Unlike traditional rounded wedding rings that have a continuous outer surface, men’s bands with bevelled edges feature three flat surfaces, as their edges are cut at an angle towards the finger on both sides, typically with a high polish finish.
Milgrain is another style of edging that creates an ornate border by applying tiny metal dots to the edge of the ring.
And roping can also be applied to the edges of men’s rings for a more contemporary or nautical-inspired design.
More Unique Male Engagement Rings
For a greater range of contemporary men’s engagement jewellery and stylish wedding rings, visit the SH Jewellery Springvale showroom just 30km from Melbourne’s CBD. Here’s what our customers have to say about the famous SH in-store experience.
Read online reviews to learn about other customers'
experiences with the jeweller. Do they talk about pushy sales
people... or patient, non-commissioned and fully-trained
Diamond & Jewellery Specialists who take time to answer
questions and educate clients about their options?
2. QUALITY & AUTHENTICITY
Are the diamonds GIA-certified, laser-inscribed with serial
numbers for security and sold with matching certification
papers? Check if the jeweller has memberships to reputable
industry organisations like the Jewellers' Association of
Australia and the Gemmological Association of Australia,
holding them accountable to strict codes of conduct regarding
quality and ethics.
Do they promise to maintain your jewellery for the life of
the diamond by offering a complimentary cleaning solution,
free lifetime cleaning service and complimentary jewellery
inspection? Or are you on your own the moment you walk out
the door? Enquire about aftercare service and compare with
4. PEACE OF MIND
Does the jeweller offer money back guarantees when buying
online, allowing you to return the ring if it's not exactly as
you imagined when trying it on at home? Don't get locked
into a purchase you haven't had a chance to touch, feel and
see sparkling under various lighting conditions - shop with a
jeweller that offers an online shopping refund policy.
Are extended warranties offered on in-store purchases,
demonstrating confidence in the quality of their craftsmanship?
If the jeweller's warranties are under 10 years in length,
consider why this may be before moving ahead with a purchase.
Does the jeweller offer a price-beat guarantee to support their
pricing methodology? They should be willing to not only match,
but beat their competitors' pricing. This shows they offer the
best price available for the quality of their jewellery... Or you're
guaranteed to pay the lower advertised price.
Are the collections designed in-house from the ground up
combining age-old techniques with modern technology? Mass-produced rings sold by global retailers may not possess the
same level of design refinement compared with an independent
jeweller who invests years in reworking ratios to ensure
maximum durability and practicality.
Does the jeweller proudly stand behind their product by
putting a face to their brand? When choosing an independent
jeweller they should be accessible, accountable and
contactable when you need them via multiple communication
channels, including in-store, phone, email and social media.
How does the jeweller make you feel? Do they ask a series of
questions guiding you through a budget-sensitive selection
process that eliminates the uncertainty around such an
important investment? If they are pushing their top of the
range luxury rings with little consideration to the examples
you've provided, your personal design preferences and
your unique style, they're likely to be a commission-based
salesperson... the kind you won't find in an owner-managed
independent boutique like SH Jewellery.
Consult a jeweller you can trust to make your decision with complete confidence and discover breathtaking jewellery you'll fall in love with… over and over again.
Book your complimentary appointment with a SH Diamond & Jewellery Specialist below.