Whether you're getting ready for work or a social event, looking your best is important to you. Once you've chosen your clothing and showered/shaved/done your hair, it's time to think about the finishing touch –– jewelry.
You might be the type of person who has a jewelry collection stocked with timeless and trendy pieces you wear often. Or, you might be the type who shies away from jewelry. Regardless, accenting your look with high-quality rings is an excellent way to do a lot with a little.
Styling men's rings can be easier than you think. First, let's talk about what it means to wear rings on different fingers. Then, we'll walk through four essential tips to help you style your favorite gold ring or silver ring to perfection.
What's the Symbolism Behind Wearing a Ring?
You're probably already aware of the meaning of wearing a band on your left-hand ring finger. It’s more than just a fashion ring; it communicates marital status and commitment.
But did you know that when mean wear a ring on different fingers, it has unique symbolism? Not everyone recognizes these symbolic meanings in men’s jewelry, but they're worth knowing in case you'd like to go the extra mile with your self-expression.
How To Wear a Ring on Each Finger
Here's a brief look at the meaning behind wearing a ring on each finger when it comes to men's jewelry. Although they're not hard-and-fast rules for ring-wearing, they can help you make an impression on others that counts.
Wearing a ring on your pointer finger can communicate leadership and authority. Think about it; pointing with your index finger has historically been associated with commands or directions. Wearing a ring on your pointer finger means you're the man in charge.
Although the middle finger has enough of a reputation, wearing a ring on this finger has its own meaning. Since the middle finger is the middle point of your hand, wearing a ring on this finger can invoke a feeling of stability for anyone who notices it.
When worn on the left hand, a ring on the ring finger has obvious connotations. However, this is more of a custom in Western culture. It's worth noting that rings worn to symbolize romantic devotion are often worn on the right-hand side in some countries, including Germany, Norway, India, and more.
Rings worn on your little finger can symbolize accomplishment. Many who graduate choose to wear their class rings on their pinky fingers. Additionally, wearing a ring on your little finger can communicate your association with a particular club or society. Family heirloom rings with family crests are fantastic for this finger.
Throughout different cultures, thumb rings mean many things. For example, in 16th century Europe, doctors were known to wear thumb rings to alert others to their profession. In Ancient China, thumb rings denoted specific military ranks.
Additionally, some say wearing a ring on one's thumb indicates a forthright personality. At the end of the day, the rules are yours for the making, and you can coordinate your rings on the fingers that make the most sense to you.
How To Choose the Right Ring for Your Style
Now that you have some background on how people have worn different types of rings throughout history, you'll have some supplementary information to help pick the best ones for your collection. When you're evaluating rings for your style, several guidelines can help you choose what suits you most.
Consider Your Personality
Before you purchase new jewelry, think of your personality. Although you can feel pressure to keep up with trends, staying true to your self-expression above all else is essential.
Think of who you want to introduce to the world each day. Then, consider whether the jewelry you're buying aligns with your most authentic self.
Think of Your Wardrobe
When buying jewelry, it's also imperative to consider your closet. What clothes do you gravitate toward most often?
If you often wear athleisure or streetwear like sweats and tennis shoes, you might choose more expressive jewelry to highlight bold choices. On the other hand, if you tend to wear professional dress most days, you may decide to keep your rings subtle.
Choose Your Preferred Metal
As you think of your closet and the jewelry you already own, you'll want to decide which metal color suits you most. You might conclude that you'd like to have some of everything, which is by no means wrong.
Here's a brief refresher on each popular jewelry color:
Rose gold is a relatively new obsession for many in the jewelry world. It's a popular choice for engagement rings and wedding rings because of its romantic color.
Gold is a classic metal. According to color psychology, wearing gold can communicate a sense of tradition, divinity, success, and illumination. It also has a warm tint which can coordinate well with warm-toned clothing and skin.
Silver is a cool-toned metal that works well with blues, pinks, purples, and more. The symbolism of silver is futuristic, dependable, and cunning. Metals that are this color include sterling silver, white gold, and stainless steel.
Tips for Styling Multiple Rings
Let's get into why you're reading this –– to learn tips for styling your rings. When coordinating rings with other jewelry, it's best to think about your pieces in different zones.
For example, think of your hands as one zone and your chest, neck, and ears as another. As you choose your jewelry for the day (or night), consider whether each zone is visually balanced. Then, take on the night with complete self-assurance.
Let's look at a few more specific tips for styling rings on each hand:
Mix It Up
When selecting rings to wear, you may want to add some variety to your look. For example, you wouldn't want to wear three different band rings across your hands as it might look repetitive.
Consider mixing up your rings. You might wear a statement ring on one index finger with a band on the ring finger of the same hand. On your other hand, you might consider wearing a signet ring or a crest on your little finger to create a look that has variety.
Know Your Ring Size
If you plan on wearing rings on multiple fingers, you'll want to ensure you have rings that are the correct size. With rings of a few sizes, you can coordinate various pieces to express your style.
Coordinate with Your Wedding Band
If you're married, consider coordinating your rings with your wedding band. For instance, consider balancing your overall look by wearing a statement ring on your opposite-hand ring finger.
You have to learn the rules before you can break them, right? If you're new to wearing jewelry, try wearing rings that are the same color as your other pieces at first. As you get more comfortable, start experimenting with mixing metals to your heart's content.
Six Top-Tier Rings to Start Off Your Collection
You deserve to appear as the best version of yourself when you go out into the world. Rather than sticking to your typical jewelry choices, why not try something new?
We'll introduce you to six CRAFTD ring styles that can help you find the best rings to feel confident in your bling.
The CRAFTD Rope Ring
If you're the type of person who spends lots of time in a professional setting, you might feel that wearing large rings is out of your comfort zone. However, you don't have to go big to express your style.
Our CRAFTD Rope ring is a typical band ring with an added twist. It features an engraved twisting rope around its entirety. Its simplicity and rugged detail can impress without being too showy –– perfect for the low-key man.
The CRAFTD Lanura Ring
Are you intrigued by the thought of wearing a pinky ring? We've got the perfect solution. Our CRAFTD Lanura 2.0 ring features a square face with an engraved inner square lining the front. Wear it in silver or gold for a piece of jewelry that sets you apart from the rest.
The CRAFTD. St. Christopher Ring
Do you live on the road? Those who make the most of every moment often can't afford to stay in one place, and our CRAFTD. St. Christopher ring pays homage to that idea.
St. Christopher is well-known in some traditions as the patron saint of safe travels. Wearing this ring is a reminder that someone in the universe is wishing you well wherever you go.
The CRAFTD Antique Ring
If you're someone who prefers timeless ring styles, this one's for you. Our CRAFTD Antique ring incorporates the look of historical jewelry with a modern touch. Its black oval face adds a layer of boldness to your jewelry. It's perfect for the man who wants to make an entrance.
The CRAFTD World Band Ring
Perhaps you've made it your mission in life to be a student of other cultures. The CRAFTD World Band ring can make an excellent conversation piece and remind you of your values.
Stand Apart With Your Style
Whether you're styling necklaces, rings, bracelets, or earrings, you owe it to yourself to test your limits while remaining true to your essence. At CRAFTD, we make it our mission to create high-quality jewelry that looks excellent in a variety of environments so you always look fresh to death. Step out in CRAFTD rings and stand out in the crowd.