The Ultimate Buying Guide for Men's Rings

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Styles and designs for men’s rings are as different and unique as the man who wears the ring. Whether you’re on the hunt for a wedding band, a Mangagement™ ring, or a promise ring, the choice for the perfect men’s ring is dependent on his style and personal taste and your budget.  From simple bands to intricate diamond solitaire statement rings, our collection of men’s rings has the ideal band for every budget and personality.

The definition of his perfect ring might vary based on the type of ring he wants and the occasion that the ring celebrates or symbolizes. There are many factors to consider before you finalize your purchase and slip that ring on his finger. If you’re on the hunt for men’s rings, here is everything you need to discover and uncover his perfect ring.

Wedding Bands

A wedding band is a forever symbol of his vows to you. This is the ring that he will wear forever, and it is a ring that requires the most thought. Men need a ring that will remain timeless and adapt to their daily lifestyle. However, the ‘timeless’ definition varies for every future groom. Some want a very basic gold band, but others want a ring that’s a little more fun. His wedding band doesn’t necessarily need to be a surprise, so you can—and should—talk to him about which style of a ring he wants.

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Budget

Remember, this ring is forever. The wedding band is an investment piece, and the price tag can reflect that. If he is extremely active, he’ll need a ring that won’t get bent, scratched or warped. So for the guys who play hard, an investment in heavy duty but expensive platinum may be the best and most durable option. Set your wedding ring budget based on an amount that you can reasonably afford. Like a Mangagement™ ring, it’s okay to pay for this band in monthly installments. Look at your monthly income to debt ratio and use this to decide your payment range. However, if you have savings or money set aside, it’s always a good idea to pay for the ring in full.

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Style

Have fun with his wedding band. We will say it again: he will wear this ring every day for the life of your marriage. Choose a ring that reflects his ideal style. And don’t be afraid to get creative with designs and details. Inlays are a cost-efficient and elegant way to add texture, color, and interest to his ring, coming in all different materials and hues. Choose from prehistoric dinosaur bone, mother of pearl, wood (of various types), opal (red or blue), creative carbon fiber, or even out-of-this-world meteorite. If he wants something simple, then a basic band might be ideal. However, you don’t have to settle for classic gold. Men’s rings are offered in many metals, including platinum, Damascus steel, white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, black ceramic, tungsten, cobalt, titanium, zirconium, and palladium. Each of these metals has unique properties and varying budget ranges.

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Mangagement™ Rings

Brilliance has recently launched its collection of Mangagement™ rings, and they are perfect for any proposal or even to use as a more elaborate promise ring. As wedding trends have evolved, so too have engagement traditions. For today’s couples, he can wear an engagement ring too, and of course, she can lead the proposal. So what do you look for in a Mangagement™ ring? While diamonds are a must for many engagement ring designs, Mangagement™ rings don’t necessarily need to feature a massive diamond. Unless that’s the design he desires! Opt for smaller solitaires, mixed media designs or even gemstone centerpieces.

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Budget

You don’t need to spend three month's salary on his engagement ring; your personal financial comfort level dictates the budget. A firm budget dictates your maximum spending allowance and sets limits on your emotional pull, too. When you know that you’re maxing out at $2,000, you are less likely to scroll through ring designs that stray far from that boundary. An engagement ring should have a higher budget than a promise ring or even a wedding band. While Mangagement™ rings vary in price, they typically start at around $1,600. If you need to spend less, you can work with a design specialist to create a ring that fits into your budget. Monthly payments also can be financed through Affirm. There are always options!

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Style

So what is his vibe? If he’s casual, then his Mangagement™ ring should reflect his low-key attitude. If you’ve fallen for Mr. GQ, then you may want a more contemporary or elaborate design. As you’re browsing through rings, consider his lifestyle, too. If he works with his hands often, then a big solitaire set in a high cathedral mount isn’t the best choice. Instead, choose bands that offer protective settings for stones—like bezel, inset, or pave. If your future spouse spends more time with a computer than using power tools, then the setting style isn’t such an issue.  

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Promise Rings

While Mangagement™ rings can be bold or simplistic, his promise ring should remain understated. While a promise ring might denote future marriage, the ring could also simply symbolize a new level of commitment or even another separate and unique relationship promise. When choosing a promise ring, keep the details simple and the style refined. You’re looking for a band with few diamonds or gemstones and sleek details. 

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Budget

Keep the price tag on his promise ring on the lower end. You shouldn’t spend more than a few hundred dollars on a promise ring. Choose a design that you can afford outright. If that limits your budget to $100, then that’s your bottom line. No matter what your budget, though, you will find a band for him!

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Style

Men’s rings that serve as promise rings should be simple. If his style is more cutting-edge, then you can choose a band that incorporates his stylish leanings. Laser engraved details can be used for personalizing his ring with symbols that reflect his lifestyle—like guitars, cityscapes, wooded forests or even sports themes (like baseball stitching). While you can add diamond or gemstone details, don’t make the stones the center of the ring. Select your birthstone and his or just add a single small diamond.

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Create Your Own

If you can’t find his perfect ring in any of the Brilliance collections, then create something that is truly unique! Our designers can work with you to bring his dream ring to life—whatever that ring might be! Set your budget, schedule a design consultation and watch your own inspiration take shape. There are no boundaries or limitations for custom designs because his ring is guided by you and him. Men’s rings incorporate many styles and designs depending on what the ring represents. While budgets might be higher for Mangagement™ or wedding rings, a promise ring should always be more affordable. However, all men’s rings should embrace his style, lifestyle, and personality. Whatever ring you select, be sure that it’s a design he’ll love and never want to take off!

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