JEWELRIES|MEN AND RINGS

Has anyone taken note of men always wearing rings on their index/pointer finger or on the little/pinky finger or most times both? Well I have. We are going to talk about rings and men today. So, let’s get started. So there are so many speculation about why men wear “rings”. Some say ‘to make a fashion statement’ or ‘to show the unavailability of the man (married)’ or ‘as a declaration of class and wealth’ . Well, I feel rings allow you to make a statement without saying a word. For most part of the world, there are not mandatory rules as to which hands should rings be worn. I take an exception of engagement and wedding rings. Most American men wear their wedding rings on the left ring finger but for a man that was brought up in the eastern orthodox church, his ring would be seen on this right ring finger. Engagement rings are barely worn by men so there is no set tradition .

The little (pinky) finger is known to often be the first choice for a man who wants to wear a ‘statement’ ring.

This finger has a lot of advantages to it and they have no religious or cultural association . As a matter of fact , they do not touch or interfere with the pointer/index finger at all. As a great advantage to fashion, it separates the ring from the body entirely, making it a bit more of an ‘eye popping statement’ . It’s the finger you wear things when you want attention paid to them .

The fourth (ring) finger in the USA and much of Africa is most associated with wedding symbolism. A band on the right fourth finger indicates engagement and on the left fourth finger indicates marriage.

That well said, nearly all men opt for a simple gold or silver band for their wedding or engagement rings. A large ring with a jewel or a three-dimensional design on it is far less likely to be taken for something related to your marital status. This is not to say that you would not see dramatic and artistic things as wedding band from time to time, but it is not a cultural norms. The distinctively decorated ring on the fourth finger probably won’t be assured as a wedding ring while a plain metal band will be.

The middle finger apart from the obvious hand gesture, lol…. is the boldest, largest finger. 

Wearing rings on this finger are surprisingly uncommon – in fact, that’s because it is adjacent to the index finger and anything bulky can be quite a hindrance to fine manual tasks. It is best to keep rings small and simple, if you are opting for the middle finger. Though, a lot of first time wearers will definately find it uncomfortable because it is central, sturdy and sincerely, “manly” but if the idea of pinky rings weirds you out , and you don’t want anyone thinking you are off the market;married or engaged, the middle finger is the safest default. Also, because of its central location , it is held to symbolise balance and responsibility. 

The index/pointer finger hmmm… well there is this natural instinct to always keep it clear, since it is the most used finger than the others ( thumb excluded), but it turns out that a ring on this finger doesn’t interfere with it as much as the finger next to it.


If you go back in time; thousand years back , you would notice that the index finger was the most common location for a man’s ring  ( generally a signet or a crest). This makes the index finger a good place for things like class and fraternal rings or family and membership crests, although many men opt for the ring finger out of habit instead. Anything that you want to be use frequently and emphatically in you gestures can go on the index finger. It is prominent in basic manual dexterity making it noticeable. 

The thumb rings are reasonably common worldwide. In most societies, a thumb ring on a man is a sign of wealth or influence and they tend to be broad or bulky to reflect that. A thumb ring is often the natural choice of men who want to wear multiple rings on the same hand since it’s somewhat distant from the other fingers. A wedding band plus a pinky or middle finger ring can get quite crowded both physically and visually but a thumb ring gives everything some space.

So I realised I will get questions about how many rings can a man wear on at a time? 

Well, honestly it depends on the rings in question here. Generally, you can’t be so dumb to wear more than one on a given finger but then you will come across cluster of four or five wire-thin bands that are meant to be worn together; beautifully crafted. But, let’s just say one ring per finger. Two or three spread out across both hands is a really safe bet, even this is going to be quite obvious but still you would not go too much beyond and start looking  like a caricature. Oftentimes, you are best of with a single bold statement ring on one hand or nothing more than an engagement or wedding band if relevant.

All these being said, I still come to a halt concerning rings that ” Quality matters more than quantity” at the end of the day – no matter what finger you are displaying your ring on.

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