Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but they can also be a guy’s too.
As can sapphires, onyx, and moissanite.
Shopping for a sparkler is a difficult task at the best of times, but when you’re looking for a love token, that’s not only beautiful, special and unique, but masculine too, it gets that little bit harder.
With the legalisation of gay marriage in many parts of the world this year (hurray!) – and a leap year in February – we expect there will be a lot more proposals to gents, this engagement season.
So, with that in mind, we thought we’d bring you a selection of beautiful rings, with something almost every man will love.
When it comes to engagement rings for men, there are no hard and fast rules. Some of the ones we’ve selected are specifically designed for guys, while others are simply rings with darker tones, subtle sparkle, or a more masculine shape.
While we expect the choice of men’s engagement rings will grow over the next few years, there is a lot of choice already, once you get creative, and shop around. While engagement rings don’t necessarily call for a diamond, they do tend to be a little more special than a wedding band, whether that’s in the form of etchings, cut-outs, or gemstones.
Popular stones for guys include black diamonds, coloured sapphires and matte stones like onyx or bloodstone. (Check out our posts on proposal rings, acrostic rings, and our alternative gem guidefor ideas).
You can also play around with metal choices for your other half too. While platinum and gold are always desirable, green, rose, and black gold are increasingly popular for men, as are tungsten, zirconium, titanium, gun metal and sterling silver.
So, whether your other half has classic tastes (try a signet), cool and edgy style (grey or green stones), or perhaps something understated and romantic (black diamonds and rose gold), scroll through 30 of our favourite picks, to guarantee a ‘Yes!’…
1. FALL FOR FRAGMENTS
Rose gold, and black sapphires. Ring by Polly Wales
2. THE PLATINUM GENT
Diamonds set in platinum. Ring by Harry Winston.
3. A TOUCH OF FLASH
Rose gold with diamonds. Ring by Tiffany
4. THE MODERN SIGNET
Sterling silver with pave black diamonds. Ring by David Yurman.
5. HEAVY METAL
Diamond in black gold. Ring by Jewelry by Garo on Etsy
6. SOMETHING BLUE
Sapphires in rose gold. Ring by Athena Jewelry on Etsy
7. BLACK DIAMONDS
Spinel stones in yellow gold vermeil plated sterling silver. Ring by Astley Clarke
8. GREEN WITH ENVY
Bloodstone in gold-plated brass. Ring by Lulu Frost
9. COPPER CROSSOVER
Diamond in rose gold. Ring by Stones & Gold.
10. MATTE MIX
Yellow gold with chrysoprase and antique white diamonds. Ring by Mociun.
11. VINTAGE LOVER
Two tone vintage ring with diamonds. Ring by Maejean Vintage
12. SIMPLE STATEMENT
Gold with black onyx. Ring by Tiffany
13. SMALL STONES
Black diamonds in yellow gold. Ring by Mociun
14. RENEGADE RING
Black gold and diamond. Ring by De Beers.
15. MR. MAGPIE
Pink gold and diamonds. Ring by Cartier.
16. A LITTLE ALT
White diamonds and yellow gold. Ring by Azlee
17. ROCKS ON
Yellow gold with green sapphires. Ring by Polly Wales via Catbird.
18. SHADE OF GREY
Meteorite with sterling silver. Ring by David Yurman.
19. MOST SUBTLE SPARKLE
Rose gold and black diamonds. Ring by Anna Sheffield.
20. ROCK STAR
Mixed gold and diamond. Ring by Glory Be Vintage Wares on Etsy
21. RENAISSANCE MAN
Black sapphire and diamonds in yellow gold. Ring by Polly Wales.
22. GALLANT ELEGANCE
Bezel set diamond in platinum. Ring by Tiffany
23. ‘TIL DEATH DO US PART
Sterling silver cameo. Ring by Eddie Borgo
24. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S
Sterling silver. Ring by Tiffany.
25. ENGAGE WITH ENAMEL
White gold, zirconium-based alloy, and diamond. Ring by Harry Winston
26. COOL COMPASS
Sterling silver with gun metal plating. Ring by Eddie Borgo
27. MASCULINE METALWORK
Hand-carved solid gold. Ring by Bittersweets NY via Catbird
28. GO FOR GOLD
18 karat gold. Ring by Neil Lane.
29. SHAPE & TEXTURE
Grey diamond with yellow gold and pave diamonds. Ring by Mociun.
30. BRUSHING GROOM
Palladium sterling silver with moissanite. Ring by Lolide on Etsy
Aren’t they beautiful? I love the black diamonds and matte stones, but the brushed metal in that last one is a really nice idea too.