For thousands of years, men have adorned rings; whether it was to signify religion, wealth, power, privilege, their marital status – or all of the above. Rings for him are very much a thing of the past, present, and future, so here we talk about emerald rings for men.
A Guide To Emerald Rings For Men…
Sometimes men might feel that they don’t have as much choice when it comes to rings.
Perhaps this is because the jewellery market is angled slightly more to women than men, which doesn’t always make too much sense.
I’m here to tell you that actually the pool of rings you can pick from is the same, no matter your gender.
Ultimately the choice of ring is only limited by your preference.
Now we’ve broken that down, how about we briefly explore just how many options are out there for you to pick from.
What Style Of Rings Are Best For Men?
There are so many different styles and variations to choose from, which sometimes can seem somewhat overwhelming.
There are: wedding rings, signet rings, thumb rings, pinkie rings; rings crafted out of different materials such as wood, ceramics, silicone, silver, gold, platinum, titanium.
Let’s be honest, the list really does go on.
Personally, one of my favourite types of ring is the gemstone ring.
Gemstone rings truly are a thing of beauty.
You’ve got ruby rings, opal rings, sapphire rings, pearl rings, and of course emerald rings.
People have been wearing gemstone rings for many, many years, and it is easy to see why.
They’re a great way of adding a pop of colour to your outfit, they come in a vast array of shades, and they’re far more unique than the more traditional diamond ring.
Whichever way you look at it, a gemstone ring can be a great addition to your ring collection.
Today, I’m going to focus in on the emerald ring.
The emerald is a green gemstone which has been mined for over 3,500 years.
Emerald has been a gemstone of interest for even longer, around 6000 years (approximately).
It is believed that the name originated from the Sanskrit ‘marakata’ meaning ‘the green of growing things’.
It’s not an extremely strong stone, especially when compared to the diamond. However, it does still rate quite highly on the Mohs hardness scale: 7.5 to 8; giving it a fair to good hardness rating.
The earliest known reference to the emerald was actually by the famous philosopher Aristotle.
He claimed that owning and wearing an emerald increased the owner’s presence and importance, helped with eyesight problems, and even gave victory in trials.
It’s safe to say that throughout the many years that the emerald has been around, it has had many benefits attributed to it.
It has certainly remained a popular stone throughout the years; because of the ‘benefits’ or not.
Ptolemy, the King of Egypt in the first BC had an engraved emerald; Alexander the Great had an emerald set to his girdle; Charlemagne had an emerald collection; and Henry II had the ownership of a large emerald.
You’re certainly in good company if you opt to add an emerald item of jewellery to your collection.
Different Styles of Emerald Rings For Men
Emerald rings come in a variety of different forms.
- A simple band set with emeralds
- An animal related piece with emeralds in the setting
- Signet rings set with a feature emerald
The list really could go on and on…
The one thing that all of these forms have in common is that they could come under the umbrella term ‘dress’ or ‘cocktail’ rings.
These types of rings are typically a bit bolder and more ‘showy’ than say a solitaire or trilogy ring.
The cocktail ring wants to be seen and admired, and the emerald can certainly help with this.
Perhaps this is why the emerald cocktail ring is a firm favourite for men who want a bold piece of jewellery.
Which Metal Works Best For Rings On Men?
I think this is why the emerald is such a great choice for a gemstone ring, as it really does go with all metals.
An emerald looks great set in a cooler type of metal such as platinum, titanium, palladium, or white gold.
But equally, warmer metals such as yellow gold can bring out a beautiful hue in an emerald.
In this way, it really comes down to personal preference, and what works for you.
If you feel you suit white gold then opt for an emerald white gold ring.
By the same token, if you think yellow gold looks better on you, then an emerald yellow gold ring is a fantastic choice.
The emeralds versatility in this respect makes it a great pick for all.
Which Finger Is Best For Rings For Men?
Now this doesn’t just apply for emerald rings, but is definitely a question we get asked a lot, so it is worth going into some detail here.
A small disclosure, ultimately this is down to personal preference and what is comfortable for you.
An emerald ring, specifically, is not typically an everyday wear sort of ring.
Meaning, that each time you put it on, you can mix up which finger you want to wear it on.
Rings can look quite different depending on which finger you put them on, so let’s delve in.
It goes without saying that your ring will have to be on the larger side for you to be able to wear it on your thumb.
So typically, this is a choice you’ll have made when you purchase your emerald ring.
If you enjoy wearing lots of rings than perhaps branching out to your thumb will free up some space for other rings.
It will also mean that your hand doesn’t look too crowded.
Wearing a ring on your thumb hasn’t typically been prevalent in the UK.
However, recently it has started trending, so don’t discount the thumb!
The Index Finger
Now this is quite a prominent finger.
It used to be the case that men would wear signet rings bearing the family crest to display their privilege.
Today, it can still be used for signets, but also for just a ring you want pride of place.
Often, it is a finger that is used frequently, so best to put a snugger fitting ring on there, so to prevent it from falling off easily.
The Middle Finger
The middle finger is known for a certain ring, so people won’t mistake you for being married if you want to wear your emerald ring on this digit.
It is worth playing around with different rings here. Just a small piece of advice, you want to be comfortable.
So it might be best to wear something slightly less bulky on this finger, as it will rub against the other fingers.
The Ring Finger
This is the finger where a ring actually tells someone quite a lot about the wearer, especially if it’s on the left hand.
Having said that, if you are married you don’t have to wear your wedding ring on this finger, you don’t have to wear a wedding ring at all in fact.
However, if you wear a ring on this finger I think it’s safe to assume that most people will believe you to be married.
The Little Finger
This little guy typically used to be home to signet rings which were used to stamp important documents and seals.
Of course, not many people still sign things in that way so the little finger is often free for a ring.
Occasionally, men might still have a college ring, or a club ring, in which case the pinkie is where they would display them.
It’s a great choice on its own as a statement, and also a necessary choice sometimes if you wear a lot of rings.
The Emerald Ring Is A Great Choice For Men
It is a statement piece for those who, yes you guessed it, want to make a statement.
What do you think, already thinking of adding one to your collection?
Which style and metal are you thinking of going for?
Let us know in the comments below.
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