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Do men wear engagement rings?

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Engagement rings have traditionally been gifted by men to women when proposing marriage. However, as we explore in this article, things are changing, and it is becoming increasingly common for men to wear engagement rings too. So read on to learn which hand and finger men wear engagement rings on and which styles of engagement rings are popular with men.

Can men wear engagement rings?

Yes, men can absolutely wear engagement rings. While engagement rings traditionally have been associated with women, the practice of men wearing engagement rings is becoming increasingly common and accepted in modern society. 

In addition to being a symbol of commitment, men's engagement rings can also serve as a fashion accessory, allowing men to express their individual styles and personal tastes. For many men, wearing an engagement ring can also be a way to assert their masculinity or show their support for equal rights and gender equality.

However, not all men may feel comfortable wearing an engagement ring, and some may prefer to stick to more traditional forms of commitment, such as wedding bands. 

Which hand do men wear engagement rings on?

The hand on which men wear engagement rings can vary depending on cultural traditions and personal preferences. In many Western countries, including the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, it is common for men to wear their engagement rings on the left hand, the same hand as women.

That said, there are no strict rules or norms dictating which hand men should wear their engagement rings on. Some men may choose to wear it on the right hand's ring finger, while others may prefer a different finger altogether.

What finger does a man wear an engagement ring on?

Traditionally, men wear engagement rings on the left hand's third finger, just like women.  The tradition of wearing an engagement ring on the left-hand ring finger for both men and women is based on the historical belief that a vein, known as the "vena amoris" or "vein of love," runs directly from that finger to the heart. 

However, again, the choice of finger ultimately comes down to personal preference, cultural traditions, and the couple's individual choices.

What styles of engagement rings are there for men?

When it comes to engagement rings for men, there are various styles and designs to choose from. Some men may choose to wear a traditional engagement ring with a diamond or other gemstone, while others may prefer a more understated or masculine design, such as a plain band or a ring with subtle engraving.

Traditional Bands

Platinum band with hammered and brushed finish
Platinum band with hammered and brushed finish

Classic and timeless, traditional bands are a popular choice for men's engagement rings. They are typically made of precious metals like gold (yellow, white, or rose) or platinum and have a simple, sleek design without gemstones or intricate details.

Gemstone Accents

Sapphire and diamond band
Sapphire and diamond band

Some men's engagement rings feature small gemstone accents, such as diamonds or coloured gemstones, embedded in the band. These accents can add a touch of sparkle or colour while maintaining a masculine aesthetic.

Signet Rings

Gold signet ring
Gold signet ring

Signet rings have a flat top surface that can be engraved with initials, a family crest, or other meaningful symbols. These rings often carry a sense of tradition and personal significance.

Mixed Metal Designs

White and yellow gold band
White and yellow gold band

Rings that combine multiple metals, such as white gold and yellow gold or gold and platinum, can create a unique and eye-catching look. These designs can add visual interest and contrast to the ring.

Alternative Materials

Some men may prefer engagement rings made from alternative materials, such as tungsten carbide, titanium, or stainless steel. 

Custom Designs

Many jewellers offer the option to create custom engagement rings tailored to a man's personal style and preferences. This allows for unique designs, personalised engravings, or the incorporation of specific symbols or motifs.

It's important to note that there are no strict rules or limitations when it comes to men's engagement ring styles. The choice should reflect the individual's taste, personality, and lifestyle. At Ingle & Rhode, we specialise in designing and making bespoke engagement rings, so please feel free to get in touch to discuss and explore all the options available.


Although not all men feel comfortable wearing an engagement ring, men's engagement rings are becoming more common.

As well as providing a visible symbol of a couple's commitment, men's engagement rings can serve as a fashion accessory and be a way for men to assert their masculinity and support for equal rights. 

Men's engagement rings can take many forms, from simple bands to more elaborate designs that feature diamonds or other precious stones. If you’d like to discuss the possibility of purchasing an engagement ring for a man, please get in touch. We’d be delighted to help!

David Rhode
Together with Tim Ingle, David created Ingle & Rhode to offer a better alternative to the traditional luxury brands. Since 2007, we’ve provided our customers with genuinely ethical engagement rings, wedding rings and fine jewellery – free from conflict diamonds, dirty gold and child labour. With more than 16 years experience in the jewellery industry, David has deep expertise in diamonds, gemstones and jewellery design and manufacturing.