12 best engagement rings for men 2022
I own a replica of Elizabeth Taylor’s most famous piece of jewelry, a ring given to her by her then-husband, Richard Burton, which featured the Krupp Diamond, now called the Taylor-Burton Diamond. It may come as a surprise to many that the 69.42-carat bauble isn’t an engagement ring. In fact, Burton, who had showered his wife with real treasure during both of their marriages, never proposed with an engagement ring. Some guys don’t, and that’s fine, I guess.
I expect one. Ever since I discovered the Backstreet Boys, I’ve been dreaming about my marriage proposal. And since learning about the Taylor-Burton diamond lore, I’ve wanted something like this for myself – a thin band with an emerald-cut diamond that looks like a giant ice cube. That’s just me: I like big, bold, attention-grabbing things. It has to make a statement with its size, elegance and carats; I don’t really like frills or anything ornate. Hopefully, whoever ends up falling on one knee will know me well enough to do the ring right. And in the event that I’m the one making the proposal (unlikely, but never say never), I hope I know my man’s taste for getting him what he wants.
Basically, the best engagement ring for a man is one that reflects his personal style, MO. It can be clean, sculptural and budget-conscious, or wonderfully ornate and extremely expensive. Different shots for different people, right? And if you’re planning to propose to your loved one sometime soon and need some help choosing the perfect ring, here are some great options, all geared up to get them to say “I do.”
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Geo Fine Ring with Diamond
If your loved one is budget-conscious and minimal in style, Miansai has a great selection of options that accomplish those goals. The brand was founded on the philosophy of simplicity, believing that true beauty is in the small details. And her Thin Geo ring, which is made of vermeil gold with a subtle yet impactful brilliant diamond in the corner, is a prime example of what Miansai does best. Plus, at this incredible price, you’ll have more money to spend on your wedding ceremony.
Jewel in the crown pearl ring
Speaking of stellar prices, Missoma is another brand that offers trinkets that won’t break your back. His pieces range from clean and simple to whimsical. And if your king prefers the latter, he’ll absolutely adore this Jewel in the Crown ring. Designed by up-and-coming designer Harris Reed who aims to break gender stereotypes, this ornate style, made of recycled gold vermeil over recycled sterling silver with pearl cabochons and white cubic zirconia, makes definitely a royal statement.
John Hardy believes jewelry should look as good as it looks. The Bali-based brand creates all of its styles by hand, using only reclaimed precious metals which it weaves intricately to stunning effect. Due to the use of this technique, the pieces often feature a slightly textured surface, yet feel so soft on the skin. Case in point: the Surya Chain Band ring, which is 14k gold and features a smoky diamond in a triangular setting. Although small in size, the design really packs the heat.
Ice Cube ring in 18K white gold and diamonds
From exuberant flowers to a whole menagerie of gleaming jewelry, Chopard is famous for its whimsical collections. Even when he offers styles that follow a more minimal aesthetic, there’s still an element of whimsy. Take this 18k white gold ring with a single brilliant diamond in the center, shaped in the shape of ice cubes. It’s a flourish that will look great on any finger.
The famous Love de Cartier collection, according to legend, was born out of heartbreak. In the 1960s, Aldo Cipullo designed a bracelet after a relationship ended, wanting to capture eternal love in the form of jewelry; it has two screws that lock it to the wrist of the wearer. And although the ring – this one in yellow gold – can be removed easily, the feeling of inseparability, as seen in the screw-like metalwork, remains. In addition, it can also serve as a wedding ring.
The Toi et Moi ring by Mejuri is rich in symbols. First, the daring domed band, in 14 carat gold, is adorned with two asymmetrical diamonds, one cushion and the other pear-shaped, united forever. And as if that weren’t enough, the inner part of the band features an engraving that says “To Me and You”. Like Cartier’s Love ring, it’s an awesome style for a guy who likes his jewelry to have a deeper meaning.
If he likes sleek and architectural pieces, but full of charisma, nothing better than the aptly named Marry Me ring from Bulagri. The brilliant platinum ring is adorned with five brilliant diamonds in square mounts. It is sculptural and sophisticated. It is a design imbued with purity and timelessness. And isn’t that the purpose of marriage?
Beveled Edge Black Diamonds Ring
David Yurman never fails to come up with bold styles. There is nothing delicate in his designs; they are statuesque and tall, evoking a sense of machismo. The brand’s Streamline collection, in particular, is part of this spirit. This ring, for example, is sterling silver with beveled edges, punctuated by rows of pavé black diamonds. His style for men who like to be in control, an alpha dog, someone who will most likely get down on their knees. But beat him to the fist and propose to him first.
Skyline Diamond Wedding Band
Does he aspire to a zero waste lifestyle? Does he really care about the environment? A Brilliant Earth ring is made for him. The San Francisco-based brand creates coins from existing metals under a program overseen by both the Responsible Mining Initiative and the London Bullion Market Association. He is also very careful about his carbon footprint, partnering with Carbonfund.org to offset his carbon emissions by helping to conserve the rainforest in Brazil. And before we forget, the designs really hit the spot, especially this one in 18k white gold with three sets of three pavé brilliant diamonds.
Ring Le Cube Diamant Large 18K White Gold & Diamonds
In 1965, after working at Cartier for a decade, Jean Dinh Van opened his own boutique, serving French society. He distinguished himself by eschewing the ornate, colorful designs that characterized the fine jewelry industry at the time, instead focusing on modern, minimal silhouettes in a single hue. A great example of his aesthetic is the Le Cube Diamant ring, a style he introduced in the 70s and continues to be coveted by jewelry lovers today.
Ask any good jewelry editor, and they’ll tell you that few can match Verdura. Founded by Duke Falco di Verdura in 1939, the brand has been worn by Coco Chanel, Marlene Dietrich, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and A$AP Rocky. The pieces offered are unique and attract attention. They also increase in value over time, especially the Constellation Band ring, which debuted in 1944, making it a worthwhile investment.
The Charles Tiffany set engagement ring
Tiffany & co.
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When it comes to engagement rings, Tiffany & Co. is the Mac Daddy, the OG, the one many think of first. It was in 1888 when Charles Tiffany introduced his diamond engagement ring to the world, initially for girls. And as a true leader, it’s one of the few brands to have a dedicated section for men’s engagement rings, which includes this platinum signet ring with a hard-to-miss brilliant diamond in the center. It’s both traditional and edgy, flashy and stylish, and any man who treats himself to one is sure to say, “I do.”
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