Diamonds might be a girl's best friend, but they can also be a guy's too.
As can sapphires, onyx, turquoise 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 maybe a bit more masculine too, it gets that little bit harder.
And yes, we'll share plenty of masculine rings below, but at Bridal Musings, we're all about breaking gender norms (in the words of Jonathan Van Ness “Yes, honey!”) No, you don't have to pick something “manly” for your man's engagement ring. And really, what is “manly” mean, anyway? My favorite choice of the 20 below is a damn sparkly, emerald-cut diamond ring that I know any person – male, female, hetero or lgtbqia+ – would die to wear.
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 simply ring 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 are a lot of choices 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, colored sapphires and matte stones like onyx or bloodstone. (Check out our posts on proposal rings and our alternative gem guide for 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, gunmetal and sterling silver.
So, whether your other half has classic tastes (try a signet), cool and edgy style (salt & pepper diamonds), or perhaps something understated and romantic (hello, blue sapphire), scroll through 20 of our favorite picks, to guarantee a ‘Yes!'…
1. Diamond Bar
Baguette Diamond Bar Ring by Artemer via Etsy
2. Twilight Blue
Twilight Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring by Melissa Tyson Designs via Etsy
3. Modern Stacking Rings
Eco-friendly Modern Stacking Wedding Ban Set by LOLiDE via Etsy
4. Dreams of Bali
Bali Sapphire Ring by ILA via Catbird
5. Artisanally Hammered
Faceted Gold Ring by Capucinne via Etsy
6. Emerald Morning
Emerald Engagement Ring by Melissa Tyson Designs via Etsy
7. Simple & Elegant
Round Diamond Ring by Minimal VS via Etsy
8. Heavy Metal
Natural Diamond Solitaire Men's Engagement Ring by Jewelry by Garo via Etsy
9. Something Blue
Genuine Aquamarine 14k Yellow Gold Estate Ring from Maejean Vintage via Etsy
10. Yes, You Can Sparkle
Deco Solitaire Ring by Erstwhile via Catbird
11. Vegas Bound
Cluster Engagement Ring with Purple Lilac Sapphires by Artemer via Etsy
12. Georgian Boy
18th-century Georgian Antique Diamond Cluster Engagement Ring from Barry's Gems via Etsy
13. Copper Crossover
Diamond Cross Design Ring by Stones & Gold via Etsy
14. Modern Man
The Royal Flush Ethical Diamond & White Gold Wedding Ring by HOLDEN
15. Gray Glitter Never Hurt
Gray Moissanite Engagement Ring by Melissa Tyson Designs via Etsy
16. Black Diamond
Aura Ring by Blanca Monros Gomez via Catbird
17. The New Southwest
Kingman Turquoise Inlay Ring by Leander Dambrosia via Etsy
18. Half Moon
Sapphire Half Moon Ring by Minimal VS via Etsy
19. Trillion Diamond
Trillion Diamond Engagement Ring by Artemer via Etsy
20. Salt & Pepper
Hexagon Salt & Pepper Diamond Engagement Ring by Capucinne via Etsy
Aren't they beautiful? I love the loud & proud baguette diamond bar ring, but the salt & pepper diamond in that last one is a really unique showstopper, too.
Oh, and if you're hoping to be the one proposed to – don't forget to pin your favorite to show to your other half!
Once he's said “Yasss!” be sure to shop through these gorgeous engagement announcements & Save The Date cards.
Get more Engagement Ring Inspiration here.