Know Your Rings

by Fashion Dude on February 11, 2013

ring meaningsWith Valentine’s Day in just a few days, you may be still searching for the perfect way to say “I love you” to that special gal in your life.  Flowers, candy and nice bottles of wine are all well and good, but if you’re looking for something extra special – whether it’s for Valentine’s Day or any other occasion – look no further than rings!

Although you may immediately think of precious metals when it comes to jewelry – such as silver, gold and platinum – you should know that there are also a wide range of contemporary materials that are quite common in modern jewelry.  Metals such as tungsten carbide, titanium and stainless steel are durable, come in a variety of colors and designs, and are also surprisingly affordable.

The selection of styles in women’s and men’s rings is truly remarkable.  Before you set about finding that amazing ring for your guy or gal, be sure you know the right ring size and have a good idea of what style he or she would most enjoy.  Although there is a seemingly endless variety from which to choose, four types of rings really stand out as romantic favorites.

Promise rings: Long considered to be a precursor to an engagement ring, a promise ring symbolizes just that – a promise of love made between a man and a woman (or man).  Women’s promise rings often incorporate a small diamond or cubic zirconia (CZ) and a heart or a knot-shaped design.  Once thought to be primarily a gift that a man gave to a woman, men’s promise rings are becoming more and more popular each year.  Consider, for example, a two-toned silver and gold tone titanium men’s ring accented with a single CZ.

Celtic rings: You don’t have to have Celtic ancestry to enjoy wearing jewelry inspired by Celtic designs.  One of the most popular is the Celtic knot.  This ancient motif, which consists of a series of interchangeable knots with no beginning and no end, has become one of the most universally understood symbols of everlasting, undying love and devotion.  This, of course, makes a Celtic ring an ideal way to say “I love you” to your special guy or gal.  One fine example is a Celtic knot design in a sterling silver woman’s band.

Claddagh rings: Traditionally given as a symbol of love, loyalty and friendship, Claddagh rings were named after the tiny Irish fishing village in which they were first created in the 17th century.  This beautiful design, consisting of two hands holding a heart, has been a favorite way to say “I love you” for centuries.  A strikingly handsome version of Claddagh men’s rings is one in which the Claddagh symbol is made of bronze and set into an antiqued silver finish.

Matching rings: Another wonderful way to say “I love you” is with a set of matching his and her rings.  Although more traditionally thought of as something that a bride and groom would purchase for each other, it’s also completely appropriate to buy matching rings for each other that are promise rings, engagement rings or simply a special way to symbolize your affection for one another.

On Valentine’s Day or any other time you want to say “I love you,” women’s and men’s rings are the ideal way to show your affection for that special someone in your life. Whether you choose a promise ring to indicate your commitment, a Celtic ring to symbolize the unending nature of your relationship, a Claddagh ring to show your loyalty and love, or matching rings to demonstrate to the people around you that you are undoubtedly a couple, rings could be the perfect way to say “I love you.”

Cindy White writes about men’s wedding rings and other men’s rings for


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