While men’s engagement rings are not currently common in many Western countries, it was once traditional in Europe for both men and women to wear betrothal rings. In other cultures, a man would wear his wedding band on his right hand to symbolize his engagement, then move it to his left hand during the wedding. Men’s engagement rings remain traditional in other parts of the world, including some South American, Asian, and Scandinavian countries.
For men who choose to wear an engagement ring, there are a variety of styles to choose from which include thin silver, steel, or gold bands, either plain or textured. These are designed to be worn next to a wedding band after the marriage. Other options are a wide band set with a small diamond or row of pavé diamonds down the middle. Some men’s engagement rings feature popular Celtic symbols of commitment, such as a lover’s knot or a Claddagh.