The other day I was doing some research to find out what kind of jewelry people search Google for the most and was very surprised to find out that men’s rings, and any variation on that topic, was far and away the most popular piece of jewelry being searched on currently!
Rings, I was happy to discover, are way out and ahead of any other piece of jewelry being searched on, generally speaking, which pleased me because I really do have a preference for creating handcrafted, custom made rings. I’m not really sure what it is about making rings that I find so appealing…maybe it’s the never ending variety. Or perhaps it’s the fact that I can create one-of-a-kind pieces and have them completed, from start to finish, in pretty quick order. I don’t know…I’ve always been really fascinated with hands. Their grace and beauty. And what they represent; creation, artistic expression, touch…there is just so much wrapped up in hands and their adornment that appeals to me. So, I guess it’s only natural that I should be attracted to crafting rings.
Once I discovered that rings are the top piece of jewelry being searched for, I decided to dig down further to find out, specifically, what KIND of rings people are interested in. And that is when I was shocked to discover that men’s rings, not women’s rings, are the hot jewelry item of the moment. In fact, “rings for men” and “men rings” entered as a search term each come in at 1,000,000 searches per month! Compare that to women’s rings, which only come in at a measly 27,100! I KNOW, hu?
It was after doing this initial key word investigation that I began doing some further study into men’s rings. And I wandered upon a really cool, new trend that has been quite popular in Europe and Scandinavia for some time now, but which is just becoming trendy in the USA. MANGAGEMENT RINGS. That’s right. You read that correctly. Engagement rings for men! Too cool! Here’s an interesting article about the new trend by award winning journalist, Mary Schwager, in The Huffington Post that I’m sure you’ll find interesting and insightful! I know I did! According to Mary, Amanda Gizzi, spokesperson for the Jewelry INformation Center says that “The idea that the man will also wear an engagement ring gives relationships a new sense of equality. It is a pre-commitment, a commitment from both the man and the woman.” Makes perfect sense to me! Mary further suggests that mangagement rings are also perfect for same-sex unions and engagements. Personally, I love the idea! In fact, I was so taken by this whole concept that it inspired me to try my hand at hand crafting a couple of mangagement rings myself!
So, here they are! The first two in what I hope to be a collection of custom made, men’s engagement rings!
Galvanized and Annealed Steel Mangagement Ring
The shank on this first ring is created from heavy gauge, annealed steel wire and wrapped with a fine gauge, galvanized steel. Wanting to go for something masculine, yet comfortable, I formed the focal design into a shape resembling a belt buckle. This unique ring is a size 12 and available gift-boxed and ready for your special man for just $199.00
Annealed Steel & Brass Men’s Ring
Next in my new collection is this beautiful men’s ring, again, with the shank formed from heavy gauge, annealed steel and polished to a high-shine. This ring, however, was inspired by a love for medieval elegance befitting a royal hand from days long past. So, I chose to weave it’s wrap in a light gauge brass. And again, it is hand buffed to a fine shine. The Swirls add a truly regal appearance to this special ring and the slightly thicker brass wrapping add enough weight to make this a more substantial ring than the ring above. This is an absolutely delicious ring to wear and is available in a size 8, for that special man who has a refined bone structure. Just $299 and will be gift boxed ready for popping the question!
I would love to hear your thoughts on the whole idea of “Mangagement Rings”! Do you like the idea? Do you think it will catch on? Would you like to see me creating more designs along this line? I’d enjoy knowing your opinions on all of this!
In the meantime, I’m sure I will continue making new pieces to show you!
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Until next time,