The custom of men wearing wedding rings differs according to culture, and believe it or not, for a time, men just didn’t wear wedding rings at all. This was true of the 50s and 60s era, since they were very often associated with tasteless or excessive jewelry. Some Europeans got away with it but in America there seemed to be some association with middle class and male wedding rings.
Of course, women have always boasted about their wedding rings, as it has long been considered the sign of a “taken woman”, a woman who had a higher status than a single women who wasn’t attached. Times have certainly changed and today’s modern single woman is perhaps the envy of many married women, for her freedoms.
The modern wedding has reintroduced the male wedding ring back into society, as the ring exchange is a part of many traditional American ceremonies. However, in Britain the male wedding ring is scarcely seen. Prince Williams announced not too long ago that he wouldn’t be wearing a wedding ring, since it’s not really British tradition among the upper class.
Do Wedding Bands Suggest Middle Class?
Some individuals believe that middle class men wear rings as an overcompensating behavior, as if to suggest that “somebody wanted me!” Essentially, not wearing a male ring seems to suggest that one is a player or too popular to settle down.
Of course many articles that do suggest this standard is true are written by cynics who don’t put much stock in romance, specifically the gesture of fidelity and monogamy. A recent article from The Telegraph even suggested that such expressions are all a sham, especially since millions of married British men were listed in the Ashley Madison hack scandal.
Say what? Since when is that proof of anything? The only truth that matters is the understanding between a husband and wife. A man wearing a wedding ring can be a highly symbolic piece stating that his heart is taken and belongs only to his wife. While it is true that divorce rates are high, and cheating is common, there are many couples who have stayed faithful over the years, choosing honest communication and romance over the swinging single lifestyle.
Most wedding ring companies, such as Timeless Wedding Bands, host of rings for both men and women, as well as wedding rings, anniversary rings, and other sentimental gifts. Even among the men’s rings there are also plain rings, contemporary styles, titanium, gold, Celtic design and even diamond rings.
Collecting rings doesn’t have to be a tradition at all and if you don’t feel the need for it, don’t feel obligated thinking it’s a fashion law. However, if you love the feel of a ring, love showing it off, and most of all love to think of a special someone throughout your day as you look at it, it’s a perfect fit.