Choosing which finger to wear a ring on can be as arduous a task as deciding where to get a tattoo. Some people will tell you there are a certain set of rules to follow when it comes to ring-wearing: your ring finger should be reserved solely for a wedding ring, for example. And signet rings are traditionally worn on the little finger. Pish to rules though, simply measure up your fingers, try a few on and go for whichever finger feels comfortable.
As with any other section within the fashion industry, there are brands you want to know and those you want to avoid. Fortunately for you, we’ve filtered out the wheat from the chaff to provide a definitive list of the coolest men’s ring brands that will have you flashing your fingers.
Miami-based jeweller Miansai started life as a side project for founder Michael Saiger. Fortunately for him, it has since become a fully-fledged business, and a heavyweight in the men's jewellery world. It's thanks in no small part to its careful selection of metals and materials, coupled with exquisite craftsmanship.
Based on a belief in Nordic mythology about the ability of material to hold power, spreading the ‘energy’ is one of the main reasons AWNL was launched. Redefining modern jewelry design, AWLN is passionate about creating ‘magic’ objects that nurture the brand; from Swedish meteorite to rare crystals, from Tibetan hornbone to Mosasaurus tooth fossil, with a unique AWLN ring you will look cool and distinguished.
If the absolute last word in luxury jewellery is more your style, Le Gramme is the brand for you. This Parisian label is as bouji as they come, with every single piece of jewellery being made in France. Every piece can be personalised with engravings too, and each model is named after its weight in grams, so you know you're getting solid quality.
For minimal, yet stylish rings with a hint of Scandinavian charm, look no further than Tom Wood. The lifestyle brand is relatively young, having been founded in 2013, but has already become a force to be reckoned with. You'll find predominantly signet rings from Tom Wood, made from solid silver and gold, with some models injecting a splash of colour to really make your outfit shine.
Stolen Girlfriends Club
For those who have a love for all things music and its subcultures, from punk to new wave, Stolen Girlfriends Club is a brand to add to your list. Hailing from New Zealand, the label produces pieces with an unmistakably rock vibe. You won't find anything in gold, with sterling 925 silver being the material of choice, but that, coupled with (some) subtle designs, mean they can be worn anywhere and everywhere.
Another Scandinavian jewellery brand, this time, All Blues. This Stockholm-based label was founded in 2010 by two good friends. Each piece the company makes it fully designed in 3D first, before being made out of either solid silver or 18K gold. No scrimping on quality materials, here. Its ring designs skew away from the 'safe' designs, take the Rauk Narrow Ring for example, but if you choose to pull it off, expect the compliments to come flooding in.
For rings with a little more edge to them, you'll want to check out Maple. The Canadian brand has been in the jewellery game since 2014 and its ring represent true Canadian urban culture. You won't find any just gold or just silver styles here, with each piece employing various colours or designs to offer styles that are truly refreshing.
The eponymous label of the late British fashion designer, Alexander McQueen is one of the most recognisable names in the designer fashion world. With pieces taking inspiration from British culture, McQueen rings are versatile in that they can accompany a casual weekend outfit, or can easily be worn with a suit for formal occasions. Not one to rely on just silver and gold, McQueen also uses brass as a base material.
Founded in Istanbul before moving to Australia in the 1970s, Gregory Jewellers has remained a family-owned business that not only stocks some of the biggest names around, but designs its own intricate pieces which includes the Mr Gregory range. The current range comprises sterling silver rings of both signet and band variety and occasionally include an injection of black rhodium.
French label Gas Bijoux was founded in the late 1960s by André Gas. Then a young buck wanting to crack into the world of jewellery, he sold his handmade pieces up and down the streets of St Tropez. He eventually hit the big time and is now a worldwide name. Certainly a more affordable brand among this list, it's not to say its rings are basic. Far from it, they encapsulate designs that teeter on the side of feminine, while still remaining strong and bold.
No list of best men's ring brands would be complete without featuring at least one from Italy, and Nove25 more than fits the bill. While you can obviously purchase predetermined designs, Nove25 is known for its ability to personalise anything and everything – so much so it likes to be referred to as a Creative Lab. The brand's selection of designs to work on is extensive, and best of all, they're incredibly affordable.
Luxury French fashion house Maison Margiela is known for its avant-garde designs, even following founder Martin Margiela's departure. John Galliano has held the creative director position since 2009, who continues to design pieces that look distressed or take on unusual forms. The ring collection encompasses traditional bands to more out-there styles, but all using high-quality materials to exude luxury.
Launched by Andrew Bunney in 2009, this British label has, unsurprisingly, a bunny rabbit as its mascot. The brand takes inspiration from British mods, rockers and punks, and has even collaborated with brands such as Aries and Converse in the past. Pieces – predominantly signet rings are handmade in the UK from either solid 925 silver or 18K gold. If contemporary British couture is your thing, you'll do well to check this brand out.
Is there any jewellery brand more famous than Cartier? Ok, maybe Tiffany is up there. Regardless, Cartier is a name known around the world for its luxurious, expertly made jewellery and watches. Its ring collection is definitely more suitable for those looking to get married (as opposed to everyday style), with a large selection of wedding rings. But to let other people know you're better than them, Cartier is a brand that is hard to beat. Being a luxe fashion house, expect to find all manner of materials, including yellow gold, rose gold, white gold and platinum.
Italian brand Bvlgari is another for those who like to indulge in the finer things in life. With a range of materials that epitomises its high-end status, Bvlgari rings are keen to show off its branding, but on designs that can easily be worn on a daily basis and will add some understated bling to any outfit.
Sue The Boy
This homegrown jewellery brand founded by Harley Wearne is likely one that has gone under your radar, but it's one we think you really need to get behind. With a workshop nestled just outside Byron Bay, Sue The Boy's fashion ring designs take inspiration from various cultures and fashions, so it's not simply reflective of Australian culture. Every single piece is handmade in Harley's studio in either sterling silver or 9k gold, and each will oxidise over time to give way to a unique patina.
If you simply have to have a brand that takes just one quick glance to notice, Gucci is the one you'll want cuddling your fingers. Like its clothing, expect designs that verge on the side of quirky, and we admit they won't be to everyone's taste, but the daring and confident, Gucci rings are in a world of their own.