MULTIPLE RINGS FOR MEN: MAKING & BREAKING THE RULES
Despite a long history of jewelry accessorizing by wealthy European merchants and Princes until the 19th century, the wearing of anything more than a wedding ring has become something of a lost art for men. Until recently, that iS
With the increasing popularity of man-gagement rings (a topic for another day) and the influence of Hollywood, the hardware count on male hands has been rising. And with this has come more curiosity about how best to populate the male digits.
There are some rules to follow and others that should just be flaunted. So here is our own take on how to wrap male fingers in finery:
THE TRADITIONAL PINKIE
Placing a ring on the pinkie finger probably the least controversial place to add a ring to more than a wedding finger.
For visual balance we would tend to follow the offset rule and wear on the opposite hand to a wedding ring.
This breaks from the signet ring tradition by doubling up, with one ring on each pinkie. For this we would usually remove the wedding ring to avoid clustering on the hands.
We like this P-Double set up because it sets a subtle tone of controversy to any outfit without demanding too much advance planning. Also the space between the two rings allows for a lot of choices in terms of designs between the pieces.
Different regions use different hands for the wedding ring finger. To save choosing between the Roman tradition on the left or the Greek approach of the right, the Wedding Squared adds a ring to both.
The rings are far enough apart that the symmetry does not become a distraction but the arrangement is subtle enough for most settings, whether work or casual.
THE OLIGARCH OFFSET
This is probably the most versatile arrangement to play with. Pair a pinkie from one hand with an index finger on the other.
Keep the index finger ring low profile enough that it doesn’t interfere with life’s necessities such as driving or texting – our go-to design is usually either a derivation of a band or an octagon.
The Oligarch Offset delivers maximum impact with the minimum of effort.
For the die-hard traditionalist, the wedding ring can be slipped back onto the hand with the index finger ring and that mutates the arrangement into the ‘Dandy Trio’.
One of the more difficult multi-ring modes to pull off but done well it can be dramatic. Two on one hand, one on the other. An asymmetric pattern works best – we particularly like the combination of the pinkie and the index finger on one and the wedding ring finger on the other.
The uneven spacing has a natural balance on the hands – and the use of the index finger is a subtle nod to historic traditions of placing status rings on this finger.
The ring choices are critical, mix gold with leather and round the trio off with something a little adventurous, perhaps with a feature stone like red spinel or a black diamond.
THE CUBAN QUAD
Long believed to have been an urban myth, there have been occasional sightings of this fabled combination of four rings. Once again, we are inclined to an asymmetric arrangement with perhaps only the pinkie or the index finger replicated on either side.
Generally, at least two of the rings need to be less visually competitive to make this work – perhaps a brushed gold finish or a base of exotic leather. And the two most provocative should probably be on separate hands.
And there you have the Cuban Quad.
THE FULL MONTY
The gloves are truly off for this hand arrangement that encompasses anything more than The Cuban Quad of four rings.
As a slightly tongue-in-cheek illustration we have combined six rings, blending different sizes and mixing settings from exotic leather to full diamond bands. Both the pinkie and index is used on both hands with alternate fingers for the other two rings.
Big, bold, audacious and probably not everyday wear. But for the right occasion there is (probably) no substitute!
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