Men’s engagement rings are more popular than ever, with many men now keen to mark this most emotional of commitments in suitably spectacular style. Jewellers have been playing with both classic and more avant-garde options for engagement rings to treasure – whether sinking precious stones into bands, keeping to a minimalist sprinkling of diamonds or embracing jewel-like tones, every man will find something to love in our edit.

The vintage men’s engagement ring: Hancocks

Silver band with three citrus coloured diamonds set into it

When considering an engagement ring purchase, vintage shopping needn’t be dismissed. A host of antique fairs, second-hand shops and jewellers reworking existing pieces offer rings with a real history, as well as a sustainable option. Ignoring trends and discovering unexpected jewellery subscribing to more traditional design codes can be a real pleasure. Vintage jewellery purveyor Hancocks’ stylish curation of men’s jewellery pieces – think tie pins, retro tank bracelets and chic cufflinks – includes an offbeat selection of engagement rings. Precious stones, set in a gypsy setting so they appear to sink into the bands, make understated choices. In this piece, diamonds in citrus hues rest in a platinum band with a brushed satin finish for a gleaming result.

Romantic men’s engagement rings: Alighieri

Gold textured ring set with black stone

Alighieri unites literary references with a gothic romanticism in jewellery that delights with its textural forms. For the second men’s collection, adventurous inspiration codes are intertwined with heroic references. Alighieri founder Rosh Mahtani looks to Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay, the first climbers to reach the top of Mount Everest, when dissecting what it means to be a hero, the question which drives the new collection. With an exploration of emblems and a play with materials, such as rhodium plating which develops over time, the jewellery is infused with symbolism. ‘The Clandestine Hero’, in recycled sterling silver with or without 24ct gold plating, frames a black onyx in a ring that marks the beginning of many adventures together.

alighieri.co.uk; £325 

The classic men’s engagement ring: De Beers

silver band studded with diamonds

A classic engagement ring will always hold an appeal – whether you’re a fan of an emerald cut or a pear, gold or platinum, there’s no going wrong when you choose a design centred around a single stand-out stone. For enduring design, look no further than De Beers, whose new wedding collection brings traditional wedding pieces bang up to date. This men’s ring in platinum plays with generous proportions for a piece that juxtaposes a baguette diamond against an understated sprinkling of diamonds – perfect for those who love tradition.

debeers.co.uk; £2,550

Men’s engagement rings for the sustainably minded: Brilliant Earth

Silver band with blue sapphire set inoto it

Most jewellers have reshifted their focus to sustainability by now, but it’s something which can still mean different things to different people – and sometimes not very much at all. Brilliant Earth’s focus on the ethical sourcing of stones and recycled metals sets it apart and makes it ideal for those keen to make sustainable choices. Everyone is sure to find something they love in a wide selection of thickly drawn bands encompassing textured gold, unusual materials such as meteorite, and rainbows of diamonds. We bet the simplicity of this piece, where a ribbon of sapphires takes centre stage, that would guarantee an ‘I do’.

The men’s engagement ring for the untraditional: Jamie Joseph

green ring with a diamond set into it

Delicate diamond not for you? Recently we have seen jewellers delighting in using more unexpected stones and colours in ring design, which is especially enjoyable if you were expecting a simple diamond. With no rules to follow, going for a ring in the bold colours you love can add a frisson to a piece of jewellery you will be wearing everyday. This hypnotising orb of green onyx, from Jamie Joseph at Greenwich St Jewelers, is sure to capture your imagination. The faceted onyx, set with a single diamond, makes rich jewel tones seem a natural addition to an engagement ring. 

The design-led men’s engagement ring: Misho

gold ring with a black bar on it

Creative director Suhani Parekh brings a background in sculpture to her jewellery design, which draws curved forms and geometric outlines in a mix of metals. Now, Parekh has announced the launch of the first men’s collection, Misho Man, which brings her contemporary jewellery design to signet rings, chain necklaces and medallion pendants. In the ‘Bauhaus’ rings, simple forms are accentuated with offbeat design tweaks – here, a disrupted circle of bronze is given an edge with a strip of black enamel, making for a cool and contemporary engagement ring option. 

mishodesigns.com; INR 7,500 (£74)

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