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PostHeaderIcon Men’s Rings: Which are Office Appropriate and Which Aren’t?

It used to be that the only men’s rings that you would ever see in an office environment were wedding bands, but times, they are a-changin’. Nowadays men’s fashion jewelry, especially rings, is nearly as prominent in the workplace as it is on the runway. While there’s nothing wrong with adding an accessory for a final polished touch to your workday ensemble, you do need to take care that you remain office appropriate and professional in appearance at all times. Here are a few dos and don’ts for wearing rings at work.

The Dos

Wearing Rings at Work - Wedding Band

Wedding rings

Unless you work for the rare employer that bans wedding bands at the office, or if you work in some field that requires no jewelry on your hands (like some sectors of the medical industry), your wedding ring is almost always acceptable to wear on the job. Most offices respect the fact that you’re honoring a sacred bond and vow – in some cases, your wedding band may even win over a client, employer or fellow employee who appreciates family values. So long as your wedding ring doesn’t have a design that’s somehow offensive, it’s always a safe bet to wear at the office.

Class rings or other commemorative men’s rings

As is the case with wedding bands, almost all employers will respect your choice to wear a class ring or other meaningful commemorative band. Like wedding bands, these types of men’s rings can in some cases even prove to be a talking point that leads to a strengthened connection at the office or with a client. However, you do still want to take care and exercise a little sound judgment – if your commemorative ring is overly garish or gaudy, you may want to leave it at home. While it may have a great deal of personal significance to you, its appearance may be too distracting for others, or worse yet, give them a negative impression about you.

Classic plain bands

If you keep it simple and stylish enough, most employers will not begrudge you a plain men’s ring, even if it’s not a wedding band. Fortunately, regardless of whether your taste runs more towards traditional or modern, there are plenty of styles of men’s rings available in a variety of materials. If a classic plain band sounds boring, try minimalist men’s rings in higher quality contemporary materials like titanium, tungsten and cobalt chrome.

The Don’ts

Overly flashy rings

It should go without saying that overly flashy rings are not workplace appropriate, but there are still plenty of bling perpetrators. The office is simply not the place to display a multitude of glittery diamonds or cubic zirconia. A single small diamond in a men’s ring may be acceptable, and some exceptions can be made for wedding bands as well, but again, it’s best to use your most cautious and conservative judgment.

Wearing Rings at Work - Bikers RingSkull or other biker-type rings

Unless you work at a garage, any ring that can be loosely termed a biker ring is not appropriate for the work environment. This can include but is not limited to men’s rings with skull designs, studs or spikes, chains or the Iron Cross. These men’s rings can often have negative connotations that stretch far beyond mere fashion or style, and may seriously offend your employer or co-workers. Leave them at home.

Oversized rings

They may be in fashion right now, but like flashy rings, oversized men’s rings generally have no place in the workplace. Exceptions can be made for certain wedding rings or for larger width rings for more substantial men.

It’s great to show a little personality when dressing for the office, but you also need to ensure that you don’t detract from the impression you make as an employee (or employer). Remember, you have plenty of time off-hours to dress and accessorize however you see fit.

Author Name/Pen Name Tanya Zilinskas Naouri

Author Bio:- Tanya is jewelry designer as well as writer to writes on Men’s Designer Jewelry as well as Men’s Fashionable Rings for justmensrings.  She likes to designing and little bit writing on men’s jewelry.

PostHeaderIcon The Four C’s of Men’s Diamond Rings

With the popularity of men’s diamond rings on the rise, it’s a good idea to educate yourself a little on what you are buying. Here is a closer look at the all important four C’s, especially as they pertain to men’s diamond rings.

Clarity

The Four C’s of Men’s Diamond RingsThe clarity of a diamond is fairly straightforward—it simply reflects the number of imperfections found in a particular stone. Any inclusions in a diamond are totally natural and to be expected, and as a general rule do not greatly detract from a diamond’s beauty. The diamond clarity scale begins at I3 and tops out at FL, and can be divided into five major categories: I (included), SI (slightly included), VSI (very slightly included), VVSI (very, very slightly included) and FL (flawless) or IF (internally flawless, meaning any external imperfection could be removed). An included diamond has flaws visible to the naked eye, whereas a flawless diamond has no inclusions even when viewed fewer than 10 x magnifications (flawless diamonds are extremely rare). Each of these categories has its own subdivisions to further describe a diamond’s clarity. As one might expect, the higher the clarity, the more expensive the diamond. For men’s diamond rings that have more than one stone, sometimes a clarity range will be given, like I1-I3.

Color

Yellow and brown diamonds are actually more common than colorless diamonds, so the more colorless or “white” the diamond, the more expensive it tends to be. The color of a diamond measures how noticeable a diamond’s color (or lack thereof) is. This scale ranges from D to Z, and goes from most colorless to most colored. Anything from D to F is considered to be colorless, H through G is nearly undetectably colorless, I through J is nearly colorless, and M through Z is increasingly colored. D grade is very rare and is considered to be absolutely colorless. For smaller stones in men’s diamond rings, you may not be given an exact color grade—this tends to be expressed only for larger diamonds.

Carat Weight

Carats or carat weight specifically measure a diamond’s weight, and is not to be confused with karats that measures purity for gold. A single carat is the equivalent to 0.2 grams. It’s important to make the distinction that a diamond’s carats reflect its actual weight, not its apparent size or shape. Particular cuts can make a diamond appear to be larger than a similarly weighted diamond in another cut. Like clarity, if you buy men’s diamond rings with many stones you may be given a total carat weight rather than the weight of each stone.

Cut

The Four C’s of Men’s Diamond RingsWhile the cut of diamonds found in modern jewelry can range from marquis to emerald to radiant, the round or round brilliant cut is most commonly seen in men’s diamond rings. The round brilliant cut was developed in 1919, and has 57 to 58 facets. Not only does the round brilliant cut showcase the incomparable sparkle of diamonds to an impressive degree, but it is considered to be a “safe” cut—that is, there are no easily broken off thin points.

It should be noted that while the terms round and round brilliant cut are often used interchangeably, they are not one and the same. Round refers just to the basic shape of the diamond, and not the actual pattern of cuts/facets. For vintage or antique men’s diamond rings, you may see old mine or European cut diamonds, which are essentially the direct predecessors of the modern round brilliant, and can still be classified as round cut. While similar in shape, both of these cuts have fewer facets than the modern round brilliant, although both are still undeniably attractive.

While the four C’s are an important starting point for your diamond research, there are other factors to take into consideration when you are buying yellow gold men’s diamond rings, especially as they are likely to directly influence the value of your ring. Certification is sometimes considered to be the “fifth C,” and often accompanies larger diamonds. This diamond certificate is generated by one or more gemologists and clearly evaluates and presents a diamond’s particular qualities, including the four C’s.

You should also be aware of if you are buying a natural or synthetic diamond, as synthetic diamonds are far less expensive and do not hold the same value. Finally, if deciding between two particular men’s diamonds rings, a final swaying point can be the actual setting of the diamond, although this is normally just a personal preference.

Author Bio: This article was written by Tanya Zilinskas Naouri, who thinks that platinum men’s wedding rings are the right choice for men’s wedding bands.