Let's be honest: Waiting for your guy to propose is possibly a little outdated for women. OK, maybe the tradition is still going strong, but why should women be restricted by it? We live in a pretty progressive era, so why can't ladies propose to their boyfriends? The answer is "uh, they totally can, and they often do." And since "engagement season" (big UGH to that whole idea, but still, it's a thing, so we can talk about it) is not restricted to straight couples, where the hell are all the cheesed-out engagement ads for same-sex couples? Trust me: There are as many dudes as there are ladies out there dropping not-subtle hints for their boyfriends to propose. So let's talk about engagement rings for men!
If you plan to husband-up in 2015, prepare to save up, ladies and gents, because there are a lot of really pretty rings to slip on that guy’s finger. And no, not all of them are tungsten (why does almost every guy salivate when he sees tungsten? It’s so basic bro, although admittedly kinda awesome). Stores offer white gold, gold, silver, and other really cool options. Here are 11 of our favorite picks if you're planning to put a ring on it.
8mm Tungsten Wedding Band
Yes, this is tungsten, but it doesn’t really look like it, does it? So obviously, it doesn’t count. Furthermore, the rugged texture is really cool and kind of looks like pool water.
8mm Tungsten Wedding Band, Robbins Brothers, $305
14K Yellow Gold Diamond Ring
This ring reminds me a little bit of the Russian Mafia, but that’s okay. A little KGB glamour never hurt anyone.
14k yellow gold diamond ring, Sarraf, $4,450.00
Love Ring in White Gold
The Love Collection by Cartier represents “love that transgresses convention” and that’s really sweet. Way to be wonderful, Cartier.
Love ring in white gold, Cartier, $1,860
10K White Gold Diamond Ring
This ring is for the bling-y dude in your life. He likes the finer things, and he prefers them to be shiny. Nothing wrong with that.
10k White Gold Diamond Ring, Kay Jewelers, $1,699.99
14K Solid Gold Black Rhodium Plated Men's Diamond Ring with Black Diamonds
Okay, how cool is this ring? Black diamonds? Black rhodium? Badass.
14K Solid Gold Black Rhodium Mens Diamond Ring, Avianne, $2,110.00
Tiffany's Band Ring
Every loves Tiffany’s. And I don’t know what they do to their jewels to make them sparkle like that (dark magic, I’m guessing), but I want them all. This ring in particular is super classic, perfect for just about anyone.
Band Ring, Tiffany’s, $2,375
Men's Diamond Ring in 10k Gold
For a reasonable price (comparatively), you can get get a macho-esque gold ring with a few subtle diamonds.
Mens Gold Diamond Ring, Macy’s, $499
Men's Blue Sapphire Wedding Ring
I really like the ridges in this band. It reminds me of a watch. Which may be a good or bad thing, depending on your dude’s taste and appreciation for rings that look like watches. I’m also all about that gem action.
Men’s Sapphire Ring, Allurez, $1,770
Large Empreinte Ring in White Gold
This ring is made with white gold, and it’s way expensive, and it’s gorgeous. For the man who likes a label or two, this ring is just the thing.
Large Empreinte Ring in White Gold, Louis Vuitton, $3,400
Ridged Edge Wedding Ring in Black Tungsten
Okay, fine. Just one black tungsten ring. I hope you’re happy. For a super cheap price, you can get your boo a ring that’s indestructible, and looks like pretty coal.
Ridged Edge Wedding Ring in Black Tungsten, Blue Nile, $290
Hand Engraved Wedding Ring
This shiny, beautiful thing is thin and not too flashy. Get this for a boyfriend who doesn’t want anything too ostentatious.
Hand Engraved Wedding Ring, Blue Nile, $410