Diamonds / Industry / Weddings

Diamond-Set Wedding Bands Are A Boy’s Best Friend


Talk to designers, retailers, and jewelry manufacturers and you’ll hear a common refrain: The men’s jewelry business is booming. The pandemic only underscored, and expedited, the growth.

Inspired to experiment with more daring styles, millennial and Gen Z males are the architects of the category’s ongoing evolution. That’s especially true of the men’s wedding jewelry category, which is morphing before the industry’s eyes into a much more vibrant and diverse version of its traditional self. To wit: Tiffany & Co.’s introduction last year of its first-ever line of men’s engagement rings set with bold solitaire center diamonds, aka the “Charles Tiffany Setting.”

Long gone are the days when men’s wedding rings were little more than an afterthought. Today, instead of shelling out a couple hundred bucks for a mediocre, unadorned band in an alternative metal, many guys are opting for statement styles set with diamonds.

From rich yellow gold rings studded with brown diamonds to high-polish bands set with a single, subtly placed stone, the offerings span the style spectrum. But at their core, they convey the same message: It doesn’t pay to pigeonhole your male clients into buying yesteryear’s wedding bands. If they’re open to diamonds—and we know they are—then diamonds are what they shall have!

FoundRae Diamond Forever and Always Pair Ring
Forever & Always a Pair ring in 18k gold with 1.5 cts. t.w. diamonds, $18,500; FoundRae
State Property Bridal Applique Petite Ring
Applique Petite ring in 18k white gold and platinum with 0.01 ct. t.w. diamond, $1,170; State Property
Lela Sophia gold and brown diamond band
Ubdi (eternal) diamond band in 14k yellow gold with brown diamonds, $2,655; Léla Sophia 
Milamore gold and diamond band
Braille Self Love ring in 18k yellow gold with diamonds, $3,100; Milamore 
Verragio black and diamond mens band
Titanium and 14k white gold band with 0.65 ct. t.w. diamonds, $5,050; Verragio
Chris Ploof rose gold diamond ring
Kona pattern hand-forged Damascus stainless steel ring with 14k rose gold lining and 0.2 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,490; Chris Ploof
De Beers Forevermark Mens Wedding Band
Micaela’s beveled-edge men’s wedding band in platinum with 0.01 ct. t.w. diamond, $1,800; De Beers Forevermark

Top: Damascus steel and recycled shotgun barrel ring with diamonds, $5,520; Chris Ploof

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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