Rings are made of many different materials. Among the most popular types are gold, silver, platinum, titanium, diamonds, and plastic. However, the type of material will vary according to taste, price, or necessity. A ring is usually a flat band, normally made of precious metal, worn to indicate the wearer’s marital status. The word “ring” on its own always refers to jewelry worn on the wearer’s finger; when worn otherwise, the specific body part is defined within the term, such as earrings, rings, finger rings, wrist rings, belly rings, etc.
There are many occasions on which rings are appropriate to wear. On engagements, rings are often exchanged between friends and family. In a later life, it is common for couples to be married and to have rings for eternity. For religious and ethnic reasons, rings are worn during certain events, such as church weddings, in Muslim marriages, at funerals and during certain academic or professional conferences. In modern society, rings are often worn in combination with other accessories, such as watches, bracelets, or hair accessories.
Wearing rings on the fourth finger of the left hand has several historical roots. Rings on this finger are said to have begun with the ancient Egyptians who believed that the vein passing from the left hand to the heart was thicker than the vein traveling from right to left. Thus, they thought that the vein surrounding the heart had more gold and precious metal than any other vein in the body. Thus, rings were placed on this finger to enhance its importance and thereby its desirability. Rings were also worn by soldiers during World War I because they believed that wearing rings would increase their strength. Rings are also worn on the fourth finger of the right hand in Western cultures, as it is believed to be a vein not easily damaged.
Today, rings are often made of different types of precious metal. The most common types of metal used in rings are gold (white, rose, yellow), silver (all colors), platinum (all colors), titanium (all colors), and stainless steel (all colors). Because of technological developments, there are many different styles of rings available to choose from. Some of these styles include flat band, three-stone, four stone, eternity, wedding, sports, and children’s rings. Some styles of rings also include intricate designs, which may include birthstones (or diamonds, rubies, or other precious metal), gemstones, and/or crystals.
Some men love to wear rings especially when playing sports. They can enhance the features of the player and make the player appear masculine. It has been observed that the rings worn by professional athletes have become more stylish over the years. Moreover, these rings serve as testimonial pieces as well.
Traditionally, rings are worn in the fourth finger of the left hand, which is known as the “power finger”. However, wearing the ring on this finger has been found to cause pain, itchiness, and inflammation of the hand. The thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers are the usual places for the ring to be worn. Wearing the rings on these fingers prevents the discomfort and disease that usually result from wearing the ring on the ring finger. Rings can also be worn in engagements and on anniversaries.