To Ring Or Not To Ring?
Prince William plans to go ring-free after the royal couple wed, according to British palace officials, shaking up tradition. Is it okay for fellow jewelry-hating grooms to follow in his footsteps? What are the alternatives to a basic band? We caught up with Greg Kwiat, CEO of Fred Leighton, to get the answers.
Prince William will go sans wedding ring
Palace officials recently confirmed that there will be only one band present at the April 29 royal wedding. The ring, to be worn by Ms. Middleton, is made of rare Welsh gold, a long-standing royal family tradition dating back nearly 90 years. In accordance with the couples wishes, Prince William's ring finger will remain bare.
"In my experience, most men do choose to wear the ring," says Greg Kwiat, CEO of Fred Leighton. "Some opt not to for reasons of comfort. I wouldn't call it a trend, but I've seen it happen in about 10-15% of new marital situations."
According to Kwiat, alternatives to a wedding ring are somewhat limited.
"I've seen women wear rings attached to a necklace in lieu of wearing it on the finger. For men, I've seen cufflinks and watches presented as wedding gifts to mark the significance of the marriage event," says Kwait.
He suggests men not fond of wearing jewelry should try to get used to it. "My personal view is that there is no true substitute for the traditional wedding band. It may be unfamiliar at first, but eventually the ring becomes a natural part of the hand."
For couples looking to stay on pulse with the current trends, Kwiat says the stacked look can be a way to express individuality and fashion.
"Some woman are choosing to wear a stack of thinner rings together on one hand. The arrangement of a stack of rings in an array of colors, shapes, and sizes allows for a more personal statement."