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A ring as a form of jewelry is traditionally an adornment for the hand that is circular in form and slides on to the finger. Though unisex rings are sometimes worn, men in the UK rarely wear rings as jewelry, even wedding rings. While no changes seem on the forefront for that trend, men may gradually be persuaded to wear a wedding ring as ever increasing numbers of women put pressure on them to do so. Both men and women purchase this particular piece of jewelry, either for themselves or a loved one.
Most men purchase engagement rings, wedding rings or other types of rings, typically as a symbol of love for the woman in their lives. When choosing engagement or wedding rings, diamonds are as popular in the UK as they are around the world. The title of that old James Bond film "Diamonds are Forever", equates diamonds with eternity, which is quite a popular image for lovers. Engagement rings are usually set with a single diamond of varying cuts such as round, marquis, or square. Such an individual stone, usually the focal point of the ring, may also be enhanced with additional smaller diamonds called baguettes. The actual wedding ring itself is usually a plainly designed band of gold or platinum which complements and completes the wedding ring set. Currently in the UK, three stone engagement or trilogy rings, as they are referred to, are very popular.
However, rings are made and designed to be unique jewelry accessories that most girls and women love to wear. Rings may be made out of any precious metal with flower cut outs, Celtic knots, and a vast array of designs to fit the desires and imagination of the person either buying or receiving the ring. Any type of stone can be used as a focal point of a ring. For instance, emeralds, sapphires, or rubies might be used for more expensive rings. Casual wear choices might include turquoise, opal, or jade rings. Basically, rings can be made in almost any material to suit any taste, and made in any design ranging from costume jewelry to items of extreme expense. The popularity of rings continues to grow due to the number of safe, secure, and detailed online sites at which they can be purchased in addition to the regular stores and jewelry stores that have always been the traditional point of sale.