I'm looking to buy a ring and don't know where to start

Hi all! I've been wanting to buy a ring for awhile now and have found my ring size although now I don't know what to do, I'm probably looking for something black/Silver, I basically just don't want a gold ring. Not sure what to look for while buying it and what finger to choose though.
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mastershake
mastershake2mo ago
If you are looking for some simple metallic jewellery I would just thrift. You could fill a cargo ship with the amount of rings and pendants found in thrift stores. Dunno if that's your preference though.
Klim
Klim2mo ago
It wouldn't hurt to look in thrift stores so I'll take a look a few thrift stores then, thanks for the suggestion! Is there any rule or guide I should follow while wearing rings with suits?
mastershake
mastershake2mo ago
There are rules??
Klim
Klim2mo ago
well not rules perse but general things to look out for I guess I'm more asking for advice on matching it with the suit
mastershake
mastershake2mo ago
I'm not really a suit guy so idk but I guess if you want to look conventionally good in a suit you would want to wear jewellery that matches; simple but elegant. so maybe I'm misleading you by telling you to pick up thrift store crap, but I'm a goblin who hoards that shit so I'm biased
justlooking
justlooking2mo ago
not an expert but i sometimes like the juxtaposition of a more conservative outfit like a suit with less conservative looking jewelry like chunkier rings and maybe a few stacked bracelets. makes it look a little more interesting and not as stuffy simple rings work too. tons of people out there that just have a single wedding band. as for which finger, thats really a personal preference and maybe lifestyle, especially with a bigger ring since they might get in the way when youre doing stuff. fidget factor is a thing as well
zeometer
zeometer2mo ago
i think if you're planning to wear a single ring you don't need to worry about 'matching' it to your suit (you're not gonna plan your wardrobe around your weddng band, for example)
Nergal Meslamstea
There are no rules, you gotta go by your eye. It's highly dependent on the ring and the outfit. Depending on the context, men wearing jewelry in a formal setting might be frowned upon (e.g. if you work at a law firm, you're at a conservative family member's funeral), but in less formal settings rings or bracelets can be a nice way to accessorize a suit. If you want to save money, buying secondhand is best. In my experience, thrift and vintage stores that don't specialize in jewelry tend to have mostly fashion and costume jewelry. Quality can vary, just like with anything at a thrift store. If you check on eBay you can get a silver band ring for under 30 USD. You can wear a ring on any finger. It's totally personal preference. If you're wearing a simple band on your ring finger it might look like a wedding ring, just keep that in mind.
justlooking
justlooking2mo ago
i dont know if this is going to be an unpopular opinion, but in a similar vein as the thrift/vintage/ebay route, pawn shops might be good places to look for cheapter sterling silver and other precious metals. used to know a guy that would purchase from pawn shops, polish, and resell for a pretty good profit
Nergal Meslamstea
Depends on the pawn shop. Some have very good prices, others have a huge markup. I haven't found one near me that I like but I live in scam city (San Francisco).
justlooking
justlooking2mo ago
good point. i guess it would help to have an eye for that stuff - he was a jeweler himself and hit up pawn shops wherever he was traveling and im sure not every trip was a success getting back to the question, i think if youre just experimenting, you could probably find some cheap costume jewelry and stainless steel stuff to try out before committing to something more pricey like a precious metal
Klim
Klim2mo ago
Thanks for the advice everyone, I'll have a look at a few thrift stores near me and see what they offer. I think I will start with the more cheaper costume jewerly. Would pairing rings with casual/smart casual/dressy casual be easier? I have a feeling it'd be easier as its dependant on personal style and having something more simple could go nicely depending on the outfit Which is sort of annoying but wearing a watch would be a safer option in those settings imo. In the meantime, I just wanna find what I lean to and like. Once I find that and increase my wardrobe then I'll be focusing on more expensive jewerly I'll keep this in mind! It certainly sounds interesting
carrion
carrion2mo ago
im a hater of "simple jewelry", imo a single, plain band just reads as a wedding ring or promise ring, and imo the best part about jewelry is using it to express something about yourself. id recommend collecting some inspo pics of people wearing jewelry in a variety of fits - you don't need to be chromed out for every occasion, but there really isn't a rule that a certain style of dress demands a certain level of jewelry (barring professional settings)
Klim
Klim2mo ago
I see where your coming from Honestly I probably lean more towards you imo. I do want jewerly that isn't just a simple piece of metal, I'd like some design whether that's now or later I just want that design to either look good or mean something, I'll definitely note down your suggestions/tips