By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Gay marriage is still relatively new, so there really isn’t a universal blueprint to how it should be, but for many, the commitment of marriage starts with the never-ending circle of a ring. So do you go with tradition or do you forego tradition altogether when choosing a symbol of your love? Here are some traditional and not so traditional choices.


Iconic, classic, and classy. Traditional wedding rings appeal to a lot of LGBT couples because it is the most recognizable symbol of their commitment to love.

It doesn’t get any more traditional than a simple gold wedding band

14k Yellow Gold Wedding Band (4mm), $225 – from



Who says you can’t have a few stones in your wedding band? After all, it signifies precious love!

Princess Cut Diamond and Round Black Sapphire Ring (7mm), $1,700 – from



Another way to show unity is to get a matching ring set

1/2 CT. T.W. Diamond Matching Wedding Band Set 10K White Gold, $850 – from



A ring can easily be a little more substantial on a man’s hand, so try a flat instead of a domed shape.

Flat Men’s Wedding Ring In White Gold (4mm), $465 – from



Other precious metals look just as great as silver and gold. Titanium, for instance, looks amazing and it can be finished almost any way you’d like.

Domed Sterling Silver Inlay Men’s Wedding Ring In Titanium, $300 – – from




Since there is no blueprint for gay marriage, why not forego tradition altogether and choose alternative symbols of your love?

A simple way to move away from tradition is to choose an unexpected material – like textured meteorite which screams ‘love you to the moon and back.’

Textured Meteorite and Black Zirconium Ring (7mm), $1,075 – from



Keep it simple and inexpensive. A wooden ring looks cute, and you could possibly make it yourself for that extra adorable gesture.

Tennessee Whiskey Barrel Reclaimed Wood Ring, $55 – from



Who says a symbol of love needs to be a ring? A nice watch would be a great symbol to exchange since you would automatically look at it every day.

Gucci Dive Watch (45mm), $1,380



Put a ring on it – but not your finger … An engraved cockring is far from traditional but both romantic and sexy.

Sarge Stainless Steel Cock Ring, $30 (engraving not included) – from



Seriously cuffed! A bracelet is another piece that nicely symbolizes your love.

Degs & Sal Gold Stealth Cuff, $295 – from


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