Men's pinky rings are an accessory that men have worn throughout history. If you have paid attention when watching movies or documents, you've probably seen pinky rings being worn by men of power and wealth, such as monarchs, wise guys, and successful businessmen.
Like all jewelry, pinky rings are no longer just leisure of the rich. Jewelry used to be made of pure gold, platinum, or silver and adorned with real diamonds or other natural gemstones. No wonder only few could afford them.
These days, there are a lot cheaper and stronger ring materials than precious metals. If you're on a budget and want to find an affordable yet durable, high-quality pinky ring, keep on reading.
First, some pinky ring inspiration from movies and TV
You can find men wearing pinky rings on Instagram or fashion magazines, but there is something about seeing gangsters and gentlemen wearing them in movies. You may have noticed how pinky rings are present in the style of wealthy gentlemen in many movies, and how pinky rings are usually worn with more formal attire, such as a suit. We don't know who made the original pinky rings for the movies, but if you're looking for an affordable and accessible alternative, you'll find our suggestions below.
1. John Slattery in Mad Men
Roger Sterling, played by John Slattery, is known for his impeccable, always-on-point style. He is often wearing a three-piece suit, complimented with his simple gold pinky ring. Roger Sterling is not the only classy man to love round, gold pinky rings since they are probably the most common type of pinky rings.
The gold, polished pinky ring on the right is made of durable stainless steel and has a beautiful polished finish. You can get it for under $30!
2. Ryan Gosling in Gangster Squad
Jerry Wooters, played by Ryan Gosling, was a police officer in a film Gangster Squad, which was set in 1949. His style was formal yet slightly easy-going, with a pinky ring as his sole piece of jewelry.
He's enjoying a silver pinky ring with a black face, similar to the round signet pinky ring on the right. With a black, flat face and silvery gemstones, it is a great addition to any formal look.
3. Robert De Niro in Casino
Sam "Ace" Rothstein, played by Robert De Niro, has a sleek silver pinky ring to complement his look. Although pinky rings are often quite adorned and large, it doesn't mean you can't wear anything small, such as a simple band ring, as a pinky ring. In the shot above Ace's spending time by the pool, wearing his brown aviator-styled sunglasses, a yellow dress shirt, and a light blue checkered blazer.
The silver pinky signet ring on the right has a sleek and simple design. It is made of durable and scratch-resistant stainless steel, enduring days by the pool or at the beach easily. The luxurious polished surface gives a finishing touch to this pinky signet ring.
4. Al Pacino in Donnie Brasco
Benjamin Ruggiero, played by Al Pacino, was a mob hitman in the movie Donnie Brasco. He was wearing a silver pinky ring with a 3D-like design, with a round black "dent" around the silver center.
The lion pinky ring on the right has a similar design, with a 3D lion head carved in it. It is made of stainless steel and has a beautiful, polished surface. Get it for under $35!
5. Ray Liotta in Goodfellas
Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta, was a kid growing up in the mob who worked hard to rise to a better position. He dressed like a regular wise guy, always wore a suit, and always looked put-together.
He never wore much jewelry, but always had a gold pinky ring on his little finger. The ring on the right is quite similar; gold, polished, and not too big. It is made of anti-allergic stainless steel for maximum comfort. Get it for under $25!
These are just a couple of examples, but as you can see, many rich, well-dressing guys rock pinky rings. The styles above are timeless, but you can go for a more modern pinky ring design if you like. We will introduce you to some of them next on the list of our favorite pinky rings with excellent price-to-quality ratio.
The best men's pinky rings with affordable prices and high quality
1. Pinky signet rings
Pinky signet rings used to have a practical meaning because they were used to making signets. Nowadays, few need a signet ring for what they were originally invented for but that doesn't stop signet rings from being the number one most popular pinky ring style today. Also, if you like bulky rings in general, your little finger is a great finger to wear it on since it hardly ever interferes with any of the most used fingers. Visit our collection of signet pinky rings to find many affordable options.
This gold anchor pinky signet ring provides a very wealthy look. It is suitable for everyday use and will look great even after long-term wear. The highly polished 316L stainless steel, better known as surgical steel, gives the ring a sturdy and solid feel. It is a great look on any smart casual and formal outfit.
This pinky signet ring can be used to make real signets if necessary, however, making signets might affect the long-term durability of the ring. If you are looking for a ring that will instantly motivate others and act as a statement of wealth, this pinky signet ring should be your go-to option.
Masonic pinky rings are popular with Freemasons and are used as a symbol of loyalty and respect for the Brotherhood. Being a widely known symbol around the world, some men wear a Masonic ring solely for its interesting design, with no ties to Freemasons.
This masonic pinky ring has a gold base with silver details, adorned with clear cubic zircons. The durable stainless steel body gives the Masonic ring a nice feel when worn. The weight of the ring is slightly on the heavy side, adding to the flamboyant feel of the Templar ring.
2. Gold pinky rings
Most of the pinky rings mafiosi wore were made of gold. The rumor has it; mafiosi wore a gold pinky ring as an "insurance" in case anything happened to them. The one who arranged his funeral got to keep the pinky ring.
If you wear other gold jewelry, a gold pinky ring is a great choice, since it will keep all your jewelry perfectly coherent and easily combinable. Find your favorite from our gold pinky ring collection.
This gold ruby pinky ring is a real eye-catcher and offers bold sophistication. The stunning large gemstone and the gold-plated body create an unbeatable combination. The durable stainless steel ring is plated with 18K gold for a luxurious look and feel. This exquisite gold-plated ring is a perfect match for a classy suit and a spectacular companion to any party.
Simple and sleek, the design of this gold pinky signet ring is timeless. The smooth look is finished with a high-polished surface. It is the perfect pinky signet ring for men who are not looking for anything too flashy, but a subtle piece of jewelry to upgrade their outfit. Made of stainless steel for ultimate durability.
3. Diamond pinky rings
Diamond pinky rings are in favor of men who enjoy the attention dressing extravagantly brings. Since we are all about affordable style, the gemstones in the diamond pinky rings on this list are cubic zircons, which are visually indistinguishable from real diamonds. Since cubic zircon is a synthetic, man-made gemstone, it can be made in colors that can't be found in natural gemstones.
It's hard to find an affordable pave pinky ring more luxurious than this. With the most beautiful design, gold details, and black cubic zircon pave, this ring is created for people who are looking for a luxurious piece that complements any formal outfit. Made of stainless steel, it resists water and scratches very well. Get this stunning pave pinky rings and upgrade your attire effortlessly.
This vintage diamond pinky ring gives you a detailed and luxurious look effortlessly. The black enamel stone catches the eye while the Austrian CZ's sparkle like diamonds and top off the look with elegance.
Choose your favorite from gold plating or rhodium plating. With its valuable vintage vibe, this stunning pinky ring is a perfect match with a formal outfit and a magnificent companion for any occasion.
4. Silver pinky rings
Silver tones look great with pale skin tones - as opposite to gold. Most people consider silver being their choice of metal when it comes to jewelry, and many feel more comfortable wearing silver than gold. Therefore, if silver is your metal of choice or if you're just starting to wear jewelry, we would advise you to go with a silver pinky ring. Visit our collection for a variety of men's silver pinky rings.
This is the perfect wood pinky ring for men who love nature and prefer their jewelry plain and minimalist. The silver-toned stainless steel body holds a wooden plate as a stone. With the modern and simplistic feel, this ring complements any attire. Wear it with a casual or formal outfit.
A modern and luxurious silver pinky ring featuring a black & white face finished with sparkling cubic zircon. It can be worn with a casual outfit but looks best when worn as a part of formal attire and combined with other silver jewelry.
5. Black pinky rings
Black rings are increasingly popular, especially among men, even though black is not considered one of the traditional metal colors for jewelry. A black pinky ring is a very masculine choice that is easy to wear and combine with any outfit. Click here to find all our black rings for men.
This lion pinky ring is the perfect black pinky ring for all occasions. The lion head symbolizes majesty, strength, courage, and justice, as the lion is often called "The King Of All Beasts".
Simple yet detailed, the lion pinky ring uplifts a casual outfit and complements a formal one. The deep black color and the lion figure give this ring a symbolic and luxurious vibe that looks exceptional on your little finger.
This pinky ring stands out from the crowd with its precisely designed face. With the detailed dragon figure and the elegant black and gold colors, this designer pinky ring is a true classy eye-catcher. Made of stainless steel, the ring endures all everyday activities, including contact with water. The heavy feel, masculine size, and unique design make wearing this ring a superior experience.
6. Rose gold pinky rings
Rose gold rings are a great alternative for gold and silver rings. With a pinkish hue, a rose gold pinky ring gives a soft and elegant impression.
Add a dash of royalty to your attire with this stunning men's rose gold pinky ring. The detailed rose gold pinky ring is complemented with a sleek black enamel face. Pair this ring with a matching bracelet or wear it alone, either way, it looks magnificent. Be it a night out at the club or a casual dinner date, this rose gold ring with a black face is surely your best choice of jewelry.
This rose gold pinky ring is a must-have addition to every man's ring collection. With the simple design and the beautiful polished rose gold color, this ring complements all looks and outfits. It is a great choice for men who don't like anything bulky on their little finger.
Made of durable stainless steel, this ring resists scratches well, and keeps its rose gold color and shine for a long time. If you're looking for an uncomplicated and effortless piece to upgrade your jewelry game with, look no further than this rose gold polished pinky ring.
7. Band pinky rings
Band pinky rings are a choice of men who are looking for a subtle piece of jewelry instead of anything too flashy. The most common width of a men's band pinky ring is 8mm, but you can find rings that are wider or thinner than that. Don't forget to visit our band ring collection for a wide variety of band pinky rings.
The Classy Men Titanium Ring Gold is a beautiful ring that every man should have in their wardrobe. Simple and minimalist, this ring is a perfect addition to any look. This must-have gold titanium band plays with a mixture of a smooth, shiny surface and a beautiful brushed matte finish. Wear on any occasion, day or night.
Finish your look with this stunning silver band pinky ring. The durable stainless steel base is complemented with a silver chain detail. Looks exceptional when worn with other silver jewelry. High-quality materials ensure that you can wear this ring all day, every day.
The list above consists of the current most popular pinky ring styles that are affordable, high quality, and easily accessible, no matter where you live. We hope you found a style that you love, and if not, make sure to check out our full collection of affordable men's rings.
Common questions about pinky rings
Before we end this article, let's answer some of the most asked questions about pinky rings.
What are pinky rings?
A pinky ring is any ring that you wear on your pinky finger, aka your little finger. Most commonly, pinky rings are quite bulky, such as signet rings. Nonetheless, nothing stops you from wearing a subtle band ring as a pinky ring.
If you crave more in-depth knowledge about pinky rings, their history and who wore them, we recommend that you read more about the intriguing power of the pinky ring.
Why wear pinky rings?
A pinky ring can give your outfit a touch of elegance any other accessory can't. It's been said that when a man wears a pinky ring, he uses his hand gestures and body language more powerfully, and becomes more aware of his movement and posture. Whether it's true or not, a pinky ring is a statement that has power. If class is what you're going for with your style, then a pinky ring should be a part of your jewelry collection.
Are pinky rings in style?
Pinky rings are timeless, meaning that they are always in style.
Can guys wear pinky rings?
Yes, guys can wear pinky rings. Pinky rings can be worn by men and women, but they are more commonly worn by men, throughout history and today.
What do pinky rings symbolize?
Pinky rings symbolize many things, but wearing a pinky ring doesn't necessarily mean you support any of them. Pinky rings have been connected to the mob, artists, celebrities, money, power, independence, self-love, gay community, and educational success, just to mention some. If you want, you can wear your pinky ring for a specific reason, but you can also wear it solely because you like it, and no-one can judge you for it.
Which hand do pinky rings go on?
It is completely up to you to decide on which hand you want to wear your pinky ring. According to men's guide to wearing rings, a pinky ring worn on the active hand is associated with intellect and excellent ability to express oneself. Worn on the passive hand, it shows a strong intuition and great listening skills. Yet again, it is up to you if you want to consider these beliefs, or if you just want to wear your pinky ring on the hand that looks and feels best for you.
How to wear a pinky ring?
Wearing a pinky ring is relatively simple. You can wear it as your sole accessory, or you can combine it with other jewelry and accessories. Pinky rings represent classy style and are a perfect addition to all smart casual and formal outfits. You might want to leave your pinky ring at home when you're wearing your sweatpants or something extremely casual, but then again, the trends these days have been heavily about mixing casual and formal. So, if you can pull the look off, go ahead and wear your pinky ring with anything you like.
How to measure pinky ring size?
There are two easy ways to measure your pinky ring size. The first one is to take a string of paper and roll it around your little finger, right on the spot your pinky ring would sit. Mark the spot where the paper meets and measure the length with a ruler. That's how you got the circumference of your pinky ring.
The second and even simpler method is to measure the width of your pinky finger from where the pinky ring would sit. Take a ruler and place it as close as your pinky finger as possible. Measure the distance from edge to edge, and you have the diameter of your pinky ring.
After you've discovered your circumference or diameter, use our ring size guide to convert your measurements to ring size.
How should a pinky ring fit?
Comfortably. Tight enough that it doesn't fall over your knuckle, but loose enough that you can pull it out when needed.
When to wear pinky rings?
You can wear a pinky ring whenever you want. A pinky ring is an accessory that can be worn at all times, on all occasions. If you are in doubt of whether it is appropriate to wear a pinky ring at your workplace, you should consult with your boss or your superiors prior.