Men Haven’t Always Worn Wedding Rings

While the wearing of wedding rings by brides has been traced back to ancient Egypt, it’s only in the latter part of the last century that more than a small minority of bridegrooms began doing the same. World War II is considered to have heralded a seismic shift, as many Western men fighting overseas chose to wear wedding rings as a comforting reminder of their wives and families back home. The rise in popularity of men's wedding rings has been part of a wider boom in jewelry worn by men that traces back to the 60s and 70s with the arrival of fashion jewelry for men, such as neck chains and bracelets. Today, Prince William is known for his decision to not wear a wedding ring. While his father, Prince Charles, does wear a wedding ring, William’s choice has no mysterious reason behind it. He simply isn't one for jewelry of any kind.