During the Victorian Era it wasn’t as common for men to wear wedding rings as it is today, but it was certainly considered a gentleman’s duty to pick out just the right band for his intended.
An 1852 advice book titled The Etiquette of Courtship & Matrimony lays it all out in the chapter entitled “Buying the Ring, And it’s Consequences.”
But what sort of ring was considered proper for such an occasion?
We find many 19th century wedding bands that clearly heeded “the old fashion of the common people.” Here are a few currently in our collection that date c. 1870 – 1890:
The Etiquette of Courtship goes on to explain why a simple, hefty gold band is the right way to go: