The father of First Lady Melania Trump was pictured without a wedding ring on his left hand while exiting Marine Force One on June 11. Viktor Knavs, Melania's father, is married.
Knavs has been spotted without his wedding ring several times before, leading to comparisons to U.S. President Donald Trump, who has also shown an aversion to wearing his wedding ring.
When a married man is seen without the typical gold band, it can set people to talking about the health of the union, says The New York Times. One popular theory is that men will remove their bands in order to portray a status of "availability" that their spouses may be unaware of.
"I think they’re making a statement by not wearing one,” said Jeanne Safer, a psychotherapist in New York. "It may unconsciously signal availability for adultery, either actually or in fantasy."
Another woman noted that while her husband wore his until the day the couple signed their divorce papers, she took hers off for good after just a year. She told the Times in an email that she felt it may have been a subconscious signal that she never really wanted to be married to her husband.
Other couples, though, simply decide rings don't matter.
"Rings never entered the equation,” said software developer Craig Savel of his marriage to wife Marion Stein. "We’re two kind of aging hippies. I think we’re also both afraid we are so ditzy we’ll lose it, with all the attendant symbolism."
The New York Times piece noted several other public figures who eschew the gold band, including music mogul Jay-Z, actor Will Smith, and England's Prince William.
Trump has been known to not wear his wedding band, but thousands of men around the country have opted to forgo the ring during their daily routines. The Inquisitr found that many men are choosing not to wear a typical metal ring because it interferes with their work. Many men who work manual labor jobs and are active with their hands opt for rubber rings, which cause less stress on the finger.
The Inquisitr also found that 150,000 men deal with ring avulsion injuries every year. Ring avulsion occurs when the ring gets stuck on an object, usually during a fall or jump. Such injuries can result in severe damage to the ring finger or loss of the finger altogether.