We are living in the 21st century and some may claim that we are in a post-modern society, one in which gender boundaries have become blurred, and the term ‘metrosexual’ is yet another fashionista term to apply to a man comfortable in his own sexuality. With all of this change and revolution in the air, it seems slightly ridiculous that some men may still feel uncomfortable wearing a piece of jewellery that symbolises their love and commitment to the woman in their life.
Engagement rings that are designed for men will often bear similar characteristics to those of a female engagement ring, yet will obviously be more masculine in that they will be thicker and wider, in order to fit the man’s finger. As in women’s rings, diamonds will often be a feature, as over the last sixty years, they have been a staple in most engagement rings.
Male engagement rings are becoming increasingly popular in the United States, with the wife to be returning favour of her engagement ring with one of her fiancée’s own; however, they are still by no means the norm.
This begs the question as too why they are not more prevalent in today’s society; with so many females out their battling for equal opportunities for women in the home and the workplace, it would seem that a forward step in such a movement would be to make the act of marriage an equal one too, with women shelling out the traditional two months salary for a ring to go on their man’s finger.
People who oppose this idea may be the traditionalists in society, those that claim that it is a man’s duty to purchase and offer the ring, and that engagement rings are only to be worn by women because this is the way that it has always been.
This view is totally acceptable, as many people agree that the old fashioned way of proposing is the best way, a sort of, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ mentality, however for those who are a little more playful with tradition, somewhat more experimental with the idea of marriage, then a male engagement ring may be worth looking into.
Male engagement rings can be found in many jewellers, including online jewellers and ring sale sites, many of which will offer great discounts for using their services online.