Do Men Wear Engagement Rings?
25th September 2020
by Tara W.
A proposal marks the start of a new chapter in your life. Whether you are a man or woman, getting engaged is a significant milestone that you are unlikely to forget. Engagement rings symbolise love and commitment in a relationship, but who wears them? In this article we discuss, do men wear engagement rings?
Who wears the engagement ring?
Anyone can wear an engagement ring! It is typically more common for women to wear engagement rings, however, there has been a rise in the number of men choosing to wear them in recent years. Around 5% of men wear engagement rings, according to a survey created by The Knot. This small group of men wear engagement rings to show they believe in an equal partnership and to show their status to the rest of the world.
In what cultures do men wear engagement rings?
You may be surprised to know that, in some cultures, it is expected that men wear engagement rings. For example, in Chile, both men and women wear engagement rings. Men wear them on their right hand before marriage, and they are worn to symbolise lifetime and emotional commitment.
What do engagement rings for men look like?
We are probably all familiar with how traditional engagement rings for women look like. They tend to consist of a diamond on a beautifully polished metal band. Engagement rings for men look a little different. They look like men's wedding rings. They tend to consist of a thick metal band and can be either plain or adorned with diamonds. Some men choose bespoke engagement rings, so it depends on the individual's taste.
Who buys the engagement ring?
This completely depends on the individual. For example, a woman choosing to propose to a man may wish to buy the engagement ring ahead of the proposal. If getting engaged is a joint decision, you may wish to buy them together. In some cultures, the man will propose to the woman and once she has accepted, he would then wear a ring. In this instance, he may choose to buy his own ring. What you decide should be what feels good for you.
Which hand do men wear their engagement ring?
For both men and women, wearing an engagement ring is optional and depends on the individual. Men can wear their engagement on their ring finger on either hand. The hand they choose to wear it on may depend on where they live, their culture or social traditions. They then have the option to wear their engagement ring alongside their wedding ring or on the opposite hand.