The engagement of men or the management ring is not a new phenomenon. However, it has gained traction year after year. Now, Tiffany & Co. are on trend with their new line of male engagement rings.
While it seems like a standard that has been around for centuries, the idea of a diamond engagement ring is a relatively new tradition. However, the acceptance and effect were impressive and lasting.
Alongside this tradition, society has steadily changed to become more inclusive (see these ideas for celebration LGBTQIA + weddings) and less defined by traditional gender roles. One area where this is becoming a reality is in engagements. The idea that anyone can propose and that a couple can wear both engagement rings is becoming more mainstream. Tiffany’s move to male engagement rings reflects this change.
The rise of engagement rings for men
Much like engagement rings overall, the recent surge in pre-wedding ring interest isn’t entirely new for men. Some traditions have long required men to wear engagement rings before their wedding, while jewelers in the past have also tried to bring a male engagement ring to market with little success.
In the 1920s, L. Bamberger & Co (now Macy’s) department store attempted to start the trend Advertisement for male engagement rings. However, this did not work out at this point. This is not surprising as even a wedding ring for men did not become popular in most western countries until World War II.
Since then, the wedding ring has become a permanent fixture, which can be seen as a reason why adding engagement rings is no longer such a big leap.
As with many other trends, the increase in celebrities wearing the male engagement ring has also increased its popularity. Headlines about celebrities wearing “management rings” have surfaced more frequently. In 2010, Michael Buble spoke about wearing an engagement ring that was in keeping with the traditions of his Argentine wife. In Latin America, engagement rings for men have been a tradition for generations.
A 2012 survey by The Knot and Men’s Health found this to be the case 17% of men said they would wear engagement rings and high profile men continue to wear engagement rings. In 2018, Ed Sheeran was spotted wearing a simple silver band ahead of his wedding to Cherry Seaborn while Johnny Depp kept the ring he originally suggested to Amber Heard to wear herself while she found one she preferred. Before Tiffany & Co. even launched their line of male engagement rings, Charlie Sheen was seen in a simple tape from the jeweler as an engagement ring in 2014.
Several other jewelers have released or advertised their bands as engagement rings for men. We found 26 styles that appeal to all types of men.
The Tiffany attitude that started it all
While other jewelers have already picked up on the trend, Tiffany’s is likely to become an icon.
In the 1930s, De Beers Mining Company first introduced the concept of an engagement ring with a diamond to create a market and demand for diamonds. However, a diamond in a ring doesn’t simply make it a symbol of luxury and love. This is where Charles Lewis Tiffany comes in.
When you think of an engagement ring, the first design that comes to mind is likely the simple solitaire in a claw setting with a simple band. This iconic creation didn’t appear out of nowhere. The design is called that Tiffany Setting and was founded by Charle’s in 1886.
The simple six-pointed clasps surround the beautiful solitaire diamond, which is complemented by a simple gold band. The diamond is placed as a central piece that glows when the light catches it from all angles. This design promoted both the idea of a diamond as a symbol of love and the idea that the size of the diamond matters. Since the setting can accommodate a range of sizes, the bigger and more brilliant it is, the better it is. While engagement rings have been added, changed, and expanded over the years, this simple design has endured.
The Charles Tiffany setting
Much like her signature attitude, Tiffany wants to set the standard for male engagement rings with this new line. Named after its founder and original designer, Charles Tiffany Setting, the design features a bold diamond set in a setting reminiscent of signet rings. This is unsurprising as signet rings have long been a favorite with men.
Signet rings originated as Symbols for religious leaders and rulers. Their flat-top design included an icon that could be used to stamp and seal correspondence. This was a personal symbol that carried your authority. In addition, signet rings often featured a family crest that depicted and highlighted the family and their history. As a result, this design fits as an engagement ring and symbolizes the start of a new family.
“The Charles Tiffany Setting recognizes the jeweler’s longstanding legacy of love and inclusivity, and paves the way for new traditions to celebrate our unique love stories and honor our most precious commitments to one another,” the company explains.
The first release contains round emerald cut diamonds up to 5 carats. It is available in either titanium or platinum. The round diamond is depicted in a streamlined knife band, while the emerald has beveled edges.
Similar to the rings for women, these tokens of love come at a price. Collections range from $ 15,600 to $ 278,500.
Nor can you just add them to your online shopping cart and check out. To order, those looking to impress their partner need to call customer care and schedule a bespoke appointment with Tiffany’s representative.
A broader look at men’s engagement rings
While these rings are referred to as “men”, their creation expands the scope for symbols of love, just as the acceptance of all types of love increases worldwide. It is likely that these kinds of shifts will further change wedding trends that have long been constrained by outdated notions of love and partnership. Tiffany’s identifies the changes in society and reacts accordingly. Although these rings are designed for men, they can easily be worn by anyone.