Bridal jewellery is always going to be one of those things that a couple in love are going to want. Regardless of the times and regardless of how much people may have in the bank, people will always be getting married and want a symbol of their love made of precious stones and metals. The world of jewellery design is continually changing and the bridal category is no exception, from a couple going “dutch” right down to the ‘man-gagement’ ring. Yes, the man-gagement ring! It’s a real thing!
It appears that an increasing number of men are willing to let their woman “put a ring on it.” According to Engagement 101’s 2013 Just-Engaged couple survey, 71% of men “would be open to wearing an engagement ring.” It is a growing trend that has not quite taken off yet. But, why shouldn’t men were pre-wedding day jewellery that tells the world that they are taken, just as a woman does? It doesn’t seem fair to all the single ladies who see a gorgeous man, attempt to make small talk with said man, only to find out he’s getting married next month. If he was wearing a pre-wedding day ring, no confusion would be had. In some South American countries, man-gagement rings are the norm. Canada’s very own singer Michael Buble was shown sporting off his man-gagement ring after popping the question to Argentine actress Luisana Loreley Lopilato de la Torre.
So, why not wear a man-gagement ring and show the world that you are taken, betrothed to another? And if a man did, where should he wear his man-gagement ring? Some men who are wearing such rings will wear it on their right hand and then move it over to the left once married. Others buy an entirely different ring to be worn as a wedding band. Some men might even choose to get an additional thinner band and wear the two together, although it is not as common. The second thing you have to ask yourself is: Are you going to stick with the one ring, or are you going to get a second for the big day? In my experience most couples are choosing to go with the latter. Start off with a plain simple band as the man-gagament, then move onto something with precious metals for the second. Lets take a look at what could be considered a “man-gagement” ring vs. a wedding band.
We feel a man-gagement ring should be simplified, and something that won’t over-power the wedding band. Alternative metals such as tungsten carbide and cobalt re popular alternatives to gold, even in the wedding ring department. But, even if you or your man prefer the rugged look and durability of tungsten or cobalt, or the classic styling of gold, there are some that would better suite as a man-gagement ring over a wedding band.
7mm cobalt beveled edge comfort fit band with black carbon fibre inlay.
6mm black tungsten carbide soft bevel edge comfort fit band with florentine finish.
8mm tungsten carbide brush finish comfort band with black PVD steel mesh inlay.
8mm Cobalt black laser engraved comfort fit band
5mm yellow gold knife edge band.
6mm white gold milgrain polished classic band.
6mm yellow gold dome polished classic band.
6mm white gold dome polished classic band.
Now that we have seen the man-gagement rings, lets take a look at the wedding bands. These bands have a little more going on with them, some in the metal combination, some with diamond accents. These rings are forever.
10mm white tungsten matrix comfort fit black diamond band with satin finish and bright cuts.
8mm tungsten carbide comfort fit band with channel set diamonds set in 18K white gold.
8mm cobalt domed step edge satin swinish comfort diamond band with bright vertical cuts.
7mm tungsten carbide brush finish flat with bright round edges comfort fit band with 18K rose gold inlay.
7mm wide white and rose gold satin finished diamond ring. .35 carat weight of diamonds in SI clarity and GH colour channel set.
7mm wide white gold satin finished diamond ring. .24 carat weight of diamonds in SI clarity and GH colour bead set.
8mm wide white gold satin finished wedding band.
8mm wide hand woven yellow and white gold hammered ring.
Jewellery Business – May 2014
Bridal Trends of 2014