Men and women are now very much seen as equals. There is no longer a definite distinction as to which partner will necessarily stay at home to look after the baby or to which partner should bring home the biggest pay cheque. The traditional familiar roles have been broken down and built up again into a new paradigm. Yet, when it comes to engagements, many partners still seem to hold the same traditional roles.
Many women still believe it is up to the man to pop the question and, more to the point, that they will want a traditional proposal, with permission being sought from the father. Yet, since we are all very much equals today, should it really only be the men that spend out on an engagement ring, or should women now be doing the same?
While proposals might seem the same as they always were, in reality they have evolved. Offering a stunning diamond on bended knee is no longer about proving that one can provide for his partner or that he wishes to reflect her worth in a piece of jewellery. Instead, it is now simply a romantic gesture – and romance works both ways. If men still want their partners to show the world that they are engaged and show how much their partner means to them, why don’t women want the same?
Well, it seems that they are starting to. With high-profile celebrities such as Charlie Sheen and Johnny Depp donning engagement rings, it seems as though, finally, the idea is starting to catch on.
Dubbed ‘mangagement rings’, these items of jewellery can be as fancy as their partners’ sparkling diamonds or as simple as a plain band. Many women wishing to offer their partner a ring to show their man how much they care and the whole world that they are betrothed will look for styles that are similar to those of wedding bands. With so many unique designs of band on offer, some lined with gems and some with a little less bling, it will be easy to find different pieces of jewellery for both the betrothal period and the wedding itself.
Some men are not just wearing a simple band either. Johnny Depp, for instance, is actually wearing his fiancée’s ring, a female piece that may seem far from masculine.
More men are looking to show their commitment to the world and more women are wanting to repay the favour of being given a stunning, sparkling gift to mark their future plans.
At W G Jewellery, we have a range of engagement and wedding rings that could potentially work for both him and her. Whether you opt to get a feminine, sparkly number for your groom-to-be to turn him into your very own Mr Depp, or whether you opt for a piece from our wedding jewellery collection as a more subtle gesture, giving him a band may soon be as important as him offering you one. Well, nearly as important!