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April 19, 2024 3 min read

Traditionally, engagement rings have been synonymous with proposals for women, but times are changing. In recent years, there has been a significant rise in the popularity of men’s engagement rings, challenging gender norms and offering a new way for couples to express their commitment. Join us as we explore the trend of men’s engagement rings, from its historical roots to modern interpretations, and discover why more couples are embracing this inclusive and progressive tradition. 

The tradition of exchanging rings as a symbol of betrothal and commitment dates back to ancient civilizations, such as Egypt, Greece, and Rome. In many cultures, both men and women wore rings to signify their engagement and impending marriage. In ancient Rome, signet rings were commonly worn by men as a symbol of status, identity, and allegiance. These rings were often engraved with personal or family crests and were sometimes exchanged as tokens of engagement or fidelity. 

During the Middle Ages, in Europe, men’s engagement rings, known as “posy rings,” became popular among nobility and aristocracy. These rings were often inscribed with romantic poems or messages and were exchanged as symbols of love and commitment. The tradition of men wearing engagement rings waned in the early 20th century, but experienced a revival during times of war. Soldiers separated from their loved ones during World War I and World War II often wore engagement rings as reminders of their partners back home. 

In recent years, there has been a growing movement towards gender equality and inclusivity. As traditional gender roles evolve, couples are redefining what it means to express commitment and partnership, leading to a more equitable approach to engagement rituals. The LGBTQ+ movement has played a pivotal role in challenging heteronormative traditions and promoting inclusivity within the realm of engagement and marriage. As same-sex couples celebrate their love and commitment, the concept of men’s engagement rings has gained broader acceptance and recognition. In today’s society, individuals are encouraged to embrace their unique identities and express themselves authentically. The exchange of engagement rings, regardless of gender, symbolizes mutual love, commitment, and the shared journey towards marriage, emphasizing that both partners have an equal stake in the relationship. By wearing engagement rings, men demonstrate that it is perfectly acceptable to embrace symbols of love, commitment, and partnership, regardless of societal expectations. 

At Soha Diamond Co., you are able to view our Lashbrook men’s engagement and/or wedding band collection. Here, you can see and try on rings, get sized using our Lashbrook Sizing Kit, and view the Lashbrook custom ring builder at our Create Bar. Lashbrook offers men’s rings in a variety of styles, from precious to contemporary metals, with limitless customizations possible. You are able to choose your favorite material, ring shape, ring finish, outside and inside feature, or engraving, not to mention countless more customizable options. Lashbrook also offers a lifetime sizing warranty, in addition to their ring warranty. 

Some couples may choose to incorporate both a men’s engagement ring and a wedding band into the groom’s jewelry ensemble. In many cases, men who wear an engagement ring may also choose to wear a wedding band on the same finger following the wedding ceremony. This is similar to the tradition for women, who typically wear both an engagement ring and a wedding band on the same finger. However, the decision for a man to wear an engagement ring and wedding band is entirely up to personal preference and individual style. Some men may prefer to wear only a wedding band, while others may choose to wear both rings together, or alternate between them depending on the occasion. If the groom-to-be chooses, he can opt to wear an engagement ring while engaged, and continue to wear that same ring after the wedding. 

Today, men’s engagement rings are gaining popularity as couples seek more personalized and meaningful ways to express their love and commitment. Men’s engagement rings serve as powerful symbols of equality, love, and partnership, reflecting the evolving nature of love and relationships in the modern world. 


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