Until 1884, in England, a woman was officially listed as one of her husband’s possessions. How times have changed! H. Samuel have just become the first chain in the country to sell engagement rings exclusively for men. The ring available from the H. Samuel website, is called the “Tioro” – a chunky titanium band set with a subtle diamond. Although popular in parts of Scandinavia and Basque regions of Spain they have (until now) been are a rare sight in Britain.
The retailer believes the demand for a male engagement ring is partly down to equality with more women than ever proposing to their fellas, as well as being a clear symbol that the man is “off the market”! As H. Samuel’s buying controller Natasha Gregory explains, “the men’s engagement ring is a clear message to everyone that the man is going to be married and also works perfectly for civil partnerships”. Interestingly she goes on to say “over 60% of our customers think it’s a good idea for women to ask men to marry them.” Really?! Maybe I’m just a bit old fashioned but I’m not sure I’d want to be the one asking. What’s your verdict? Tell us in the poll below!
Related: Joolia men’s wedding ring with Roman numeral engraving, men’s wedding rings at Scott Kay, more rings and jewellery here.