A man is supposed to get down on one knee with a ring in his hand in a romantic fashion to ask the woman he loves to marry him. He himself get a wedding band or a ring during the exchange of vows, but what about the time in between? Does a man need to wear the engagement ring too? 

If you examine the history of engagement rings, you will get to know that it was originally more about the woman as compared to the man. Although things have changed a lot in modern times. 

A Brief History of Engagement Rings

Engagement rings for women is a symbol of being engaged to get married. It is a sort of engagement present particularly in western cultures. In today’s times, almost 80% of women are given engagement rings to mark the occasion. But it has its roots in the distant past. 

Wearing a circular band on one’s finger represents their commitment to being together for eternity.  Historically it started with the Egyptians. This was a physical representation to show ownership and that the woman is “taken”.

In the 1880s diamonds were discovered in South Africa and purely due to commercial campaigns, they became a necessity of an engagement ring. That is how the engagement rings we are familiar with originated. Most of the moissanite engagement rings are quite inexpensive and that is the reason it is easier for everyone to afford them.

In the early 21st century, the jewellery industry started to make men’s engagement rings. 

Does A Man Need To Wear the Engagement Ring?

Originally an engagement ring used to represent ownership of a woman which is no longer the case anymore as engagement rings now represent that a woman has made a free choice to marry the man of her choice. These rings are a symbol of love and commitment. If a man should wear an engagement ring or not is completely a personal choice. With changing times and society, men do wear engagement ring these days. It is a symbol of love and the emotional commitment they have made. 

Also these days women can ask their men to marry them or same-sex couples could also get engaged. In such circumstances, the engagement ring will still be used to make the proposal and men may be presented with the engagement ring to wear during the engagement period. 

Although, instead of wearing an engagement ring on the finger, many men prefer to wear the wedding rings to a necklace and wearing it that way feels more comfortable for them. So it is completely is a personal choice how a man wants to wear it.


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