Friday, February 17, 2012

‘Man-gagement’ Rings Catching on in U.S.

By Mark Silverstein Feb 15, 2012

A new survey conducted by and Men’s Health magazine reveals that 17% of U.S. men would wear a “man-gagement” ring. The responses from 1,400 survey participants seem to confirm that the much-debated phenomenon of a man receiving an engagement ring from his significant other is starting to take hold in the U.S.
Many males in other countries are already proud to wear rings along with their female counterparts upon their engagements, but it wasn’t until Canadian crooner Michael Buble showed off his “man-gagement” ring in the summer of 2010 that the clever hyphenated term became an acceptable part of the jewelry lexicon. The term “man-gagement” made its Urban Dictionary debut in March of 2008.
Here are the highlights of the co-branded fifth-annual Proposal and Engagement Survey. According to and Men’s Health magazine…
Men Want to Sport Some Bling, Too! Ladies, don’t be surprised if your man asks for a ring: 17% of men surveyed said women shouldn’t be the only ones to wear a ring before marriage and that they’d love a “man-gagement” ring. What woman wouldn’t want other ladies to know her man was off the market?
Carat Size AND Quality Matter to Brides. Guys, take note. The quality of the ring is important, but don’t forget about the size of the bling! When asked how much carat size really matters, more than half (59%) of brides said both size and quality matter to them. When asked if they thought carat size matters to her, a whopping 76% of the men surveyed said, “No, she doesn’t care that much – quality over quantity!” Think again, guys.
Brides Care What Friends and Family Think of Their Ring. Nearly one in four (22%) brides surveyed admitted that it matters what their friends and family think about the ring. Maybe the 44% of guys who chose the ring themselves should’ve enlisted some extra help from her side.
Tradition Reigns for Men. A massive 76% of men said it is essential to propose on bended knee, while only 48% of women agreed. Yet when it came to asking both Mom and Dad for their daughter’s hand in marriage, men and women were pretty much on the same page, with 21% and 28%, respectively, saying it’s important.
Brides Love to Post Their Ring on Facebook. Exactly 57% of brides say “yes” to sharing their happy news on Facebook by posting a picture of their ring.