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Think women get to have all the fun when it comes to engagement rings? Think again! Turns out men want to get in on the action with "man-gagement" rings. Jacqueline Brechner from James Allen jewelers weighs in on the trend.

Nowadays, ladies aren’t the only ones who like a little bling around their fingers. More and more men are opting to wear "man-gagement" rings — engagement rings for men.

In many ways, a "man-gagement" ring is a symbol of shared values between partners. Whether it is a "man-gagement" or traditional female engagement ring, both represent the same principles — commitment, love and the promise to marry.

At James Allen, we’ve seen a recent increase in "man-gagement" rings. A lot of men are starting to wear them, sending the message that they are engaged and no longer on the market. Other retailers such as Blue Nile and Gemvara also offer "man-gagement" ring options.

A rising trend

So why the sudden emergence of this trend? "Man-gagement" rings are gaining popularity for a variety of reasons. Gender roles are more balanced than ever — especially when it comes to engagement and marriage experiences. An increasing number of women are opting to propose to their boyfriends and on the other hand, some men think it’s unfair that only women get to wear engagement rings. Also, with same-sex marriages on the rise, more males are looking to buy rings for their partners.

What makes them different?

When compared to female engagement rings, "man-gagement" rings tend to be thicker and more masculine looking. The most popular choice is by far a classic band in white gold, yellow gold, platinum or palladium. Some men prefer carved rings, which add depth and texture while giving a more rugged feel. Last but not least, many men choose "man-gagement" rings with single or multiple diamonds for a touch of flash.

Just like with all engagement and wedding rings, there is no right amount to spend on a man-gagement ring. Make sure you stay within your budget and don’t over-extend yourself.

Styles we love

Here are some of the most popular "man-gagement" ring styles that we are seeing!

James Allen man's diamond band

Prince and princess

This remarkable solitaire ring is sleek and refined. It gracefully bends around the finger for ultimate comfort. The flush set diamond makes an impressive statement. Ring width will depend on diamond size. Image shown with 1.00 carat center diamond (not included).

Eternity band for men

Together for eternity

This sleek wedding ring features diamonds along the center of the band. A great option for men who prefer something a bit flashier. This ring makes a statement without blinding the eye.

Diamond band for men

Channeling something classic

A modern twist on the classic channel wedding ring and an affordable option for men looking for something glitzy but not too expensive. This is a particularly comfortable ring as the band is not too thick or too thin.
Modern twist band for men

Dying for diamonds

A refined men’s diamond wedding ring designed to be both stylish and everlasting. With a single flush-set 0.18 carat baguette cut diamond, this ring also has a satin and high-polish finish.

Garnet on a man's wedding band

Gaga for garnet

A budget-friendly option coupled with a unique design. This ring has a great masculine edge accented by a touch of deep rich color.

Solitair on man's wedding band

Solid in solitaire

This simple, elegant ring is designed to showcase a round brilliant center diamond. Sophisticated and eternal, it is designed to last as long as your love. Ring width will vary to accommodate diamond size.

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steph October 04, 2013 | 8:01 PM

We are simply calling it an engagement ring, and my bf has agreed to wear one. Women aren't engaged to me, couple are engaged to each other. So, instead of being branded like a cow, we will both show that we are engaged to each other, equally.

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