'Man-gagement' rings may be the next big engagement trend

Jan 23, 2016 at 11:13 p.m. ET

Pitch Perfect stars Skylar Astin and Anna Camp recently got engaged and they're so cute together.

Naturally, Astin bought Camp a beautiful engagement ring, but he's also rocking a bit of pre-wedding bling.

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"It always felt odd to me that men didn't get engagement rings. Thankfully, my fiancé thought so too," he posted on Instagram, along with a photo of the simple ring fashioned out of silver.


It's not exactly a huge trend, but the interest in male engagement rings is slowly climbing. A 2014 survey by the XO Group estimated that 5 percent of men are wearing so-called "man-gagement rings," but it's hard to get a number of how many [men's engagement rings] rings are sold," Amanda Gizzi, spokesperson for Jewelers of America, told The Atlantic in 2014, "because we don’t know what the rings are being purchased for."

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It's not exactly a new thing, though. Retailers like L. Bamburger & Co.—which later turned in Macy's—tried to make male engagement rings a thing back in 1926 with national ad campaigns, but the idea flopped for being "too feminine."

But now there are shifting ideals on male and female roles in a relationship, making man-gagement rings more acceptable, even if men like Astin are still in the minority.

"The guys that are doing it are digging it," California jeweler Calla Gold told The Atlantic. "It’s one more memory to add to the quiver of stories that make for a happy married life."

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