Q: (via Twitter) How do you feel about the "mangagement rings"? Will it be stylish or silly? --@milknicecream
A: Oddly enough, I technically had an enagagement ring. While we were shopping for my wife's engagement ring back in the day, I mumbled under my breath, "Why don't guys get anything new for being engaged?"
At the time, I was thinking about a $2000 Trans Am that I wanted to buy and fix up, but my wife (being the sarcastic jokester that she is) said, "Fine, we'll get you a ring too." To make a long story short, I walked out with a plain $40 white gold band that I wore until our wedding. Before walking down the aisle, I moved the ring to my key chain. It's eight years later, and it's still there. (I'll save the story about how I lost my actual wedding band during my company's intramural kickball game for another time).
When it comes to engagement rings for guys, I think they can be stylish or silly. If the guy's a man-zilla who's flashing some diamond encrusted ring around to prove he's rich/successful/better-than-others then it's silly, stupid, and ridiculous. If the guy wants the ring to show a mutual commitment to his partner or to show that he's "off the market," then I think it can be stylish. In our case, it was more of a funny story than a big declaration of anything. I guess it's really more about the guy wearing the ring than the ring itself in my opinion.
What do you think?
rings by H. Samuel