Johnny Depp recently made an appearance wearing — GASP — a woman’s engagement ring on his left finger. Many assumed that this was some kind of hint about his hush, hush engagement to Amber Heard. In response to questions about the bling on his finger, Depp replied, “The fact that I’m wearing a chick’s ring on my finger is probably a dead giveaway. Not very subtle.”
Great. They’re engaged. Mazel tov!
But what really interests us is whether or not he plans to permanently rock this new rock, and how many other guys will follow suit. We’re really hoping that it’s not a stunt, that it’s an earnest attempt to imbue the engagement process with the gender equality it deserves. Best case scenario: Johnny will make the man-gagement ring a trend. Below, some reasons why we’re fervently pro guys wearing “chick” engagement rings. Keep reading »
I am a woman who is engaged to be married. But unlike lots of your friends who are busy posting photographs of their diamond engagement rings on Facebook, you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at my left hand.
This is because I told my fiancée many times before we got engaged that I wasn’t interested in getting an engagement ring at all, diamonds or no. There are a lot of reasons I feel this way, including my particular indifference to jewelry. “Honestly, I’d rather have an iPad,” I told him.
Diamond engagement rings are a translation of a much older sexist tradition of putting a down payment on one’s bride. This is, incidentally, still legally the case. In many states a bride-to-be can still sue her fiancée for breach of contract if he breaks off the engagement, as a Georgia woman did last year. After all, it is only women who are marked with an engagement ring as taken, suggesting that the balance of power doesn’t lie with the one who wears it. Keep reading »
Does everyone wear their wedding ring (and engagement ring, if they have one) or is it just me who takes it off, uh, most of the time? Keep reading »
Fresh off Kanye’s intimate proposal last night in a San Francisco stadium, blushing bride Kim Kardashian Instagrammed a pic of her stunning engagement ring with “Please Marry Me!” in the background. Damn, that diamond the size of Mason Disick’s head! Of course, we would expect nothing less. [Instagram/KimKardashian]
Would you ever help your significant other pay for your engagement ring? Apparently it’s happening more than we know.
Last week, while falling asleep to the evening news, I overheard a report that had me bolt up from my semi-coma and stare at my TV screen in confusion. The newscasters were discussing the increasing frequency of women helping their boyfriend’s purchase engagement rings— by chipping in. Keep reading »