Tiffany & Co. announces its first engagement ring for men
For the first time in its 184-year history, Tiffany & Co has released a line of engagement rings for men.
The rings will feature a solitaire diamond and be known as The Charles Tiffany Setting, named for the company’s founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany.
A press release announced that the ring will be available in both emerald- and round-cut diamonds up to 5 carats. It describes the design as “a modern and bold departure from the traditional wedding band” with platinum and titanium designs that “revise a classic men’s style with powerful contours, a contemporary profile and feature a striking center diamond.”
The press release also lauded the company’s commitment to inclusivity.
“The Charles Tiffany Setting honors the jeweler’s long-standing legacy in love and inclusivity, paving the way for new traditions to celebrate our unique love stories and honor our most cherished commitments to one another.”
While men’s engagement rings are not a new concept, they have been a growing trend in the past few years.
The Lyst 2019 Wedding Report said searches for male engagement rings rose 66 percent after Ed Sheeran popularized wearing one.
The news may feel especially significant for gay male couples, as The Knot 2019 Jewelry and Engagement Study found that while 7 percent of all men wear engagement rings, 49 percent of men in same-sex relationships wear one.
As the trend grows, though, more men of all sexualities—as well as anyone who prefers a more traditionally masculine ring—may begin to wear them.
David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, celebrated the announcement in a statement.
“This decision further challenges what is often celebrated and assumed to be traditional gender roles,” Johns said, “pushing the idea that women can propose to their male significant others and that same gender loving people can also wear physical symbols of their commitment to one another. ”