All posts tagged: customs

How Can You Tell if a MAN is Engaged?

Here’s something I don’t get: why don’t men wear engagement rings?  I know that a diamond is meant to symbolize the man’s financial wherewithal (the rational being if he can’t afford a diamond, he can’t afford a family) but it seems like a double standard, especially in this day and age. A man can walk into a bar, size up the clientele and immediately deduce who’s is available and who’s not.  (What he chooses to do with this information, of course, is entirely up to him.)  The fairer sex, by contrast, is left in the dark. It’s hard enough to tell if a guy’s married when you’re dealing with men who don’t wear wedding bands.  It gets harder still when you throw a European into the mix: do you check the left hand or the right?  And gold wedding bands tend to blend in with most skin tones.  I go back and forth on the whole white gold vs. yellow gold debate for myself but for men, I’m all for platinum-colored bands.  Why?  They stand …