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Do both partners in a same-sex couple wear engagement rings? 

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Do both partners in a same-sex couple wear engagement rings? 

Engagement rings are a timeless symbol of love and commitment. But as society evolves, traditions are shaken up, and it’s no wonder that those in a same sex couple might wonder whether it’s ‘the done thing’ for both partners to wear engagement rings. In this blog post, we will explore the traditions, trends, and personal choices that shape the decisions of same-sex couples when it comes to engagement rings

The changing landscape of engagement rings 

Traditionally, engagement rings have been associated with a proposal, where one partner (typically, but not always, the person proposing) presents a ring to their husband or wife to be. This tradition has evolved significantly in recent years as relationships, and gender roles have become more fluid. In same-sex couples, there is no fixed expectation of who should propose or who should receive a ring, allowing for more flexibility and creativity, and lets you put your own spin on the tradition. 

Both partners wearing engagement rings: a growing trend 

In many same-sex relationships, it has become increasingly common for both partners to wear engagement rings. This practice symbolises the equal commitment of both individuals to the relationship, and it’s a beautiful way to express love and unity, as both partners exchange rings, signifying their shared journey ahead.  

While both partners wearing engagement rings is a beautiful and meaningful choice for many same-sex couples, every relationship is unique. Some couples may opt for one partner to wear an engagement ring while the other chooses a different way to symbolise their commitment, such as a bracelet or a pendant. Alternatively, neither parties may wear an engagement ring at all, or may even choose a different piece of jewellery entirely. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to do an engagement, it is absolutely up to you which elements of the tradition you choose to incorporate – or not – into your proposal.  

Choosing unique rings 

One of the advantages of both partners wearing engagement rings is the opportunity to select rings that reflect their unique personalities and styles. Each person can choose a ring that resonates with them, whether it’s a classic diamond solitaire, a colourful gemstone, or a unique custom-designed ring. You could either shop for rings together, surprise each other with a ring, or even propose with a ‘for now’ temporary ring and shop together in future. 

Customisation and symbolism 

You can add personal spins to your engagement ring (or rings) by selecting gemstones that have special meaning to you (such as yours, your partners or your children’s birthstones), or even included special custom engravings to the pieces.  

Still looking for the perfect rings for your relationship? 

Just like any other couple, those in same-sex partnerships have the freedom to make choices that best reflect their love and commitment. And whether you’re looking for a beautiful pair of engagement rings, or maybe a piece of special jewellery to mark this commitment, The Diamond Store would love to help you find your perfect pieces. Get in touch with our friendly team, who will be able to help.