Courtesy of Black Enterprise
Within the past week an interesting topic resurfaced about engagement rings, and whether it’s acceptable for women to contribute toward the purchase of one. Excuse me for a moment while I try to comprehend the rationale behind this idea. On the surface, it doesn’t quite make sense. Traditionally, men purchase engagement rings with the intent of presenting it while asking for the woman’s hand in marriage. An engagement ring is a symbol indicating a woman is engaged to be married based on the man’s proposal. Why would a woman contribute toward the purchase of an engagement ring meant to be an expression of love and desire for covenant from her beau?
Call me old-fashioned, but the idea of having a woman contribute toward the purchase of her engagement ring is an absolute deal breaker. I am fully aware of the interest in engagement rings and how people are drawn to the various sizes, styles, and cuts. But let us not forget that an engagement ring provides no direct correlation to the actual success of the marriage itself. As a matter of fact, if there is too much focus placed on the engagement ring and not the relationship, the marriage is destined for failure. I pose this question to you, “Is an engagement ring a gift from the heart or jewel for the ego?”