Until recently, most Chinese weddings were arranged. In Chinese culture, a marriage represented the joining of two families, and the proposals were initiated by the groom’s family. Nothing romantic about it! 

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But in the last decades, western cultures found their way into Chinese traditions, including diamond engagement rings and extravagant weddings.


Couple getting engaged - Couple getting engaged, man putting engagement ring on his new fiance's finger

Do Women Wear an Engagement Ring in Chinese Culture?

Traditional Chinese culture does not involve engagement rings in the proposal. But in modern China, women expect a large diamond ring from their suitor. So the stakes are high!

Today, it is “go big or go home” when it comes to proposals and weddings, and the engagement ring is no exception. Chinese women have been known to reject proposals because the diamond was too small.

In younger generations, women want extravagant engagement rings with at least a 1-carat diamond. But did you know what finger Chinese people wear their wedding rings? Traditionally, they are worn on opposite hands by the bride and groom; the bride wears the ring on her right hand and the groom wears his on his left.

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Other Chinese Wedding Traditions

In Chinese culture, baby boys were preferred as parents prized male heirs. During the 35 years that China had the one-child rule (now defunct), parents tended to abort female fetuses.

As a result, there are now 30 million more men than women in China. So, permanent bachelorhood is not only a hypothetical fear but a real danger for Chinese men. To make sure they find a mate, Chinese men go to great lengths to arrange the perfect engagement. Once again, go big or go home!

In China, engagements are next-level moments that make American proposals look dull in comparison. Think a fleet of luxury cars arranged in a heart shape, or a declaration of love composed with 1,000 hot dogs.

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Are you looking to buy an engagement ring? Check out the engagement ring catalogue on the Jeweller BAUNAT website to find your perfect ring. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our team of experts.

Interested in finding out more before you choose the engagement ring of your dreams? Read other relevant articles from BAUNAT.

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Frequently asked Questions

Where is the BAUNAT showroom in Shanghai located?

The BAUNAT showroom in Shanghai is located at the following address:

BAUNAT | Shanghai
The Exchange SOHO, Room 3605
No.299, Tongren Road
Jing’an District, Shanghai 200070

Please note that the showroom is only available by appointment. Make an appointment directly via our contact form or contact us via e-mail at info@baunat.com , by phone on +86176 2140 7910.

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Where is the BAUNAT showroom in Hong Kong located?

The BAUNAT showroom in Hong Kong is located at the following address:

BAUNAT Hong Kong
20F, Central Tower
28 Queen's Road Central
Central, Hong Kong

Please note that the showroom is only available by appointment. Make an appointment directly via our contact form or contact us via e-mail at info@baunat.com , by phone on +852 6060 4420.

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Why does BAUNAT have the best price/quality for fine diamond jewellery?

We invest in outstanding quality (in materials as well as design and finishing touch), but also in efficiency and do everything possible to avoid unnecessary intermediaries. No expensive marketing campaigns, luxurious offices and retail outlets. Our investment will be immediately seen in the BAUNAT diamond jewellery.

BAUNAT is based in Antwerp, renowned since 1447 as world centre of the diamond trade. Over half of the world's diamond trade takes place in Antwerp. The families behind BAUNAT have selected their diamonds directly from the best suppliers of the world since over 100 years.

BAUNAT buys its diamonds directly from the source, and sells its exquisite diamond jewellery collection on-line and in its offices to the client.

Direct buying and selling, avoiding the middleman, combined with a strict stock management, allows BAUNAT to offer the best and largest selection at the best price-quality ratio.
And last but not least: as more than 90% of our clients buy online (via our 8-lingual E-boutique, where clients can pay in 7 currencies and via a large variety of payment methods), we are able to handle very cost efficiently a fast growing customer base across the world (today BAUNAT sells to more than 50 countries), without having to invest in a large contingent of luxurious retail outlets and corresponding overheads. And this enables us to propose also this same exceptional price-quality to clients who choose to visit us in our showrooms in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Düsseldorf, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Paris or Zurich
In short, BAUNAT promises its clients that its prices are in close correlation with the intrinsic cost of the underlying components & used material of the products on offer.
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