Marriage proposals are brimming with traditions, but new trends often come to light. Getting down on one knee, asking the question and putting a sparkling diamond ring onto her finger isn't always the norm anymore. One of these new trends is to buy an engagement ring for both partners. But why and how should you choose couple engagement rings

  • Where does this trend come from?
  • Which engagement rings can be worn by both men and women?
  • What if he does not want to wear an engagement ring?

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Where Does The Trend of Engagement Rings For Both Partners Come from?

The trend of couple engagement rings came from the United Kingdom. Engagement rings for men, otherwise known as 'mengagement rings', have been popular for a while. Last year the frequency of the search term 'male engagement rings' increased by 66%. Many women are therefore also looking for tips for the perfect engagement ring. The popularity of the male engagement ring began its rise with the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom in 2014. And now the custom is becoming ever more common among heterosexual couples.
I have never understood why men don't wear engagement rings. It is the same commitment for both partners.
Buying an engagement ring for both partners does not replace the need for wedding rings. There is clearly a difference between engagement rings and wedding rings in terms of both symbolism and appearance.

Which Engagement Rings Can Be Worn By Both Partners?

Women tend to fall for the traditional charm of the solitaire engagement ring with a single diamond. They can also hardly say no to an engagement ring with two diamonds or even with three symbolic diamonds. But men also like to wear diamond rings. Nice ‘mengagement’ rings include the eternity ring encircled by colourless or black diamonds. This ring is the perfect choice as a couple engagement ring.

Another option is to go for a ring in the same precious metal and same colour precious stones to emphasise the bond between the couple. Men who are not yet 100% sure about taking this step can also choose a half set ring. Then they can choose whether to wear it with the stones facing upwards or to turn it around when they want a little less sparkle.
Not all men are ready for an engagement ring
Couple engagement rings also do not necessarily need to match. Do you each have your own ideas and points of view? Compromise by each choosing your own design but with a matching engraving in the engagement rings.

View this unique eternity ring with a black diamond here

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What If He Does Not Want To Wear an Engagement Ring?

Engagement rings for both partners are a nice gesture, but not all men are ready for this. Equally, not all women can wear their ring all the time. Sometimes it is not permitted as part of your job for safety or hygiene reasons. Choose a different piece of jewellery as an alternative to an engagement ring if this is the case. For men, this could be a special watch.

An engagement bracelet is a popular alternative for women. Of course, you could also still buy a ring for both of you and wear it close to your heart on a necklace.

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Which Set of Engagement Rings Will You Buy?

Are you looking for matching couple engagement rings? Or would you like to give some other unique and completely handmade jewellery or accessories? View the range of rings from BAUNAT or consult our experts for advice about the perfect (engagement) ring for him and her.

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What Else Should I Know About Engagement Rings?

As a renowned diamond brand which specialises in diamond engagement rings, we feel that it is our moral duty to inform you about everything there is to know about engagement rings. In these blogs, you will find out about all these different aspects, from cultural rules to buying tips and alternatives. Read all about them now.

Frequently asked Questions

What different styles of diamond engagement ring settings does BAUNAT offer?

For engagement rings, different types of settings are possible. You can find BAUNAT’s most used ones below:
    1. The solitaire prong setting has one single diamond held in place by prongs, so it catches the most light.
    2. The pavé setting positions many diamonds in a row so closely that hardly any metal is visible, resulting in a brilliant shine.
    3. Channel setting is a method where diamonds are suspended between two rails of metal, called channels.
    4. The bezel setting is a traditional, labour-intensive technique where the metal surrounds the diamond and forms a frame around the stone.

    1. The Prong setting

    The solitaire prong setting has one single diamond that acts as the centrepiece of the ring. Claws position the centre diamond so it catches the most light. BAUNAT diamond engagement rings either have four or six claws. A setting with four claws makes the diamond appear more square-like while one with six claws makes it appear more round.

    The name ‘prong setting’ refers to the so-called ‘claws’. The prong setting is most commonly used for engagement rings worldwide. This setting is also suitable for almost all shapes of diamonds.

    The claws can be very thin or wider and can be finished in a round, square, or pointed shape. This depends on the design of the jewel and the style of each goldsmith.

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    The advantages of the prong setting:

    - The diamond catches the most light
    - The prongs are small, therefore a larger part of the diamond is visible
    - The diamond in the ring is easy to clean
    - Claws in white gold or platinum are barely visible on the white diamond 


    2. The pavé setting

    The term 'pavé setting' comes from the French language and translates as ‘paved’. The individual small diamonds in a pavé diamond ring resemble tiny paving stones, hence the name. In an engagement ring with a pavé setting, small diamonds are placed next to each other and fixed with small prongs that look like beads. These claws are worked out directly from the gathering point of the metal. This way, hardly any metal is visible.

    The advantages of pavé setting:

    - The many small prongs make the diamonds sparkle, although only small diamonds are used
    - The price of a ring with many smaller stones is considerably lower than a ring set with one big diamond


    3. The Channel setting

    Channel setting is a method where diamonds are suspended between two rails of metal, called channels. The diamond is put in place, and the metal on top is pushed down, tightening the diamond.

    This way, we create a continuous line of diamonds.

    Channel settings, together with pave settings, are commonly used for diamond alliance rings and wedding bands. At BAUNAT, most of our designs with channel settings have princess-cut diamonds, but we can also use round or baguette diamonds (tailor-made).

    Discover this channel set round diamond engagement ring.

    The advantages of the channel setting

    - Because the diamonds are placed next to each other, it gives the impression of continuous brilliance
    - The surface is very smooth
    - These rings can be combined with other ring designs easily


    4. The Bezel setting

    The bezel setting is a traditional, very labour-intensive goldsmith technique. The metal surrounds the diamond and forms a frame around the stone. There is another precious metal strip (frame), which supports the diamond in the socket. The bezel engagement ring setting is particularly well suited for round cut (brilliant) or oval diamonds.

    The advantages of the bezel setting

    - Because of the border of the precious metal, the diamond is protected against damage
    - The bezel is open at the bottom, creating a higher radiance and more fire
    - Because of the metal surrounding the diamond, it will appear larger than it actually is
    - Because of the fact that there are no prongs, this setting will not get stuck behind any clothing

    Choose your favorite setting with your BAUNAT ring.

    These are the most common setting methods. Of course, BAUNAT can also offer other types of settings in her tailor-made jewellery. Please contact in case you are interested in a tailor-made jewel with a different diamond setting.

    Related information:

    1. What collections are available?

    2. What to consider when choosing the perfect engagement ring?

    What collections are available?

    The 'BAUNAT Designer Jewellery' collection gathers collections developed by renowned designers and which perfectly reflect BAUNAT's philosophy. The Nathu, Ouverture, Jafo and Medaillon d'Anvers lines are by Wouters & Hendrix. They developed, with the collaboration of BAUNAT's creative management, refined and exquisite jewellery that stands for pure beauty and elegance. The ‘BAUNAT Designer Jewellery’ collections are exclusively available on

    The 'BAUNAT Classics' collection gathers the usual pieces. From the simple golden engagement ring, a sober necklace to romantic earrings… The classic line is developed by BAUNAT's internal creative team. Here again, the company chose for Belgian production, guaranteeing a constant and full quality control, and underlining BAUNAT's quest for perfection.

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    Who designs the BAUNAT jewellery collections?

    Who designs the BAUNAT jewellery collections?

    The ‘BAUNAT Designer Jewellery’ collections are exclusively available on

    For a number of decades now, Belgian designers have been recognized as world-class. With Brussels as the capital of Europe, different cultures mixing in a small country of an extremely rich heritage, Belgium is the perfect home for creative talent.
    Devotees of luxury, fashion and design connoisseurs love to visit Antwerp and Brussels in order to discover new talent or keep up with established Belgian names.

    Belgium’s fashion scene came under the spotlight in 1987 during the London Fashion Week thanks to the so-called Six of Antwerp. Six young designers were granted total freedom by the Antwerp Fashion Academy to redefine the given trends. The result was to be found on revolutionary catwalks and eternal fame for the six designers. One of them, Dries Van Noten, was declared the ‘International Designer of the Year’ in 2008. The imprint of the Antwerp Six’s creative spirit lights the path for today’s talented and successful Belgian creators.

    The Antwerp duo Wouters & Hendrix were also showing at the 1987 London Fashion Week. As was the case with their local counterparts, their presence brought on international success and collaboration with many great fashion designers.
    Wouters & Hendrix relate well to BAUNAT’s philosophy, and were highly enthused by the opportunity to design a collection of high-quality diamond jewellery in white gold, yellow gold, red gold and platinum. You will find the results of this collaboration in the NathuJafoOuverture and Medaillon d’Anvers BAUNAT designer collections.

    As BAUNAT is based in Antwerp, centre of fashion, it was decided to work exclusively with Belgian designers, including Wouters & Hendrix, Anne Zellien, Elisa Schepens, Elke Peeters and others. BAUNAT has a close relationship with the Flanders Fashion Institute and stimulates young and established talent to share their thoughts and collaborate on future designer collections.

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    Related information:

    1. What collections are available?

    2. Does BAUNAT offer wedding rings that perfectly match the engagement rings available in their collection?

    3. Why has BAUNAT the best price-quality ratio for high quality jewellery?

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