Ed Sheeran why dont more men wear engagement rings
With 20 million followers on social media, Sheeran is an influential figure. Whether he can persuade men to follow his lead and wear an engagement ring remains to be seen.The majority of men do wear wedding bands, but for some they remain beyond the pale. The Duke of Cambridge does not have one because he does not like wearing jewellery, Kensington Palace sources said. Prince Harry is expected to follow suit when he marries Meghan Markle later this year. The Prince of Wales wears no wedding ring but does wear a signet ring on his left hand. It is a subject that divides men: to wear or not to wear a wedding ring?Thanks to Ed Sheeran, another dilemma could soon be looming. The UK’s biggest-selling pop star has chosen to wear an engagement ring, saying he does not understand why they are the preserve of women.Sheeran, 27, who announced his engagement to childhood sweetheart Cherry Seaborn last month, showed off the band on the red carpet at the Brit Awards on Wednesday night.He explained: “I never saw why men didn’t wear engagement rings, because it’s the same commitment either way.“Cherry made it for me herself out of silver clay and I really like it.” High Street jewellers H Samuel and Beaverbrooks offer a selection of men’s engagement rings. At the more luxury end of the market, de Beers have unisex diamond “promise rings” .When Sheeran was first seen wearing the ring earlier in the week, fans wondered if he had secretly wed. He said that was not the case, but added that if he does marry it will be a private affair: “It will be a situation where no one knows.” Sheeran said his fiancee Cherry Seaborn made the ring for himCredit:David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock Show more Engagement rings date back to ancient times and traditionally have been worn by women only. They were a sign that a woman was ‘taken’ but also represented a financial transaction. Until the 1930s in the US, a woman could sue for damages if her fiance broke off the engagement. Unlikely to marry again because she was seen as damaged goods, the jilted fiancee could keep the ring as compensation.With 20 million followers on social media, Sheeran is an influential figure. But while he might push the trend for men wearing engagement rings, he has not started it.Another singer, Michael Buble, sported one in 2010 before marrying his Argentinian fiancee, Luisana Lopilato. “The boy also wears the engagement ring [in Argentina]. That’s what she tells me anyway,” he said at the time. He announce his engagement on social media, saying: “Got myself a fiance just before new year. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well.”The couple met at school in Framlingham, Suffolk, when Sheeran had a “crush” on Seaborn. They stayed in touch and became romantically involved in 2015, when they were in the US at the same time and Sheeran invited Seaborn to a Fourth of July party at the home of his friend, singer Taylor Swift.His song, Perfect, was written about her.Seaborn, a consultant with Deloitte, accompanied Sheeran to the Brit Awards. He was there to collect the Global Success award as the biggest-selling UK artist abroad.