Usually, when it comes to gift-giving for an engagement or the announcement of a betrothal, jewellery is chosen for this celebratory event. A groom’s or bride-to-be’s gift is often personalised, adding special emphasis to the occasion. Whether you are picking a bracelet or watch for the bride or groom, personalising the jewellery makes the act of giving more meaningful.
The Old-fashioned Pocket Watch
One of the high-end engagement gifts that is often given to a groom is a personalised pocket watch. Even in today’s technology-driven world, this old-fashioned watch carries a special meaning when it is given for an engagement, anniversary or birthday.
A watch is a traditional and classic gift that is given to a man upon his engagement. Whilst the giving of a man’s engagement ring was once considered in vogue, that tradition fell by the wayside in the 1800s. During that time, the custom in Europe was typically the presentation of engraved cuff links. That is because, in the 19th century, most of the fashionable men who held positions of status dressed in shirts that required cuff links.
Another stylish jewellery item for men, from the mid-19th century to the early 1920s, were tie-pins that showcased small gemstone settings. However, the tradition of giving these kinds of engagement gifts began to change gradually, especially after the First World War.
Giving watches, however, really never went out of style as watches were signs of wealth during the time of Napoleon Bonaparte. Only wealthy men, during the period, could afford watches. In addition, after World War I, the watch was considered the most important jewellery accessory for a man, all which, in turn, caused cuff links (because of buttons) to wane in popularity as well as the diamond-accented tie-pin.
Therefore, the pocket watch and wrist watch are two favoured engagement presents for men today and the jewellery is currently trending. For example, Kate Middleton gave Prince William a pocket watch for their betrothal – an 18K gold watch in fact, whilst William gave Kate an 18 cwt blue sapphire ring with diamonds, which had been his mother’s engagement ring.
Personalising the Jewellery
A watch that is given from the bride to a groom is usually presented after the groom proposes. It is always a good idea to have the watch or engagement jewellery personalised as doing so makes the occasion seem more special.
Every man should have one nice personalised watch in his jewellery collection. Fortunately, today, you can choose jewellery that is styled by a designer and made of precious metals. When a watch is personalised, you not only can tailor the style to the man but also the sentiment.
An engagement is a celebratory occasion – one that will be remembered for many years. Jewellery is one of the nicest ways to commemorate a couple’s upcoming nuptials. Therefore, a pocket watch or designer watch that has been personalised or engraved is decidedly thoughtful as well as male-friendly.
If you are in a quandary as to what to buy, think first of personalisation. Then consider the couple or the individual who will receive the gift. Usually engraving the engagement date and the recipient’s name is all that is needed to underscore the occasion.