Vol 6.6 "Proposal Facts" June 21, 2007

It’s 10:43 a.m. June 21st. I’m getting ready to be interviewed about wedding proposals. As I look over
my main points, I can’t help but notice how dramatically the world of proposals has changed over
the decades. Used to be a fella would come in to a jewelry store, pile his money on the counter and
off he’d go with an engagement ring. Very little shopping around, cause back in the day you went to
the family jeweler (where dad got your mom her ring) and followed his footsteps. Most of the
time what the woman wanted took back seat to what the young man could afford and what the jeweler
offered. The idea being women should be happy to just get a ring. Boy, have times changed! Look at
these facts:

1 in 3 women today (U.S.) don’t get an engagement ring.

Almost half of all couples shop together so the guy won’t have to guess.

1 in 4 men propose ringless. Twenty five percent of the ringless group later
go on to get a ring.

Now, only 1 in 3 men shops and purchases alone.

And, only 10% of these guys pop the question when the woman not only doesn’t know the question is
coming but the couple hasn’t even discussed openly plans to spend their life together!

With shows like the Bachelor and Bachlorette, on line dating through E-Harmony, Match.com and the new
Chemistry.com our nation is coming apart at the seams with new ways to land your dream catch!
There is even a new show hosted by Mark Consuelos called the ‘Age of Love’ where a thirty
something year old one time Wimbleton finalist Mark Philippoussis will chose a mate between a
group of forty year olds (refered to as cougars) vs. a group of twenty year olds (referred
to as kittens). Has the magic gone out of the proposal? Have the beautiful romantic surprise proposals
going to become a thing of the past and replaced with on line connections and
text message ceremonies? I don’t think so. The more things change the more things remain the same.
Love can be packaged any way you like but when you strip away all the bells and whistles of how you got
there you will still find two people lost in each others gaze as if the rest of the world has disappeared
and this world is their oyster for no one else to share.

Talk to you next time,
Fred Cuellar

The founder and president of Diamond Cutters International, is one of the worlds top diamond experts, as well as a three-time Guinness Book record holder in jewelry design.
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