Friday, 26 February 2016

Bachelor's Day

Leap days are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the Sun. It is still associated with age-old customs, folklore and superstition. One of the most well-known traditions is that women propose  to their boyfriends on this day (also known as “Bachelors’ Day”) instead of the other way around. This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how leap day balances the calendar. 

According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men. If refused, the man was obliged to buy her new gloves on Easter Day, the intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring.

At Alfies our dealers have an exceptional collection of men’s jewellery guaranteed to make your loved one shout “YES!”, here's a small selection all offered by Pars Jewellery....

1980s 18ct diamond ring

Vintage signet ring, 18ct yellow gold

18ct gold diamond ring, 1938.
Victorian diamond ring

Jade and white gold diamond cufflinks, 1930s.

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