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Engagement Rings For Men

From The American Horologist magazine, May 1946

Engagement Rings For Men

Despite reports to the contrary, men are wearing engagement rings, according to a New York chemical engineer. 'l'hey are definitely on the increase and have graduated out of the fad class into a custom. One company is claimed to have sold 312,000 of these mens' engagement rings in the past 16 months.

Mathew Rosenthal, former Marine Captain in the Pacific, whose company, the Gabriel Williams Company, sold the rings said, "They're not diamonds.

They're made out of a secret mineral composition, almost as hard as a diamond." Rosenthal, who perfected the stone, says the setting, that sells for $17 wholesale, looks like a black cameo and has the head of a man and woman on it. The Williams Company sells the stone to retail jewelers, who put them into rings selling from $35 to $75. He now has 27 lapidaries working on the new idea, Every worker is a war veteran.

-Stephen J. Schmiedl.

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