Date
23 September 2017
Hong Kong women tend to think of a larger diamond engagement ring as a mark of sincerity, according to an industry leader. Photo: Bloomberg
Hong Kong women tend to think of a larger diamond engagement ring as a mark of sincerity, according to an industry leader. Photo: Bloomberg

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend — but only if men agree

If you’re searching for proof that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, look no further.

American relationship guru John Gray nailed it in the eponymous book (Men Are from Mars, Women Are From Venus, 1993), a best seller in which he dissects the “fundamental psychological differences” between the sexes.

Hong Kong’s diamond sellers just affirmed Gray’s premise that in certain key areas, the sexes are poles apart.

Buying diamond, for instance.

A survey by the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong shows that six in 10 Hong Kong women want an engagement ring topped with no less than a one-carat sparkler.

However, less than four in 10 Hong Kong men would actually buy one that size, let alone a bigger stone, according to Ming Pao Daily.

Interestingly, 45 percent of the respondents think a diamond wedding ring is more important than a honeymoon, cash gifts or wedding banquets.

And eight in 10 say they own at least one item of diamond jewelry. About 7 percent have more than 10 pieces.  

The online poll interviewed 1,000 people between 25 and 39. 

Federation chairman Lawrence Ma said women tend to think of a larger diamond engagement ring as a mark of sincerity.

On the other hand, men consider cost and other factors, he said.

A one-carat diamond ring costs between HK$30,000 (US$3,870) and HK$100,000 while a two-carat ring ranges from HK$100,000 to HK$400,000, depending on clarity and color.

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