Thanks. Maybe Zales will start a trend. But as I posted to this news site, after I had seen the offerings and read some other comments:
"Actually I'm proud I can proclaim that I have a husband, not a wife. But at present we've gotta go with cheap costume jewelry stuff, so this could be welcome.
At the same time, someone should tell them that we're all not Liberace. Something that's gay AND masculine wouldn't hurt."
And frankly, some of these rings don't say "gay" to me at all. Just gaudy nonsense I could never wear, unless I was doing drag. But I suppose more gems improve the corporate bottom line.
BTW, a shortened version of a story I've related here before, from when my late partner & I were on our "honeymoon" in 2002.
We had gotten inexpensive matching rainbow rings, with colored glass "stones". As we checked into our room in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the desk clerk noticed my partner's ring with 6 rainbow-colored stones.
"Isn't that lovely, you have 6 children! And each born on a different month!" A few minutes later she noticed my own ring. "And you have 6 children, too!" she gushed. She actually thought these were birthstone rings. OK, well, it was Iowa.
Nor did she seem to connect that our handicapped room had only 1 queen bed we'd be sharing. For 2 men with different last names.
That was the one thing I had worried might be made an issue. It wasn't, but when she first pulled our reservation she said to my partner to confirm, in hotel-speak: "OK, you're the non-smoking, handicapped queen." I had to flee the desk to hide my laughter like a coward, leaving him there alone to suffer through it on his own.
I still have his rainbow ring, BTW, the same one the hotel clerk noticed. I always put it in my bicycle handlebar bag when I do the HIV/AIDS charity ride to Key West. It's a tradition that you carry with you some personal object as a memento of a person who died of AIDS, as he did.