And the answer was........................no.
He said she really looked like she wanted to say 'yes,' but it came out 'no.'
He is completely taking it in stride and not giving up. I told him to stay with it, but not be obnoxious. When asked where the bracelet is, he pointed to his pocket and said he wanted to keep it for today, too.
I told him she was probably surprised, as it came out of the blue, and most people react with a 'no' when surprised. He took it as a good sign that she immediately went to her girlfriends to tell them. (Me? I'd have gone the paranoia route, but he seems pretty confident he can read her.)
I coached him a little for next time he's in this position, that it's always good to have some stock phrases ready. He could have followed up the 'no' with, "I would still like to have you be my girlfriend, so if you change your mind, let me know." Another alternative could be to tell her to take some time to decide before getting back to him.
His heart could have been broken, but he still seems to be going strong. I can appreciate his resilience. Let's see what today brings.