Post # 1
You can remain anonymous, just a poll for curiosity’s sake (I see some girls that make not a lot of money with huge rings, and some girls quite well-off fianancially with smaller rings, so I’m curious to the money/diamond relationship of the bees).
Post # 3
Just in my opinion, there’s a huge difference between 50 k and 125 k
Post # 4
Also (IMO) quite a difference between .1 & .9 carats.
Post # 5
Also, keep in mind this might depend on the quality of the ring. An excellent quality half carat ring could cost as much as a poor quality one carat ring.
Post # 6
Not everyone gets a solitaire, or a diamond for that matter. My ring is 3 carats, but it is an eternity ring.
Post # 7
Honestly, I think that just because you are making a lot of money doesn’t mean you have to spend it all on a ring or anything for that matter.
Post # 8
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: I agree. We make a decent amount of money (imo) but chose a smaller ring because 1) that’s my style, and 2) we wanted to use our money for other things! Our income had no bearing on the size of my ring in any way.
Post # 9
I could only fit in so many options! I started out with more steps in salary and carat, but ran out of poll spots.
I know there are many reasons people may have a larger or smaller diamond, whether it be personal taste, not wanting to spend the money on a ring even if they have it, having an inherited diamond, choosing better cut/clarity/color over larger carat, career-appropriateness of having large/flashy/expensive jewelry, etc.
It’s just a general poll. Don’t read more into it.
Post # 10
Income didn’t have a bearing (to the outside world) of the size of ring. instead of a income/diamond relationship, we have more of an income/assets relationship, if that makes sense (i.e., we max out 401ks, own a home, substancial savings, etc.). I wouldn’t personally feel comfortable spending 10k+ on a ring, even at our income, and def not if I made any less.
Post # 11
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: I completely agree- and I know @abbyful: we shouldn’t read more into it, I’m not! Just explaining that FI bought a house that he and I chose about 6 months before he proposed, and I prefer more delicate rings, so I’m happy with what he chose. While mine is between 1-2 carats, that’s exactly what I wanted and it fit into his salary (around 100K). There are beautiful rings in all sizes. I definitely know what you’re saying though, that there are girls I know without bigger incomes but with big rings, and those who make more and opt for smaller stones. To each her own 🙂
Post # 12
Again, it’s unfortunate that people seem to blur quality with only the size. I have a small carat .5 but it is near perfect colour/clarity. Someone can have a 1 carat and it could be poor quality and even be cheaper……odd poll, especially with the whole income thing.
Post # 13
I thought the poll was interesting. Although the other C’s definitely count as well, pretty much the only thing I really notice about other girls’ rings is the carat size. It’s not like you get out your magnifying glass to check out your friends’ bling, so I think the carat is the most emphasized. Another interesting poll would be the income vs. the total cost of the ring, since different metals cost different amounts too. In the end, though, it’s also up to personal preference… mostly of your man, unless he tells you in advance…
Post # 14
I think it’s interesting. We work with a lot of people who have the same occupation combo (and salary) as us, and I’ll admit I check out the size of their rings.
I think it just comes down to your priorities.
Post # 15
I have a sapphire main stone in my ring, not a diamond, so impossible to answer. But that was not chosen for financial reasons.
Post # 16
I think the combined income skews the results a bit. I’m 7 years older than my husband and make almost twice as much, but he paid for the ring all on his own so my income has no bearing on it. It’s a carat and I love it because he was so proud of being able to afford it at the time<3 We may or may not upgrade in the future.