Engagement ring costs

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I think there are always going to be outliers from “the average” cost of anything. These websites including this one skews peoples perspective. As far as rings go I think most people here have above average cost rings than the general public. Either way there is nothing wrong with spending a little or a lot so long as you can afford it comfortably either way after all your basic needs are met. Also good point about people prioritizing different things be it; rings,travel,cars etc… love seeing jewlery either way though lol 

Post # 32
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240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2021 - City, State

My fiance got my engagement ring for free, it was his great grandmother’s (though it will probably require some repairs which will cost some since of the filigree parts are a little bent, there is a very tiny crack, and one of the side stones is missing.)

I honestly wouldn’t feel comfortable with a super expensive ring, I would be so afraid of damaging it and I am not usually the most gentle person out there. I feel bad for guys who feel so pressured to buy a girl a really expensive engagement ring out of fear if it isn’t good enough she might say no or something. 

Post # 33
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234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Ehhh. I think like with everything else wedding related, the norm varies by region and socioeconomic group. My ring definitely cost more than two weeks of my fiancé’s salary (or 1.6 weeks based on the chart in the article) and that’s also the case for all of our friends and probably coworkers (I don’t know how much their husbands make, but most people in my office have fairly substantial diamonds). You have to take all of these surveys and articles with a grain of salt. 

Post # 34
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I don’t know of anyone who did or even WOULD use some random company’s or website’s averages as a guide. People determine what they can or are willing to afford and go from there, and as others have said, that can depend not only on income, but also savings, home ownership, debt, career prospects, etc. Additionally, some people prioritize a ring while others do not.

I live in a rural area with a fairly low standard of living, and rings here are tiny. But I had lived in several major metropolitan areas before moving here, so my ring is more in line with where I used to live. Either way, though, I am no more or less married than anyone else here, ring or no ring.

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