(Closed) How cheap is too cheap for an engagement ring?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
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  • Post # 166
    5356 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2016

    We are both 22 and in college. He is also a retail manager. He had an $8,000 budget. I told him I was sorry for wanting something ridiculous (it’s not, I was just surprised by his budget) and I’ve had my “friends” mom tell me I was ridiculous for wanting something so outrageous… When I told him this he told me I needed to tell her to fuck off because if he wanted to spend 20k he would and he wouldn’t give a damn…He is a finance major so he obviously focuses on numbers A LOT…he is looking at it as more of a cost per wear instead of an up front cost. 

    FWIW: we designed my ring to include both of our deceased mother’s diamonds and it was way under buget. He was really surprised it was so “cheap.” But we both were more concerned about having their diamonds and the sentiment that comes along with that, than we were the price. He honestly would’ve paid more than 8k if he had to so that we could include their diamonds. 

    We’ve also been together for 5 years so he has had plenty of time to save lol

    Post # 167
    708 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    “cheap” is more of a feeling than a price for me honestly.

    I had my “dream ring” pinned on my Pinterest page forever. A month or so ago I bought a condo (on my own; Fiance and I will live together after we are married) and realized how flipping expensive “adult life” is. Fiance and I had already casually talked about marriage and wedding rings (I wasnt expecting proposal for perhaps even 6 more months) so I began to privately revaluate my “dream ring” with more realistic expectations 

    lo and flipping behold I’m proposed to within 2 weeks of buying my condo with THE RING. I kid you not I almost died on the floor that he got this ring and knew about it (I mean Pinterest isn’t exactly a secret I suppose) anyway i flipped  out later that night after it all sunk in and was like “is this a diamond?” Not that I cared, it was beautiful and meant a lot with any stone, but I was looking at a large pretty sparkly ring And was worried about the cost.

    he told me it was a diamond but that he did a lot of research and knew what I wanted and loved the style too and spent something he was comfortable with. I respect that and belive him. I still don’t know the specs or the cost of my ring (he handled the insurance) and it honestly wouldn’t change my mind. I have the most “costly and valuable” ring ever in my opinion because he picked it out and gave it to me in such love. 

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