(Closed) How much?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
783 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2003

I think that varies from person to person. Your income. Your debt. What you value. A whole lot of factors. What I think is reasonable is probably outrageous to some and very little to others. 

Post # 3
14738 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree with alabamagirl, but I guess you want to know actual figures and opinions…so I think 10-15k is normal.  Over 20k would be “too much” to me.

Post # 4
11635 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

MrsAtobeOneDaySoon:  too much is what you can’t afford.  To us, 3 months salary, “the rule” was too much, personally, I wouldn’t be comfortable with more than 10k on my hand.

Post # 5
10591 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Whatever you cannot afford is too much

Post # 6
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015


MrsAtobeOneDaySoon:  I’d say average around me is $10k. I wouldn’t be okay with my Fiance spending that on a ring, thats why we went with moissanite. We have better things to spend that money on

Post # 7
4698 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

This is very subjective. My ring would be considered ‘too much’ by a lot of people, some would even be appalled.. But, for us it wasn’t too much, relative to our incomes and our savings.

When you’re stretching yourselves to buy something or going into debt, I think its too much.

Post # 8
2511 posts
Sugar bee

“Too much” is relative. In my personal opinion, if you have to use credit or go into debt for it then it’s too much. If you’re sacrificing normal things for it, it’s too much.

Normal as in, if you’re sacrificing groceries and living off Ramen noodles for a piece of jewelry, it’s too much. Choosing to forego a new wardrobe for a ring is OK though.

Post # 9
5165 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

MrsAtobeOneDaySoon:  This 100% depends on the person, their financial situation and how much they are willing to spend on a single piece of jewelry. My e-ring was about $1500, chump change to a lot of bees on here, but just about as much as we were willing to spend. It also helped that I didn’t want a big rock and I didn’t want a diamond. I can’t imagine spending tens of thousands of dollars on a piece of jewelry. Even if I had the money to spend, I’d rather spend it on travel or retirement savings, but different people have different priorities.

Post # 10
1648 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

What mrssloan2013:  said.

That and what do you care about? I didn’t care about having the ring itself – it’s more symbolic than anything else. I got a morganite ring that costs less than my monthly rent and I’m super happy.

Post # 11
3036 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Mine was $2,000 and even thinking about spending that much on something that isn’t “useful” makes me cringe but I love it. I wouldn’t go above $5,000 but that’s just me. I’d rather have other stuff. I’m sure that’s “nothing” compared to everyone else. 

Post # 12
5189 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

MrsAtobeOneDaySoon:  It depends on the couples’ current and expected financial situation. February will be 2 years since I got married and I still don’t have an engagement ring. Darling Husband proposed by putting my promise ring on my left hand. We don’t earn a lot of money and we decided years ago that whatever savings we were able to accumulate would go towards a house rather than a piece of jewelry. I love our house! If other people can comfortably afford both even better! We couldn’t, but that’s ok, and there’s no right or wrong amount across the board.

Post # 12
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

It’s all relative, depending on salary, savings, debt, etc. Generally speaking, it’s probably too much for someone if they have to go into debt for it.

Post # 14
316 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Agree with PP. Too much for me is $2000. 

Post # 15
2691 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

To me too much is over $4k. My e-ring with my wedding band came to around $2.5k and I personally wouldn’t have spent much more.

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