(Closed) Is everyone on WB really that rich? lol

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 107
Member
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We are solidly upper-ish middle class (over $150K/year combined income; no debt other than mortgage), but my ring cost $2K. At this point in life we have other priorities, and we’d rather put an extra $10K towards retirement or the “buy a nice house in a neighborhood with good schools when we decide to have kids” fund instead of spending it on a ring.

I have to say that I do find it a bit strange when I see people who make less than we do spend much more on the ring, but then again I’m a foreign transplant, so I just accept US consumerism as part of the local culture.

Post # 110
Member
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Thank you so much!

Post # 112
Member
670 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I wont discuss what Fiance and I make, but we are an older couple, (compared to most on the bee).  We already have the house and cars, so when it came time to buy my engagement ring, I got what I wanted.  I was more concerned with color and cut rather than size.  The diamond was purchased first then the setting.  My setting is in platium because I love the weight of it on my finger. 

The center stone is 1.23, I forget the amount in the setting.

We didn’t go into debt for the ring.  Not going into debt for the whole wedding shebang either.  I find it silly to do so as there are more important things to spend money on.

Here is my ring for looksies:

 

Post # 113
Member
414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

 MrsBuesleBee (message)                      June 8, 2015         

View original reply
@CookieCreamCakes:  that post is the exact  attitude! Not everyone with a sizable rock is in debt for christsakes! And it  does not make you stupid to buy a diamond as you imply. So yeah OP I guess  relatively speaking some people are wealthy- the shame! The horror! He’s in  debt! Don’t you want a car or house!? He’s irresponsible! Ummm… No. He drives  his nice car from his nice home to his nice job and will buy a nice diamond. In  cash taboot.

No need to bash others to feel good about your own life/ring.

 

EXACTLY.

Post # 114
Member
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have a 1 ct but we are not rich.  Mostly from saving plus on a low interest line which should pay off in the next 8 months while we save for the wedding as well. 

Post # 115
Member
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

one thing I noticed on this site is that a lot of brides are SUPER into wedding rings.  I’m not, i’ve never been into it.  We make between 175k – 200k combined (depending on bonuses).  My ring was about 2k, I assume (never asked).  He also gave me pearl earrings and a pearl necklace.  I know it was paid for up front without a payment plan or anything.  It is a platinum band with a pearl center stone with two accent diamonds on either side.  it is beautiful.  My fiance asked me what I wanted and I really wanted a ring that wasn’t too much money, because I would think of all this better stuff we could spend the money on that I’d rather have instead – vacations!  Furniture!  Home improvement projects!

 

My ring is a beautiful piece of jewelry I love to wear everyday.  It is not a statement of wealth or trying to show off.  I picked something I’d like without being in the societal norms.  I get some interesting comments from people who assume my fiance cheated me out of an expensive ring, which is really annoying.  

 

Post # 116
Member
3167 posts
Sugar bee

I’m from the UK and we pay lots of tax.  I’ m in the higher earners bracket so I pay 40% tax on the top part of my earnings.  VAT is 20% on all luxury goods.  Jewellery is expensive here. I bought my diamond from the States by using an online retailer and I had to pay 20% import duty and I still saved money compared with diamond prices here in the UK.  In addition our house prices are very high.  I could sell my little house here and buy a large house in the States.  No wonder we tend to buy small gems.

However we do have free education and healthcare is free at the point of need.

Post # 117
Member
3723 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

View original reply
@MissHarleyBlue:  I think some women are sensitive because they feel like they are getting bashed for having large stones and that somehow that was not a wise decision or reflects poorly on them or their FH. I did say I wanted a 2 CT diamond solitaire or more. Guess what? I got a little more than a 2 CT diamond solitaire with another 1 CT in side stones. I’d be PIIIIISSSSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDDD if I get a little ring. Not my style, not my taste and I’d think, “What’s the point? I got SHAFTED!” Yeah, this might not go over well but just because some women like larger stones doesn’t say a thing about them. Maybe they have a couple of extra pennies. Maybe they are older. Maybe that’s just what they always wanted. The same for women who have smaller stones. Some might have cheap ass FI’s, some might be broke, some might just really like the smaller sized beauties. Perfect. WONDERFUL! Seriously… whatever folks chose is wonderful.

I KNOW I took the bait on this but seriously… it’s a one-way bashing for larger stoned rings. Folks with bigger stones can’t say “Gee, your Fiance is cheap” the way so many can say to the larger stoned folks, “Gosh, what a dumb decision” or “That’s got to be fake!”

Argh.

Oh God, I need a vicotini… and the popcorn.

Post # 118
Member
3723 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

View original reply
@msop04:  YES! YES! WTF! +50 Quadrillion!

Post # 119
Member
8031 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

View original reply
@MrsBuesleBee:  some people already own houses and cars as well. I see this sentiment a lot and it’s pretty judgemental. It implies that people with expensive rings sacrificed their credit or their future for it, which maybe a few people did – but not everyone! 

Agreed!

Post # 120
Member
3243 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I wonder this too. My ring is an 0.5 ct, 5mm moissanite, which I love but lately I’ve had the horrible creeping feeling that the stone is too small, particularly since moissanites are comparatively so cheap. I have to keep reminding myself that I wanted small. And I didn’t want  my Fiance to spend over $2000– and I still wouldn’t but I kind of wish my stone was bigger. 🙁 WB gives one ring envy.

Post # 121
Member
2238 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Not rich AT ALL! Fiance is in law school and I work for a non-profit. My ring is probably close to average in our area, maybe a little bigger (1.3 carats). I don’t know how to word this without sounding snotty, but Fiance comes from money. He also saved a lot while he was working prior to going to law school, which is how he could afford it. He wanted to buy me my forever ring now – I will never be upgrading and I’d never need to.

The topic ‘Is everyone on WB really that rich? lol’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors