CONGRATS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT.
I’ll say it, becuase that’s what your mother SHOULD have said, end of story. Her comments, quite frankly, are materialistic and selfish.
You cannot buy love, and contrary to what some people may believe, the size of your diamond is NOT a measure of your FI’s love for you. Your ring is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. It is EXACTLY my style, and I assume yours as well, since you picked it out.
Some women simply LIKE a simpler ring! To illustrate:
My parents have been married for 30 years. When my father proposed, he was 25 and had next to nothing. When he asked my mother to marry him, he presented her with a beautiful, IF, colorless, brilliant-cut, .51 ct engagement ring.
Since that time, he has become very successful, running the entire southeast division of a VERY large bank/finance company (I won’t mention which, but you’d know it), made an income high enough for her to be able to be a stay-at-home mom (her choice) for the past 18 years, and taken an early retirement.
He has offered to upgrade her ring for her NUMEROUS times, but she will have none of it. She likes her ring EXACTLY as it is. She’ll take her beach condo, cabin in the mountains, RV, etc etc instead, thanks.
My Fiance proposed to me a couple of months ago with a princess-cut diamond that is EXACTLY the same size (.51ct) as my mother’s, and I was literally ECSTATIC to have something so similar in size to my mom’s, which is always what I’d pictured for myself. I can’t ever imagine upgrading mine, either. I love it to death.
So wear your ring with pride! Instead of looking at it and getting sick over your mother, STARE at it and beam with PRIDE that YOUR FH put it on YOUR finger, and know that it is PERFECT exactly as it is. If anything, I’m the kind of girl that would look at it as an act of defiance against good ol’ mom. 😉