You’ve popped the question. Kneeled on one knee, presented a glimmering gem, proposed, and looked forward to the future spent with your love. But how did you decide on the ring? On a popular internet forum, married couples share their choices.
1. Grandmother’s Wishes
“My grandmother pulled me aside five minutes after meeting my now wife, then girlfriend, for the first time, and said that she really loved her and she would fit right into our family. They had a really good bond for a couple of years before my grandmother passed. Her last wish was that I use her engagement ring from 1945 (grandfather proposed the day the Germans left Norway) when I asked for her hand in marriage. I did, she said yes, and we have been happily married for a good few years now,” a married individual states.
2. Not Into Traditional Jewelry
One person accounts their experience despising every single ring protected in a fancy jewelry store. Since they didn’t favor expensive rings, they traveled to a vintage thrift store and fell in love with a vintage 1950s ring for the whopping price of $300.
3. Pinterest Board
Who doesn’t love a good Pinterest vision board? This person shares how they designed their Pinterest board after the rings they hoped to acquire during a proposal. Their boyfriend considered their vision and ordered a custom ring modeled after the Pinterest board pictures.
4. First Date Nostalgia
A couple dishes on their engagement story. The now-husband wanted to set aside a generous amount for the engagement ring, but the now-wife decided against that idea, urging the husband to spend the extra money on their wedding. He found a ring with tree branches growing out of amethyst, which reminded him of their first chance encounter near a grouping of trees.
5. Because Science
“My wife is a chemist and agronomist. She was working on her master’s in agronomy, and part of her thesis project had to do with cobalt and molybdenum. So I got her a cobalt chrome engagement ring (which happens to also be 6% molybdenum). For the stone, I went with a manufactured sapphire, because science. She absolutely loves it. Cost me less than $300,” the scientist’s partner enthuses.
A user bites that blood diamonds wouldn’t be what they are without the blood. That statement speaks to numerous married couples, as they stand by the idea that lab diamonds are ethically sourced minerals without the destruction of natural habitats for a far lower price.
7. Three Months Salary
The older crowd in the comments rolled their eyes at those who spent less than $5,000 on an engagement ring. This contributor states they spent $9,000 on their engagement ring and can’t go in public without receiving a compliment. He also purchased jewelry insurance on the expensive statement piece.
8. Wedding Bands Save Money
Would you rather pay off your ring or the wedding? A couple answers they spent their money on their nightclub wedding and bought wedding bands at a local jeweler. They didn’t feel like handing over multiple paychecks, so they settled for matching bands.
“We got platinum because of her nickel allergy. The custom-designed ring and the trio of diamonds added to the cost. Think I was in the $14,000 range,” a married man shares. Always inform your partner of allergies to avoid green fingers, uncomfortable rashes, and any other allergic reactions.
10. Lose Them All the Time
“We got our rings off Amazon for like $15 each because I lose them all the time,” this married man laughs. Another person adds they thought they were cheap for spending $250 on their wedding rings.
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