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6/9/14 12:41 P

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I don't like big rings or big diamonds. I have very skinny and long fingers and it just wouldn't look good. I also think huge diamonds are tacky as most of them are not proportionate to women's hands. I wanted a .5 carat, but my fiancée insisted on a bigger one. I am very satisfied with what he got me (just a bit bigger), I think it's perfect!

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My engagement ring is worth more then my wedding ring and is actually more bing that I care to wear, its black hills gold with a carrot (my mate actually got it before we ever meet face to face and didn't even know my size when hir chose it, and it went on like a dream fitting perfectly) - my comment on it is alright what ever (i like the black hills gold, not a fan of the carrot).

Now my wedding ring is a simple celtic knot style custom made white gold band - my mate and I had identical ones made for each other, I didn't see the need for some elaborate deal that will only get lost or broken or what have you, clean and simple I like much better side almost no one who see's it think its white gold (most assume that its silver, and almost no one I've talked to realizes its a wedding ring, despite my mate and I wearing matching rings - many just think its nice N wears the same ring as me).

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4/16/14 1:20 P

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As with everything marriage related, I think the question is if it matters to you and your partner. As long as it's a thoughtful and personal choice, I don't think the size matters one bit.



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Nope. My ring is tiny considering the norm but it is what I wanted.

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No. It's just a stone. Not a heart.



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My fiance brought me to the store to pick out my own ring since he was not sure what to get, and wanted to make sure that i'd love it since i'll be wearing it for the rest of my life. :)

We picked out the setting, then picked out the stone together. I was originally going to go with a smaller stone, but he wanted to go above and beyond and got me a .6 nearly perfect beautifully clear stone. I never would have asked for it on my own, but I absolutely love it! The size is nice, but I do appreciate its clarity more.

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4/1/14 10:40 A

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No it doesn't and it really shouldn't.
I have to disagree about if you hate the ring that may mean he doesn't know you. Consider this: us girls like to talk a lot. We like to say what we like or don't like, sometimes exaggerating or just for the sake of talking. There is a chance that we are giving off the wrong signals. If I always say "I'd never want such a big stone as such and such" so he buys me smaller stone because I said that and I hate it then it's my own fault. Not his. Also, consider that if he can't get the whopping huge stone that you were dreaming of doesn't mean he can't later. Upgrades are always an option. I have two wedding sets (remarrying my ex-husband) my first set we were younger and didn't have the money we do now so my first set is beautiful, but the stone is smaller (clarity is nearly perfect, he went with a smaller stone and beautiful clarity). My current set is a much bigger diamond with again near perfect clarity. I didn't ask for a bigger stone, I didn't ask for a 3 piece set. He said he wanted to get me a new set and asked if I had any preferences. I had one: I wanted white gold this time. That's what I got. Now, if he asked that and then still got me yellow gold again I'd be a little confused, but never disrespectful.
My honey is great at jewelry shopping, but yours may need more guidance. Ask him if he'd like you to go look at rings together. Not the day he is buying, but before then so he can get an idea of what you like.


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Size doesn't matter but the look of the ring should. If your fiance picks out something that you hate for whatever reason, what does that say about hi/her knowledge of your preferences?



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I don't think it matters. It's never mattered to me. I never really even considered one day wearing a giant diamond on my finger. When we got engaged, I tried to talk my fiancee into getting me an inexpensive ring to save us money.

But he wouldn't hear of it. Apparently he feels like the price of the ring is significant because it's a symbol of our relationship and our promise to each other which he says isn't cheap and shouldn't be represented as such. So he insisted of course and I finally gave in, because it was so important to him.

He won't tell me how much the ring costs, but he's got it on layaway and figures he'll have it sometime in April. I'm guessing no more than $2,000... I hope haha... :0 I can't wait to see it though.

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I don't think that it matters. I got engaged the same time as my stepbrother proposed to his now fiance. He gave her a ring with a huge diamond that is a halo setting and very pretty, but he didn't pick it out, she did, and he didn't even buy it or pick it up, his mom did! I feel really lucky that my now husband spent the time searching for a ring that he thought would be perfect for me. It should be a personal experience, I think.



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I actually have (and requested) a ring that's just a metal band with an intricate design on it. My fiancé wears an identical one and the plan is to get the insides engraved with our wedding date before the big day. Not one person who has seen how cool and unique my ring is has scoffed at it.

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Not in and of itself.

"Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come" (1Timothy�4:7-8)

"Jesus answered, 'The most important [commandment] is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength'" (Mark 12:29-30).


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It matters if its going to cost us an impractical amount of money or rack up a huge chunk of debt. I'd rather have something simple that I 'own' and not something I'm in debt for or caused me to suffer financially.

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Size of the ring doesn't matter to me. What does matter is that I want something original. I don't EVER want to see "my" ring on another womans finger! EVER



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I also don't care about the size of the ring- but sometimes men do. My fiance hasn't bought a ring yet. We don't have much money, and despite my insistence that it doesn't matter to me, I can tell that it bothers him that he can't provide such things.

A fancy ring doesn't necessarily mean a happy marriage (look at Kim Kardashian!). I don't care about a big rock on my finger- my fiance is my rock emoticon



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I think that the size of the ring only matters if it bothers the wearer. I don't care, whenever I look down at my ring I see that I am loved and wanted and see my future. And a gorgeous ring. My mother always used to comment on how tiny her diamond was and it obviously bothered her. The thing about rings is you can always upgrade to a different setting or get another band later on if you want more.



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I don't think the size matters overly, what matters is he gets the best that he feels comfortable affording.

As for the issue of you feeling the stone is to big. Go try some rings on, this is how my fiancée decided what to get me. (He wanted full say in the ring so I wasn't allowed to say my opinion) But he made me try on many different styles and sizes and told me later that he thought some stones in some styles looked gawdy on my hand while others looked very nice. I have small hands so (my ring size is a 5) so some styles took up my whole hand.

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yeah i'm totally ok with a non-diamond stone or a lab created one but he wants to get a real diamond... and a bigger one than i want! i've tried having numerous discussions with him but to no avail. it is very much a pride thing for him i think- my offer to contribute was shot down really fast :P

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I chose a non-diamond stone for my ring, so it may not be as applicable, but to me, the thought behind the ring matters more :)



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I don't care about the size of my ring, just the fact that my man took the time to pick one out he thought was "me" and he nailed it! I think people forget it's about the man, not the ring.



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4/27/13 12:49 A

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I love the fact that your not all about the ring and self. I'm also getting married next month and I would love to have a rock . It doesn't matter to me about the ring as long as I'm married to the love of my life . When you love someone you support whaty they are attempting to show you , which is they love you and honor you as a woman they want to be with.



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My engagement ring is perfect. It's 3/4 ct. but it's Moissanite, not diamond. What mattered to me was that it was in a more unique setting, not a huge rock. Don't get me wrong 3/4 of a ct is PLENTY big for this girl as I'm a simple person, not materialistic and very down to earth. My FH almost felt bad that he didn't pay thousands of $$ for my ring but honestly, I would rather put that money towards our wedding/honeymoon/bills. All the social hype about how they have to save 3 months worth of salary is silly. It's not a contest, it's something to show that you have a person tha loves you and wants to spend their life with you. My wedding ring I am looking into doesn't even have stones.



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After a friend of mine got married, I started looking at dresses and rings so I would have an idea of what I want. I pretty much have the ring picked out. It's a lab grown diamond, so it's less expensive. Depending on the size, it's $899-$1055. I could just buy it myself, but I feel like that's a weird thing to do... I don't know what I'll do if he really can't afford it or just doesn't want to buy it.



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Congrats ladies, when I had my first marriage I never owned any diamonds... It was my great treat grandmothers wedding ring and it was just a plain gold band, no diamonds.

My second marriage i was completely blown away.. he got me a diamond and I am not a jewelery person at all but its small, a marquee and I LOVE it. I wouldn't want to have anything more or bigger.. It is just the symbolism of what the ring means and it was perfect for me.

It is all hype about the 3month salary thing, I never helped picked my engagement ring or my wedding band out, he did it himself for me.. its perfect..



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I'm still not entirely sure how serious my fiance was about this, but he would always point out the huge, blingy rings to me and say "how about that one??" When I told him I would never want a huge diamond, he would always reply, "But you deserve one!!" Adorable but also a little...I don't know. No one DESERVES a huge diamond. I found it sweet that he thought I did, though =P

When we picked out my ring together, we looked at a bunch of different sizes of diamonds, ranging from about .5 carat to 1 carat. I remember seeing the .9 carat in the setting we chose and thinking right away it was too big. We ended up getting something around a .75 carat diamond that was decently high up on the clarity/etc. scale. (As a lot of people have said, it's the quality that was important to us rather than the size.) I think it's the perfect size and wouldn't trade it for anything. And frankly I would have been embarrassed to wear anything much bigger...



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the "diamond" engagement ring and the three months salary rule was invented by DeBeers jewelry co. who else would tell you to spend tons of money on a ring?

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Congratulations! I know it is really weird to start calling the former boyfriend the fiance... I haven't fully gotten used to it yet and we've been engaged a month now

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I don't think it matters! I am newly engaged (on 1/22) and my fiancé (how strange it is to call him that!) gave me his grandmother's engagement ring. I have no idea how much it costs, but it was perfect!

I never would have thought I'd want a traditional gold (or any) ring, but as soon as I saw it I knew it was just right.

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Plus it fit, but the setting needed to be restored because it is 75 years old so it is at a jewelers now and I miss it!


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WHO says a ring should be three month's salary?! And WHY?!

Know those answers, and you'll make the best choice on a ring...

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


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The "3 month rule" terrified me, too! I calculated it and was like, "Ummm...no." My ring cost a third of one month and it could not be more perfect.

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To me it mattered that it be something I wouldn't be uncomfortable wearing... I have a history of losing and damaging rings because I don't think to take them off for things like camping or painting... So yes in a way the size does matter - that doesn't mean it should be huge, it means it should be right for you.

Ellesse - when I was told it's "traditional" that the man spend 3 mnths salary, I calculated the cost in my head and damn near fell over! I don't want that kind of extravagance on my finger! I'd never leave the house! (he ended up selecting a very pretty and simple solitaire which I love - the proposal was honest, traditional and fun, so therefore worth it for us)

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I love you Sparkpeople! It has been so refreshing to read through this and mostly read that the size and price isn't what matters most. I only recently found out that it's "common knowledge" for a guy to spend up to 3 months salary on an engagement ring and was completely taken aback! I'd be uncomfortable and a little upset if my boyfriend spent that much on a ring!

In fact, he and I recently talked about this after he heard about a girl getting mad at her boyfriend for not spending that much on her ring. My boyfriend is a little bit more to the other extreme -- questioning the whole point of an engagement ring and even of the act of proposing. To some extent he's right and it's a silly tradition, but it's still something that a girl grows up fantasizing about.

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I don't think it matters.



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If it is something that causes arguments between you two, I would think it would or not matter. If finances is part of the problem, a modest size ring of a carat and in decent rating can be looked at as investment and your first asset. Many stores offer layaway payments without one applying for a credit card and with extremely little down. I have been married for over 20 years and have changed my engagement ring at least 3 times because my tastes have changed over the years. Think about how the ring size will make you feel if you are out and about, if it will snag on your clothes, if it is something you can see yourself wearing for at least 5 years. My first engagement ring was traditional and I think it was 1/2 carat diamond. 2nd ring was 1 carat that looked liked a flower. This third time I have opted for a flat wedding band in white gold with sapphires and diamonds. What matters is how you feel and/or how your spouse feels about it. This is something private between you two.



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CHARTREUSELION, that's a good point! When you look at it that way, size was important to me! It was important that I get a small ring with small stones. Not the way people normally look at it.

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For me, the size wasn't important. I just wanted to be sure that it was a conflict-free stone.

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When my fiance and I started seriously having the marriage talk, we brought up the ring topic. I started looking at rings online, and we went to a couple (like, 2) jewelry stores so I could get sized and try on a couple of different rings. In the end, I gave him 3 rules for my ring (because he wanted to pick it out on his own): 1) it had to fit (so i got sized about 6 times, at different times of day during different temperatures) 2) it had to be white gold (I'm not a yellow gold person) 3) the diamond has to be big enough to see with no magnification (over time I have learned that I have to be extremely specific with him, otherwise he'll twist things into something they're not - it's what he does, and I love him for it.)

In the end, he picked out the perfect ring for me. So, honestly - size matters. It matters because you shouldn't, IMO, go into debt buying the ring. It matters because if you (the one wearing the ring) wouldn't be comfortable wearing a huge rock, he should know that.



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No. No, no, no, no, no.

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


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The only guidelines I gave to DH when he was looking for a ring were: 10k gold and no diamond. It was a lot of fun to wait and see what he would pick out... and he surprised me with a Claddagh ring!

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It was the perfect choice for us... I didn't want anything flashy, but I love the symbolism behind the ring. (I now wear it alongside my 3mm wedding band.)

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I say no. My fiancee went to a lot of work and trouble and care to pick out my ring....it's beautiful, but he never had to worry about me liking it, I would have liked anything. I quit worrying about stuff like that a million years ago (this will be my second marriage).....I know what's important and what is not, I am so much better equipped for my second marriage!!! LOL!

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If my boyfriend ever gives me a ring I hope it is small and simple. He does not need to spend a ton of money on it.

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My ring is a marquis cut and it can be a killer or weapon...the points are sharp...I let my fiance choose it and it is perfect for me. It has the marquis 3 stones risen with side emerald cut and then two outer bands with small round diamonds. It is rather large.

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I knock my rings on things a lot and I have small fingers, so I specifically requested a small, relatively flat ring with flush-set stones. I didn't particularly care about diamonds, it just so happened that the ring I fell in love with had diamonds, although we took two of them out and replaced them with blue zircon (it was a relatively cheap vintage ring and those two diamonds were small and really poor quality, so it wasn't like we were throwing away a $2k diamond). People always gush over huge diamonds sticking way out. I would hate a ring like that.

I hate it when people look at a ring and say, "He must really love you." Right, because if you didn't like my ring, it would mean my fiance didn't love me. And buying expensive rings is really the only way to measure love.

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My ring is a pink sapphire, so we were able to get a fairly large stone at a reasonable price. It is a 2 ct radiant cut, and sometimes I think it's a little too big for my hands (I wear a size 3.5, so you can see where I'm coming from!)

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Also... if it's too big, wouldn't it feel uncomfortable to wear, and wouldn't you be even more terrified of losing it? I don't know, that's my thought.



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My fiance proposed with a ruby (which I LOVED), so we had more wiggle room financially--but my fingers are thin and small, so I didn't want anything big. It's funny how many people fawn over the unique beauty of my ring and refer to it as big or gorgeous... and how there's always a few that say "oh, it's nice... it's what you wanted" and proceed to talk about how big they want their ring. Honestly, size doesn't matter, it's A) how unique it is B) how well it fits you, and C) the motivations behind picking it out. Heck, my fiance could have gotten me the ugliest ring in the world and I think I could have learned to love it. I know plenty who have!



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It's not the size of the ring, it's the size of his heart so to speak.

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My fiance" and I both agreed that the smallest solitaire the store had was perfect - I have never had a diamond before and I still smile every time I look at my hand. I agree with the previous posts that it is really about the commitment and the relationship - bigger doesn't mean more love, just more bling.

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It certainly did not matter at all to me. The only thing I wanted was something not flashy and silver/not gold. I would have been very happy with sterling silver and some sort of stone. As it was, I did not have a choice and my fiancé picked the most amazing ring ever! I was shocked and pleasantly surprised. He picked exactly what I would have picked and we had talked about it once...I am so lucky and thankful!

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I must say that I agree with everyone else on here that it's not the size of the ring that matters. Since we are a little older and my fiance has never been married before, he had the $ to buy a more expensive ring. It's a 1 carat princess cut that is absolutely beautiful, but I told him I would have been just as happy with a cubic zirconia. Whatever...I just love him to pieces and can't wait to be his wife!

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People can be so materialistic. I would be very curious to know how many of the couples who argue about size of the ring/cost of the ring, actually end up together down the road given the high divorce rates out there. Seems to me there are quite a few women out there who are more concerned with the ring and the wedding than the marriage.

My fiance and I have been struggling financially for almost the entirety of our relationship. We decided it would be better in the long run to buy our first home than spend the downpayment on an engagement ring.

However, because of my tastes, I still ended up with my dream ring. It's a beautiful 3 carat emerald-cut aquamarine surrounded by a double rectangular halo of small but sparkly diamonds in a white gold setting. It is stunning and much more bling than we ever would have been able to afford if I had my heart set on a diamond. I am very much an ocean lover though and this stone has always been my favourite. The amount he spent on the ring was nothing compared to the diamonds my friends have but my ring is bigger, sparklier and more unique and I wouldn't trade it for anything!

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My ring had side stones so right away the size of the main stone was going to be smaller because the setting was expensive. But it's still a good size and if it ever looks small it's because it's on my big hand. I love it. My fiance had an idea what I wanted but he picked it out himself. He keeps saying that we'll get a bigger stone for it in a few years, but I don't need it. It's perfect like this.



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I think it depends on the bride. I initially wanted a big ring, but once I started looking at prices and what else could be done with that money we decided on a claddaugh ring ($800) since I am Irish and took the rest of the money we had been saving to invest! This means I can retire earlier (I am an old bride!) I do know brides that demand the big rings though.

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I just got engaged about two weeks ago, and I didn't pick out the ring. I had NO IDEA what it was going to look like, and I was kind of afraid that it was going to be really big and gaudy.

I was SO wrong. He didn't go into debt getting it, but it did cost a good deal (the stone alone, 3/4c moissanite, was $400). Still, he had the money (and then some), and it is absolutely beautiful! Plus, I am actually happier with the moissanite, because it comes from a compound that was discovered from a meteor lots of years ago, and it goes with the theme of my ring, which has two things I like (it is a bookends ring, tension setting, with a meteorite inlay and moissanite stone), books and space.

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I think it is more important to put that money towards your life together.

And guys should know that the ring will set a precedent in the marriage. If a woman must have the best ring then she probably will have to have the best of everything else. It can get really expensive when you are married to a person that must keep up with the Joneses

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I got my Great Grandma's ring its only 3/8 carrat but I absolutely LOVE IT.. We might upgrade someday but right now its amazingly beautiful and I am Honored to wear it everyday!



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I don't think the ring matters. I believe that is wrong with a lot of marriages. The purpose of getting married is to unite in holy matrimony. Not the size of the ring, or the size of the wedding. Keeping it simple and sweet should be the motto, maybe then the divorce rate in this country would decrease.

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I most definitely would not want a ring that cost over a couple thousand dollars. I have a "real" set that is probably worth about that much. I like it because it is just flashy enough to make it obvious that I'm "taken." Perhaps I am just uncultured about this sort of thing but the average person looking at my hand will not know the "quality" of the cut, clarity, etc., of my diamonds, nor will they even know for sure if they are "real" diamonds (they are).

It does matter to me what other people think. I don't think they look at my set and think my husband is cheap, nor does it look over the top.

I had an ex finance who wanted to buy me an engagement ring. He could only afford about $200 at the time. So I picked out a pretty ring with many small diamonds in that price range. He, however went and got me an 1/8 carot pear shaped solitaire. My problem with this was in part that people would literally tease me about it, lift my hand and ask for a magnifying glass. I know he could have got a ring like I asked him to get for the same price and nobody would have teased me about it. I would not really have a problem with a simulated diamond except they are usually too big and Gaudy so people will likely assume they are fake. I don't mind the idea of simulated diamonds (I sure can't tell the difference and I doubt many others can either without special knowledge and tools) but don't want people to "assume" anything!





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When my now husband proposed, he gave me his mother's engagement ring, It is absolutely perfect.

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Did you all hear about Avril Lavignes engagement ring? A Whopping fourteen carats. If that is what she likes then yeah for her, but personally I don't like it at all. She is so tiny and the ring just weighs her down.

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one thing that my ex and i did really smart was the rings...we were also jr enlisted in the navy at the time. i had a 1/4 c marquis engagement ring and a plain gold band. the band was thick but not ornate. on our first ann, he got me a small but beautiful wrap. on our 10th ann he got me a wrap with 3- 1/4 c marq on each side. absolutely beautiful. the setting grew as our marriage and family did



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My fiancee is making our rings; both wedding and my engagement ring. It probably won't cost more than $100 for all three.

To me, the rings aren't the important thing; what they symbolize are. Someone who goes for a huge price tag is not someone for me.

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I agree, I prefer a more petite ring. :)

Really huge rings look like grandma rings to me, I guess because my grandma always bought these giant rings off of QVC.

But really, the size shouldn't matter. I mean, women don't buy anything for the men when they get engaged. Seems a little greedy to get miffy about how much he spent on the diamond. Plus there's wedding rings to buy.



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I know this is a super old post but I wanted to put in my little story :)

My husband proposed to me with a 1/3 ct. solitaire on a thin white gold band. I had told him that I wanted a more petite ring and I'm glad he definitely listened! Also he was a PFC in the Army at the time so it was affordable. My ring could be made of string and I would love it, because he chose it and it has been to Iraq and back which I think is so special. He picked it out online and had it mailed to him during his first deployment in Iraq. He told me later that the ring took longer than expected to get there, it was the end of his deployment and he was about to decide and remain there a couple weeks longer than needed just to wait for it. Luckily it showed up before he came back to the US. He kept it in his breast pocket constantly until he was finally able to come see me and propose (he was stationed in another state at that point) he was soo terrified of losing it.

He once mentioned that he wanted to get me a bigger diamond when we could afford it, I told him "hell no!" This diamond means the world to me, it is the diamond I wore when we got married--why would I want to change it??

I did choose my wedding band, an antique-style wrap. From afar my ring looks like a 3-stone ring with antique sides that have lots of tiny diamonds--it almost looks like a bow with the solitaire in the middle (princess cut) and two small round diamonds on either side, and then two loops of tiny diamonds on each side of the band. As you can tell I am enamored with my ring, more so now even than when I first got it. Unfortunately I have to get it resized (again) because of the weight I've lost, and I just don't want to part with it -- especially not now because my husband is deployed again and I think I'd be sad to have it gone for a period of time with him gone also. But when he gets his leave we are going to get it re-sized so it stops slip-sliding around :)

Okay anyway..that's all :)



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Awww, that is sweet Starry Eagle!



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The ring that my fiance gave me used to be my mother's. It doesn't have a particularly big diamond, but it was the ring my dad bought for my mom when they were both young and poor. My mom passed away a few years ago, so the ring has lot of emotional significance for me. So, for me, the size definitely doesn't matter :)



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Congrats on your lovely rings and other favors of love, ladies! I chose Mossanite when I got engaged. It is durable, shinier than a diamond, and a lot cheaper. I adore how sparkley it is and it goes great with my aquamarines (my fav stone). One of my friends went with a beautiful bracelet for her wedding, rather than a ring, because she is a nurse and a ring would get snagged on everything.

Size doesn't matter - however, funny story about size! I have a g/f who is HIGHLY competetive, she thought my 1 1/2 karot mossainite was a diamond and was horribly jealous. She ran out and demanded that her fiance grab her a bigger ring. I never corrected her that it wasn't a diamond until she told me what she had done....



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I was completely surprised when my husband-to-be asked me to marry him. He picked the ring out all on his own and the best part is I absolutely love it. He wanted to make sure I knew how he came to pick out that ring and it was pretty sweet how much he knew me even though we had never really talked about rings. He explained how he knew I wasn't much of a jewelry person, which is true. I try to wear jewelry to work and within 30 minutes I take it all off and lay it on my desk unless I have a big meeting. He knew a big ring wasn't my style and that I am not that girl who competes against her friends to have a bigger ring. In the end, my ring was a perfect size, fit just right and is unique. He explained how it came down to two rings and he picked this one because it sparkled more to him. I love my ring because I know no one else has it and is even more special knowing how much thought he put behind it. That's what is important to me.



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We pick out my ring together , he wanted to make sure i liked the ring , i could have had any ring i wanted & the ring i chose was small & antique looking , i have had sooo many compliments on it & we did not break the bank over it & even tho i love my ring i love him more !!!!!

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I like a ring that says, "I'm engaged" Just not a big one. I love tradition. I want a pale amethyst or a pale Aquamarine.

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When I told my Fiancee I would rather have a pearl than a diamond he kind of looked like a sad puppy emoticon It was actually pretty cute. We are both in student loan debt and I wanted something that didn't come with an outrageous price tag. He ended up getting a pearl with some tiny diamonds and a really pretty white gold band. He just felt like he HAD to get a diamond because it was traditional so we compromised. His proposal was so perfect I would have said yes to a ring pop if that's all he had!



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I agreed with what you said about the wedding ring, I the love is more important.

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I have a tiny diamond with a small wrap which I love. I don't think the size of the ring matters but it seems like in today's world it's all about outdoing one another so size REALLY matters to most.

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Personally, I want a smaller ring, because I think bigger ones would just get in my way, and I just don't think they look very nice. I don't even want a diamond, I want my BF's birthstone.



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@ARCHIMEDES2 , if you don't want a ring that is fine, too. It is what makes you happy.

@CHEYENNE1122, I love sapphires. They are so pretty. And it is even more special because it means something to the both of you.

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I realize I'm in the minority here, but I don't even want an engagement ring. I'm not much of a ring person, and I'd rather he spend money on things we can enjoy together. I know he loves me and that I love him and we are really good together and we make each other happy.

I have had people get almost indignant that my fiance was somehow shortchanging me for not getting me an engagement ring. I just tell people like that that my fiance is smart enough not to waste money on something he knows isn't "me". We will get wedding rings, however, to jointly symbolize our commitments to each other.

It's interesting how we all seem to assume that the guy MUST get his fiancee a ring. Interesting throw back to an earlier culture when it was assumed that the man must support the woman and this symbolized his ability to do that. I know that isn't all it means today, but it still seems to have a similar flavor. After all, men don't wear any similar gift from their fiancee, it is strictly a one way thing. (Don't worry, I have no problem with engagement rings in general. Just philosophizing on what it says about us as a culture.)
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I agree that diamonds are over rated I for my engagement ring got a sapphire and that has special meaning for us .

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I was at Sam's Club today and saw two of the most gorgeous rings. One was pale amethyst and the other was pale aquamarine. The aquamarine was 1/10 of the price of the ring if it had been a diamond and the amethyst 1/5 of the price of a diamond.

I would much rather have either of those rings. I am like Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. I think diamonds are highly over rated.

(Glad that I don't have a ring yet)

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10/20/11 8:26 A

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My only specifications were simple and platinum. After receiving my ring, I realized platinum was not as durable as I thought it would be (I work outside with my hands and wanted something that wouldn't scratch). Its a round cut solitaire(.6ct). For the wedding band, I got white gold because it was 1/2 the price, looks the same, and is just a durable. I wish I'd known that when giving input for the engagement ring!
We have a lot of friends recently engaged/married and I've seen 4ct rings and wonder how you walk around with that on a daily basis. The bigger rings definitely suit their personalities. Some people just want the big ring. I just wanted a big party for our reception!



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