My husband has always been a bit traditional. When we were younger and not yet engaged we would look at ring displays in the jewelry store. I would tell him I don’t need a diamond. There are many beautiful rings that I would love just as much without such a financial burden. I know the cost of a ring was an initially a hindrance for my husband to propose to me.
Long story short he obviously he proposed and you know the outcome (I said yes) and he did so with a diamond ring. Don’t get me wrong; I now love and cherish that ring. Not because it is a diamond, but because of what it represents.
When we were expecting our first daughter my fingers swelled and I took off the ring in fear of it getting stuck and having to be cut off. It felt weird not wearing a ring so one day out shopping I found a fake ring at a department store on clearance sale for six dollars. I put my incredibly fake shiney ring on and went about my life.
Then the compliments started rolling in. From co-workers to people at the grocery store, they all found the need to compliment my beautiful ring. I smiled and said thank you to those I didn’t know, and told those I did that it was a fake I was wearing as a stand-in until I could fit the real ones on my finger again. They couldn’t believe they couldn’t tell the difference.
I shared this information with the husband, who had insisted I needed a diamond, and we got a laugh out it. He said he didn’t regret getting me the diamond because of the tradition attached to it.
Fast forward 12 years, two kids and some stress eating and my beautiful diamond ring needs to be resized. Again, it felt weird not wearing a ring so I dug out my $6 ring from years before. I have to say that was a $6 well spent because the compliments came rolling in again!
My point is, if you can’t afford a fancy diamond ring or your partner doesn’t care about having one, save the money and skip it. There are other beautiful more cost-effective gemstones to choose from…or just get a $6 clearance ring since no one can tell the difference anyway.
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