It’s not the size or price of an engagement ring that matters — it’s the love it represents.
This is Ariel Desiree McRae. After months of scrimping and saving to buy an engagement ring, she went with her fiancee, Quinn, to jewelry store Pandora to buy matching rings.
At the counter buying the sterling silver and cubic zirconia rings, the shop assistant said, “Y’all can you believe that some men get these as engagement rings? How pathetic.”
In the story shared on Facebook, Ariel writes, “I watched my now husband’s face fall. He already felt bad because he couldn’t afford the pear-shaped set that so obviously had my heart.”
“He was so upset at the idea of not making me happy enough and of me not wanting to marry him because my rings didn’t cost enough money or weren’t flashy enough.”
Ariel didn’t set the shop assistant straight, but told her, “It isn’t the ring that matters, it’s the love that goes into buying one that is,” before leaving the store.
“Y’all, I would have gotten married to this man if it had been a ¢25 gum ball machine ring,” she wrote, “Why do material possessions equate love?”
“My husband was so afraid of me not wanting him because he couldn’t afford a piece of jewelry. The world has made it this way and it is so sad.”
Ariel’s post quickly went viral, with many agreeing that the size and price of an engagement ring don’t matter a bit. Best of all, many people shared photos of their own engagement rings and the story behind them.
“I have the same band and wouldn’t trade it for the world! My husband means everything to me and the last thing I had on my mind when deciding I wanted him forever was jewelry (my people don’t traditionally wear rings) but he insisted,” wrote one commenter.
“He and I picked this out together 3 days before the wedding and I’ve gotten so many compliments on it. I like it, but I like him more! Congratulations on the new marriage, keep loving each other.”
“Love this story, made me think back about 43 years ago, I had no money to speak of, but the prettiest girlfriend in the world,” shared another.”
“She stayed with me though, I was a lucky man. We dated for 2 years and tied the knot, lived in her mom’s house for a year and moved out shortly afterwards. Our rings matched our budget but not our love, and I think she still likes me!”
Another wrote: “When my husband and I were dating I told him he could propose with a bubblegum wrapper twisted up like a ring and I would still say yes. That was 21 years ago. Guess what sits in a ring box in our lock box?”
“My first set was pricey and ended up stolen,” shared one lady, “My husband offered to replace it but I look back and can’t believe I let him spend that much on a ring. I just got these made for $25.”
In the end, Ariel knew that the only thing that mattered was that she had found the man she wanted to spend the rest of her life with.
They were married in a courthouse with the $130 ring set.
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