What's the minimum amount you'd pay for an engagement ring?

By Bess
@epiffanie (10404)
Australia
April 21, 2018 1:56am CST
. I had an appointment with the bride to be and her mom this morning to talk about the designs of the wedding dress and the bride's maids dresses and also the mother's .. She's got the most beautiful engagement ring.. I can't get my eyes off it. I so loved it that I asked if I can take a photo of it ..and she didn't mind .. Her fiance designed it and had it made to order using the gold and diamonds from his grandma's and mom's jewelries .. I thought what a lovely young man and the design is really beautiful.. I have seen so many engagement rings that are stunning, but this one is more captivating to me than the others .. Simple, romantic and has an antique look to it .. And it looks gorgeous on her finger.. The tradition here in Australia is that, most brides' dream engagement ring would have to cost at least the equivalent of their fiances' two months salary.. That would be at least $10,000 .. So, I realised that my engagement ring was less than my husband's one month salary ..lol.. I missed out on a larger diamond .. Anyway, what's the minimum amount you'd pay for an engagement ring? Bess ..
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@mlgen1037 (29626)
• Manila, Philippines
21 Apr
My engagement ring did not even cost a thousand bucks. We just had a simple engagement ring, which was actually lost. But I was the happiest woman when I got engaged. Not really into jewelry as I get allergies when I wear them. And maybe because we were being practical too.
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21 Apr
^ When love isn't replaced by materialism.
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@mlgen1037 (29626)
• Manila, Philippines
21 Apr
@ConVolines Thank you, Em Jay.
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@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
23 Apr
That's what's important Louise .. It is the engagement and not the engagement ring .. Though your profile photo is small, your big beautiful smile shows how happy you are..
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@ivanituut (1922)
21 Apr
It doesn't matter to me, the thing that is really matters to me that your partner will appreciate the ring
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@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
23 Apr
Yes I agree! .. because engagement is not about the ring.. but a promise and a commitment ..
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@ivanituut (1922)
23 Apr
@epiffanie yes it truly does :)
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@caopaopao (12501)
• China
21 Apr
I have never had an engagement ring. So you're better than me.lol.
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@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
23 Apr
I know a lot of couples who don't have engagement rings.. nor wedding rings but they are happily married ..
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@caopaopao (12501)
• China
23 Apr
@epiffanie Yeah, like my hubby and me.
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@owlwings (39735)
• Cambridge, England
21 Apr
What a very sensible and parsimonious young man! She now has something which is beautiful, modern and completely personal while he saved a great deal, no doubt, on the cost of the gold and diamonds and only had to pay the jeweller for his expertise and skill (and some of the cost might even have been offset by the vaue of any surplus gold and diamonds). Why spend such an enormous amount on something which, to be sure, is beautiful and memorable but amounts to carrying around with you a considerable portion of a deposit on a house which can never be realised? But money is only money, after all. It's so long since I bought an engagement ring that I completely forget what I paid. It certainly wasn't anything like two month's salary (little though that was at the time)!
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@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
23 Apr
I agree very sensible but I don't think he designed it himself to save.. He just wanted to make it more meaningful .. He is a very romantic young man that he even wrote a book for her and gave it to her as an engagement present .. I mean, what man does that? specially these days ..lol .. That's is probably why this ring is so special .. Most couples I know who spent that much on engagement rings already have own houses or owning .. so I guess they know they could afford .. .
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@ConVolines (1471)
21 Apr
What coin does those plastic-egg-dispensing machines take these days?
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@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
23 Apr
That's reminds me of the ring I got from one of those plastic eggs $2 ..lol .. was so pretty ..
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23 Apr
@epiffanie True love is not measured in diamonds, but can be proven in poverty :)
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@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
25 Apr
@ConVolines I don't know what you mean by true love can be proven in poverty ... But I can tell you that growing up in poverty didn't prove anything about love .. I hated it so much ..
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@hereandthere (32753)
• Philippines
25 Apr
it's so beautiful and unique and definitely to be treasured because it includes the grandma's and mother's jewels. when did that tradition start? who set the price? it's quite impractical.
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@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
25 Apr
I only heard this tradition here when I started making wedding dresses .. some even spent more than that .. I have seen one engagement ring that cost the groom 6 months of his salary .. I thought that was very extravagant .. But I guess if they can afford it, it's okay ..
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• Philippines
25 Apr
@epiffanie but what if they broke off the engagement?
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@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
26 Apr
@hereandthere ... the ring goes back to the man.... But I know one case where the man was caught cheating few weeks before the wedding, he didn’t get his expensive engagement ring back....
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@FayeHazel (19710)
• United States
22 Apr
That is a beautiful style! I've heard that the standard here is 1 month salary = price the man should consider paying for engagement ring. Ah - there it is higher. I like it. I should come to Australia and find a husband then. lol. I'm just kidding. In reality - I would 1) hope that he got a good deal 2) hope that he knows my (unusual) style very well 3) picks one which reflects my style or lets me pick :-D
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@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
23 Apr
US$ is higher in value than $Au .. Yes indeed it's important that the man know your style . I chose my engagement ring .. lol .. and my husband was lucky that I didn't like what he chose which would have cost him almost 3 months salary .. I am frugal and very practical you see .. whereas my husband loves expensive blings.. ..
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@FayeHazel (19710)
• United States
24 Apr
@epiffanie Oh that is awesome that you got to choose your own ring. Bless you for being frugal. I like deals... though... I think my style is similar to your husband's. Bling! Yay!
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@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
25 Apr
@FayeHazel Yeah .. when my husband and I first met, she thought I was too frugal ..lol .. But I was only making sure that we don't go into debt ..
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@Shavkat (65269)
• Philippines
21 Apr
Oh, no! I don't have any idea. If I am going to get married, then I will know how much is the budget for it. I'll see the other response.
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@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
22 Apr
It doesn't matter what the cost..as long as it doesn't put you into debt.
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@Shavkat (65269)
• Philippines
22 Apr
@epiffanie I will agree with that statement. We just need to spend money, not beyond our budget.
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@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
23 Apr
@Shavkat Exactly.. we need to manage our finances well..
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@DianneN (84978)
• United States
22 Apr
That is a lovely looking ring and set so beautifully! My sons each bought their fiancée2 carat rings and designed them themselves as well as the wedding bands. Well, I certainly did not buy my own engagement ring. My husband did. I had a two carat ring, but he upgraded it for an anniversary to a 5 carat stone with two 3/4 carat stones on either side of the main stone and smaller stones on the band itself. There is no way I will tell you the cost of it, but it is lovely and is an expression of his everlasting love.
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@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
23 Apr
OMG! @DianneN .. You don't need to tell the cost.. I have a client whose husband is a jeweller and they own a jewelry shop and I have seen prices of different carats stones.. and the jewelries she wears . I can imagine.. Yours sounds so lovely and breathtaking .. I have one exactly the same .. in my dreams..ahahaah!! ..
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@DianneN (84978)
• United States
23 Apr
@epiffanie Thank you! You don't know how many times I've asked him to become a jeweler! lol
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@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
25 Apr
@DianneN Wow imagine if your hubby was a jeweller .. you'll be wrapped in jewels.. ..
@TRBRocks420 (82395)
• Banks, Oregon
21 Apr
I was thinking more like 50 to 100 bucks, but I only make 10 thousand in like 5 years lol.
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@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
22 Apr
I know a young couple who made their engagement bracelets out of beads.. that cost them less than 10 dollars.. So yeah, it's okay as long as you're both happy..
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@TRBRocks420 (82395)
• Banks, Oregon
22 Apr
@epiffanie My Grandpa made my moms I think out of a silver dollar.
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@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
23 Apr
@TRBRocks420 Wow! .. that is awesome! ..very nice of your grandpa to do that ..
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@Jessabuma (33194)
• Baguio, Philippines
21 Apr
I haven't any engagement ring . Hehehe!!!
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@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
23 Apr
Well, make sure that when the time comes, choose your own style .. it doesn't matter what it'll cost ..
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@Jessabuma (33194)
• Baguio, Philippines
23 Apr
@epiffanie Yes.. I will ma'am ..
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@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
25 Apr
@Jessabuma good!
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26 Apr
1 million dollars if im going tie the knot. think its gonna be awhile
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@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
27 Apr
good luck!
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@aureliah (18373)
• Kenya
25 Apr
I have no idea how much I would pay but not that too little.
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@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
25 Apr
Yeah .. if one can afford to buy something more of value, why not ..
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• Philippines
21 Apr
speaking of engagement ring, i lost mine someone stole it from my room, i pity its either my male cousin or the girl playmate of my daughter before, no one admits it. its so shame i love that ring, its not so expensive but i love the 4 crystal stones on it, i missed it
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@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
22 Apr
It is really not the price that's important but what it symbolises .. and oh what a shame indeed that you lost it..