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peachfuzz
my favorite color is pinko
10:08 PM on 04/30/2013
The engagement ring process, "value" & "need" was invented by Madison Avenue.
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TibbieLuvr
I really just wanted to die with frustration.
10:08 PM on 04/30/2013
It's great that she was so impressed with the day, overall. But for her not to look at the ring until he asked what she thought about it?? That's ridiculous. After all the effort he put into it, I'd be pissed.
11:37 PM on 04/30/2013
Maybe she loves him more than the ring. What if she had not liked it? Was she supposed to lie about it? She gave HIM her attention, and she loved the way he proposed, not the stupid ring. I'd say he's a lot more likely to be happy with her than with someone who only cared about the damn ring.
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TibbieLuvr
I really just wanted to die with frustration.
12:07 PM on 05/01/2013
I'm not even implying that she should only care about the ring. Remember, he put all that time and effort into researching/buying the ring because he loved her. Quit being so black and white. 
06:39 PM on 05/01/2013
I so much agree. I think that's the point he was making. Sounds as if not only picked the right ring, but an even BETTER girl.
10:07 PM on 04/30/2013
i think nelson muntz said it best.
09:53 PM on 04/30/2013
Oh I understand the horrible acquisition and history behind diamonds. But.. they're so pretty..and I'd frankly feel left out of the circle if I decided to reject one.
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bluelyne
11:00 PM on 04/30/2013
My engagement ring is 42 years old. It's worth 10 times it's original value. The marriage didn't last but I love the ring and had it reset. It's whatever the couple wants and can afford. Diamonds aren't a bad investment.
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09:50 PM on 04/30/2013
My engagement ring is almost 200 years old. When my fiancé first proposed, he gave me a .50 wrist band we bought backpacking in Guatemala. 3 months later he showed me the ring he liked in a vintage jewelry store, that's how long it took him to find it. I loved it instantly, but he still insists that I let people know that HE picked it, not me.
He knew I did not want a diamond. I could not live knowing, or not knowing, that it was a blood diamond. Also most diamond engagement rings look the same to me. Seems like every girl has a version of the same thing.
My ring is emeralds and pearls. I could not have imagined anything more fitting for me and for us, really. The ring should reflect the couple, not just the girl.
09:42 PM on 04/30/2013
It would be nice if us guys got a nice expensive gift when entering into marriage. Some will say, hey you get the girl and i'd say we get each other. Let's change it, she buys his ring, and he buys her ring but they must be of equal value. That would be interesting.
11:17 PM on 04/30/2013
I bought my huband a bottle of Gran Patron Platinum. He doesn't do jewelry.
09:17 AM on 05/01/2013
That was very thoughtful, and creative. 
11:23 PM on 05/01/2013
My hubby got a ring that cost a whole lot more than mine did. I don't like diamonds, and got a tsavorite garnet (it's grass green) and he got an Alexandrite. Between the cost of the stone and the gold, his ring was twice the price. And he was worth every penny, and then some.
11:12 AM on 05/02/2013
Wow, grass green sounds cool would like to see that.
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09:26 PM on 04/30/2013
Ravi, you picked the right girl and she is lucky to have you.I wish you both a long and healthy life, full of joy and love.
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liberalbug
do you want fries with that?
09:21 PM on 04/30/2013
Get a guy to buy you a big rock and you too can show off how much better you are than your friends, how special you are, how much more worthwhile you are because you scored the guy who gave you the biggest rock! Barf. Gaudy engagement rings are just that. Be modest and save the money for a killer honeymoon or a downpayment on a house. Love is not expressed in tacky jewelry.
10:42 PM on 04/30/2013
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11:19 AM on 05/01/2013
I wholeheartedly agree. My brother called everyone and let us know he and my sister-in-law had gotten married and would be on a two week honey moon. I was really young at the time and didn't get it, but now that I'm older I totally admire it.
09:20 PM on 04/30/2013
Guys, just buy your woman a gold band. If she complains, consider whether this is someone you really want to make a lifetime commitment to.
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rosebudmi
09:19 PM on 04/30/2013
My husband picked out the diamond solitaire and had it set in a simple band. When he proposed, he told me that I could select the setting I wanted because he didn't want to force his taste on me. I had seen a beautiful setting several months before he proposed while getting a battery changed in my watch. I fell in love with it. I took the ring back to the jeweler as he had bought it at the same place, and asked if my perfect diamond could be set in that ring. The answer was yes, and to this day I absolutely adore my ring. It is highly unusual, and I get at least one compliment on it everyday. I'm so glad he let me be part of the process.
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Eve PurvisAllen
09:08 PM on 04/30/2013
I personally told my husband I want a house.....something that is worth value. Who wants diamonds/stones that the more they cost and flawless, the more they are most likely conflicted because of mining? A home is something that you can leave your family. A plain band of gold is fine nicely for me!
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peachfuzz
my favorite color is pinko
10:05 PM on 04/30/2013
Except that we lost 45% of our house values and have to hang onto it for another 15 years to break even -- maybe, if we don't invest too much into fixing it up. Maybe asking for dental work is a wiser investment -- you divorce or die, you take it with you.
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Swimdude
03:25 PM on 05/01/2013
For men, a house is something you are forced by the courts to buy for your x-wife!
09:01 PM on 04/30/2013
Why aren't engagement rings worth it?

Well, marriage used to be a promise for a lifetime; engagement was a hope for a lifetime.

Now, marriage is a hope for a lifetime; engagement is anachronistic.

Marriage is the new engagement.
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jrmjake1
08:55 PM on 04/30/2013
My ex-wife and I actually had a ring made for her. It was one of those split rings. Her engagement ring had the singular diamond, and when we married she clipped on the second ban surrounding that diamond with others. Engagement rings are worth it, if you are serious about getting married and committed in all things.
09:38 PM on 04/30/2013
You're being funny, right?
10:03 PM on 04/30/2013
I have to respectfully disagree. My engagement ring was a pretty antique (used, old, ?, whatever euphemism you want) which didn't cost much of anything. I was delighted to be proposed to by him, never wore it once we got married (plain gold band) and am happily married to my very much non-ex over 20 years later. Commitment ain't about a ring.
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08:55 PM on 04/30/2013
Diamonds are one of the largest (if not the largest) retail scams ever perpetrated on the public, mark up is 300% to 1000%, resale value is a joke which renders the idea of a diamond being an investment the proverbial punchline.

Unlike gold, silver or platinum, diamonds aren't publicly traded, that should be your first clue that something is amiss. The price of diamonds are artificially controlled by DeBeers, a company founded by Cecil Rhodes one of the chief architects of the apartheid system in South Africa. This should be your 2nd clue that something is amiss.
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Andygirl A
angering at least one person a day since 1996
01:04 PM on 05/01/2013
agreed! and they never increase in value either.
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Jack Glastra
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08:42 PM on 04/30/2013
Jewelry is always worth it IF (and only if) it is good quality and wearable. Think about it... the whole concept of jewelry other than its aesthetic value is that you are wearing something that is valuable everywhere and to everyone. If you can buy your life (or maybe the meal that keeps you alive) with a trinket, then isn't it worth the investment?