Here’s some questions to ask yourself men, in order to decide what to get: 1) Does she like jewelry, or will she even wear it? We’re stating the obvious here, but it’s important. This question alone weeds out all the girls that say $100 ring is fine, diamonds are just a marketing ploy, or just simply don’t care or wear jewelry for a multitude of reasons. Maybe they’re super active and a ring will sit in the drawer most days, for example. If your girl fits one of these categories, you actually may offend her by buying a nice ring. 2) When it comes to what she wears, what’s most important to her? Some girls love shoes, some love cloths, some love accessories, etc. If she has a few nice accessories that she loves to death and wears everyday, then a ring is likely very important to her. In contrast, if she’s all about the shoes, then save on the ring cause you’re going to need the money later. If she loves all those things, then you may just want to reconsider (partially kidding). 3) Does the status of the ring matter within your inner and outer circle? This could apply to a lot of things, but you’re marrying the family, too. And it shouldn’t matter, but the ring does make an impression. It’s going to be better for everyone if she’s proud to show off the ring to family and friends. A second major area this may matter is work. 4) Does your bride-to-be work in a highly professional environment? This is going to sound petty, but an inadequate ring within her social hierarchy at work may actually have a negative impact on her career. I nicer ring subconsciously makes people think you’re successful. This whole idea may seem outlandish if you’ve never worked in this type of environment, but I can somewhat sickeningly confirm that status symbols mean a lot to people in business/law/etc. 5) What does the ring mean to you? Perhaps you haven’t even thought to ask yourself what ring you chose means to you. Is it a source of pride, or just an object? If you’re going to get a sense of satisfaction when you see the ring potentially everyday for the rest of your life, then the ring have more emotional value tied to it than you may have originally considered. In conclusion, she may like jewelry, especially accessories, professional job, and you take personal pride in the ring you want to give her. Or jewelry isn’t particularly her thing, her family doesn’t care about status, and you both would gain more satisfaction spending the money on shared experiences than an object. There’s nothing right or wrong with either of these scenarios, people are just different.
Hi Fiancial Samurai, I’ve been looking for engagement rings, and your article popped up. I wanted to point out how flawed your logic is. It doesn’t make any sense to compare a car to an accessory like jewelry. One typically needs a car, or any vehicle for that matter, to get to work to actually earn money. Can you do that with an engagement ring? No, you can’t. I’m sure you personally have to drive a car to get to work so you can earn money. Unless you don’t work, and you rely off of someone else’s money, how can you even label spending money on a vehicle as something wasteful? I do agree you should spend a decent amount of money on the ring, but that shouldn’t be the most important factor of marrying someone. If you have the issue of your man cheaping out on the engagement ring, maybe you just chose the wrong partner to begin with and the ring is the icing on the cake? But really though, why should you spend so much money on it in the first place? To symbolize love? Does that mean your love is something that can be bought? I sure hope not. With that kind of thinking, that would mean you’re a gold digger. Now, if you’re raking in a lot of money, then spending money on a ring shouldn’t be an issue. Some people actually like to save money though. and some women don’t want their man to spend a lot on their engagement rings either. Too many variables apply. People have a lot of varying view points on how much they should spend, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all type situation. You sound like a typical wasteful consumer not worried about saving money. You probably shouldn’t be giving advice to people. Instead of giving insightful information, you’ve just wasted the time of anyone reading this article. I also wasted my time to tell you this, but it was worth it.
Welcome to the Engagement Ring Calculator How much should you invest in a ring for your sweetheart? Diamond companies have worked hard to influence our cultural norms, which now suggest that you spend 3 months salary on a ring. Does that seem like a lot? With the calculator, you will be able to appraise your individual situation and possibly start your ring-buying journey on the right foot. Avoid being manipulated into spending too much, and inject some rational into what could be the most speculative of all investments. So you are thinking about buying an engagement ring? This is one of the most exciting times in a women’s life, so don’t screw this up. It can be a daunting task from a man’s perspective: How much to spend? How big of a diamond? Gold or Platinum? We have created this calculator with you in mind to help you through your engagement ring purchase. Find Out What You Should Spend .
Welcome to the Engagement Ring Calculator How much should you invest in a ring for your sweetheart? Diamond companies have worked hard to influence our cultural norms, which now suggest that you spend 3 months salary on a ring. Does that seem like a lot? With the calculator, you will be able to appraise your individual situation and possibly start your ring-buying journey on the right foot. Avoid being manipulated into spending too much, and inject some rational into what could be the most speculative of all investments. So you are thinking about buying an engagement ring? This is one of the most exciting times in a women’s life, so don’t screw this up. It can be a daunting task from a man’s perspective: How much to spend? How big of a diamond? Gold or Platinum? We have created this calculator with you in mind to help you through your engagement ring purchase. Find Out What You Should Spend
Ready to put a ring on it? When you’re ready to take your commitment to the next level, you’ll want to make sure to get it right with the perfect ring and an amazing, heartfelt proposal. After all, this is the moment she’s been dreaming of since she was a little girl. At first glance, buying an engagement ring may not seem all that difficult. Simply find a jewelry store and remember to bring your wallet, right? But as you stare at the rows of rings in different shapes, sizes and prices (and don’t even get us started on the 4Cs!), you may find that a little research goes a long way when it comes to choosing and deciding how much to spend on an engagement ring. Here, we’ll take a look at the average engagement ring cost in 2016, cut through the myths surrounding how much to spend on an engagement ring, and highlight the factors to consider when selecting the best ring for your partner and your budget.
I can understand where the 2 months pay “rule” came from. Traditionally, the bride and her family paid for the majority of the wedding, so because the groom’s family didn’t have to spend as much money as the bride’s, it wasn’t unreasonable for the rings to be so expensive. But these days, it seems far more common for couples to pay for their own weddings (which is the case for me), and couples are living together and sharing finances before even getting engaged (again my case). So the cost of the ring is actually coming out of the couple’s adjoined pockets. If my fiance had gone out and spent a couple thousand dollars on a ring, I might have wrung his neck. Couples should make decisions on large financial purchases together. Sure, it takes away the element of surprise. But when it comes to money spent, surprises aren’t always good. If you want the proposal to be a surprise, take a note from “Knocked Up” and propose with an empty ring box and a promise to buy a ring in the future. Then if she says no, you’re not actually out an money. =) Or just buy an inexpensive ring at a department store jewelry counter and tell her you can pick out a nice ring together within a set budget. If a girl is going to get angry about not having a super pricey ring with the proposal, are you sure you want to marry her in the first place?