This past weekend was extra special for me not only because it was thanksgiving weekend but it was also the 3 year anniversary for my boo and I (as boyfriend and girlfriend)!! We decided to do a little shopping but this time it was mostly for him...I shop so much I really don't want for much these days. We went clothes shopping for him and boy I tell ya he was dragging me around and taking forever!! Luckily it wasn't in vain and he got a few things that he needed. I thought I would have enjoyed shopping for him but he is more pickier than me!!
|photo from Tacori Jewelers|
Anyways, on our way around the mall we made a stop into a couple of jewelry stores just for a few quick laughs. We checked out some engagement rings just to see what was out there. There were some pretty good deals and some outrageous prices! I am glad we decided to "just browse" because it gave us a realistic idea of how much these things cost.
The engagement ring shopping experience brought up a lot of questions for the both of us. My boo suggested that I find a few rings that I was interested in so he knows what to budget for...GASP!! I know that was kind of anti-climactic and unromantic but at least I know he wants to please me by getting me what I really want. Its kind of tough to know what ring to shop for and the hardest part is setting a realistic budget; because to be honest who wouldn't love some beautiful bling!?! But really I am a practical person and not so materialistic so I am not expecting him to pay an arm and a leg for something that knowing me I would lose or something. I use to have a running joke with him that I would take a ring from a Cracker Jack box..lol.. I dunno I rather spend the money on something else like a down payment on a home or paying off student loan debt better yet!! Not to mention in this economy times are hard for us all.
Besides budget I know there are other considerations to be made when purchasing a ring such as the 4C's: Color, Clarity, Cut, Carat. What are you 4Cs ladies? What kind of ring do you like? I had lunch with a friend recently and she said that the minimum price for a engagement ring should be $2,500 but she felt more comfortable with a $5,000 priced ring! I told her I can't imagine spending that much on a piece of jewelry but she expressed that its an investment and you could pawn it if you ever needed to. However, after doing a little bit of research I found that it is hard to get the exact value of the ring for which you paid and that diamonds aren't as hard to find. Another option given by my mom was to get a diamond from South Africa which would allow me to get more for my money.
So with that all being said...What do you think? I know there was a "rule of thumb" going around that a man should spend 3 months of his annual salary on the ring. Do you think spending $500 - $800 on an engagement ring a decent price??? Before you give your opinion check out this survey done by Psychology Today. Let me know your thoughts!!