Bigger Isn’t Always Better: When It Comes to Engagement Rings, That Is

Bigger isn’t always better.

Crass? Maybe.

True? Absolutely.

Traditionally, a man (& his lady) might expect to spend one, two, or even three months’ salary on an engagement ring, and while some might consider themselves just old fashioned enough to follow this rule, many more couples are bucking tradition. And so, suddenly, the answer to this age-old question has gotten a little more complicated.

No, no that question. With any luck, and a bit of planning, the only answer to that question will be ‘yes’. What I’m talking about here is this question:

How much should I spend on the engagement ring?

No matter what she says, every girl wants a ring. Maybe she doesn’t want a diamond. Maybe she doesn’t even want it to be gold. But trust me when I say: She wants a ring. When the time comes to decide what type of engagement ring is right for her, and how much to spend:

Think first about… her.

What does she want?

What does she like?

Think about your budget, and about your priorities as a couple.

The majority of women today don’t want their boyfriend — er, soon-to-be fiancé — to spend an exorbitant amount of money on a ring when there are other, maybe more important financial obligations coming down the pike: You know, like a wedding, or buying a house, or going on the honeymoon of your dreams. The selection and purchase of an engagement ring is an extremely personal process, and should be carried out as such.

Midtown Jewelers offers a plethora of less expensive, but equally as beautiful engagement ring choices that won’t tarnish, and will last forever. Come visit our Reston storefront; take the time to look at all of your options; and carefully choose the ring — and price that fits your, your intended, and your budget.

Think about the length of your marriage.

Or, the length of your marriage according to Emory University. A recent study found that the size (and thus, the price) of an engagement ring can go a long way to determining the lasting success or failure of a marriage. Emory researchers found that men who spend an average of $2000 to $4000 on an engagement ring and 1.3 times more likely to divorce than those who spent less. But. The opposite is just as true: Men who spent less than $500 on an engagement ring were equally as likely to divorce as those who spent four times that much, or more.

A word of advice from Reston’s preeminent fine jeweler:

Don’t spend an incredible sum of money if you don’t have it to spend; if you do, and want to spend a small fortune on your intended’s engagement ring, don’t let us stop you. (In fact, stop in to see Midtown Jewelers. We’ve got just the ring.)

And remember:

Love, engagement, and marriage are what you make of them.