A recent report suggested that men who spend £600 or less on an engagement ring are more likely to have a stronger marriage than chaps who spend thousands.
When it came to purchasing my wife’s engagement ring, I played it very safe.
We were on holiday in Los Angeles and were visiting a shopping mall.
Whilst shopping I noticed a nice-looking jewellers and I suggested we go inside to look at the rings. Half-an-hour later we came out an engaged couple.
This probably doesn’t sound very romantic, but I wasn’t brave enough to go for a surprise purchase as I know it would have been wrong for some reason.
A colleague at The Breeze was telling me the other day how his wife asked if she could exchange her ring as she didn’t like it. This is exactly what I was afraid of.
There was a surprise benefit of buying a ring in the USA, though. It turned out the pound was strong against the dollar, so my wife ended up with a bargain!
Lou: I’ve never been a huge fan of diamonds. I know, I know they’re meant to be a girl’s best friend!
They’re gorgeous, expensive and sparkly and make you feel glamorous. But for me they’re just a bit boring.
I’m a big fan of rings; I’m currently wearing three which stay on 24/7.
Two have garnets set into them, one was a present from my sister and the second was my mum’s when she was younger.
The third is just plain silver shaped into flowers and it was filthy when I bought it from an antiques market.
But I polished it up and it only cost me £2.50!
When one day I get engaged, I’d be much happier with a sapphire, ruby or emerald than a diamond.
This may not sound very romantic but there are far more important things to spend money on.
I think £600 is still a serious amount to spend on one item of jewellery, so I’d count myself incredibly lucky to be given a ring that cost that much.
I love antique jewellery, so secondhand is also completely fine!
Even better if it’s a family heirloom. For me, that’s far more special than a new rock.