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Old 03-02-2005, 03:58 PM   #21
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Some of you may think this is crazy, but I bought my wife's ring on Ebay. I found out what her size was by ordering one of those ring-sizing sets off the net (about $1, I think) and measuring one of the rings she already has. I got a great price on the ring. I waited until I had the ring, then "popped the question" while sliding the ring halfway onto her finger. She was stunned and very pleased, to say the least. She said I was the only one who "did it right." I later had the ring appraised at a local jewelry store and the value is 4.7X what I paid.
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Old 03-02-2005, 04:02 PM   #22
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It slays me when I hear the recommended "x months salary for her ring". *I can't even remember what x is supposed to equal.

How 'bout I recommend they market to some other schmoe who will eat that hook, line, and sinker...
The X is supposed to be 6 months salary.

I love the current marketing plans: The Past, Present, and Future Ring (3 solitaires on one ring); and the I Forever Do Ring (for when you marry the same woman again). You gotta admit, the diamond marketers are brilliant.
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The X is supposed to be 6 months salary. *
They must have been upping those numbers again cause I can remember when the reccomendation shifted from 2 to 3.
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Amazingly good marketeers. I love the current campaign for successful single women to show their success off by buying their own diamond for their right hand. :

You have to see some of the smuggled videos of debeers warehouses where they literally have bulldozers pushing mounds of uncut diamonds from one area to another...
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My first suggestion? Find out if she even wants a ring to begin with. Does she wear jewelry often? Rings, in particular? If she would genuinely enjoy a ring, great, but don't just assume that female=adores jewelry...
My DW (of 30 years) would have divorced me before we ever got married if I had spent what little money we had on a diamond ring. *I had resisted posting that fact because it seems like a lot of people do believe the female = adores jewelry equation. *They assume that I'm just not observant, sentimental or romantic. *I don't know . . . maybe I'm not. *But I have a great wife and a great marriage. *And we both think we're richer without the diamond.
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