For most people, an engagement ring is the most precious piece of jewellery they will own in their lifetime.
It symbolises a promise, a future and and a very exciting time.
It’s something you will (hopefully) wear every day for the rest of your life.
So what do you do if when the moment comes, and the love of your life gets down on one knee, opens the box and well… you’re a bit disappointed?
That’s exactly what happened to one MumsNet user.
Not only was she underwhelmed with the ring itself, she was more upset by the amount her new fiance has decided to spend on the ring.
She later found the receipt and discovered he had forked out £1,300 on the ring.
And while most people would be over the moon to be proposed to with a ring with that kind of price tag, she expected more.
So she took to the forum to ask other for advice.
She writes: “DP proposed and presented me with the ring he’d chosen – a diamond solitaire in white gold.
“I was so happy and excited to accept but was disappointed when I first saw the ring.
“The first word that entered my head was ‘small’.
“There’s nothing to dislike about the type of ring per se, as a diamond solitaire would have been my choice, but it’s the whole thing – the colour of the gold, the setting, the small stone and relatively chunky shoulders.”
“His salary is nearing a 6 figure sum and he’s usually very generous.
“Having seen the receipt I know he paid £1,300 for it – which is a lot less than I would have imagined he would have spent on such a significant piece of jewellery.
“He’ll be more disappointed in me for making a fuss over it when, in his eyes, it fits and there’s nothing actually wrong with it rather than being disappointed that I’m not truly happy with it.
“Someone at work apparently told him that ‘if she makes it all about the ring, then she’s not the girl for you’.
“Ideally I would have loved for us to have chosen a ring together and made a special day finding one we both liked.
“As it’s something I’ll be wearing every day and is such a special piece of jewellery I wanted to really love it and I just don’t. ”
Unsurprisingly, her comment didn’t exactly go down well.
User Mavis Flump The Fairy wrote: “Blimey. I’d have been delighted; talk about being ungrateful, the person at work is 100% right.”
PinkHeart5911 added: “I don’t really see your problem? All you don’t like about the ring is it’s “small” and only cost 1300 wher
“I’d be disappointed if I asked someone to marry me and they made a fuss over the ring tbh. I mean someone wants to commit the rest of your lives together and you want to make a fuss over a ring?
“Marriage and a life together is about so much more than a ring
“Maybe be an adult and understand that a ring doesn’t make a marriage?”
User SD60659 got straight to the point, writing: “Holy f*****g s**t.
“Is this serious or are you trolling?
“What do you want? Do you want to marry him or do you want a big t****y ring?
“1300 quid is a lot of money to most people (I don’t give a s**t how much he earns) and you sound like the worst person imaginable. I hope he dumps you.”
This is the best place to retire in the world
Picture postcard West Sussex has knocked Dorset off the top of the retirement league as the place for golden oldies.
For the county which includes the seaside resorts of Bognor Regis and Shoreham as well as cathedral city Chichester has been named number one for quality of life for pensioners.
Low crime rates, good health care and better than average weather have made it a popular retreat for the nation’s elderly, a study has found.
According to the Prudential’s Quality of Retirement Index, Dorset is second best, with East Sussex third, Devon fourth and Norfolk fifth
With 10.6 million Brits aged over 65 – a million more than five years ago – those looking to spend their dotage in a pensioner-friendly environment should head to the Isle of Wight where a quarter of the population is over 65.
But the cheeriest old folk are in Wales, the fittest in Rutland and the wealthiest in Surrey where pensioners’ incomes are around £21,400 – a third higher than the national average in England and Wales.
The Index analysed eight categories including access to healthcare, crime rates, weather and income to define the nation’s retirement hotspot.
Stan Russell, a retirement income expert at Prudential, said: “Our analysis shows that every part of the country has something different to offer pensioners, but the counties with the most attractive attributes tend to be along the southern and eastern coasts of England.
“Counties like West Sussex and Dorset may be attractive because of their low crime rates or the quality of their health care.
“However, finding the right spot to live in such popular locations can be tricky.
“It is understandable that many people want to choose somewhere attractive to live in retirement.
“To get the most choice when the time comes to give up work, people will benefit from saving as much as they can into a pension as early as they can in their working lives.”
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