A man who spent £14,000 on an engagement ring was told it wasn’t good enough by his fiancée.
Turning to Reddit to get some advice, the anonymous guy said: “I told her that I had spent about £14,000 on it and that I had been squirrelling away for the last 10 years.
“She was initially floored that I had spent so much but later became suspicious that I had managed to get such a large stone (3.6 carats) for the price, and asked to see the diamond certificate I got with the ring.
“I, of course, showed it to her (I thought she was worried I had been duped into buying a fake) and when she saw it was lab-grown she got upset that I hadn’t bought her a ‘real’ diamond.
“This reaction stunned me for a couple of reasons.
“Firstly, I had always been open in my distaste for the natural diamond industry, and secondly because I had employed the assistance of her friends and mother and everyone agreed that she wouldn’t care if the diamond was lab-grown.
“It is better for the environment, I know the exact origin of the stone, so I know it isn’t a conflict stone, and ultimately it is better value for the money and I wanted to get her the most beautiful ring possible.”
He also said that if he hadn’t mentioned the price, the woman would have had no idea whether or not it was lab-grown. But still, she has insisted he return the ring and purchase a natural stone ‘of equivalent value’.
He added: “The idea of potentially getting a blood diamond really does sicken me.
“So I said no, and said if she wanted to give the ring back and end our relationship, that is fine, but I would not exchange it.
“She called me an a**hole and went to stay the night with her parents. Since then I have received multiple texts from her friends telling me to just acquiesce and exchange the ring (and, ultimately, I will if it means saving the relationship) but I just feel like this is something worth being firm on.”
Many people have taken to the comments on the forum to say they agree with the guy and his fiancée is acting out of order.
“Jesus christ. Your fiancée sounds deeply materialistic,” one responded.
Another added: “I can’t understand why you’d want to be with someone who is willing to actually end a relationship over a non-conflict diamond that was given to her out of love and a hope for a future together.”
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