According to diamond merchants GemEx Inc., 62 percent of men and 60 percent of women say an engagement ring is always worth spending money on, to the tun of 1-3 months of the fiancee’s salary. In fact, 10 percent thought that the ring should account for 10 months’ salary. Ka-pow! The good news is, 41 percent of the women said they would help pay for the wedding ring.
MarketWatch unearths more details from the report, like:
- Size doesn’t matter: Ninety-four percent of women and 90 percent of men say they would prefer a bright 3/4 carat diamond as opposed to a duller 1 carat diamond
- Only 50 percent of men said they would be insulted if their fiancee asked to exchange her engagement ring
- Eighty-four percent of women say their diamond ring represents more than an engagement–it’s a symbol of their style and personality
- Eighty-five percent of women were surprised when their boyfriends proposed and 15 percent knew it was coming