Man spends £15k on engagement ring – but his fiancée says it isn’t good enough

Men often have an awkward task when it comes to picking out an engagement ring that their fiancée will like.

And it seems like, despite his best efforts, one guy got it totally wrong.

The man thought he'd done a good job of picking out an engagement ring, after spending 10 years saving up the money to buy something his partner would love.

He even consulted with her family and friends about the design and stone before he took the plunge and bought the ring.

However, unfortunately for him, he didn't get the reaction he was after.

The unnamed man, who lives in the US, took to Reddit to admit he spent $20,000 on the ring (just under £15,000), which featured a lab-grown diamond instead of a natural one.

Lab-grown diamonds are almost indistinguishable, meaning the guy was able to get a bigger stone for his money.

Talking on Reddit forum 'Am I The A**hole', the guy said the proposal went really well and she said yes.

His fiancée initially seemed really happy with her ring, however things soon changed after she started asking questions.

He explained: "She asked me how much I had spent on her ring. I told her that I had spent about $20,000 on it 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."

He continued: "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."

The guy said he spent the last week explaining to his partner that lab-grown diamonds are better for the environment and better value for money.

He added: "I wanted to get her the most beautiful ring possible and lab-grown diamonds are in every way real diamonds and that they are also indistinguishable from natural ones unless you look at their certificate.

"I have also pointed out that she had no clue and would have never known if I hadn't told her the price of her ring. But she insists that she can tell a difference and it is just not the same."

However, he revealed fiancée has since asked if they could swap the stone for a natural diamond of the same value, much to his disappointment.

He continued: "I spent months searching for the perfect ring for her and also, though value was the biggest reason for me, 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."

Hundreds of other social media have since responded to the Reddit post, giving their opinion on the situation.

Many were on his side, as one person wrote: "This is a pretty good sign of how the actual wedding and marriage will go in my opinion. Not the a**hole. You're trying to look out for the world, if a real stone was that important to her, she probably would've brought up being against/wanting a lab-created diamond some point in your relationship. She's being picky and should've been happy about the ring, which btw, sounds gorgeous."

Another replied: "I never once thought of asking my hubby how much he spent on my ring. I absolutely loved the ring! But I loved the fact that he chose it more. The size didn't matter. The setting didn't matter. The price didn't matter."

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A third wrote: "NTA You spent $20,000 on a ring and she isn’t happy? I think you have bigger fish to fry. What’s going to be enough for her?"

The situation comes after jewellery brand Pandora revealed last week that it is swapping mined diamonds for 'greener' lab-grown stones. It said it had stopped selling mined diamonds because of the damaging environmental impact of the mining industry.

After the news, Tobias Kormind, managing director of 77 Diamonds, which is Europe's largest online diamond jeweller, opened up to Daily Star about how much cheaper lab-grown diamonds actually are.

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