Buying an engagement ring for the person that you intend to marry is a big deal but it shouldn't matter what it looks like of the size of the rock, right?
It's all about the heart and the sentiment and what the ring symbolises rather than how much it costs.
Unfortunately for one woman that wasn't the case when she and her husband-to-be went to purchase their wedding rings form a branch of Pandora jewellers in Nashville, Tennessee.
In a viral Facebook post, Ariel Desiree McRae explained how despite not having much money her fiance had saved enough money to by her a $130 ring.
However, an employee at the store didn't agree with the saying 'it's the thought that counts' and proceeded to criticise them for buying such a cheap item.
Rather than take the criticism, she came back with the perfect response for the snooty employee.
My husband doesn't have a lot, neither of us do. We scrape and scrape to pay bills and put food in our bellies, but after almost 2 years of dating we decided that we couldn't wait anymore, so we didn't.
I wasn't even thinking about rings, I just wanted to marry my best friend, but he wouldn't have it. He scraped up just enough money to buy me two matching rings from Pandora. Sterling silver and CZ to be exact. That's what sits on my ring finger, and I am so in love with them.
While we were purchasing my rings however, another lady that was working there came over to help the lady selling them to us. She said, 'Y'all can you believe that some men get these as engagement rings? How pathetic.'
When she said that I watched my now husband's face fall. He already felt bad because he couldn't afford the pear-shaped set that so obviously had my heart and covered my Pinterest page. He already felt like a failure, asking me again and again 'Are you sure you'll be happy with these? Are you sure this is okay?' He was so upset at the idea of not making me happy enough and of me not wanting to marry him because my rings didn't cost enough money or weren't flashy enough.
Old Ariel would have ripped that woman a new one. Mature Ariel said, 'It isn't the ring that matters, it is the love that goes into buying one that matters.' We bought the rings and left.
Y'all I would have gotten married to this man if it had been a 25¢ gum ball machine ring. When did our nation fall so far to think the only way a man can truly love a woman is if he buys her $3,000+ jewellery and makes a public decree of his affection with said flashy ring? Sure they are nice, sure the sentiment is wonderful and I'm not trying to cut down any of your experiences, but when did it come to all that? Why do material possessions equate love??
My husband was so afraid of me not wanting him because he couldn't afford a piece of jewellery. He was afraid that the love I have for him would pale because he couldn't afford the wedding set I wanted. The world has made it this way and it is so sad.
But here I am though, Court-House married, $130 ring set, the love of my life by my side and happier than I could ever imagine.
McRae's story, which is from December 2016 but has resurfaced, has since added to her story and informed readers that the pair met through online dating and fell in love instantly.
This post keeps growing much to my surprise, and I've been asked a thousand times how we met. So here is the short version! My husband and I met online at the age of 20, talked on the phone (and I mean actually talked not text) for 6+ hours a day for two days.
He then drove an hour out of his way to take me on a date. I wore a tacky Christmas sweater (if you think I am lying, ask him) We ate wings, had a burping contest, and drove around listening to music and singing. I fell in love with him on the first date.
If he had asked me to marry him the first time we met, I probably would have said yes. To be honest, we had wanted to elope three months into dating, but decided to take some extra time to get established beforehand.
Ultimately we couldn't wait any longer.. so we eloped. I've never been this happy in my life and I couldn't imagine spending it with anyone else ever.
In a statement given to The MirrorPandora apologised for the incident and admitted that their experience was against their values.
Pandora Jewellery regrets that Ariel and Quinn had this experience while shopping for such a meaningful testament to their love.
Their experience is not in keeping with our brand values or what we expect from those who sell our products.
We aspire every day to bring love to people around the world no matter the occasion or sentiment, and we are honoured that Ariel and her husband chose PANDORA to celebrate this special moment together with unconditional love.