When Ariel McRae and her husband, Quinn walked into their local Pandora in search of a wedding band/engagement ring set, they weren't expecting to get the kind of reaction they did.
As they browsed the display cases, Ariel spotted the perfect set and asked to try it on. The modest ring set was made of sterling silver and CZ. Even though it wasn't exactly her dream set, Ariel knew that her husband didn't make enough money to afford the pear-shaped set she really wanted.
She was happy with the smaller set, because it meant that she could finally be married to her best friend after almost two years of scraping and saving.
"I wasn't thinking about rings, I just wanted to marry my best friend." She wrote on Facebook.
That's when a nosy shop assistant came over to help with their purchase. It was what she said next that would make Ariel's husband's face fall.
"Y'all can you believe that some men get these as engagement rings? How pathetic."
She knew that he felt like a failure: he had asked her over and over if she would be happy with the smaller rings. Worst of all, he was afraid that she wouldn't want to marry him because they were all he could afford.
"My husband was so afraid of me not wanting him because he couldn't afford a piece of jewelry. 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."
Despite the pressures that society puts on men to shell out thousands of dollars on a ring in order to be "worthy" of his woman's love, the couple bought their $130 ring set.
"Old Ariel would have ripped that woman a new one." She writes, "mature Ariel said, 'It isn't the ring that matters, it is the love that goes into buying one that is.' We bought the rings and left."
Since sharing her story, more than 70, 000 people have responded to her with pictures of their own modest rings and words of gratitude.
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