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Average Cost of Engagement Ring in 2009

What's the Average Cost of an Engagement Ring?

Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but any guy who has purchased an engagement ring will tell you he feels pretty darn chummy with it, too. While it truly is all about the sentiment and promise, the perfect cut, clarity, and stone are certainly factors and come at a high price. Most of us don't have a celebrity-sized bank account or unlimited credit at Tiffany & Co., so what was the average spent on bling in 2009? Take this quiz and find out.

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What was the average cost of an engagement ring in 2009?

chequettex chequettex 7 years
Grrrr EDIT: "my husband & me" **I don't like bad grammar.
chequettex chequettex 7 years
My rings are appraised at over $3,000 but they were free to my husband & I - a gift from his grandparents. His great-grandmother wore them. To me, they are priceless. Oh yeah, and I paid $60 for his ring.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I wouldn't want my boyfriend to go over 5,500. While it's a lot you have to remember you only buy it once (unless you lose it!) and you are (supposed to be) with that person your entire life. When I point out the rings that are 5 he says thats a down payment for a car. lmao.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 7 years
I wonder if that price reflects the actual COST of the average engagement ring, or how much was spent last year on average? I love jewelry, and if my future hubby wants to be a little extravagant with my ring, that is awesome (since I plan on wearing and cherishing it for the rest of my life)! BUT if not, I am cool too! For me, it is more about the thought put into picking out the ring than the actual price!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
I totally agree with smart blonde. It's not that a more expensive ring means he loves you more or whatever--it's a piece of jewelry you will wear every single day of your life until the day you die. It's important that it's exactly what you want and you will look at it every day and feel happy about it.
smart-blonde smart-blonde 7 years
I made Mr. Blonde read every book in the local library about diamond buying before we got engaged. As a result, he paid X amount and the ring was appraised for much more. I told him that I didn't care if the wedding was just us in Vegas with an Elvis impersonator officiating, but I was going to wear the ring every day and I wanted something quality. He did well. I did even better :)
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 7 years
Both my engagement ring and his wedding ring were free - they were gifted by his parents. I wasn't 100% fond of the ring when I first got it - mostly because it's gold and I didn't like wearing gold at the time, but also because I just didn't wear much "grown up" jewelry so it wasn't my style. To put it simply, it's very, VERY shiny and attention-grabbing, which I was not used to. However, I did not want him spending the little money we had on a ring and I've grown from just liking it to absolutely loving it, so I couldn't be happier with his mother's ring. I made sure to get the simplest gold band I could find that would still look good alone, but wouldn't look gaudy with the engagement ring - which also saved us a ton of cash (the band was under $150). As for how much his parents spent on it originally? I have no clue - but it wasn't cheap, that's for sure! I hope to pass it down to one of our kids some day. Even if they don't like the style, they can set the diamonds in something different to save a little cash themselves. :)
skigurl skigurl 7 years
5K is crazy 10-15 is more the norm for people with jobs
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Sounds about right. The ring I want is about 3-4k, but my Aunt manages a jewelery store so I would get a discount (about half that). I'm not a huge fan of expensive things. I don't own a single high end article of clothing (Levis, Old Navy, and Forever 21 are my buddies). I'm not into shoes, I'm not into nice cars, I'm not in to video games, but a nice ring means a lot to me. Nothing big, just "perfect" for my finger.
dleighl dleighl 7 years
I have a nice-sized diamond that was passed down in my husband's family, but I don't treasure it nearly as much as the silver band he bought me in Cancun for $40 that I wear every day. It's tied to some VERY good memories.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I'd be happy with a cracker jack box ring, and I hope my boyfriend knows this. For some reason he thinks jewelry is the fail-proof gift, but I'm much higher maintenance than that. I want thought, not money.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Well, my husband (then boyfriend) earned his money, and so he decided how to spend it. He decided to buy his intended (me) her dream ring (which I never thought I would ever own because it's an extravagant piece) . He could afford it (without going into debt), and that's what he wanted to buy.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 7 years
everyone has their indulgences, some are more then others and some are less...I don't think its fair to tell people that they all have to conform and spend ONE set price on an engagement ring. everyones different, and if you feel strongly someone is over-indulgent when they can afford it then maybe you are just jealous?
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
My diamond alone was over $10k, and that was 13 years ago. that's just what people in our circle spent. And we had a condo and all the "things" you need to run a household, so it wasn't as if he couldn't afford it.
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