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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Engagement Rings

Slate recently ran a piece against engagement rings:

The retail fantasy known as a "traditional" American wedding comprises many delicious absurdities, ranging from personalized wedding stamps to ring pillows designed for dogs to favors like "Love Mints." Of all these baubles, though, perhaps the most insidious is the engagement ring. Most Americans can say no to the "celebrity garter belt" on offer for a mere $18.95 from Weddings With Class. But more than 80 percent of American brides receive a diamond engagement ring (at an average cost of around $3,200) before they get married. Few stop to think about what, beyond the misty promise of endless love, the ring might actually signify. Why would you, after all? A wedding is supposed to be a celebration. Only the uncharitable would look a sparkly diamond in the eye—never mind a man on his knee—and ask what it means.

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Posted by: Diamond Engagement Rings | Dec 22, 2011 10:47:23 PM

I disagree with the article, really. I mean there's nothing wrong with a ring, symbolizing eternal love cuz that's the only meaning it supposed to have! It's like the article is promoting the idea of giving engagement rings materialistic definitions. :(

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Here in America, it has become part of our culture to value the 'wedding ring' as a symbol whatever it is a symbol of....

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no women will ever say "i do" without a ring... you must have a ring for the proposal.

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Posted by: Tungsten Bands | Apr 2, 2012 4:18:18 AM

I think I have to disagree with this guy. It might be old fashioned, but I feel like the wedding ring is something that we should keep doing in every society. It is an outward expression of an inward commitment to honor and by loyal to one another.

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