A bride-to-be has revealed her horror after realising the ring her fiancé proposed with was in fact fake.
The startling admission came as part of a plea for advice which saw the woman admit she’s willing to end the relationship over the apparent deceit.
Instead of costing the traditional three months’ wages, a trip to get the ring insured led the woman to discover her diamond was a cubic zirconium – which can retail for as little as $20.
“I was truly embarrassed,” she told U Express columnist Natalie Bencivenga, adding: “My fiancé had surprised me with the ring and I cannot believe that he did this”.
“When I confronted him about it, he just shrugged it off, saying a real diamond ring that size would’ve cost him a small fortune and what’s the difference, anyway?”
The woman went on to reveal how her fiancé ’s explanation centred on the likelihood her friends wouldn’t notice the difference, but this didn’t impact her feelings of deceit.
“I am upset because I feel lied to,” she said, adding: “I am ready to call the whole thing off”.
However, columnist Natalie supported the bride-to-be’s fears and refuted suggestions her worries could be seen as ‘shallow’ or ‘materialistic’ as “the symbol of what this ring stands for is important”.
“This is a symbol of your love and commitment to one another. To have it be a fake may make you feel as though your relationship is a fraud, too,” she wrote.
“I wouldn’t want to start a life with someone who is so willing to lie to me to make things easier on himself. What else could he be lying to you about?
“I would think long and hard about where to go from here. Personally, I would be edging towards the door.”
However, the harsh stance divided the column’s readers, with many voicing that a ring was not necessarily representative of a relationship’s virtue – or ability to last.
“My engagement ring has a CZ in it,” one woman wrote in response.
“We always said we’d upgrade it, but we’re almost two decades in. Other things have been more important. We have a real marriage. I don’t need a real expensive ring to prove it to anyone.”
“Did he actually say it was a diamond, or did you just assume it was?” another person asked.
“All your friends might have CZ rings for all you know.”
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