Simply put, most guys don't care about diamonds, yet most will agree diamonds are the only way to go. We don't want to put our wife in a position where she'll forever have to give an explanation about what type of ring she has.
But, still, we just can't, for the life of us, understand why they are so expensive. The very idea of spending months of salary on a bit of carbon that you wear on your finger goes against every fiber of common sense in our bodies.
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This has nothing to do with us being cheap. We look at the Sultan of Brunei's yacht and think, "Wow! That has to be expensive. It has a pool and a heli-pad. I can see where the money went." But, when we look at a diamond, and we see all the other diamond stores in the mall, and and all the other jewelry stores around town, we can't help but think that most diamonds aren't really that rare. I'm paying quadruple what I should because the boys at DeBeers have chosen to store sixty percent of the world's diamonds in a vault somewhere to manipulate the price so poor saps like me get hosed. Top 10 Show-Stopping Celebrity Engagement Rings
Trust me. We aren't acting strange about it because we don't want to spend the money on you. We're about to marry you. Of course, we want to get you what you want (which is why we often ask you for your ring preferences in advance). It's just that when it comes to buying the ring, we can't help but feel like we're being completely and totally ripped off. Of course, the upshot is that even after all that, once we buy the ring, we get to give it to you and spend the rest of our lives with you, which makes the whole ordeal totally worth it.
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