A Tennessee woman’s Facebook post defending her $130 wedding ring has gone viral and touched the hearts of people all over the country.
It’s a common misconception that a woman always dreams of a huge diamond to show off when she gets engaged. This is true for some women. However, others are happy to have something more sentimental, like an heirloom or a ring from a Cracker Jack box.
Ariel Desiree McRae is one of the latter. In a post she shared last month on Facebook, she explained that she didn’t care about jewelry, that she only cared about marrying her best friend.
“I wasn’t even thinking about rings, I just wanted to marry my best friend, but he wouldn’t have it,” she wrote. She said that it meant a lot to her husband, Quinn, to buy her a ring. The set of rings shown in the pictures is what the couple scrounged and saved for.
“That’s what sits on my ring finger, and I am so in love with them,” McRae said. “I would have gotten married to this man if it had been a 25 cent gum ball machine ring.”
The couple set out to find the perfect ring. While they were purchasing the set, however, a woman behind the counter said to the couple, “Can you believe that some men get these as engagement rings? How pathetic.”
“When she said that I watched my now husband’s face fall. He already felt bad because he couldn’t afford the pear-shaped set that so obviously had my heart and covered my Pinterest page,” McRae recalled her husband’s reaction. “He was so upset at the idea of not making me happy enough and of me not wanting to marry him because my rings didn’t cost enough money or weren’t flashy enough.”
McRae took to Facebook to remind her friends and family that that money and fancy things don’t matter. She had met someone who loved her and who wanted to build a life with her. That was the important fact, not how much her ring cost.
“When did our nation fall so far to think the only way a man can truly love a woman is if he buys her $3,000+ jewelry and makes a public decree of his affection with said flashy ring? Sure they are nice, sure the sentiment is wonderful and I’m not trying to cut down any of your experiences, but when did it come to all that? Why do material possessions equate love??” she wrote.
“Here I am,” McRae declared. “Court-House married, $130 ring set, the love of my life by my side and happier than I could ever imagine.”
Her Facebook post has been shared more than 44,000 times and has more than 41,000 likes. After receiving several requests to hear how the couple met, she updated the post, sharing the story of how her and her now-husband met.