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Iris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-03 02:34 PM
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18. I love the "three months'" salary diamond ring "tradition"
Essentially, placing a young couple in debt before they even begin their lives together.

And what's better is the confusion about what to do with the ring if the couple breaks off the engagement. No one ever mentions that the origins of the engagement ring come from a time period when a broken engagement would mean financial ruin for the woman because it would mar any future attempts at marriage. The ring was a form of "insurance" that the man wouldn't break it off, and if he did, she would keep the ring as payment because she would probably not get another chance to marry.

And I won't even go into how diamonds are mined just so we can play our silly little engagement games.
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