When I was younger I heard the rule was the cost of an engagement ring should be 1 month’s salary. I wouldn’t marry a man who did that. It’s jewelry. There are so many better uses for money, in my mind. My engagement ring is a tiny blue diamond. It cost $250. I’ve been looking at rings because I’m going to have a heck of a time finding a wedding ring to go with it. It makes me think... would it matter to you if your ring wasn’t a real diamond (cubic zirconia) or a gemstone that wasn’t a diamond at all? I love colored stones. It wouldn’t matter to me at all if my ring were cubic zirconia or a gemstone. I might actually prefer it. I am a camper. I have a very physical job and have already really bent my engagement ring. I’m not at all into material things. I’m just wondering how everyone else feels about it.