My boyfriend and I haven't been seeing eye to eye on the concept of an engagement ring.
I feel that they aren't worth the money, mining isn't good for the environment, and the tradition is overall pretty archaic. I don't typically wear jewelry, so something sparkly and shiny really doesn't do much for me.
On the flip side, my boyfriend said that it just won't feel right. I've suggested he propose with something else maybe? He also said that it is symbolic of a milestone. Personally I felt that the proposal should be more focused on why he wants to marry me, not the size of the ring that he buys.
We are currently at a stand still on the issue. The only way I would cave is if he gave me a reason as to why I needed a ring in the first place (I do want a wedding band, just not an engagement ring).
I figured I could ask some other people what they thought?