Bride Takes on Saleswoman Who Called Her Ring 'Pathetic'
'Y'all I would have gotten married to this man if it had been a 25¢ gum ball machine ring'
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2016 2:43 PM CST
Updated Dec 8, 2016 2:03 AM CST
Ariel Desiree McRae told the saleswoman, "It isn't the ring that matters, it is the love that goes into buying one."   (Ariel Desiree McRae / Facebook)

(Newser) – Quinn and Ariel McRae don't have a lot of money. They say they "scrape and scrape to pay bills and put food in our bellies." What they do have is love, lots of it, and they decided it was high time after two years of dating to tie the knot, reports Mashable. So they pulled together $130, marched to a store in Martin, Tenn., and found a ring set from Pandora they could afford. Then a saleswoman interjected, telling the person they'd been working with, "Y'all, can you believe that some men get these as engagement rings? How pathetic." Taking to Facebook to recount their story, McRae says she watched her now-husband's face fall. But she stayed calm and replied, "It isn't the ring that matters, it is the love that goes into buying one."

McRae doesn't stop there. "Y'all I would have gotten married to this man if it had been a 25¢ gum ball machine ring," she writes. "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?" Her post has amassed more than 55,000 shares and 75,000 likes, and Yahoo7 Be reports that many comments applaud her response. "My ring is CZ too!" one person writes. "I'm still just as much married as I would've been with a real [diamond]!" McRae, meanwhile, reports that she's now "courthouse-married" with a $130 ring set and "happier than I could ever imagine." (This $125,000 engagement ring is now being fought over in court.)

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