For hundreds of years, it has been the tradition for men to give their partner an engagement ring when the time comes to propose. The ring symbolizes the man’s commitment to the woman, and some believe the more money he spends on it, the more committed he is. Despite spending so much money, many celebrity marriages end in divorce, so that theory doesn’t seem to ring true.
In times where people are no longer with each other for life, it’s rare to find that true love which brings a couple together for eternity. Ariel Desiree McRae wasn’t like everyone else though, and when she found love with her partner, she knew it was for keeps. She was accompanying her soon to be fiance to the jewelry store to help him pick one out but had to step in when one of the clerks tried to shame him.
Falling in love
For many people, the dream is to fall in love, get married, start a family, then grow old together. It has been that way for many years, but in recent times that value is lost on some people. Relationships have evolved to be all about living in the moment as people no longer commit to each other for life.
Ariel Desiree McRae knew she had met the man of her dreams and she was ready to marry him, no matter what. When a snarky store clerk insulted her man while he was buying an engagement ring, it was time for Ariel to step in.
Ariel and her boyfriend had fallen completely head over heels for each other. Soon after, they knew it was time to get married. The couple headed to their nearest Pandora store, as Ariel had hinted to her husband-to-be that there was where he would find the ring she liked.
Unfortunately, he didn’t have enough money for the one she really wanted, but as she already admitted, she was happy with anything. Her partner picked out two matching rings, but soon the snobbery began. The rings were made from silver and had cubic zirconia instead of a real diamond, but to Ariel they were perfect. That was not what one store clerk thought of the rings though.
Ariel was aware her partner wasn’t all that confident in asking for help from the store clerk. He knew that most other customers would have been spending way more on their engagement rings, but this was all he could afford. While it was nothing to be ashamed of, he still felt slightly embarrassed that he couldn’t give his love her dream ring.
Already nervous enough, the lady who was helping him with the rings had a colleague who definitely didn’t get an invitation to the wedding. She might want to take an intensive course on customer service after this incident. This woman came over and said it was amazing that men actually bought these engagement rings, before calling them “pathetic.”
Feeling even worse
Ariel’s husband-to-be was already feeling bad because he was buying some modest rings, and he couldn’t afford the one ring his partner really wanted. It must have been horrifying as someone was actually calling him out on the fact he couldn’t afford a better ring. It was truly unbelievable that someone whose job it is to be friendly and help the customers would behave in such a way.
We’re sure if he had the money he would have bought something more expensive, but the love between Ariel and her partner had never been about material possessions. Now there was an anger boiling inside of Ariel, how dare someone insult her man like this?
Ripping the woman apart
Ariel was outraged, and she had to take a second to stop herself from getting super angry at this woman. She admits the old her would have “ripped the woman a new one,” but she realized this was not the best approach to the situation.
Ariel instead told the rude clerk that it didn’t matter about the size of the ring, but the “love that goes into buying it.” This was so harsh from a complete stranger, who was she to pass judgment on Ariel and her partner? Most people who witness such rudeness to their loved one would probably jump to their defense, and that’s exactly what this young woman did.
Where their story begins
Now that we’ve explained the whole ringscapade, let’s look back at how Ariel and her partner met. Like many people, Ariel and her partner met online at the young age of 20. They had been matched with each other, and after initially getting to know each other they decided to speak on the phone.
Ariel is very proud of the fact she and her partner didn’t text like most people do today, instead, they spoke to each other over the phone. It wasn’t just a casual conversation either, she admitted in a social media post that she and her future husband spoke on the phone for six hours. This wasn’t normal, and it seemed true love was traveling down the phone.
Time to meet
The online daters had spent their first day speaking with each other on the phone for six hours, and the very next day they did the same again. There seemed to be a real connection between Ariel and her new online friend. While most people would be happy to leave things as they were for the time being, this couple knew the next thing on their agenda was to meet.
Despite only knowing each other for just two days the pair felt comfortable enough speaking on the phone to meet in person. Ariel’s new man chose to drive an hour from his home just to meet her, and that’s when the real sparks began to fly.
How did the date go?
Ariel and her new man were ready to meet, and she confesses to wearing a “tacky Christmas sweater,” but there was no need to dress up for the occasion. These two felt as though they knew each other intimately already, so why would they dress up if that’s not who they were? They did do the classic first date though, and they went for some food.
That is where the traditional first date went out the window, and Ariel’s partner challenged her to a burping competition. Then they drove around listened to their favorite tunes while singing along, doing their best impressions of their favorite artists. Ariel believes they fell in love right there, in the burp-filled air of the car.
Love at first sight
It really was a case of love at first sight for this couple as the first time they met each other they fell in love. Ariel admits that she could have married him there and then, and if he had asked for her hand in marriage she believes she would have said yes. With so much love in the air it was only a matter of time before they settled down, so why should they bother waiting?
After three months of dating they seriously considered eloping, but for the sake of caution decided they should get to know each other a little better first. While three month felt like a lifetime eventually they decided to go for it.
Time to get on one knee
Despite trying to be sensible about their relationship, Ariel and her partner both knew marriage was written in the stars for them. They reached the point where they could no longer wait to get married, and Ariel’s partner popped the question.
From day one, marriage was always on the cards for Ariel and her partner and now was the time to do it. There was just one thing needed before that happened, they would require an engagement ring to start things off right.
Living within their means
Ariel and her partner knew it was time to get married, but they both were struggling for money. This isn’t a new problem for lovers, but it was going to be a struggle for Ariel and her partner to celebrate their love with a wedding.
Although they wanted to get married, Ariel’s partner insisted he got her a ring she could be proud of. So with his modest budget, he took Ariel along to Pandora to pick out the perfect ring that would represent their love.
Happy with a gumball ring
Ariel admitted that when they were thinking of getting married, she wasn’t even concerned with receiving a ring, but her partner insisted. She said it took him a while, but eventually, he scraped enough money together to get her something that sparkled.
It wasn’t going to be the biggest engagement ring in the world, but Ariel was happy to be marrying her best friend and didn’t really care what it looked like. While they knew it wasn’t going to look like much, for Ariel’s partner, this ring meant a lot.
Scraping a living
The couple had known after three months of dating they wanted to get married, but it took them two whole years to save enough to afford the ceremony. With barely enough money to feed themselves, the couple saved every last cent to make their wedding dreams come true.
Ariel’s partner had managed to scrape enough money to go out and buy the ring, so it was time to go shopping. Unfortunately, what was meant to be an enjoyable experience soon turned into a horrible encounter filled with shame and anger.
Taking to social media
Of course, we wouldn’t know about this story if Ariel hadn’t shared it online and that’s precisely what she did. Fresh from the experience she took to her social media account and relayed the entire ordeal with all of her followers.
This was where she told her followers that she would have married her partner if the ring had been from a 25 cent gumball machine. Since she first informed her followers of this rude clerk, the story has been shared over 120,000 times.
The ring in question
Despite the comments from the inappropriate clerk, Ariel’s partner spent $130 on the matching rings and the happy couple were able to have their fairy tale ending. The rings have sat on her finger ever since her partner proposed and not long after getting the rings they were able to get married.
For Ariel the relationship was never about money, it was all about how she and her partner felt about each other. They were happy to have their city hall wedding and begin the next chapter in their story.
Are you sure you’re okay?
Before they got to the store Ariel’s partner asked her repeatedly if she was happy with the rings he was bringing her to buy. This couple had begun their dating lives by having a burping competition, it seemed as though asking if Ariel cared about the size of her ring was unnecessary.
Ariel’s partner was worried the rings weren’t flashy enough and didn’t cost as much as other people were willing to spend. The fact he had saved for months was all the proof Ariel needed he was the right man.
Ariel ended her social media post by asking a big question, and she wanted to ask when we as a society became so obsessed with money. She wanted to know when material possessions equated to love.
Ariel asked why many believed a man could only show his affection by buying an engagement ring that cost more the $3,000 before making a public decree with it. We have to admit, she has a point, surely love is about being with the person you care about, not showing off to everyone else?
After Ariel shared her story on Facebook, it was reposted by an account called “Love What Matters”. They shared Ariel’s tale as well as a photograph of her engagement rings, and it went viral.
The story was picked up by a number of news outlets all over the world and people were eager to share their opinions on the matter. Many other women who had received inexpensive engagement rings joined in the conversation, gushing about how much they love their rings and their partner even though they weren’t expensive.
When word about what happened to Ariel and her partner got back to the higher-ups at Pandora, they agreed that something had gone wrong. A spokesperson for the company issued a statement apologizing for the incident.
The statement expressed regret that Ariel and her husband had such a negative experience at Pandora, and that what happened to them is not consistent with the brand’s values. The spokesperson went on to say that they are honored that the couple decided to purchase their rings at Pandora.
Many young couples struggle to make enough money to pay the bills and put food on the table, and they can relate to Ariel’s story. The couple couldn’t buy a more expensive ring because they needed the money for other things in their lives.
At the time of the purchase, Ariel was a full-time student and her fiance was working as a car service adviser. They didn’t have the money for a more expensive ring, but their love was so big that they couldn’t wait to get married.
Giving others courage
As the story spread, Ariel’s statement that the love that goes into buying the ring matters more than the ring itself rang true with many other couples.
Ariel said that she received a great deal of messages from people who found themselves in the same situation as she and her partner were. They wrote to Ariel that she gave them courage to propose even if they didn’t have the money for a traditional and expensive engagement ring.
The debate about rings
Ariel’s story isn’t the only one about people being shamed for a small or nontraditional engagement ring. In fact, only recently, a food blogger named Jen announced her engagement on social media, and was flooded with negative comments about the size of her ring.
She was shocked at the nasty comments but like Ariel, Jen didn’t let them get her down. She let the commenters know that the ring she received was exactly the ring she wanted. After all, there is no one engagement ring that is right for everyone.
Making each other happy
When Ariel’s partner was picking out a ring, his main concern was trying to make her happy. He was worried that she would be disappointed if he did not buy her the perfect ring.
He asked her over and over again if she was sure that she would be okay with the inexpensive rings. And Ariel was worried when the employee insulted her partner, and she wanted to defend him. This desire to make each other happy shows how much the young couple loves each other.
The important things in life
Since her post went viral, Ariel has received some messages commenting on the rings. People have suggested that the couple can upgrade them and get more expensive rings in the future, when they can afford them.
But Ariel isn’t so interested in that idea, and she is truly happy with the rings that she has. She says that the couple has no desire for flashier rings, because these rings explain their love. “We started non-conventionally and spontaneously and these rings express who we are as a couple,” she said.
Happily ever after
Two years later, it sure seems like the young couple is just as in love as ever. After they got married the pair moved into a townhouse together. They wanted to spend as much time together as they could during their first year of marriage.
They lived simply and saved money, and in October 2017, they went to Hawaii for their honeymoon. We can only wish this inspiring young couple many more years of love and happiness together.