Prior to their courthouse wedding, Tennessee newlywed Ariel Desiree McRae went with her fiancé to a Pandora Jewelry store to purchase rings, but what they got were insults.

"Y'all I would have gotten married to this man if it had been a 25¢ gum ball machine ring."
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According to Ariel's post which has now been shared over 45K times, the two settled for a $130 sterling silver and cubic zirconium set that was within their modest budget. While the woman who had been helping them left to literally ring them up, another clerk came over and said, "Y'all can you believe that some men get these as engagement rings? How pathetic."

What do you even say to that?

My last share is EXACTLY how I feel. My husband doesn't have a lot, neither of us do. We scrape and scrape to pay...

Posted by Ariel Desiree McRae on Saturday, November 26, 2016

It would be so tempting to lose it right there in the store, but Ariel recognized the moment for what it was, writing, "Old Ariel would have ripped that woman a new one. Mature Ariel said, 'It isn't the ring that matters, it is the love that goes into buying one that is.'"

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Take that, De Beers!

As Ariel asks in her post, when did falling in love become a good reason to scam people our of their money?

Y'all I would have gotten married to this man if it had been a 25¢ gum ball machine ring. 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? Sure they are nice, sure the sentiment is wonderful and I'm not trying to cut down any of your experiences, but when did it come to all that? Why do material possessions equate love??

Ariel breathed new life into what wedding rings should be about, touching hundreds of other women who began sharing their similar stories.

That awful clerk may have tried to guilt this couple into buying a ring outside of their means, but she ended up reminding everyone to buy a ring with meaning.

Here's the post in it's entirety:

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My husband doesn't have a lot, neither of us do. We scrape and scrape to pay bills and put food in our bellies, but after almost 2 years of dating we decided that we couldn't wait anymore, so we didn't.

I wasn't even thinking about rings, I just wanted to marry my best friend, but he wouldn't have it. He scraped up just enough money to buy me two matching rings from Pandora. Sterling silver and CZ to be exact. That's what sits on my ring finger, and I am so in love with them.

While we were purchasing my rings however, another lady that was working there came over to help the lady selling them to us. She said, "Y'all can you believe that some men get these as engagement rings? How pathetic." When she said that I watched my now husband's face fall. He already felt bad because he couldn't afford the pear-shaped set that so obviously had my heart and covered my Pinterest page. He already felt like a failure, asking me again and again "Are you sure you'll be happy with these? Are you sure this is okay?" He was so upset at the idea of not making
me happy enough and of me not wanting to marry him because my rings didn't cost enough money or weren't flashy enough.

Old Ariel would have ripped that woman a new one. Mature Ariel said, "It isn't the ring that matters, it is the love that goes into buying one that is." We bought the rings and left.

Y'all I would have gotten married to this man if it had been a 25¢ gum ball machine ring. 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? Sure they are nice, sure the sentiment is wonderful and I'm not trying to cut down any of your experiences, but when did it come to all that? Why do material possessions equate love??

My husband was so afraid of me not wanting him because he couldn't afford a piece of jewelry. He was afraid that the love I have for him would pale because he couldn't afford the wedding set I wanted. The world has made it this way and it is so sad.

But here I am though, Court-House married, $130 ring set, the love of my life by my side and happier than I could ever imagine.