While the symbolism and sentiment is lovely and romantic, going out on a limb and hoping that what you pick out is something your future spouse actually wants to wear every day for the rest of their lives can be a lot to navigate. Do you plan a surprise proposal or do you take your partner to a jewelry store and have them design it themselves?
So, when a frustrated soon-to-be groom decided to consult the moral compass of the internet otherwise known as Reddit's "Am I the As*hole?" about his future wife's reaction to the lab-grown engagement ring he purchased, people were there to help deem a verdict.
I (30m) proposed to my (then) girlfriend (27f) of 5 years last month, it was wonderful and she said yes, and we were never happier. Last week was when the trouble started, as she asked me how much I had spent on her ring.