I found this article in another forum and thought that it would be interesting to post here: http://thoughtcatalog.com/daniel-hayes/2015/10/13-women-reveal-how-much-their-engagement-ring-cost-and-what-it-means-to-them/
Some of the responses were really sweet. It's nice to see that some of the women understood that the ring isn't necessarily significant--it's the fact that he wants you to be his wife which is significant.
It was funny to read the entitlement and justification coming from a couple of these ladies. Why should the opinion of coworkers or friends matter about the cost of your ring?
Like Janice said, drop the friends that critique your man's choice. And like Melody said, albeit much more bluntly, the size and cost of the rock isn't a measure of his love or loyalty for you.
His desire to choose you as his wife should matter more than the ring. The ring is a symbol of your union together. Take away the ring and you're still married, it's replaceable--your husband and your marriage are not.
It's not to say that one can't spend a considerable amount on an engagement or wedding ring. If he can afford it and it's his decision to spend that much on it, it's fine.
But to expect him to spend a specific amount of money in order to keep up appearances or to prove that he really loves you? Lol okay, you go girl.