So Valentine’s day will soon be upon us. The ridiculous shiny red tat adorns the shelves of all supermarkets and now Poundland, the business which prides itself on being cheap, has decided to give Tiffany’s a run for their money by selling engagement rings.
How they must have laughed during the marketing meeting when the idea was pitched; never in their wildest dreams did they image that they would sell 20,000 with still a few more days to go . At most they would have hoped that the publicity would bring the curious into the store.
I hope the A&E departments are ready to accommodate the 20,000 injured souls, who have been kicked and battered shitless, having offended their intended betrothed.
For me, there is no grey area here, if you are going to propose to someone, it is more than a little insulting to present a cheap arse £1 ring which will no doubt turn green on making contact with the skin.
The concept of a ring is in this day and age is becoming a little outmoded (I still like the idea especially if it comes from said Tiffany), but isn’t it more genuine and more romantic, if you really cannot afford a decent ring, to simply not give a ring at all and say to your partner something along the lines : I really want to marry you someday, I can’t afford to buy the ring you deserve right now but i’m working on it. Ok so I did feel a little vomit in the back of my throat, but you get my drift.
It isn’t about price, or at least it shouldn’t be (WARNING: HYPROCRISY ALERT – To my shame, not that long ago, a man who I hadn’t been dating for very long, offered me a ring which he had bought for his mother before she died. I thought that was weird in itself, (not him buying his mother a ring, but offering it me when he had only known me a matter of weeks- Red, Red flag) but when he presented it to me, my first thought was how cheap and tacky it looked. That was wrong, but part of it had to do with they guy himself ( I mentioned him in a previous blog re the good, the bad and the weird of online dating) Self help books- a help or hindrance? How it got me dating online.
It shouldn’t be about price, a £50 ring can have the same sentimental value as one which costs £500 if that’s what you can afford, and if it is offered with sincerity, but there is no sincerity in my view, buying your intended a ring from Poundland, it says this is cheap and convenient and so are you.
This issue is not black and white as I thought, the opinions are polarised on social media, with many
cheapskates, mainly men saying what a great idea it is to purchase a “holding” ring until they can afford to buy a proper one (perhaps in 5 years time or never as they may meet someone else in the meantime)
Perhaps i’m being old and cynical, but I bet i’m right!!!!
Be blessed and fabulous x