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Choosing an Affordable Engagement Ring

How much would your dream trip cost you? Would you be able to do it on $6,000? More than likely, you'd answer yes! $6,000 is the average price that couples in 2019 are spending on engagement rings. Although society has conditioned us to believe there is true value in the price of a rock on your finger, imagine the memories that could be made with that amount of money.

In this segment of Couple's Corner we visit a couple in Manitoba, Canada. Dakota and Kiel take a first look at a Modern Gent's ring set and tell us why memories matter over material items.

Opening the box, Dakota and Kiel are pleasantly surprised by their rings, The Evermore and The Stealth.

The Evermore set and The Stealth in a ring box

"I like the nice big rock in the middle," Kiel points out as Dakota slips the ring on.

Dakota mentions that she loves having variations with her rings. Kiel agrees with her: "You want options. I've seen the shoes!" Dakota's says her ring suits her because she has petite fingers and the ring isn't too overpowering.

If rings with a lot of bling aren't your thing, our petite collection features gorgeous stones under 1.25 carats with simple bands - perfect if you have petite fingers like Dakota!

Woman's left hand wearing The Evermore set

When we asked them if you should spend thousands of dollars on a ring, Dakota says it's not necessary. "Your love shouldn't be defined by the amount you spend."

Although Kiel agrees, he does admit to the struggle of wondering how much he should spend. "You have that preconceived notion of having to spend however much of your salary, right? And you want to make sure you make a good impression. You have to show these rings off to your family, your extended family, your friends. It's a first impression all the time."

It's understandable to be skeptical of rings that run you less than a few hundred for a complete wedding set. With Modern Gents, our rings are made from a high-quality diamond simulant that looks like a perfect diamond and easily outshines real ones. The best part is that all of our rings are conflict free – no blood diamonds here.

Woman's left hand wearing The Evermore set

"When you looked at it," Kiel continues on, motioning towards Dakota, "I was like, 'Are you sure you don't want a more expensive ring?' She said 'No, I want this one!' and I was like, 'I mean, you can spend more!'"

"You really don't have to spend this amount of money, this is just what you're told. I went to the bank and this lady had a duck band for a ring." Kiel laughs. "Maybe they went shooting that day and found this duck band and he proposed to her right then and there. But that's when memories matter more than material."

Kiel goes on, "You can remember them for as long as you want. They'll always be with you. You can visit them on a sad day."

Do you agree with Dakota and Kiel? Would you rather make memories or do you prefer material items?