Study Shows Engagement Ring Cost Linked to Divorce

A new US study has claimed there may be a link between the price a person pays for an engagement ring and the length of a marriage.

The research, conducted by Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, used data from around 3,000 US adults who had been or were still married (The data didn’t look into same-sex marriage). It found that the higher the price of the ring, the more likely the couple was to divorce quickly.

Analysis showed that men who spent between $2,000 (£1,200) and $4,000 (£2,400) on an engagement ring for their partner were 1.3 times more likely to divorce, than those who had spent less.

But the protective effect of a cheaper ring disappeared when the husband-to-be spent less than $500 (£300) on his ring. Men in this group were also more likely to divorce than those in the middle group who paid an average price for their ring.

The survey also found that women with weddings costing more than £12,000, were 3.5 times more likely to divorce as women who paid £3000 to £6000, and that “Relatively  low spending on the wedding is positively associated with duration among male and female  respondents.”

Other elements that made for a successful wedding included a high attendance at the wedding and an expensive honeymoon that met the needs of both partners.

A similar study in August conducted by the National Marriage Project suggested that couples who opt for formal wedding ceremonies were more likely to be happy in their marriages – with 41 per cent of people experiencing a happy marriage compared to 28 per cent who didn’t undergo a formal wedding service.