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Did you know that Americans spend on average $5,000 on an engagement ring? For some individuals, that’s nearly two months of living expenses. Of course, that’s just the average amount spent. Some individuals spend as much as $20,000 or $30,000 on rings—which represents a full year’s salary for many people across the country. But should we just accept that this enormous expense is part of the deal if we want to become engaged, and make a commitment to somebody? That seems a bit exclusive, as if showing one’s love is only available to the wealthy (or at least those with significant disposable income). And what about people who just don’t like to wear jewelry? Or, who have plenty of money, and prefer not to filter it into something they wear on their hand all day, every day, to places it could easily get stolen? Here are ways to show commitment without a diamond ring.

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Costume jewelry

So here’s a secret: most people walking around don’t know the difference between a real and fake diamond. Also, if they do, who cares? If the purpose is to show that you’re taken, costume jewelry on that wedding finger will do just fine.

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