London: ‘Money can’t buy you love’, goes the old adage, but it seems it doesn’t really hold true for Brit women, for at least a third of them would say no to a marriage proposal if they didn’t like the engagement ring, says a new study.
According to recent statistics, UK females now have greater expectations than ever when it comes to their partner popping the question.
And it seems that the ring is now the most crucial part, with many women hoping for one that will rival those worn by bride-to-be celebrities like singer Katy Perry.
It may have once been a simple symbol of love but 13 per cent of women now believe it reflects their social status as well as identity and their fiance’s career success.
And thus, it is no surprise that fifteen percent of prospective brides-to-be said they hadn``t been happy with the ring their fiance used to propose.
A further 64 per cent even admitted they would ask their partner to change it if it wasn’t to their taste.
Women are now so desperate to get it just right, 41 per cent would rather choose the ring themselves.
And if their partners insist on doing the shopping alone, 22 per cent would prefer their closest friend to help and 10 per cent would want their mother to go along.
Relationship expert Jo Barrett said the findings, from shopping channel QVC, showed how engagement rings had now become a status symbol.
“I think this shows that we do now live in a very materialistic society,” the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.
“There’s a lot of peer pressure - we see celebrities flashing their big diamond rings and everyone wants to be like a celebrity.
“For some, it’s a status thing - wearing an engagement ring has become a competition.
“For others it’s more personal and instead of seeing it as a simple gesture of love, some women take it as an indication of how much her partner values her or how well he knows her,” she added.
Conscious of not letting their other halves down, it’s no wonder that more men are finding it more stressful to choose buy a ring.
Research showed 20 per cent considered it the second most important purchase of their lives after property.