Big Engagement Rings Are Bad News For Marriage, Says Study

03/11/2014 12:24 | Updated 20 May 2015

Big, blingy, OTT engagement rings are out.

Less is more according to this study which found there's a correlation between wedding costs (yes, those sparkly engagement rings) and the longevity of marriage.

The study, conducted by Emory University in Atlanta, analysed responses from 3,000 people across the US.

The results showed men who spent between $2,000 and $4,000 (that's £1,245 and £2,490) on an engagement ring were 1.3 times more likely to get divorced than those who spent between $500 and $2,000 (£310 and £1,245).

That said, those who had budgeted less than $500 (£310) for an engagement ring were linked to higher divorce rates, too.

Spending a fortune on the big day does not - necessarily - make for a happily ever after marriage, either.

Those who spent big bucks ($20,000/ £12,465 +) on their wedding were also linked to higher divorce rates compared to couples who had spent between $5,000 and $10,000 (£3,115 and £6,230) says Shape magazine.

"If wedding expenditures are indeed associated with debt stress, then it is possible that wedding expenses raise the likelihood of marital dissolution given that prior literature suggests a link between economic stress and marital dissolution," Emory University researchers say.

So, will you be opting for something more modest when it comes to picking out your engagement ring or are you all about the more is more rule? Let us know @MyDailyUK.

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