03/11/2014 12:24 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Big Engagement Rings Are Bad News For Marriage, Says Study

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.

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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).

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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.

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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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