Study finds huge rings and big weddings have higher divorce rate

Big Rock? Ring Price and Divorce Rates Could Be Related

Do you happen to have a big expensive and glorious wedding ring that many women only dream of having? Well, a study from Emory University tied huge rocks and over-the-top weddings to a higher divorce rate. Uh oh.

Economics professors from the university surveyed 3,000 people who are married, or were married, and found people who dropped some serious dough were more likely to end up in divorce court.

Men who spent $2,000-$4,000 on an engagement ring were 1.3 times more likely to end up separated. And if the wedding cost $20,000 or more, women were 3.5 times more likely to get divorced.

The Knot says the average wedding in the U.S. costs about $30,000, and the average cost of an engagement ring is about $5,500.

So, is that why the U.S. divorce rate is around 50 percent? Have the researchers at Emory cracked the code? We just need to stop spending so much money, right?

Bob Van Dillen pointed out that Robin Meade has a 'toilet clogger' on her left hand. Meade responded, "And we've been married forever, just ask my husband. FOREVER. ... Maybe it's just that thinking that people who focus on the material stuff don't have a solid relationship to begin with, too."

Van Dillen added, "So, the Kardashian wedding was like, what? $80 million?"

Our favorite response out of all of this comes from Mamamia, seemingly suggesting Beyonce needs to update her hit "Single Ladies" song, "If you liked it then you shoulda put a moderately priced ring on it."

The study does say couples who spent $1,000 or less on the wedding were much more likely to stay married. It also notes high attendance was linked to longer marriages, too.

Check out these massive celeb engagement rings:

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Study finds huge rings and big weddings have higher divorce rate
Here's a closer look at Avril Lavigne's 17-carat stunner.
Avril's engagement ring was nothing to sneeze at. Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger gave her a 14-carat stunner that is so big, we're not sure how she moves her hand.
La Toya Jackson's engagement ring is a whopping 17.5 carats. That bling nearly takes up her whole hand!

Evelyn Lozada, 37, got engaged to baseball player Carl Crawford on Christmas Day. The pregnant reality star posted a photo of her mammoth rock on Instagram along with a single word: YES! PEOPLE reports that the custom-made ring is a 14.5-carat diamond.

Sources close to TMZ say the rock cost Crawford around $1.4 million.

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade announced their engagement on Dec. 20th. 'Sooooo this happened...#Yessss,' Union posted on Instagram.

Her stunning 8.5 carat cushion cut diamond ring also came with diamond earrings and diamond studs. The rock reportedly set Wade back $1 million.

Kim Kardashian shared her joy (and this stunning rock) with the world when she posted this photo to Instagram. The two got engaged on Oct. 21st. Kanye West picked a 15-carat diamond for Kim, and it reportedly cost between $4  to $5 million.

Ciara's fiance, rapper Future, surprised her with a 15-carat, $500K engagement ring on her 28th birthday in October.

The 'Big Bang Theory' actress and her tennis player love Ryan Sweeting got engaged in September after three months of dating.

Her gorgeous ring is an impressive 2.5-carat sparkler. It reportedly cost around $65,000.

On Sept. 4th,  a rep for Scarlett Johansson confirmed that she and Romain Dauriac were indeed engaged. He reportedly popped the question about a month earlier.

There's no word on the price of her Art Deco stunner.

The 'High School Musical' star Ashley Tisdale and fiance Christopher French got engaged on Aug. 8th. French reportedly popped the question on the 103rd floor of the Empire State Building in NYC.

It's hard to miss the enormous square-cut gem that some have described as a 'planet.'

On Oct. 3, 'Glee' star Naya Rivera and 25-year-old rapper Big Sean confirmed their engagement.

Celebrity jewelry expert Michael O'Connor told E! that he estimates the ring is '3.5 carats to four, but closer to four carats with a platinum setting. The diamond looks to be in very good quality, of course, so her ring probably retailed at around $70,000."

On Oct. 13, the ecstatic celeb posted this photo of her gorgeous engagement ring.

In a post on her website entitled 'We're Engaged,' she wrote: 'William and I are overwhelmed by all of your warm wishes. Thank you so much for sharing in this special moment.' 

Her fiance, William Tell, is a USC law student who Something Corporate fans may recognize as the band's former guitarist and backing vocalist.


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