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The bigger the ring, the more likely couples will divorce, study suggests

Happily ever after? A new study conducted at

Happily ever after? A new study conducted at Emory University has found that the more people spend on their weddings and engagement rings, the more likely they are to divorce. Credit: Fotolia

The bigger the rock, the rockier the marriage? A new study from Emory University indicates that the more expensive the engagement and wedding rings are, the less likely the marriage will last. 

Researchers Andrew M. Francis and Hugo M. Mialon uncovered some facts that may make women think twice about begging for a rock worth thousands. They found that men who spent anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000 on an engagement ring were 1.3 times more likley to get divorced than men who spent $500 to $2,000. 

But frugal men who spent less on a ring were not completely off the hook, either. The study shows that men who spent less than $500 were associated with an increase in divorce as well. 

And just because you spent within the $500 to $2,000 range does not clear you from the danger zone. The study also shows that women whose weddings cost $20,000 or more were more likely to end up divorced than those whose weddings cost $5,000 to $10,000. But again, there's a catch. If only $1,000 or less was spent on the wedding, divorce is also imminent. 

So here's scientific proof that, while a diamond lasts forever, a marriage might not.

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