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Big Rock? Ring Price And Divorce Rates Could Be Related

A study from Emory University surveyed 3,000 people and found a link between expensive weddings or engagement rings and marital trouble.
Posted at 1:52 PM, Oct 07, 2014

Do you happen to have a big, expensive and glorious wedding ring that many women only dream of having? (Images via Kansas City Photography

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 FOR HLN: "She's got a toilet clogger on her left hand."

ROBIN MEADE: "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: "So, the Kardashian wedding was like, what? $80 million?"

Our fave 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." (Video via Sony BMG Music Entertainment / Beyonce

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. 

This video includes images from Kansas City Photography.