Love is in the air, and thousands of couples across the country will make their plans to wed official on Valentine’s Day. Though their exciting intentions are one and the same, there is apparently vast disparity in how much people spend on engagement rings, state by state.
According to The Knot’s 2017 Real Weddings Study, Americans drop $6,351 on average for the special sparkler. Online diamond retailer Ritani dove deeper to investigate the average price paid for an engagement ring last year in each state.
California, North Carolina and Wisconsin spent the most for that all-important piece when popping the question, the retailer found, explaining that the “four Cs” ─ cut, carat, color and clarity ─ are essential in grading and pricing a diamond.
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New Hampshire, Vermont and Utah were the states that spent the least, according to Ritani.
Nevertheless, jewelry expert Kathryn Money of Brilliant Earth told Fox News that the price tag for a ring is the most minor of details on the big day.
“Regardless of whatever a ring costs, it’s really about what it represents for the couple, signifying a really important personal step in their life, it’s really the most important thing,” Money said.
From biggest to slimmest spenders, check out how much each state spends on average on the all-important piece.
North Carolina: $9,225
Washington, DC: $8,695
South Carolina: $8,599
New York: $8,092
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New Jersey: $6,969
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Rhode Island: $6,109
North Dakota: $5,436
New Mexico: $5,089
South Dakota: $4,832
West Virginia: $4,352
New Hampshire: $4,053
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