I always sympathized with Anne of Green Gables, who said in one of the books that she'd always imagined diamonds, when she'd read of them in books, as being a beautiful purple color. When she saw one in real life for the first time, she was horribly disappointed. They always symbolized disappointment to her, so she wanted a pearl for her wedding ring. Others reminded her that pearls are for tears, but she said that tears of both sadness and joy are part of life and she'd be happy enough to wear a pearl. Personally, I prefer amethyst, but the sentiment remains. I think diamonds are sort of boring. I had one passed down to me from my MIL, who never wore hers, but it fell out of my ring and was lost a couple of years ago, so now I just have a wedding band. I do think the idea of spending 2 months' salary on, well, pretty much anything impractical is not a great way to start an engagement/married life. There are so many expenses early on, including potentially a house and children, that it just seems wasteful to me. But then, everybody has their own priorities for their money, and if they aren't asking me for money (either directly or through needing government services/taxpayer money), it's none of my business.