An Australian woman who publicly complained about the size of the stone in her engagement ring is getting roundly criticized on social media.
The woman shared a photo of the diamond ring with the caption: "Imagine finally being proposed to & this is the ring you're given." The complaint was punctuated by five crying emojis, notes the Daily Mail.
Social media users immediately criticized her for being "shallow" and "unappreciative."
"A ring doesn't indicate ones integrity, faithfulness, love, or ability to care for their family," one commenter said. "Rings can be upgraded, shallowness can't."
"I got no ring when my husband proposed," another woman explained. "We had no money. We worked TOGETHER and he was able to get me my dream ring 2 years after wedding."
One person suggested that the complaining woman is not good enough for the man who bought her the ring: "If the size of the ring is more important to you than the man who is giving it to you, do him a favor and say no."
Another user added, "Imagine mustering up the courage to ask your dream girl to marry you and she bashed the ring you got her on Twitter."
As one man pointed out, some women prefer elegant, small rings to large, gaudy rings. "My girlfriend picked out the engagement ring she wants. It's smaller than that," he wrote.
The woman's complaint also compelled many social media uses to post pictures of their own small engagement rings.
One post showed a simple diamond solitaire, described in the caption as, "The ring my dad gave my mother because he wanted to marry her."
Another modest submission was described as "the beautiful ring that my fiance proposed with." The ring's owner added that "it didn't matter how simple it was cuz all I want is to marry him."
A philosophical post advised that "things don't represent your relationship and if they do you shouldn't be in one."
The tradition of giving engagement rings dates back to the ancient Egyptians, who believed circles were symbols of eternity, according to Reader's Digest.
The rings were worn on the left hand ring finger, which was believed to have a vein that ran directly to the heart.
The ancient Romans carried on the tradition, but for them the ring represented ownership of the bride by the groom, instead of being symbolic of love.
The DeBeers Mining Company invented the tradition of the diamond engagement ring in the 1940s, with its "A diamond is forever" advertising campaign.
Soon, engagement rings become the leading line of jewelry in department stores, and currently 80 percent of brides in the U.S. get diamond engagement rings.