LeAnn Rimes' $85K Engagement Ring: Romantic or Revolting?

In this time of economic hardship, is it wrong for LeAnn Rimes to wear an $85K engagement ring?

LeAnn Rimes’ $85K Engagement Ring: Romantic or Revolting?

In this time of economic hardship, is it wrong to spend that kind of money on something like that?

-April Daniels Hussar

LeAnne Rimes engagement ring

According to a press release I got today from CeleBuzz, the 5-carat oval diamond in a platinum and rose-gold setting engagement ring Eddie Cibrian just gave LeAnn Rimes is worth about $85,000.  Of course in the great history of lavish engagement rings, that’s not even over the top — as “Diamond Guy” to the stars David Mamane says, “This ring is comparable to many other celebrities’ engagement rings. It’s not on the same scale as say Kate Middleton or even Carrie Underwood for that matter, but I’d put it in the same price range as Katy Perry’s and Jessica Simpson’s.”

Alrighty then.

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One on hand, I understand that stars like Eddie and LeAnn are operating in a completely different economic scale than us regular folk. To them, sure it’s an extravagance, but it’s not like it’s a whole year’s — or two years’ — salary. Eddie didn’t take out a second mortgage on the family farm for that money.

On the other hand, in a world where nearly 17 million American children — almost one in four –go hungry EVERY DAY … it’s kind of gross. Isn’t it?

But then, this is a dangerous line of thinking, because if we’re talking about scale, then it’s inevitable that I have to take a look at myself through that same lens. When it comes to scale, my own lifestyle is actually pretty gross, if you compare what I have to what a lot of the world doesn’t have. I’m no millionaire; I work full time and so does my husband, but seriously — my daughter has dolls who have dolls. I don’t even know how many pairs of shoes I have. None of them are Louboutins, but they’re not all Payless Shoes Source either. One of my prized possessions is a gold Tory Burch bag that cost about $400. Yes, it was a gift, but I could sell it on eBay and donate that money, right? Instead of carrying it through Penn Station past all the homeless people, I could take the money and give it to my local food pantry, or send at least four “baskets of hope” to struggling families in developing countries through Heifer International.

As someone who grew up with very little — and when I say very little I mean I know what it’s like to have your mom pay for the groceries with food stamps, but I don’t mean I know what it’s like to be starving child in a third world nation — I’m conflicted about living in the world of the “Haves.” My husband and I argue about the thermostat all winter, but we’re not going to NOT be able to pay the heating bill. Our daughter Isabella goes to public school, but we’re able to afford ballet classes and soccer uniforms and birthday parties I would have died to have.

I appreciate this immensely, and something that really concerns me is making sure Isabella is appreciative too, and aware of all her blessings. A difficult task; a topic for another day.

So back to the $85K ring… would I ever spend that much money on something, even if I could?

What about a $20K ring?

Or $10K …. or 5? Um, actually, now that you mention it, I don’t know exactly how much my husband paid for this diamond solitaire I wear on my left ring finger, but it certainly didn’t come out of a Cracker Jack box. And did I ever tell you how I’m reaaalllly really hoping for a diamond anniversary band in a few years? You know those pretty bands with the diamonds that go all… the way…

Well, crap.

$85,000.

Is it wrong for LeAnn Rimes to wear that much money on one little finger?

Or, in the great scheme of things, is that ring to my Tory Burch bag what my Tory Burch bag is to a homeless mother’s last dollar?

April Daniels Hussar is BettyConfidential’s Executive Editor.


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15 thoughts on “LeAnn Rimes' $85K Engagement Ring: Romantic or Revolting?

  1. ChattyCathy says:

    I think it’s revolting. She should have spent a couple of thou and then given the rest to charity.

  2. timmar68 says:

    no. If you work for your money and don’t go into enormous debt then it’s none of our business how much you spend on things. If they can afford it then good for them!

  3. K S says:

    Hey, Payless is giving a pair of shoes to a needy child (a la TOMS) when you buy a pair of Airwalk Hope shoes.

    I don’t care how much LeAnn’s ring cost or how much Reese’s ring cost, but government waste bothers me.

  4. FBNYC says:

    $85,000 certainly seems like a lot to us, but it’s probably not to LeAnn and Eddie. I agree that how much the ring cost shouldn’t be made public, but a lot of people are interested in that type of thing.

    I think it’s important to balance out buying expensive things for yourself with the amount you donate to others or how much you volunteer, but you shouldn’t feel guilty for working hard to afford nice things.

  5. Catca says:

    No it’s not gross. I believe LeAnn does do work for charities and donates money to charities as well. She is not strictly indulging herself and not thinking of others (no idea if Eddie does as well). Did they make public how much the ring cost or is that speculation based on the size and design of the ring by the “Diamond guy”?

  6. mannequin says:

    I just think there’s no need in spending that much on a ring, but someone with less money than me may think that $3,000 was revolting to spend on a ring.
    It’s all relative.
    Anyway, it’s a very pretty ring! She can sell it later when she’s hungry.

  7. src01 says:

    We live in a mixed up world. What about sports figures that make millions of dollars a year for us to watch them? Mixed up world.

  8. ugogirl says:

    $85K to them is like $1 to me. they only have it to waste because people are stupid enough to pay $10 for a movie and $15 for a CD or $1 for a song. quit buying their stuff and they won’t spend $85K on a ring.

  9. msmanners says:

    Leave them alone. They deserve to be happy. Jealouly is all I see here.

  10. lesliesm22 says:

    Would anyone give a crap about this if they weren’t cheaters? Did ol’ Betty rag like this on Katy Perry, or the ammount that Cruise and Holmes spend on their spoiled brat? No! But leanne and Eddie cheated openly on their spouses which is gross on it’s own, so people are just looking for any reason to harp.

  11. roxie says:

    Would if I could . Don’t know, but what I do know is that what is gross is people putting out there the price of the things that they have can’t stand a braggert never could . Just my opinion but it is so big I cant see the true beauty in it and I wonder about the people who mine for these stones who broke their back for this one or who died for it?

  12. jroby1 says:

    While it is really not our business, I would like to pose a question to people who think they should have “donated” The money. In a perfect world I would like to believe that I ‘d donate 85k if I had it, but the reality is that it would probably go to bills. How can we judge what they do with their honestly earned money, when most of us have never been in that position ourselves. Good for them if they can do that, especially if they are not being excessive in other ways. Perhaps they are just as generous in their giving.

  13. jroby1 says:

    While it is really not our business, I would like to pose a question to people who think they should have "donated" The money. In a perfect world I would like to believe that I 'd donate 85k if I had it, but the reality is that it would probably go to bills. How can we judge what they do with their honestly earned money, when most of us have never been in that position ourselves. Good for them if they can do that, especially if they are not being excessive in other ways. Perhaps they are just as generous in their giving.

  14. jroby1 says:

    While it is really not our business, I would like to pose a question to people who think they should have “donated” The money. In a perfect world I would like to believe that I ‘d donate 85k if I had it, but the reality is that it would probably go to bills. How can we judge what they do with their honestly earned money, when most of us have never been in that position ourselves. Good for them if they can do that, especially if they are not being excessive in other ways. Perhaps they are just as generous in their giving.

  15. NaptownCutie says:

    I love it!!! I wish a man would buy me one. Fat chance of that ever happening. I’m too set in my ways. LMBO

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