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My Greedy Fiancée Was Ashamed of Showing My ‘Cheap’ Engagement Ring & Posted a Fake One - She Regretted It Later

Daniella Segell
May 21, 2024
08:30 A.M.

When I proposed to Micah, I never imagined that the ring I chose would spark a revelation that shattered our relationship. What began as a joyful engagement quickly turned into a test of honesty and character, exposing truths neither of us could ignore.

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A man getting ready to propose | Source: Pexels

Micah and I had been dating for a year before we decided to get engaged. I was over the moon and couldn't wait to share the news with our families and friends. I chose a modest yet elegant diamond ring that I felt symbolized our genuine love and commitment.

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The next morning, I got a call from my mom, who was thrilled about the engagement. Her excitement was contagious, and I felt even more elated to hear her enthusiastic congratulations. Little did I know that this phone call would be the beginning of an unexpected and revealing turn of events that would change everything.

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A senior woman texting | Source: Pexels

"Congratulations, honey! I'm so happy for you!" my mom's voice was filled with joy.

"Thanks, Mom! But how did you find out so quickly?" I asked, puzzled.

"Micah just posted it on Facebook! The yellow diamond looks so unusual," she said.

"Yellow??" I replied, my confusion growing.

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A woman holding a bouquet and wearing a diamond ring | Source: Pexels

I hurried to my laptop and navigated to Micah's Facebook page. I scrolled through her feed and saw a picture of her hand adorned with a ring that looked nothing like the one I had given her. Instead of the modest diamond ring I had chosen, there was a flashy yellow diamond ring in the photo.

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A yellow gold diamond ring | Source: Pexels

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It was clear that she wanted to showcase something more extravagant than what I had offered. My heart sank as I realized she had chosen to post a fake ring instead of proudly showing the one I gave her.

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An upset man with his head in his hands | Source: Pexels

I felt a mix of betrayal and sadness, questioning her true feelings about our engagement. I wondered how many other things she had been dishonest about, and whether our entire relationship was built on lies.

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I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I needed answers right away, so I confronted Micah.

"Why did you post a different ring on Facebook?" I asked, trying to keep my voice steady.

Micah looked at me, clearly uncomfortable. "You really expected me to show off that cheap ring? I thought you'd get me something nicer. I'm kinda embarrassed by it. But you don't want me to feel bad, right?"

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An upset woman gesturing with open palms | Source: Pexels

I took a deep breath, trying to stay calm. This wasn’t the Micah I thought I knew. We had always been honest with each other, or so I believed. Her words stung, revealing a side of her I hadn’t seen before. I felt a growing sense of disappointment as I realized how much she valued material appearances over our relationship.

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I remembered the many conversations we'd had about values and how we both claimed to prioritize honesty and simplicity over material things. Now, I saw that her words were empty, and it hurt deeply.

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"Of course, I don't want you to feel bad. But there's more to this than you realize," I said, hinting at what I knew.

Micah's confusion was evident. "What do you mean?" she asked, a frown forming on her face.

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A confused woman shrugging | Source: Pexels

I looked at her, my expression serious. "Two weeks before our proposal, I got a call from your ex. He told me something interesting about you. He mentioned how he proposed to you with a ring, and you called it cheap and posted a fake one instead. I personally chose this ring for you."

Micah's eyes widened as I revealed the real ring. "Oh honey, it's so beautiful! It's exactly what I wanted. Thank you!"

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I could see the excitement in her eyes, but it only deepened my resolve. "You don't understand. I bought this ring for you and would have given it to you if you had passed the test. But, as we all saw, you failed."

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A couple arguing | Source: Pexels

I remembered my conversation with her ex, how he described the heartbreak he felt when she dismissed his sincere gesture for not being flashy enough. His words echoed in my mind, reinforcing my decision to test her.

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Her tears flowed as she continued to plead, "Please, I can explain! I was just embarrassed. I didn't mean to hurt you."

Micah's face went pale, and she started to panic. "You can't be serious! This is so unfair! How could you set me up like this? I thought you loved me!" she cried, her voice rising.

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A woman crying and wiping her nose | Source: Pexels

I remained calm, watching her reaction. "I did love you, but I can't be with someone who values material things over honesty and respect. This was a test to see if you had changed, and clearly, you haven't."

Her tears flowed as she continued to plead, "Please, I can explain! I was just embarrassed. I didn't mean to hurt you."

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But I was resolute. "Actions speak louder than words, Micah. I need someone who values me for who I am, not for the price tag of a ring."

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A man showing his palm, indicating "stop" | Source: Pexels

Ignoring her desperate attempts to explain, I packed my things and left, feeling a mix of sadness and relief. I knew it was the right decision, but it still hurt to walk away from someone I had once loved deeply.

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As I packed my belongings, Micah continued to plead, "We can work this out, please! I just wanted something to show off to my friends. It didn't mean I don't love you."

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A woman leaning on a man as she cries | Source: Pexels

I paused for a moment, considering her words. "It's not about the ring, Micah. It's about trust and honesty. If you can't be proud of what we have without needing to impress others, then what do we really have?" With that, I walked out the door, feeling a heavy weight lift off my shoulders.

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As I walked out of the door, I felt a strange sense of relief. Later, I decided to reach out to her ex-fiancé to express my gratitude.

"Thank you for telling me about her true colors. You saved me from making a huge mistake," I told him.

He sounded genuinely relieved as well. "I'm glad my experience could help someone else. It's tough, but better to know now than later."

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A man talking on the phone | Source: Pexels

Reflecting on everything that happened, I realized how much I had been willing to overlook in the name of love. I learned a valuable lesson about trust and the importance of true character.

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This experience opened my eyes to what really matters in a relationship. Although it was painful to end things with Micah, I knew it was the right decision for my future happiness. Moving on, I was determined to find someone who would value me for who I am, not for what I could buy.

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A confident man listening to music | Source: Pexels

Reflecting on everything that happened, I learned a valuable lesson about trust and the importance of true character. I realized that honesty and genuine love are worth more than any material possession.

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Scrabble tiles spelling out "Love Never Fails" | Source: Pexels

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Moving on, I was determined to find someone who would value me for who I am, not for what I could buy. I started to focus more on self-growth and understanding what I truly wanted in a partner.

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A man kissing a woman on the cheek | Source: Pexels

In the next few weeks, I leaned on friends and family, seeking their support and wisdom. I knew that I couldn't overcome this alone and having their support was invaluable to me.

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Now, I know the type of girl that I want and how to spot the red flags at the beginning of a relationship. I'm so grateful I didn't marry the wrong person.

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My fiancé cheated on me two months before our wedding, and with my best friend no less. They have both been lying to my face for months while all I did was support them financially and give them all my love. I am heartbroken and devastated, to say the least. My whole world collapsed when I found out and I couldn't move. However, I gathered the strength to compose myself and plan my next steps.

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Last month, I left for a business trip to another city. I was just settling into my hotel two hours later when my phone buzzed. It was a message from my sister, Emily. She had sent me a photo that made my heart stop.

It was a photo of my fiancé, Mike, and my best friend, Liz, shamelessly making out outside a cafe. Not just any cafe, but the one where Mike and I had our first date. The sight of them together like that so blatantly disrespectful was a punch to the gut.

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A man and woman kissing in public | Source: AmoMama

I was absolutely heartbroken. Mike and I had been together for three years, and our wedding was in two months. And Liz? She has been by my side since we were in diapers. I sat there, staring at the photo, my mind racing.

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I just couldn’t understand how they could backstab me like that. I was the one paying for Liz’s college, rent, and car because her parents couldn’t afford it. I’ve been financially supporting her for the last three years. Liz was also helping me plan the wedding, all while having an affair with my future husband.

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And Mike? He lives in my apartment free of charge because I wanted him to save his paychecks to start his own business like he always dreamed of. I do 90% of the chores so he can relax after work, and I’m 100% responsible for our four dogs.

I felt so stupid… How could I be so stupid?

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This work is inspired by real events and people, but it has been fictionalized for creative purposes. Names, characters, and details have been changed to protect privacy and enhance the narrative. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

The author and publisher make no claims to the accuracy of events or the portrayal of characters and are not liable for any misinterpretation. This story is provided “as is,” and any opinions expressed are those of the characters and do not reflect the views of the author or publisher.

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