When Jessica Biel turned up at the Golden Globes curiously lacking both Justin Timberlake on her arm and his engagement ring on her finger, it didn't go unnoticed. Merely a month into their engagement, Biel's solo jaunt down the red carpet sent the rumor industry into overdrive, culminating today with the National Enquirer's report that the actress has rejected Timberlake's engagement ring.
The tabloid claims Biel wants a flashier diamond than the more minimal design her fiancé originally selected. Uh, rude! If the rumor turns out to be true (which we kinda doubt), then Ms. Biel has a lot to learn about being a gracious bride. Follow the jump to find out the best way to respond to a less-than-thrilling engagement ring.
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You should tell him how you feel! And together you can pick out a ring of equal or lesser value. Most guys will understand that your opinion counts for a lot, since you are the one who will be wearing the ring. Guys are often cautioned to discuss ring styles with their partner before making a purchase anyway, so you have good reason to speak up. If you think his feelings will be hurt or if you think voicing your thoughts will make him angry and resentful (and take away from the joy you are both feeling) wait a year before saying anything. In general, a new ring is in order if:
—you dislike the color of metal
—you dislike the shape or cut of the diamond (round vs. square, emerald-cut vs. cushion, etc.)
—the ring is too modern/too glitzy/too old-fashioned/too plain/your style is just the opposite
However, it's not okay to say you want a different ring because you think the stone is too small or of poor quality—because that's like saying, "You didn't spend enough money." Surely, he bought you the most beautiful ring he could afford, so if everything else about the ring works (metal, stone shape, style) then hold your tongue. Five years from now you can discuss upgrading to a different diamond.
—Phillip B. Crook