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Enormous Engagement Ring

A woman receives an engagement ring, and it's huge, so much so that she has a major reaction to it. It shows that her fiance either makes some major money or otherwise is a major criminal. She may love it (possibly showing it off to everyone); a more down-to-earth character may think it's just too much to accept. Even if the character can't accept something so extravagant, she may take one last look at how beautiful it is before giving it back.

If hijinks ensue, see With This Ring. Sometimes paired with a fancy Fairytale Wedding Dress should the wedding actually happen.

Compare to Treasure Is Bigger in Fiction, where gemstones in general are much larger than phony old reality, and the ring might be extremely big, but nobody in-universe thinks it's unusual.

As what constitutes a "huge" ring is subjective, this is an in-universe trope. A character must react either verbally or physically to the size of it.


Examples:

Advertising
  • Parodied by the Canadian commercial for Harvey's, a burger chain. A man calls over three friends and shows them what some girl had just given him. The friends then proceed to gush over the size of it, and how it symbolizes her feelings, just like women stereotypically do.

Comic Books
  • In the Maniak's story in Showcase #69 from DC Comics, Silver gets engaged to a billionaire and gets an engagement ring with a diamond about the size of her head.

Film
  • Nicole Bonnet (Audrey Hepburn's character) in How To Steal A Million yells at the sight of the gigantic diamond ring Mr. Leland gives her when he proposes.
  • In The Palm Beach Story, Claudette Colbert's character is proposed to by one of the richest men in the world. It's so large, she tells him to put it away, or else the sight of it will convince her to go through with it (she is married already, anyway). She takes a final look at it before putting it away forever.
  • In Gone with the Wind, Scarlet asks for a large ring and Rhett gives her one with a diamond that even she describes as "obscenely huge".
  • The ring offered to Martha May Whovier by Mayor Augustus Maywho in the 2000 version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was very large (and also gaudy).
  • Christmas Made-for-TV movie A Boyfriend for Christmas:
    • One of Holly's friends gets engaged and her ring is very big and very beautiful. She pretends the ring is so heavy that she has to drag her hand. However, she and her fiancé argue and by the end of the movie, they're broken up.
    • Holly, the protagonist, receives a huge engagement ring from her ex-boyfriend and Romantic False Lead. He is a rather important figure in journalism. She acknowledges that the ring is gorgeous and considers accepting his offer, but he's ultimately refused.
  • In Titanic, Rose tells Jack that Cal is worse than her boyfriend and shows him the engagement ring from him. He tells her that if she had jumped off the boat, she would have gone straight to the bottom.

Literature
  • Subverted in Rose Madder. The engagement ring Rose receives from her abusive future husband has a large stone which he claims is a diamond, but after she leaves him she discovers it's cubic zirconia.

Live-Action TV
  • In Alice, Flo was once romanced by an oil sheik who gave her an engagement ring. The stone was so large the other waitresses thought it had to be fake. But then they did the "cut glass" test where Mel took the ring and scratched on the glass door to the diner. He tapped where he had just scratched with his knuckle in triumph. Then the circle he had just scratched fell out of the door.
  • Double Subverted in Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. One of the two girls accepts a proposal from a (supposedly) rich suitor. The other woman comments on its size ("I can see where the Titanic hit it!"), but Mr. Cooper calls it a cubic zirconium. She refuses to believe that it's a fake until the stone in the ring breaks in some accident. It ends with the suitor having a real diamond as well, but he was going to switch it due to resizing or resetting issues.
  • In Not Going Out, Lucy is taken aback by the massive and expensive diamonds her slightly dodgy nightclub-owning boyfriend has given her as a sort of engagement gift. Her cynical and jealous flatmate Lee suggests this is all a scam to get otherwise chargeable jewellry through Customs for free as Lucy and her man are off on a dream holiday.
  • Coronation Street: The hyper-jealous Eileen has seen her fireman boyfriend out with an attractive firewoman from his station. Suspecting he is cheating, Eileen and her dozy friend Julie embarrass themselves - and him - by breaking into the station. Angry and disgruntled, the boyfriend produces a large ornate engagement ring and says this is the reason he was out with his colleague. Her family own a jewellers' store and she was helping him choose a ring. She's the right person to find the best and most beautiful ring, and she also gets a discount on it for him, so it is larger and better than what he might have been able to afford in normal circumstances. Eileen is sick twice over on seeing the ring. One, because it is big and ornate, and visibly so; two, because her insane and irrational jealousy has made him contemplate breaking the whole thing off and taking it back to the shop for a refund.
  • In 'Allo 'Allo!, Madame Edith is forced to get engaged to the Italian Captain Bertorelli. He gets a huge ring from the Germans to impress his new fiancée. It was of course part of some convoluted plan.
  • Lampshaded in Castle's sixth season premiere when Beckett accepted Castle's marriage proposal and he slipped the ring on her finger (the diamond, while a respectable size, was not overly ostentatious).
    Beckett: Wow, that's...big.
    Castle: No, you just have remarkably tiny fingers.

Video Games
  • In Dragon Quest VIII, the party accompanies the prince of Argonia on a rite to slay an Argonian lizard and bring back its crystal "heart" to be made into an engagement ring - but the prince is disappointed to discover how small they are and insists the party get a big one (from a big Argonian lizard, of course) before returning home. Naturally, it is by far the largest such crystal anyone's seen.
  • In The Curse of Monkey Island such a ring is part of the central story, which revolves around the main protagonist Guybrush Threepwood's attempt to restore his fiancée after accidentally turning her into a gold statue by giving her a cursed diamond ring.

Western Animation
  • From the Futurama movie The Beast with a Billion Backs, Yivo proposes to the universe with one of these ultra-large rings.
  • "Blue Cat Blues" from Tom and Jerry: Tom and a rival tom-cat are trying to impress their love, a lovely white cat lady. The ring from Tom's rival was so big and bright that you had to put on welder's glasses to look at it. For Tom's ring a magnifying glass was needed. The kitty married Tom's rival.
  • In "The Real Housewives of Fat Tony" of The Simpsons, Selma marries the maffia boss Fat Tony. However, the wedding was not real and the ceremony was held in Italian, and she was only his house mistress. Fat Tony's real wife laughs at the size of Selma's ring, which is a ring of a mistress. The wife's ring is huge and the gem is as big as her fist.

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