The bigger the ring, the rockier the marriage?

If you’re planning on getting that big rock you’ve been eying, maybe it’s time to think twice. A recent research has found that the costlier the ring and the wedding, the shorter the marriage.

Emory University’s economics professors Andrew M. Francis and Hugo M. Mialon surveyed more than 3,000 married people across the U.S., finding that the more extortionate the bling, the less likely the marriage was to last.

According to the report, spending between $2,000 and $4,000 on an engagement ring was associated with a higher divorce rate. But couples who spent less than $1,000 on a rock were less likely to divorce.

“The wedding industry has consistently sought to link wedding spending with long-lasting marriages,” the professors write. “We find that marriage duration is either not associated or inversely associated with spending on the engagement ring and wedding ceremony.”

The report also highlights the commodification of weddings, noting that in the 1950s, bridal magazines encouraged brides-to-be to set aside two months for planning. Four decades later, couples were told that it should be a 12-month minimum, with more than double the tasks.