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Woman’s Powerful Defense of Her ‘Small’ Engagement Ring Goes Viral

Poul Pedersen and Rachel Pedersen
Poul and Rachel PedersenCourtesy Rachel Pedersen

Rachel Pedersen’s husband, Poul Pedersen, makes her sparkle more than a gigantic diamond ever could. “Diamond size doesn’t equal the amount of love between two people,” Pedersen tells Us Weekly. Sadly, not everyone seems to agree. In a powerful Facebook post that went viral, the Minnesota-based mother explained why she will never trade in her “1/4 carat tops” ring for a bigger one.

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“Friends and family often ask me when I’m going to have it upgraded … After all, it doesn’t represent the level of success we are achieving,” the 27-year-old wrote on February 4. “I’ve even had one person say, ‘You should wear a bigger ring for important events, so people don’t think you’re not successful.’”

She continued: “Wait a minute … Since when did the size of someone’s ring become an indication of success!? For me, the ring is SO much more. My ring symbolizes a whirlwind, storybook, ‘make you sick’ love story.”

Yes, I know that my wedding ring is small. Friends and family often ask me when I'm going to have it "upgraded".......

Posted by Rachel Pedersen on Thursday, February 4, 2016

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Poul Pedersen and Rachel Pedersen
Poul and Rachel Pedersen Courtesy Rachel Pedersen

When Rachel and Poul met in October 2013, he was a window washer, and she was a hairstylist and single mother of daughter Dakota. Now, she works as a full-time marketing consultant, while Poul is a Service Advisor at Mini Cooper. The couple — who eloped at the Chapel of Love in Minnesota’s Mall of America just 13 days after meeting— are the parents of Dakota, 5, and Delilah, 20 months.

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“I used to dream of a Tiffany’s 2-carat, round-cut solitaire,” Rachel tells Us. “I learned something greater through the process of meeting Poul, and that was that a true love with a foundation of respect and trust is far more valuable than a large diamond.”