Pandora Apologizes for Ring Snub

After Ariel McRae wrote a Facebook post about being shamed for her $130 wedding ring set by an employee at a Pandora store in Tennessee, her story went viral

A Tennessee woman who was humiliated by a Pandora store employee for purchasing a $130 ring set as an engagement ring has received an apology from the company.

Ariel McRae wrote a Facebook post detailing the snub that quickly went viral. She recounted how, when purchasing the $130 set of silver and cubic zirconia bands, an employee said, “‘Y’all can you believe that some men get these as engagement rings? How pathetic.” She also detailed how heartbreaking it was for her and her husband to hear those words, and shared her response: “It isn’t the ring that matters, it is the love that goes into buying one that matters.”

The post, which was first shared on Nov. 26, now has 80,000 likes and has been shared over 56,000 times.

The story has been picked up by national and international outlets including CosmopolitanUs Weekly Magazine, Today, and more.

McRae has declined to divulge the store location or the name of the employee who made the comment—even when the brand asked.

“Pandora has reached out to me and offered me their sincerest apologies and I accepted,” McRae confirmed to “They asked if I would divulge the name and place where I bought the rings and I declined. My intention with this post was never to get anyone fired. If that were my intention, I would have complained while at the store. I believe this post going viral is wake-up call enough for her.”

The company has offered her a bracelet, McRae said. 

(Photo courtesy of Ariel McRae) 

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