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I bought a $99 engagement ring to lure a man — and it worked

In February 2021, Ashlynne Chapman hadn’t yet met her future husband, but she was certainly looking for him.

So, to help manifest Mr. Right, she bought herself a $99 engagement ring, with an emerald-cut diamond, from Instagram vendor Modern Gem Jewelry in February 2021. 

“You get rewarded for putting positive thoughts, prayers and energy into the things you want for your life,” the 38-year-old realtor from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, told The Post.

She faithfully wore the ring, both at home and work, almost daily.

Ten months later, in December 2021, she met Chris Ward, a hunky realtor and single dad of one, through mutual friends.

“The second our eyes locked, I knew he was the man I was going to marry,” Chapman said. “I was like, ‘This is it. We’re going to be together.’”

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Ashlynne Chapman, 38, got engaged to her now-husband, Chris, just over a year after buying herself a fake engagement ring.
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(Left) Ashlynne Chapman's fake $99 ring. (Right) Ashlynne Chapman's real engagement ring from husband Chris Ward.
In a TikTok post, Chapman shows the similarities between her fake ring and the real ring Chris purchased for her.
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Ashlynne Chapman being proposed to by Chris Ward in September 2022.
Chris popped the question to Ashlynne while walking down a beloved street in Charleston, South Carolina.
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In September 2022, Chris, now 42, proposed on the cobblestones of their favorite walkway in Charleston, South Carolina, with the help of a flash mob dance troop.

After dropping down to one knee, he presented her with a three-carat, custom-designed,

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