- 7 years ago
- Wedding: April 2007
Let’s face it ladies, in this economy, precious few of us can afford to spend a 2 month salary or more on an engagement ring. Creativity is often born of necessity. So it raises the question of “How can I get my gal a gorgeous ring, without breaking the bank?”
There are several different options out there to get some great rings at reasonable prices. It just requires a bit of searching.
1. Heirloom Ring: Ask around within the family. I know several girls that have either gotten vintage rings passed down to them. Or, the main stone is an heirloom stone that came from a different piece of jewelry, then was placed in a new setting just for them.
Example: My ring. The stone was initially in a necklace which was owned by hubby’s great grandmother. My MIL gifted it to my husband who then had the stone set into a ring setting. E-ring and wedding band came as a set. Cost: $1,400
2. Alternative Stones: Consider a stone alternate to a diamond. My girlfriend is not a diamond girl. She REALLY loves green sapphire. Her fiancee asked me to go on a trip with him down to the LA jewelry district to go ring shopping. He wanted to surprise her, but wanted another girl’s opinion.
We ended up with a gorgeous 2ct ring (twice the size of my stone) with 14K white gold surrounded by diamonds for $980.
3. Lab Diamonds: Consider getting a lab created diamond vs one that came from the ground. The stones look exactly the same, but come half the cost. Compare –
2ct Stone normal diamond in 14K white gold on sale: $7,303.00
2ct lab diamond in white gold on sale: $1595.00
4. Other Options:
– Estate Sales and Auctions: Hunt around for that vintage piece, and you might get lucky!
– Online: You can get some nice pieces on ebay, overstock, amazon, etc.
– Superstores: Even places like Sams Club and Costco are carrying some great looking rings at a members only price.
What other options can you think of?