Engagement Ring on a College budget!!! Help!

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013 - Garden

What are you after here, pictures of affordable rings?

Post # 4
4540 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands

This isn’t one of your choices, but I have a Moissanite solitaire! It’s the sol279. And it was less than $500!

(The side view is my favorite)



Post # 5
529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Just throwing this out there-people shouldn’t be trying to figure out if your ring is fake, but they will and do.

My thoery is this- embrace the moissonite! Tell people about it! There’s nothing to be ashamed of for wanting a larger stone.

OR save and wait. My FI and I waited years to get engaged. Granted, we weren’t in a rush, but we still saved for a few years to get the ring I wanted.

If you’re going to feel ashamed of your ring- don’t do it! You don’t want feelings of shame or gulit or wondering when someone is going to notice and tell people that you don’t actually have a diamond. Most of the women on here don’t necessarily offer up the moissonite info, but they also don’t lie or make a secret of it if asked.

Post # 6
2484 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I’ll tell you right now that you’re going to get a lot of slack from the judgey women on this forum. Ignore them!!!!!!!! I’m a moissy fan myself and have my moissainteco ring picked out also. Good luck finding your dream ring my dear! 

Post # 7
441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013 - Garden

@VivienMarcheline:  I agree. I love my moissy and embrace it proudly for what it is. When I read about Bees passing their moissy off as a diamond it makes me really sad.

Post # 8
1491 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I love moissys!


My morganite ring is a round stone with a halo of diamonds, I really like the look so I just wanted to show it to you so you can have an idea of what it looks like (even though the stone isn’t a moissy). I’m a fan of halos but I really think it’s a preference, go to a jewelry store and try on several styles and decide for yourself. 




BTW, as a side note, part of the reason I have a morganite is because my hubby didn’t have the money. It’s pale enough that someimtes it looks like a diamond, but I’ve never claimed it as such. I LOVE the look of my ring, it’s all mine, and I know almost no one else will have something exactly like it as an engagement ring. And I own it! I get so many compliments on my ring because it’s different and if I ever do come across a friend who judges (no one has, so far) too bad for them, they’re just being losers! Honestly, own your ring, love it, embrace it, and don’t be afraid for what it is. What’s more important is that you absolutely love it. 

Post # 9
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@ayirk723:  I wouldn’t worry about 1ct looking fake.  Assuming you live in a coastal city in the US, 1ct isn’t remarkably large and people will assume a clear stone is a diamond unless you tell them otherwise.  I’m all for celebrating moissanite for moissanite, but nobody is going to ask.

Post # 10
3442 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@ayirk723:  Of the rings you posted, I definitely prefer the 4 Prong Petite Trellis setting.

My husband & I are undergrad seniors & we got engaged in the summer leading into our junior year.

We purchased my ring together since we shared (& obviously still share) money & accounts.

My ring isn’t exactly budget, & a lot of people probably think it’s way too “gaudy” for my life stage, but I love it & think the thin halo makes it tasteful.

3ct OEC Moissanite in a halo setting (cost just under 5k). We saved up for it by living at home & saving every last penny before we got our own place.


Post # 11
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I can tell you right now that when I see a clear, big stone on someone’s finger I never ask “is that a diamond?” And maybe it is just me, but I myself would feel rude asking someone if their clear stone was a diamond. Why does it matter to someone else what the stone is? I am also a college student in the engagement process, picking out rings and such. Although my significant other is not in college and he is currently financially stable, I can kind of relate! 

Post # 12
226 posts
Helper bee

hey 🙂 first off congrats on your upcoming engagement,bee.

I really like the before last picture, the ncie elaborate setting is simple, yet elegant. Plus if you go with that, you probably won’t need to upgrade your setting when you get more established. I would do that with a smaller stone and the halo, that way it looks like a nice ring but doesn’t necessarily look “fake” or out of your budget to ppl who know your financial position.


good luck !:)

Post # 13
364 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

@ayirk723:  Have you considered the Amora gem? http://www.amoragems.com/

There have only been a handful of customer reviews so far but by all accounts the AG is the closest thing around to a diamond and much better if you want a gemstone that simulates a diamond than moissanite. This is because the AG has a H&A ideal cut and is in the D-F colour range. It also has less fire than a moissy so will look much more like an ideal cut diamond than any of your other alternatives.

That is not to say that moissy isnt beautiful. It is! Believe me I have seen some moissy rings on Wedding bee that are to die for (so sparkly!). But if its the diamond “look” you are going for then AG is as close as you’re going to get. (And much more durable than Asha aswell.)

Sorry if i sound obsessed, I actually am! I ordered a 7mm Amora gem in a beautiful ring about 2 weeks ago and am desperately waiting for it to arrive!

Post # 14
6788 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

I think your options are: moissanite, ebay, idonowidont.com, diamondbistro.com, and check the local ads in craigslist. I have a moissy and I adore it. If you go the moissy route the expensiveness of the ring will most likely come from the setting. A nice moissy solitaire on a delicate plain metal band would look fabulous and would be under $700 most likely!

Post # 15
802 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest

There are a lot of great moissanite rings that are FB on Etsy as well. 

There seems to be a lot of negativity around moissanite and co around these parts. 

I would also be careful about ‘showing it off as a diamond’ – you don’t want to catch yourself in a lie. I think moissanite may have a bit of a stigma with some people, but I like to think of it as a online dating of the future. A lot of people thought you were crazy when it first became popular, but then they realized how practical and amazing it could be 🙂


Post # 16
5087 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Have you considered a non diamond gemstone like a sapphire. I have one & I love it. 

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