Post # 1
My boyfriend and I began our search for my perfect engagement ring last night. After looking at a few online places (eBay, Amazon), we realized that diamonds are ridiculously expensive. I was just wondering if anyone else was on a tight ring budget ($500) and what kind of rings you ended up with. 🙂
Post # 3
@mrand2008: Have you thought about ordering a loose diamond online and then having a jeweler set it?
If you want t a diamond you can often get a much better deal online then going to an actual brick and mortar store.
I just did a quick serach on adiamor.com (you could also look at bluenile.com and others) and they have almost 1,000 listed for sale at $500 or less.
Also, there are settings where you can have many small diamonds set in the center of the ring rather than one larger one. I believe these tend to be less expensive as well.
If you are not set on a diamond, you could look at other gemstone rings. I’ve seen lots of beautiful colored gemstones on this site.
There is also mossanite, which is beautiful as well.
Post # 4
i would suggest looking for a moissanite. they are so beautiful and have so much sparkle if you are going for the colorless look.
if you don’t necessarily want to go for the colorless look, there are some beautiful colored stones that you could find for under 500 dollars.
also, etsy.com often has vintage diamond rings. i bet you could find one in your price range on there. some of them are TO DIE FOR! good luck!
Post # 5
Buying new diamonds turns my stomach, considering many of them are mined with slave labor… And certified ethical diamonds are even more expensive!!
This may sound silly, but don’t laugh – a friend of mine bought a STAINLESS STEEL AND CZ bridal set on eBay for $50!! It is beautiful (the cz is the size of a carat-plus) and everyone raves about how gorgeous it is, etc etc… No one knows that it isn’t a real diamond.
This solution isn’t for everyone, but I loved it! (I personally inherited my bridal set so mine was “free.” Score!)
Post # 6
I recommend looking into moissanite. Their rings are beautiful. Ms. Tattoo has a stunning moissanite, hopefully she will post here.
If you are uncomfortable with purchasing a ring/ gemstone online I recommend going to a locally owned jewlery store. Stay away from chain stores because they charge wayyyy more than mom and pop shops. My Fiance bought my ring at a locally owned jewelry store and he paid literally half what he would have paid at a chain store.
Post # 8
My ring was $875, he paid $250 for it.. Its white gold & 1/2 CTW.
Post # 9
What about vintage or antique rings? http://www.rubylane.com is the best! I’ve bought 3 diamond bands from them and one diamond and sapphire band that I’m using now as my wedding band. Everything I have bought and taken to my jeweler has been valued at much higher than what I paid.
Post # 10
I would try Craig’s List. I have posted that a million times, I think. If you’re cool with a used ring and you want a diamond, you may want to try Craig’s List, eBay (individual sellers, not jewelry stores) and possibly pawn shops.
If you’re not completely set on having a diamond, there are TONS of affordable options, from moissanite (for the diamond look), to having another type of stone (Aquamarine, Morganite, Sapphire, Tourmaline) and you can even get the other stone set in a diamond setting.
If you have an idea of the type of stone you want, that may give you a better idea of where to start looking.
Post # 11
I am a big fan of Craigslist. The diamond market is in terrible shape right now so folks who are trying to get rid of them are having a hard time selling to pawn shops. You should have some luck there.
My diamond is a 2nd hand diamond purchased as a loose stone from a broker.
Post # 14
My Fiance got my ring from Ashadiamonds.com, and I love it. The great thing is that you can get palladium for the metal, and the rings are very well made. We got a 1ct. Asha center stone and the ring for $800. They have solitaire rings that are Tiffany-inspired for around$500.
There is always the gemstone route!
Post # 15
=) I am pretty sure my Fiance got my ring from Zales and from the Clearance section, but it was EXACTLY my requests, so he not only got my dream ring, but he got a STEAL!
Original sticker price was over $3K, he walked out with it for $700! Only know those details because of the budgeting! I love love love my ring. So I suggest always glancing at the “clearance” section before leaving a jeweler, you never know what you might find!
And a friend of mine found her DREAM ring at a pawn shop, you seriously never know! We also were looking at Overstock.com if you havent checked that one out yet!
Best of Luck!
Post # 16
Forgot to post a picture 🙂