Shopping for Inexpensive Rings?

posted 3 years ago in Waiting
Post # 3
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864 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@bellestar:  hey girl hey and welcome! 🙂 I am a waiting bee too and I’ve always tried to be considerate of Mr. H’s budget (or what I assume it to be). I don’t know about you, but I am a fan of sparkle and size; I’m unlikely to be able to tell you the specs of a diamond, but I can definitely tell you that a ring is gorgeous and sparkly, lol. One of the hints I dropped to him was to do a white sapphire or white topaz, with pave diamonds on the band. It’s still a traditional looking ring, which I like, with a non-traditional price tag, which I also like. Plus, it’s not like you’re getting a plastic stone or something. It’s an actual gemstone, and is of value. I found some as low as $200-$400 on some different sites (etsy, Zales, Kay, etc.). Now, I know that Zales and Kay are chain stores, and if possible I’d find something you like and try to find it at a local jeweler (that’s advice I actually saw on Weddingbee!) because it will be better quality and service. If you’re ordering online, try to find vendors with customer reviews with pictures, so you can see what it looks like on someone’s hand and not on the perfect screen photo that your vendor will post.

Post # 4
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1241 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@bellestar:  Hi Belle! Welcome to the bee! 

Your budget is easily doable. We got my ring at Kay’s, and only spent about $700 with tax and warranty. They were selling it as a promise ring, which automatically dropped the cost. Personally, I love it, and everyone that has seen it adores it.

 

 

Post # 7
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2839 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Check out Sam’s Club and Costco – not traditional places to buy a ring, but they have beautiful rings at good prices. Would you consider splitting the cost with him? My Sam’s Club ring was $2k… We each paid half, so it was in DH’s price range, but my contribution was the difference between a ring I loved and one that I was just ok with. 

Post # 8
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2878 posts
Sugar bee

@bellestar:  My e-ring cost 142$ txs included. It was 50% off from a ring section that was not bridal. To me, it didn’t mattered at all, I had set a budget (150$) and a style I liked (vintage, classical, with embellishments on the side) and I didn’t absolutely want a rock. We started shopping in jewelries saying I wanted to buy myself a nice ring, we did not mention engagement or wedding at all, and there it was, in the discount section :

 

It’s white gold with diamond dust insertions.

Voilà ! A ring I love and would not trade for anything, at a ridiculous price. 😉

Post # 10
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69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@bellestar:  You should do a quick search on budget rings and alternative stones here on the bee. Diamonds and sapphires are gorgeous, but they’re also expensive. You can get an alternate stone without it being a CZ. If not, then try searching through ebay or even etsy for some rings in your price range. Like another bee said, you can also contribute to the ring if you have your heart set on something specific, there’s nothing wrong with that either.

Post # 11
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2878 posts
Sugar bee

All you need is to think outside the box. If you mention engagement ring right from the start the prices will go up. Unless they have like, interest-free credit payments (which could be an option, you pay your ring over a few months and it doesn’t cost you anything more than the total price). But otherwise, just like a dress, a ring is as bridal as you want it to be. I’m SURE you can find something you like in that 500$ budget you have set.

Post # 12
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392 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@bellestar:  you can get a nice ring if you look hard enough and are patient. It took us a whole year and a few months after the engagement to find me the ring of my dreams. He bought it from eBay and it was $1200 while thr store wanted $2900. Use your resources: craigslist, ebay, tradesy, etsy, and sign up for coupons and updates through jewelry stores, especially with the holidays starting! Good luck to you!

(shameless sharing of my dscount eBay beauty) lol. 

Post # 13
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1475 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@NauticalDisaster:  It’s gorgeous! You got a very good deal.

@bellestar: The good news is you have options! Like @MrsHalpert:  mentioned you can look at stones like white sapphire or white topaz. Check out Helzberg Diamonds online they have a gorgeous selection of rings with those stones as well as diamond promise rings all very reasonably priced like $500.00 to very much less than that.

The quality is excellent AND you can get the care plan and they will completely take care of your ring, for life!

Keep looking, you have options and i’m sure you will find something you absolutely love within your price range. Good luck with your search!

 

Post # 15
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234 posts
Helper bee

Would you consider morganite? It’s very popular and a beautiful alternative. You can get a larger centre stone and still fall under 1k with a sparkly gold band.

Here are many options for you in your price range (yes all from LoRG, but the shop has great reviews and people on pricescope gave rave reviews):

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/161986345/14k-gold-6x8mm-emerald-cut-morganite?ref=shop_home_feat

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/159599089/7mm?ref=shop_home_active

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/167736923/morganite-engagement-ring-with?ref=shop_home_active

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/161987749/claw-prong-14k-gold-8mm-round-morganite?ref=shop_home_active

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/155953270/halo-238ct-round-cut-morganite-35ct-pave?ref=shop_home_active 

Here are some blue aquamarine, tanzanite and sapphire options:

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/157401085/natural-8×10-aquamarine-52ct-diamonds?ref=shop_home_active

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/158262086/164ct-ceylon-sapphire-diamonds-real-14k?ref=shop_home_active

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/157393846/411ct-bezel-aquamarine-pave-70ct-diamond?ref=shop_home_active

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/157137588/natural-cushion-cut-aquamarine-diamonds?ref=shop_home_active

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/158384827/natural-89ct-ceylon-sapphire-and?ref=shop_home_active

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/158474063/bezel-202ctw-royal-blue-tanzanite-solid?ref=shop_home_active

I found a bunch of options for used rings with diamonds, I hope you are okay with them. The first two are coloured stones, the rest are diamond options.

http://www.idonowidont.com/gemstone/elegant-deep-bluish-purple-tanzanite-diamond-14k-ring

http://www.idonowidont.com/gemstone/sapphire-diamond-and-white-gold-ring

http://www.idonowidont.com/diamonds/white-gold-split-shank-double-halo-engagement-ring-and-band

http://www.idonowidont.com/diamonds/ladies-14k-white-gold-diamond-ring-size-8

http://www.idonowidont.com/diamonds/14k-white-gold-split-shank-engagement-ring-596-ct-round-center-diamond

http://www.idonowidont.com/diamonds/janmac

I apologize for soooo many links, but I really want you to find your dream ring in the budget you want.

Post # 16
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864 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@xoxocheri:  honest I’m probably going to spend my day browsing these for funnnnnn

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