(Closed) $$$$ Affording your engagement ring, Fun advice/stories :)

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 62
5063 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

We used a trade in site and shop for cd’s and films. We are film fanatics so we made a bit. We are also looking to sell our old net books, ipods and random bits on ebay. It’s not going to be thousands but it all helps.

Post # 64
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Here are some tips, although I have a very different idea of what engagement rings should be.


1)Don’t get a diamond. I never wanted one, personally. They are over priced, and their value starts diminishing as soon as you purchace it. That’s the secret reason “diamonds are for life”. A gemstone ring is every bit as beautiful and a fraction of the cost. PLUS more unique.

2)Pawn shops. They have TONS of fabulous rings for great prices. You can also usually talk them down a bit. It feels weird, but hey… it’s a bargain!

3)Estate/antique autions. My ring came from an estate sale and it is an amazing antique ring. Antique/vintage rings have so much more detail and what a fun history!

Post # 65
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I scoured craigslist on the daily! Fiance and I both have great jobs but he has a gigantic car payment and we live in an expensive apartment(which we moved into on impulse just to get out of living with his parents) finally I found one that I just loved. It had been on CL for quite a while and I thought for sure there was just no way that it would still be avaliable. Alas my love went all sneaky-sneaky and wheeled and dealed and got my ring for just $500! I later went to get it apraised for insurance purposes and it apraised at a little over 5k! I absolutely love it and couldn’t be happier 🙂

Post # 66
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We’re buying ours this fall, and he’s not going to save, we’re just going to spend what we think is reasonable. To get more bang for our buck, we’re going to buy from Blue Nile. I have really small fingers (a 4) and work with my hands a lot, so I want a solitaire under 1CT but over .70 – I think we should be able to get one for a good price. I guess if I wanted a huge stone or a designer setting we’d have to talk about it, but I don’t, so this should be easy.

Post # 67
2097 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My granddad sold his motorbike to buy my grandma’s engagement ring. I think that is so special. I’ve seen a photo of the bike and I know he loved it! My grandma has told me that she has left the ring to me in her will. I feel so honoured that she would want me to have it – but hopefully I won’t do for at least 20 years!


For UK bees, I can’t recommend going to Hatton Garden in London or Birmingham’s jewellery quarter enough. We got so much more for our money that way. My ring is 0.75cts and honestly I think if we’d gone high street I would have had a 0.25ct for the same money.

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