(Closed) Budget Rings?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What budget centerstone should I consider buying?

    Moissanite (Small)

    Asha Diamond (Any Size)

    Blue Sapphire (Any Size)

    White Sapphire (Any Size)

    White Topaz (Any Size)

    Other (Post below, please!)

  • Post # 62
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2009

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    @jessjlstar:  Can we see pics of both the rings you are considering??

    Post # 66
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    I definitely think these are great parameters for where you’re at in your life. My husband and I got the wedding ring that I still wear for $250 at a Zales outlet, and yes, it was used, or used as a display ring or something, but I didn’t care. And then later, when we were in a better place financially, I got some bling. I’d definitely go with lab created sapphires in either white or blue, because they are chemically exactly the same, but much clearer/cleaner, and much more affordable. 

    I personally love this one: http://www.zales.com/product/index.jsp?productId=13217103&fd=Taxonomy&fd=Gold&fd=Ring&size=96&fv=3740873&fv=Metal+Type%2FGold&fv=Style%2FRing&ff=Taxonomy&ff=PAD&ff=PAD’ defer=’defer

    and these, which come in white, yellow and rose gold: http://www.zales.com/product/index.jsp?productId=19152746&fd=Taxonomy&fd=Gold&fd=Ring&size=96&fv=3740873&fv=Metal+Type%2FGold&fv=Style%2FRing&ff=Taxonomy&ff=PAD&ff=PAD’ defer=’defer

    Or if you want a solitaire this one is super classic: http://www.zales.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4413224&fd=Taxonomy&fd=Gold&fd=Ring&size=96&fv=3740873&fv=Metal+Type%2FGold&fv=Style%2FRing&ff=Taxonomy&ff=PAD&ff=PAD’ defer=’defer

     

    All of these are under $200. 

    Post # 67
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I always look at rings on line…

    I was so impressed at all the white sapphire rings they carry at zales.  Some of the styles are real nice for under $300.00.  And I think if you get something nice why even change it later?

    Kohls also has some along with walmart and target.com – all white sapphire.

    I always have such a hard time finding stuff on etsy – but – I think its a great option.

    Lastly, and the most painful approach is buying a sapphire loose from somewhere like e-bay.  I got very lucky with mine – lucky.  When you get the loose stone you can talk to a designer about designing the ring in silver if thats whats in your budget.  If you go to school they usually have a jewelry making class on campus.  You can hit up the jewelry design teacher to see if he is interested in a side job.  Usually the teachers who teach art always do jobs on the side and or have a masters in the subject and are more than capable of making something.  The more simple you keep the design the cheaper it will be.  But, again – having something designed is a many times painful process.  

    Post # 68
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I forgot to say one more thing about where to find jewelry.  It’s called jtv.com.  Some people really hate them.  But, they are a great deal of loose stones both real and lab created.  They also have ring mounts made of gold and some made of silver.  All you have to do is have a designer  set the stone.  Much cheaper than having one designed.

    Post # 69
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I don’t know if anyone has mentioned zales online. They have a lot of lab created white sapphires and blue, pink etc.. for great prices. I’m pretty sure they are online deals only.

    Post # 70
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    My fiancee and I  bought my engagement ring used. (I  bought off craigslist,  but  exboyfriendjewlery.com  and  other  sites  have good  ones too.)  Its  one .75  carat  round diamond with a 14k  white gold band.  It was$500,  and it was  worth $1500.  If  you go  used,  make sure to check if it’s a real diamond! I  did,  and I  haven’t  regretted anything!

    Post # 71
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2000

    @jessjlstar:  aww, I am sad that he won’t consdier a pre-owned ring.

    If I were seriouslyl ring shopping today, that’s what I would do. Used diamonds aren’t worth much. You can get some charming diamond rings for $300 at the pawn shop. They are not huge, but they are sweet.

    Post # 72
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @jessjlstar:  Kudos to you for being so darn smart about purchasing your ring!! And congrats.

    There is a great site called 1saleaday.com. Once you go to the site, click on the jewelry tab, then click on diamonds and I’d also view the “rings” section since you’re interested in sapphires to. The prices are great for the quality of their diamonds.

    Right now they have a beautiful 1/2 carat princess cut solitaire for $449. There are also a few bridal sets to choose from.

    Hope this helps, Happy Shopping!

    Post # 73
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I LOVE blue sapphires!

    Post # 74
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: Malibou Lake Mountain Club

    we were thinking about a ring within a budget, yet something that would mean something for us. My Fiance proposed to me with a ring that looks just like my mother’s. He got it from Amazon for around $400, NEW! 10K Band, with 12KT Tri-Color Leaves, and a 0.05 Kt diamond (not a flashy person here, lol).

     

    I LOVE it, and have gotten MANY compliments.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Post # 76
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - The Heathman Lodge (Vancouver)

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    @MrsConnolly2bee:  

    We have the same date!

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