Can anyone recommend alternative ring styles? Cost concerns

posted 8 months ago in Rings
Post # 2
762 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

Haha until I got about halfway down your post, I was about to suggest Moissanite (I really do love mine and think they’re pretty! But I understand lots of people want a diamond or nothing haha)

What about a lab-created diamond, and sacrificing on specs a little? Lab created diamonds will be less expensive, and if you go with a warmer colored diamond and/or one with a bit less clarity, I bet you can find something in the 1-carat range that would fit his budget ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 3
1335 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

If this were me and I had this budget, I’d put as much toward the diamond as I could and get a basic solitaire setting until I could save up for the pave solitaire setting. Color and clarity are the two things I can work with; I don’t mind lower colored diamonds and there are plenty of SI1s that are eye clean. 

Let’s say the setting is about $250 for a simple gold solitaire. That leaves $2750 for the stone. That gets me a .78ct super ideal cut diamond, J VS2 from Whiteflash. Because it is a super ideal, it is pretty likely to face up larger than its carat weight. 

You have to find out where you can cut corners with the 4 Cs, but I would absolutely NOT compromise with cut. Head over to Pricescope where they know how to find great diamonds for any budget. 

Post # 4
877 posts
Busy bee

Exciting! Haha your bit about the covert agent made me laugh. Have you tried rings on so you know that this is the carat size you like? I ask this because when we went shopping together, we realized that a smaller stone actually looked better on my finger. What is the band width you’re looking at? A thinner band will help with the chunky look. You could consider a knife edge for the slimmest look. 

As far as the stone, a round brilliant will face up the biggest, and it hides color. You can go down to an I and it’ll still look quite white. 

Post # 5
481 posts
Helper bee

roxeter :  Hey! I went with moissanite because I wanted a large, sparkly center stone ๐Ÿ™‚ But before I made that decision, I was inspired this one bride I saw on a wedding blog.

Instead of a traditional engagement ring, she had a really nice diamond wedding band for an engagement ring and then when she married her fiance, she added a thin 1mm diamond band to it. It looked SO chic and stunning. She said her set was fairly inexpensive since wedding bands are usually less expensive than engagement rings.

It might be a unique option for you if you are into it ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
2817 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - City, State

roxeter :  I just quickly looked on Clean Origin’s website and they have at least 20+ 1.0 carat round lab diamonds with I color, VS2 clarity, excellent cut for $2,508 on there. You could purchase a plain solitaire for about $500 and that would be just about in his budget!

Post # 7
755 posts
Busy bee

I believe with your boyfriend’s budget, you may have to compromise on cut or clarity if you are set on 1 carat. Would you be OK with looking at pre-owned rings, or lab-simulated diamonds? I Used to work for GIA, and I came to appreciate cut and clarity over carat weight. To me, a flashy diamond is much prettier than an included one, no matter the weight. I hope you find one you love! ๐Ÿ’•

Post # 9
131 posts
Blushing bee

Bezels make a stone look bigger! My 6x5mm bezel set stone (pink one) looks bigger than my 6x6mm prong set stone.

Post # 10
988 posts
Busy bee

Make sure you look at diamonds with some color.  I am very color sensitive and only like D -F diamonds. roxeter :  

Post # 11
450 posts
Helper bee

Have you looked into other clear natural stones? Danburite, topaz, beryl or natural zircon?

Post # 12
732 posts
Busy bee

penny1403 :  I agree with the lab-created or preowned suggestion. Lightbox has some 1 carat pendants for around 1000 but they are currently sold out. You can also get some great deals if you are willing to search preowned. We bought mine preowned under your budget and the center diamond is similar to the ones you initially pinned. Finally, I also agree with getting the solitaire now. That way most of the current budget goes toward a larger stone, and you can change the setting later as an upgrade without having to buy/trade a new diamond as well.

Post # 13
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Does it have to be a diamond? Can it be a coloured gemstone?

Post # 15
1442 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

I have a lab diamond and absolutely love it.  You could absolutely find a beautiful 1 ct for your budget.  Tell your SO to ask a jewelry story he trusts if they can source one for him – you don’t have to buy online.  My fiance got to choose between a few different lab stones in person and ultimately was just enamored by mine, so it’s really fun that he loves my ring too.

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