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What do your cheap rings look like and how are they holding up? We are not engaged yet and are not a traditional couple. We would prefer to spend money on the wedding or honeymoon than rings. Some options we have considered is sterling silver and sapphire e-ring for up until the wedding, I have an art deco antique ring of my great grandmothers that I like and could always wear after. Or we discussed using parts of our mother’s rings/old jewelry and crafting our own ring? My parents are divorced and his mom has upgraded since his parents were married and my mom has given me some old jewelry as well. I just don’t know the best route. I am afraid that the cheaper rings won’t hold up over time? or am I buying into diamond gold hype fever? Which is fine if you have the budget for it.
Or are there other non-diamond stones that hold up well over time? Show off your non-diamond or custom diamond rings! Please and thank you!!!
Post # 2
paintitblackcat9: I worked in fine jewelry for a while. Diamonds are ALL markup. All you need to do is buy used. I would recommend antique stores, vintage stores, pawn shops, and estate sales over cheap mall chains. I know not everyone is into the look of my vintage set but you can easily find solitaires, classic styles, modern styles, and everything in between used for a fraction of the cost that it would be new.
My 3 stone mine cut diamond ring is 18k white gold and from the 1940s. It was $500 and it will definitely last a lifetime. My wedding band is 18k gold and from the 1920s and it cost $200:
Post # 3
I’ve purchased ss and cz rings that have held up just fine. Inexpensive, but not “cheap,” since they held up and looked great. And we got my original e-ring (14k yg/diamond a-band) from the clearance section for ~ $500 and I would not call that a “cheap” ring, either.
Buy what you want. Upgrade as you please. Just my $0.02.
Post # 4
paintitblackcat9: I think you need to do some research and decide what kind of ring you want. Do you want a gemstone? Diamond? Solitare? Cluster of stones? There are literally endless “cheap” rings out there, but it’s hard to suggest some without knowing your personal style. For me, I would look into what strikes your eye and what you’re drawn to, find out what stone/metal, and then research the duralbilty of them. For example, certain stones (for example, a tanzanite) aren’t that suitable for an ering that you wear constantly because they are soft stones and can crack easily.
Almost any online jewlery retailer will will let you search by budget. I’d start there. Another great place to start would be overstock.com if you’re open to the idea.
Post # 5
I don’t call my ring “cheap”…but it was $550 with the lifetime care plan, so definitely more inexpensive than a lot of engagement rings. I told Darling Husband I didn’t want a diamond so that took care of the more expensive options. I wanted London blue topaz and that’s what I got! I love it, and Ive worn it every day for the past 8 months and so far so good. All jewelry will suffer wear and tear whether it’s diamond or not, so I don’t see that as a problem really. If I were you, I would probably go for a sturdier metal and make sure I got a protection plan/warranty on it in case it does need repairs. Pick a hard-ish stone you like and go from there. There’s white sapphire and white topaz if you want something that looks like a diamond. Otherwise there are a bunch of other gemstone options!
Post # 6
And I also agree with swonderful; many pre-loved rings to be had with a little research.
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starfish0116: This is great advice.
Post # 8
What about a moissanite ring, they will hold up over time.There are plenty of moissanite rings in 14k gold within your budget. Here is one of the most popular moissanite websites. Moissaniteco.com there is information on their site if you don’t know what moissanite is.
Post # 9
I love the idea of your mothers’ stones and gold! So meaningful and you can save a lot of money that way.
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NFLwidow: haha no I certainly would not call it cheap, perhaps inexpensive is a better word. However some people seem to think $7,000 is a “cheap” ring lol! trying to stress that we are looking for low cost options.
Post # 12
I hear you. We looked for an inexpensive option, too, but, I also knew I wanted an a-band, so, we were already looking at a smaller budget anyway. The key is to know what you want.
Do you want a forever ring? Do you want a nice e-ring that may get upgraded or relegated to your right hand one day? Do you want an a-band that can stack with others that will commemorate and celebrate other milestones in your life and marriage? And, to be honest, it matters what your groom wants, too, doesn’t it?
Happy shopping. There are SO many options.
Post # 13
swonderful: Absolutely obsessed with your rings! They’re very beautiful!!
OP, My rings are valued around for the solitaire alone $1700 retail. The band $500 retail. My husband only paid $659 for both. We found the solitaire on EBay used. The seller had a lot of feedback and all positive so we went for it. The band is from a Jeweler based in Cali who is on EBay and Etsy. The band was brand new. The ering was $400 and the band was $259. Both sellers had 100% positive feedback, which is really important when shopping online.
The ering is a .53 carat round brilliant diamond, H color, eye clean in a 14k white gold setting. The band’s diamonds match my ering exactly and it is 14k rose gold.
I highly suggest checking out some pawn shops near you or looking online. If you do go the EBay/Etsy route make sure you check out the sellers feedback and that they have a return policy. Take your ring to a jeweler and have them test it to make sure it’s a diamond or whatever stone you paid for. 🙂
Post # 14
I would start with the metal. For me silver can turn my finger green over time. You can def get into the gold family easily in your priceRange. The. Think about stones or gems or other looks You may want. Moissanite and saphire are great options for white stones. I’ve also heard great things about asha as well. But def start with a good metal. You don’t want green fingers 😉
Post # 15
What style ring are you looking for and maybe we can help lead you in the right direction? 🙂