(Closed) Engagement rings on a budget?

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

First off – WELCOME! You are going to LOVE it here!

My ring was well under $500 but I have issues and I did NOT want a real diamond or any real amount of money being spent on a ring.  I actually ended up finding it at Kay’s in a mall near me (so NOT where I pictured him buying my ring).  It has real diamonds in it, but they are super tiny so I got over my issues.

There is also a website http://www.ice.com which has pretty rings and they are real and they look really great.

If you look you can totally find something that is in your budget and is still really nice.

Good luck and congrats!!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Hi Nurselindsey!

 

Here’s a link to a good site… it has lots of rings, including a CZ section. I think the key will be to get something modest (meaning, if you get something huge and people know you’re just starting out, you’ll get lots of “is it real?” questions).

 

http://www.evesaddiction.com/items_186__Diamond_CZ_Rings.html

Or, you could get a really nice ring with a center gemstone (maybe your birthstone?) for under $1000. πŸ™‚

 

http://www.bluenile.com/gemstone-jewelry/gemstone-rings?oid1=6233

 

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I just found an awesome site today with really reasonable prices on unique jewelry – I saw tons of rings there that would ROCK the e-ring finger!

http://www.appleofgold.com

I always recommend folks do their research before buying from a site I’ve never purchased from if I tell them about it — a google search should let you know if there’s a probem with this site.  

Here is one ring I saw on it for $749. that absolutely blew me away!  I would love to have this as my e-ring.   It may not be for everyone — but they also have lots of more traditional e-ring options:

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HTH!  Good luck finding your dream ring!

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Are you opposed to non traditional rings? Some ladies here have absolutely AMAZING aquamarine rings that can be gotten relatively inexpensively. Or you could get a small diamond now. Or you can go to pretty much any jeweler and pick out a setting with a cz. They might give you a hard time but WHATEVER. They’re just trying to make money πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I don’t know if you’d like the gemstone look, but Turtle Love Committee has some gorgeous stuff, and its all really affordable. 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

You can try a shop that has an “upgrade” policy, since it sounds like you will do that anyway. Another option is a birthstone ring, or some other non-traditional ring. I’ve also seen a lot of cluster style (looks like a single, large stone from a distance, but is several small stones set closely together) rings lately, which are much, much cheaper than a large diamond. Try overstock.com, too; I’ve seen a lot of good deals there if you can fit into their rings (they don’t carry a lot in smaller size bands). πŸ™‚

Good luck! With a little creative thinking you can definitely find something you’ll like in your budget!

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

The other thing you could do is get a diamond band (maybe pave set or channel set) and just use it for both your “engagement” and “wedding” ring for now then get an engagement-type ring later!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2010

If you want the look of a diamond, but something that won’t get cloudy and last longer than CZ, you should try getting a ring from betterthandiamond.com or ashadiamonds.com.  You could get a quality setting from either (they are both awesome) and then switch out the center stone for a real diamond or other stone when you have the cash.  I have their princess cut necklace and the stone in it is just as sparkly and well cut as my ideal cut princess cut stone in my e-ring.  I was skeptical at first, but I’m happy I took the chance and bought the stone for my necklace from them.  Hope that helps πŸ™‚

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Sams! They have great prices overstock is another personal favorite as well

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Can you give us an idea of the price range you’re thinking of?

Would you consider getting a non-traditional stone? Your first ring will probably be imbued with significant sentimental value after awhile, and I would want something that I would want to keep forever, just not something that cost a fortune. To me CZ isn’t something I really want to wear, whereas gemstones are lots less expensive than diamonds and definitely something I want to wear forever.

p.s. Welcome to Weddingbee!

Post # 14
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Helper bee

Another option — a vintage or estate ring — good for the environment and good for your budget!

Post # 15
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Helper bee

Another option — a vintage or estate ring — good for the environment and good for your budget! 

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