Financial dilemma – Has anyone else done this with their rings?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 31
394 posts
Helper bee

I’d also recommend for a gold (you can go 10K so it will be a bit cheaper) wedding band.  I got my replacement wedding band from them because my original was wearing out after a few months and they were great to work with.  They even have a sitewide 10% off sale right now. 

As someone who’s original wedding ring is wearable on a regular basis anymore I would want at least a “forever” wedding band for my wedding.  I’d get an inexpensive gold band.  Give something from the wedding up–that’s only one day.

Post # 32
1415 posts
Bumble bee

I think this is a completely reasonable suggestion. Personally I am too sentimental about my rings and wouldn’t want to switch even if/when we can afford more. So I went with something beautiful that I think will last and is inexpensive (for me).

If you’re interested in finding an inexpensive set of rings that you can wear forever, here are some suggestions.

I know you mentioned that you already looked at etsy, but there are some awesome sets on there particularly if you look at silver or alternate gemstones. I don’t know if you’re willing to do color, but a gemstone could be an affordable way to get a forever ring now.

Also, metal is expensive. I went with a silver engagement ring because I didn’t want to pay up the wazoo for gold. And there are tons of vintage silver pieces that have definitely stood the test of time, so I think silver can make a wonderful forever ring as well.

There are also alternate metals that are inexpensive: titanium, tungsten carbide, etc.

You can also do a combo, wedding/engagement ring. I might just be wearing my engagement ring as my wedding ring because it’s pretty and I don’t know if I want to get another ring (or if it will even be comfortable to wear two)

Also, vintage rings are often much cheaper than modern ones.

Here are some links that might be useful for you:

Vintage (and it’s size 5 which I think you said was your size)

Gemstone and silver (This is a set of 3 rings — 2 wedding, 1 engagement)

Titanium, gemstone, and wedding/engagement combo ($54 for two rings!)

All three of these options are affordable, pretty, and they should last a lifetime if you want them to. On the other hand, you can always replace them if you aren’t too attached to them and you want to get something fancier later in life.

Post # 33
2646 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

mermaidlagoon :  I spelled it wrong before is wavejewelry. My fiance got a tungsten ring from a different Ebay seller for I think like $25 and it’s very nice too.

Post # 34
186 posts
Blushing bee

I’ve been married 20 years now. We got married with a cheap 10k ring for hubby that my mother bought, and a 399.00 ring we bought at JCPenny. We knew we would upgrade as we went. It’s been a nice story for me too …I was engaged 6x prior to my husband. Silly really, twice in high school. I was sooo ready to be married. Each time I had a really nice ring (which I gave back). Part of me thought it was really wanting to wear bling! The “real” engagement, with my husband, involved a proposal with a sterling silver band. I was not wooed by bling but by the right guy! 

Post # 35
1277 posts
Bumble bee

mermaidlagoon :  I think it’s a great idea! We had gold bands and for my engagement ring I chose a garnet ring. (I was just obsessed w/ garnets at the time!) My dh did ask me a couple of times if I was sure about the garnet ring but TBH I was so focused on getting married , wedding planning madness, and moving from the US to Europe that my head was spinning. I didn’t really think about diamond rings until after things were settled.

Like you said, no one important will criticize it. I did get a bit of crap from randoms but it’s worked out well for us. My parents had gold bands and my mom got other rings later. I don’t see a problem with doing it this way.

Post # 36
15 posts

I did this in my first marriage. We couldn’t afford anything fancy so we bought a cheap knock off engagement ring and 2 silver sterling wedding bands from teh county fair (I think it was like 1 for $15 or 2 for $25 kind of deal) with intentions of upgrading. While we did upgrade the ering we kept the bands. They made for a great story, they were beautiful and held up well, and we were complimented on them constantly.


After my divorce I sold my ering – but the bands I’ve held onto for sentimental reasons.

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