If you had a tiny budget what ring would you pick?

posted 4 months ago in Rings
Post # 76
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I would probably skip having any stones and choose something like this:

Post # 77
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Sugar bee

I would choose a Platinum trilogy band with diamonds burnished in  the white band.

Post # 78
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

 

This WAS my dream ring and I was pretty disappointed that my husband got me a different aquamarine ring. I now have a different ring that I super love, but i still really love this ring. I just might buy it!

Post # 79
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Helper bee

I would do exactly what we did do – go second hand.  I have a beautiful CZ ring which I love, and which cost under £100.  It looks way more expensive than it is, which is quite funny as friends who know our financial situation are obviously longing to ask how we managed to buy it, but don’t want to be so rude!  

Post # 80
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

YG1I found these two 18kt YG antique bezel rings on Etsy. The solitaire is somewhere around .25ct with another .25ct in the band. I paid somewhere around $500-$600 for the set. It’s one of my alternate sets, but I’d be happy wearing these all the time 🙂

YG2

Post # 81
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2021 - Portland, Oregon

If size was what I was after and working with a $500 and under budget, I would go with a lab created pear diamond solitare at a place like James Allen. They often have sales on the setting and you can get a lovely solitare setting for $180 on sale and id look for a pear lab diamond from .37 ct to .46 ct and pay attention to dimension. You’d be able to stay under the $500 budget.

Post # 82
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Helper bee

I have a question – I see a lot of Bees talking about ‘alternative sets’ and ‘upgrading’ their engagement rings – is that a thing in some countries?  I’m in the UK and have never heard of anyone doing that – I know a few people who’ve bought a replacement wedding band if theirs was lost or damaged (my mother had to have hers cut off when she injured her hand), but otherwise, the rings you get when you’re engaged or married are the rings you stick with.

What’s the idea behind ‘alternatives’ or ‘upgrades’?  Do you wear them on the same finger, swap them with the originals or what?  

Post # 83
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2021 - Portland, Oregon

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teaandcake :  I don’t think it’s super common here in the USA to have alt sets. But I think they idea is that some people like different styles, or maybe they have a travel set, that is a nice replica of their real ring so they dont lose it. As for upgrades, that is common. A lot of people get married or engaged and sometimes when they start out they don’t have a big budget so later on they often upgrade to a more intricate design and a larger diamond. 

Post # 84
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Helper bee

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deathbeforedecaf :  Thank you for explaining.  I love the cultural differences between different countries!

 

Post # 85
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Blushing bee

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teaandcake :  your question is so sweet! I can’t speak for anyone but myself. I got my original engagement ring and wedding band back when we were in grad school. I love them, and I believe the values they represent are adequate for a lifetime. They are, however over 1.5 ct total. Not huge by Bee standards, BUT I am a nurse. I don’t wear my e-ring at the hospital. It pokes through gloves, I have friends who lost their rings taking gloves or scrubs on and off (in the OR). So I bought a simple diamond band to wear to work. I don’t even wear that sometimes. 

THEN, here’s what happened: I was listening to Dave Ramsey (a radio host here in the US who is a financial advisor and all about living within one’s means and debt free) and this poor kid called in and said he was ready to propose to his Girlfriend, but he was paying off student loans and all the rings they looked at were like $10,000. He didn’t know what to do. So it got me thinking, surely you can get a lovely, perfectly adequate engagement ring for under $10,000?! See this post, for example! Long story short, I “accidentally” bought a sweet little 1/4 ct diamond ring on an online auction for about $100. I got it and asked my kids (who are picky and have good taste) if they would say “yes” to this adorable ring-of course they said OH YEAH! So I kind of have a collection now. 😉

Post # 86
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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teaandcake :  

l know what you mean, l never heard of it before here and was quite shocked at the idea of ‘upgrades’ believing that the rings you got married and engaged with are THE ones. 

l have no problems with other rings being worn, even on that finger instead of the real ones on occasion of course. And perhaps that’s all people really mean when they say ‘alternative . It’s  just the idea that the originals can be discarded for more expensive ones that got to me l think ! Obviously if the original is lost or damaged then that’s different. 

Post # 87
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Bee Keeper

Plain gold band. 

Or depending on how tiny a tiny budget is, I’d have a diamond band only. 

Post # 88
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Helper bee

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teaandcake :  I’m in Canada and it’s not very common here either. I inherited my mothers wedding rings and my grandmother’s too so I have a few different sets that I swap out. Then it kind of grew from there because I kept finding rings I loved that were very good deals, so now I have about 4 or 5 sets. I still wear my actual wedding set the most, but I get bored easily so it’s nice to have a choice. It doesn’t feel weird to me because my mom was the same way and had a few sets that she liked to switch out. 

Post # 89
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

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teaandcake :  It’s not very common where I live (Nashville, TN) to have alternates unless you’re really into jewelry. It is common to pass down stones/rings to children. My main set’s center stone was my grandmother’s “upgrade” diamond. She gave her first diamond to my mom when she got married. While I adore my original set, I enjoy different designs and types of gold. I’m also into antique rings and can’t pass up a deal. I sometimes wear them as my wedding set, and sometimes on other fingers. 

Post # 90
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Newbee

Marquise + princess cluster face up like 1-2 carats in much lower budget!!

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