(Closed) Why do I feel bad that the ring I like is so cheap?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

If you love the ring go for it! I really like the ring and I love it with the band (reminds me of the band that matches my e-ring). In all honesty, unless you don’t tell anyone the price of your ring…than who cares? ๐Ÿ™‚ All that it’s important is that you like the ring.

Post # 4
3297 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat

It’s beautiful from what I can see, and the band is perfect with it ๐Ÿ™‚

Price is not important at all, we’re just brainwashed to think so. 

Post # 5
1281 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Just make sure you are not selling yourself short with the quality of the stone.  I got my ruby at http://www.gemsny.com and you can hand pick which size ruby you want in whatever setting you want.  (Also emeralds and sapphires, too!) 

Check it out- they are all genuine stones and it’s pretty affordable.  I got mine for $600 and I couldn’t be happier. 


Post # 7
5199 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

Have you looked at lab created rubies? Better Than Diamond makes amazing affordable pigeon blood red ones. They do sell settings but you can also buy the stone loose. The BTD message boards have women with the rubies on it. Garnet is fine of course too if you like it!

Nothing wrong with a more affordable ring – just make sure it is well made and durable. My first wedding ring was very affordable – under $500 – and very pretty!

Post # 8
318 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think the ring you like is very beautiful! And if you feel the same way, then you should definitely get it. It’s true that we’re brainwashed into thinking that an engagement ring should cost x-amount of dollars. Don’t buy into the marketing, get what makes you happy!

Post # 10
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

My garnet engagement ring was less than that so I definitely don’t think there’s anything wrong with the one you picked out. I really love the way light hits garnets and I ended up finding exactly what I wanted at a price both of us (both PhD students and raising a child) wanted to pay. In terms of quality, you mainly might want to verify if it’s been treated, and look at the colour and clarity. 

Edited to fix the image

Post # 12
1725 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

that’s a very pretty ring!

Post # 13
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think your ring is lovely.  I don’t have the ring yet, but my SO and I have agreed that price is only a factor as far as it fits in our budget.  Our priorities were:

1.  Is it beautiful to us?

2.  Does it visually send the message we want to send?  (We’re going for something that is obviously an egagement ring and that isn’t ostentatious but still looks classy).

It turns out we can meet both those priorities with a diamond simulant (I like Asha)  for only a few hundred dollars.  Whether a price is “too low” or not is irrelevant because the value of the ring to us comes from other factors. 

So, if you like the ring and your SO likes it, that is truly all that matters.  You’re not “settling,” you’re choosing a ring that makes you happy and fits your budget (if you chose something more expensive you would be less happy because of the strain on your budget).  For others, choosing something expensive and made of traditional elements will make them happy and so they would have different priorities.  Don’t feel guilty for choosing something that makes you happy!  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The combination looks beautiful! Go for it — no one will ever guess that you were lucky enough to find something so perfect for you that didn’t push your budget!

Post # 15
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

The ring I want will be custom made from a jewelry store that happens to be located in a mall with a jeweller that made me feel very comfortable and respected, it will be $100-$200 depending on our final choices for materials. Getting what you love is way more important than the price, though a price you can love is great too! Leaves room for more bling later (if you want) or other big purchases for you to share in your life together. Sounds perfect to me!

Post # 16
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Honestly, it’s beautiful. I would not think that you got it for such a low price. Only you have to know how much you payed for it. I think we have been brainwashed by the 3 months salary thing to think that the more money spent on the e-ring the stronger the love… but thats not true at all. Congrats for finding something so lovely on an amazing budget. I love the way it looks with the band.

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