How to Find an Engagement Ring Without Breaking the Bank

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If you are thinking about proposing to your loved one, you could be hoping to buy the perfect engagement ring. However, even though you might want to buy a nice ring for your loved one, you might not have a ton of money to spend. Of course, you don’t have to spend a fortune in order to buy a nice ring. Instead, you can follow these tips so that you can buy the perfect ring without breaking the bank.

Consider Buying Used

For one thing, you should not assume that you have to purchase an engagement ring at a fancy jewelry store at the mall. This is not the case at all. Even though you can always walk into a nice jewelry store to check out the selection and get an idea of the type of ring that you would like to buy, you may want to consider looking into your used options instead.

For example, you might have never even really thought about walking into a pawn shop to look for an engagement ring, but you might be surprised by the nice options that you can find in one of these stores. The good news is that these rings are often much more affordable than the rings that are found at jewelry stores, even if you buy an equivalent ring. You can also look for other ways of buying a ring used, such as buying one on an online classifieds site or a local social media yard sale group.

Buy an Alternative Stone

Even though a diamond is the most popular choice for an engagement ring, it is not the only choice. For one thing, if you are on a tight budget, you can look for an artificial, man-made diamond. If you look for a higher-quality man-made diamond, you might be surprised by how sparkly and attractive it can really be. You can also look for other types of alternative stones, such as your soon-to-be fiancee’s favorite stone.

Go With a Slightly Smaller Diamond

It’s easy to think that a bigger diamond means a nicer ring. However, you don’t have to buy a huge diamond in order to buy a nice engagement ring for the person you love. Even if you go with a slightly smaller diamond than what you were thinking about buying, you can save a significant amount of money. It’s an ideal way to keep costs reasonable while still buying a ring with a real diamond, if that is what you think that your loved one would prefer.

Choose the Right Setting

The setting that you choose for the engagement ring makes a big difference as well. For example, if you choose a solitaire, it might be pretty obvious that the ring was cheap if the diamond is really small. However, some types of rings with different settings can look bigger than they really are, such as an emerald cut, which shows off more of the diamond’s size than many other cuts. Halo-style rings also often look more expensive than they really are, since the main diamond in the middle is surrounded by a halo of smaller stones, such as smaller diamonds, that should not cost much but should make the right look big, sparkly and impressive.

As you can see, there are a few things that you can do if you would like to cut costs while still buying a beautiful engagement ring. If you follow these tips, then you might be surprised by the beautiful, impressive ring that you can purchase and the affordable price that you can purchase it for.

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