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Guide to Buying Affordable Engagement Rings

A Definitive Guide to Buying Affordable Engagement Rings

It is a big step and a thrilling experience to buy an engagement ring for the love of your life. It can be a tricky business though. This Wedessence article provides a quick guide to buying an engagement ring that would suit your budget.
Wedessence Staff
Now that you have chosen her as your soon-to-be life partner, what could be a better way to display your commitment to her than buy her a sparkling engagement ring. But for those of you who have never shopped for any form of jewelry in their entire lives, buying the most precious thing, the engagement ring―the most important and precious jewelry a man could buy―can be a bit confusing.
Today, popularity tilts towards a diamond or platinum engagement ring. These are classy and also some of the most expensive options. Don't worry, the world just doesn't end here. You have plenty of options available with respect to the style, design, and material. But what we are concentrating on is its cost.
Firstly, decide on your exact budget for the ring. Remember, jewelers to sell their stuff, and are not too concerned about your budget or buying capacity. It is therefore, strictly advised that you should decide on your budget beforehand, and then go hunting for the ring for your beloved. Generally, it may take your two months salary, but you can be sure that you will find a great, affordable engagement ring. All that you will have to do, is a bit of a homework.
Types of Affordable Engagement Rings
You can design your engagement ring in your own unique way. The shape of the gem and the ring, and the thickness of the metal totally depend on your requirement and your partner's expectations. Research a bit about various gems and their flaws. You will come to know that there could be a lot of minor flaws that a normal eye cannot detect. So, you can choose a gem that has some really minor flaws. But to find a flawless gem, go for any gem other than diamond. You can even go for some of the following options below.
Rings with Synthetic Stones
Synthetic stones are easy on the budget and are a great alternative to diamonds and other expensive precious stones.
  • Cubic Zirconia ― It is the most generalized form of imitation diamonds. It is formed through a heating process of Yttrium oxide and Zirconium oxide. Cubic Zirconia is an affordable stone and is available in a variety of flaming colors. They are flawless and heavier than original diamonds.
  • Moissanite ― It is actually a mineral, but today it is extracted to form various jewelry items. A fine quality moissanite is very hard to differentiate from a real diamond. This is the reason why moissanite engagement rings are gaining immense popularity.
  • Rose Quartz ― A pale pink colored stone, rose quartz, is actually often mistaken for a diamond. It is relatively inexpensive and attracts buyers due to its crystal-like appearance.
  • Diamond Nexus ― Hardcore jewelers will make you fall for this stone as an option to cubic zirconia. It is a fairly new stone in the market and is mainly available only in the U.S. It costs more than cubic zirconia.
Rings with Semi-Precious Stones
All the natural gems, excluding the 'four cardinal' gems (diamond, ruby, sapphire, and emerald) are considered semi-precious stones. And for those on a budget, there is hope, there are more than 120 types of semi precious stones available! You can keep your uniqueness while opting for an affordable diamond ring. Birthstones are also categorized as semi-precious stones. A few semi-precious stones are jade, opal, topaz, agate, hematite, peridot and turquoise, with every gem having its own beauty, size, cost, and durability.
Heirloom Rings
Many mothers and grandmothers follow the idea of treasuring their own engagement rings to gift it to their daughters or daughters-in-law. These rings can be fairly old so the quality of gems is likely to be much better than even the newly bought gems. The only condition is that the rings must be preserved and maintained properly. This way, the new bride-to-be won't feel disappointed.
Silver Rings
We often see gold and platinum engagement rings, but a silver ring can also be a great option. It is affordable and goes with almost any dress in the bride's wardrobe. Although called promise rings or commitment rings, they are becoming more and more popular due to their affordability. They can be embedded with any gem of your choice, and is a great way to propose to your beloved or bride-to-be.
Wedding Bands and Bridal Sets
Bridal sets come in handy if you are looking for an affordable engagement ring. It is a total set that completes all her bridal requirements and is pretty affordable. The wedding band or a wedding ring is the best option if you are looking to skip gemstones. Pure gold or silver wedding bands look as beautiful as diamond rings.
Unique and Affordable Rings
Celtic rings do not have any gem attached to them, which makes them very affordable. They are a unique choice and if your partner likes to try different things, then it is the perfect option for you. Claddagh rings are also one option that you can consider. They are unique and highly symbolic engagement rings. Choose the exact symbol that may rightly define your relationship.
Pearl Rings
Pearl rings are not that popular as engagement rings; however, a beautiful pearl embedded in a classy silver ring will definitely stun your partner.
The foremost thing to understand is that your love is not measured by the cost of the engagement ring that you will present her with. It is much more precious than that, and believe us, she knows it! Choose any ring that will suit your pocket, and be confident about it! She is going to love it! After all, it is the thought that counts, right?
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