Engagement days are a dream come true. Everyone dreams of the day that they will be able to say “yes”, knowing that their lives are about to take a new, exciting turn. Unfortunately, the days leading up to the proposal can be quite stressful. Choosing an engagement ring can be one of the hardest decisions; those small riches represent how much one cares for their partner.
With so much pressure to pick the perfect ring, people often feel pressured to buy a ring that is not necessarily within their budget; of course their partner is delighted to receive such an impressive, symbolic piece of jewellery, but at what cost? Payments on the ring could last years. One of the best memories of people’s lives should not be tainted by the burden of such heavy costs. With time, research, and patience, anyone can find the perfect engagement ring to fit their budget.
The first step in purchasing an engagement ring is determining a budget. Engagement rings are considered a major life purchase. They often become family heirlooms that are passed down for generations, always maintaining their value. So the first question is, how much is one willing or able to spend? Everyone’s budget will be different based on their individual situations. Once the budget is set, the process of searching within the budget begins.
Certain styles are easier on the wallet than others, yet equally as beautiful. Below are some tips on ring styles that look great and will not break the bank:
After deciding which style suits your partner and your budget, you need to find the best place to purchase the ring from. You will find these days that the Internet offers a larger selection of quality rings at better prices and values. The Internet has the capability to search hundreds of styles and thousands of diamonds within a matter of moments, and pricing comparisons can be done within seconds. Overall, there are any number of advantages to purchasing your engagement ring online.
However, if online purchasing is not something you are comfortable with, there are other bargain alternatives. Family heirlooms, which are traditionally passed down from one generation to the next, are wonderful options. Antique shops carry vintage jewellery, which can be unique and special. Remember that stones can be reused in new settings as well.
Finally, no matter where one decides to purchase their engagement ring, in order to save money, remember the Four C’s: colour, clarity, cut, and carats. The Four C’s are the key to finding the perfect ring, at the perfect price…
Keep this information in mind and one is guaranteed a beautiful ring at a great price.
Did you know?
Before the end of the 19th century, the bride-to-be sometimes received a sewing thimble rather than an engagement ring.