Just because you are on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t get an amazing engagement ring for the love of your life! Here are a few tips to help you shop, no matter how frugal you may be.
- Be Strategic
When it comes to the ring’s setting, your budget may not stretch to a larger stone. That’s okay. You can create the illusion of more carats by picking a halo setting which makes the middle stone look bigger and completely changes the appearance of the diamond, giving it a rather vintage look that makes it stand out from everyday solitaires.
- Choose a Prong
If the engagement ring has less metal, it is going to cost less. You can still choose a handmade work of art that looks incredible on a budget. Opt for a minimal prong setting instead of a bezel one. More stones will be visible, which means a prong setting is a wonderful way to highlight the diamond.
- Look at Pave Diamonds
If your beloved dreams of showing off a flashy rock, but you do not want to spend that kind of cash, create the look with pave diamonds. These are small diamonds that add a “crushed ice” look to the engagement ring. Best of all, they are so small that they are more common and less expensive.
- Buy Shy
You may already know that shopping for diamonds is all about the 4 Cs. But, when it comes to the size of the carat, you can save quite a bit of money by “buying shy.” For instance, buying a 1.8 carat diamond which is just shy of 2 carats, can lead to a saving of close to 20 percent. Luckily, the difference in the diamond is barely noticeable.
- Find a Sweet Spot
Just as with the carat size, as clarity and colour grades go up, so does the price. However, the naked eye can’t tell the difference so even though many people pay extra for perfection, not many people can see it. For great value on a budget, choose an “eye clean,” near colourless diamond that will look just as perfect to an unaided eye. For ideas, www.diamondjewellerystudio.com.au have a large collection that you can check out.
- Choose Gold
Sure, platinum may be durable, strong, and won’t fade, but those qualities come at a price. You can get the same fashionable look with white gold which is rust-resistant, as well as resistant to corrosion, rust, and tarnish. And it still looks beautiful!
- Choose an Emerald Cut
Emerald cuts have fewer facets which means they are not as shiny as other cuts. However, the shape actually lets the diamond cover more surface area, and therefore, the diamond will look bigger. What’s more, an emerald cut is timeless and your ring will never go out of style.
- Buy a Set
While buying a set may not quite work if you want to surprise your other half, you could always choose to research rings and shop for them together. When it comes to a set, there are often deals to be scored which means you can save on both the engagement ring and the wedding band.
With these tips, you’re sure to find the perfect engagement ring even on a tight budget, so keep them in mind when you go ring shopping!