Special to OneWed by Susan Alexander-Shapiro from BravoBride.com
A diamond may be forever but don’t make your credit card bill last that long, too. The old saying that you should spend 2 months of salary on an engagement ring
just doesn’t jive with today’s economy. We love helping budget-minded brides
and grooms so read below and learn how to save that two months of salary for something else.
Wear an Heirloom
Ask your mother or grandmother if there is a family ring that you can use as your engagement ring. You may be surprised to find out that there is a gorgeous piece of jewelry just sitting in a box or safe waiting to be worn. Not only will the ring not cost your fiancé a penny, the sentimental value is priceless.
Try the Non-traditional Route
Here’s an easy way to save money on an engagement ring, buy a non-diamond center stone. Sapphires are beautiful (just look at Kate Middleton’s rock!) and less expensive than diamonds. Other types of gemstones that would make beautiful and unique engagement rings are tanzanite, aquamarine, emeralds or even rubies. It’s a more colorful and affordable way to get engaged.
The markup on jewelry can be 100% to 300% over cost. Buying a used diamond engagement ring
can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars and it’s environmentally friendly since you’ll be reusing it. If you don’t like the thought of wearing someone else’s ring, you can have the stone reset and make it your own. To purchase a preowned ring check your local pawnshop, estate jewelry store or online.
Shop at Home
There are many jewelry websites that are able to offer lower prices because they don’t have the overhead and operational costs of a brick and mortar store. By shopping online you can search for a wide variety of rings and compare prices, which can make the shopping experience easier, faster and less costly.
However you decide to purchase an engagement ring just keep in mind there are many ways to get an incredible piece of jewelry without breaking your budget. If you found other unique ways to save on your ring let us know by commenting below.
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