If you’re looking for affordable engagement rings, you’re in luck!
Today, you’ll learn the best strategies for buying a beautiful ring that’s a perfect match for you and your budget.
We’ll cover insider secrets jewelers know that can take thousands of dollars off your ring. Let’s get started!
1. Look at demi-fine jewelry
One of the best ways to save money on an engagement ring is by buying a piece that’s demi-fine. Most rings are fine jewelry made from solid precious metals like gold and silver.
The downside is that these metals are expensive. But few brides want an engagement ring made from fashion jewelry—made from base metals like brass, copper, or aluminum.
Thankfully, there’s an easy middle ground: gold vermeil, called demi-fine. Gold vermeil is sterling silver coated with gold and has the beauty and quality of precious metals without the price tag. Olympic gold medals and many of Europe’s crown jewels use gold vermeil.
This combination makes for an inexpensive engagement ring that’s created entirely from precious metals. It’s what we sell here at Blush & Bar—check out some of our favorites below!
Here’s a little jeweler’s secret: the diamond is nearly always the most expensive part of a ring.
One of the best ways to save is to swap out the stone for a diamond alternative. The most popular include cubic zirconia, moissanite, and white quartz.
You can also use a lab-grown diamond instead of a mined diamond. The lab-grown gem is a real diamond, just at a slightly lower price than its natural counterpart.
Finally, you can swap out a smaller diamond or use one just under an important carat number. For example, a 0.95-carat diamond will look identical to a 1-carat diamond to the untrained eye but will cost far less.
3. Choose a more affordable metal
The most common metals for a women's engagement ring are gold and platinum. But these are also two of the most expensive metals on the planet!
A simple solution for an affordable engagement ring is to replace white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold with a more affordable yet beautiful metal.
If you want to use precious metal, sterling silver is an elegant choice. And if you’re willing to use non-precious metals, you can look for rings made from stainless steel, chrome, or tungsten. Just make sure they’re nickel-free.
Is your heart set on gold? Consider a lower carat number, like 10k or 14k gold instead of 18k or 22k. These include more alloyed strengthening metals and less pure gold. Your gold ring will look nearly identical but cost slightly less.
4. Explore other stunning gemstones
The truth is that there’s no such thing as cheap diamond engagement rings. But other stunning gemstones are becoming more popular for the perfect ring.
There are four precious gemstones—diamond, ruby, emerald, and sapphire. Of those, diamond is the most expensive, leaving three beautiful choices at a lower cost.
But for real savings, consider a semi-precious stone. There are nearly 200 varieties to choose from and in every color of the rainbow!
Some of the most popular colored stones include morganite, turquoise, quartz, and opal. You can even choose your birthstone for extra meaning.
If you’re buying an engagement ring and wedding band together like most couples, the wedding ring can be the perfect opportunity to save on a bridal jewelry set.
You can put your savings toward a bolder or more impressive engagement ring and cut down on the features for a more discrete, affordable wedding ring.
For example, consider a simple band without stones or a more affordable metal.
6. Find a ring with history
This final option might be the best way to find massive savings on the perfect engagement ring—look for a used ring.
The first and best option is to see if there is a vintage family ring that you can have. You can also look at estate sales and resellers for an older ring. Vintage rings can contain unique designs and often have stunning center stones.
But what if what you find isn’t your dream ring? Not to worry! You can take the ring to a jeweler and request design changes. The fewer the changes, the more affordable it will be. But even if you create an entirely new ring, you can save by using the recycled gold and gemstones.
How to find the perfect affordable engagement ring
A stunning engagement ring doesn’t have to be expensive.
With these tips, you can easily find a beautiful ring that catches your eye without using up your entire budget.
Look for a ring that uses a more affordable metal like sterling silver or gold vermeil, and pick another gemstone instead of an expensive diamond.
You can also look into a vintage ring or low-cost wedding band to save even more.
THE BLUSH AND BAR PROMISE
Skip the markup
Most retail stores charge 8 to 10 times the actual cost while Blush and Bar sells directly to you. No stores, cashiers, or middlemen means more savings in your pocket.
No Green Guarantee
Never worry about your jewelry turning green 18K Gold Vermeil assures your jewelry lasts. For a piece to be considered Vermeil, the Gold must be a minimum of 10k and 1.5 microns. We use 18k Gold layered on 925 Sterling Silver.
Our team handles everything from stone setting to polishing the finished product.We’re proud to make jewelry you can afford to enjoy wearing.