If you are with someone you’d really like to marry, and are ready to pop the question, it can be frustrating to think that you don’t have the money to buy the kinds of beautiful engagement rings at places like ascotdiamonds.com. While it can still be worth looking at diamond retailers as they do sometimes have better offers than you might think, there are other approaches to getting a beautiful ring that your future wife will love without spending a ridiculous amount of money that you either don’t have, or would rather spend on building a future together.
Here are some ideas:
Buy Second Hand
One of the first things to consider is buying a second hand ring. Jewelry depreciates in value quite quickly, so you can often find engagement rings in secondhand shops, on auction websites, or sold privately over the web for far less than they originally cost. If she is a fairly average ring size you will have plenty of choice, and there is also always the option to get the ring adjusted to fit her by a jeweler, which doesn’t cost that much. Checking out websites where items like this are sold or heading out to local second hand shops could well yield exactly the high end ring you’d dream of buying her at a price you can afford.
If you would love for her to have a big sparkly stone on her hand but can’t afford that, then consider a crystal or zirconia ring instead. With all the sparkle of a diamond at a far, far lower price, you can give that ‘wow’ factor a big diamond has whilst spending a fraction of the price.
Most engagement rings these days are white gold or platinum as yellow gold has fallen out of style, so if you can’t afford that, look for silver or silver that is plated with white gold. It is much cheaper but has a similar color – the only downside is that it’ll need a little more care to keep it looking fresh and shiny. A lot of women prefer silver jewelry so it will also be likely to compliment other pieces she might have like bracelets, earrings and necklaces.
If your budget is very, very low and your bride to be knows this, you can consider an alternative ring that symbolizes that you are engaged but could be replaced with something more permanent in the future when you have more money to spend on that kind of thing. Some people choose wood or enamel rings that cost just dollars to wear until they can afford something in metal. This can be quite a romantic way of saying you want to be together regardless of the money situation, too.
There are lots of ways to get around being on a tight budget when you want to propose, so by trying these ideas you can hopefully find something she will love!