Chances are if you’re in the market for an engagement ring, you’ve already got a pretty good idea of how much that sparkly bling costs. But, making sure you’ve got the perfect ring shouldn’t be about how much money you spend. Do what works for you, and make sure your jeweler offers a reliable warranty. Here are some tips to help you save some green on the bling.
Forget The Salary Rule
If you’ve talked over your ring purchase with others, chances are you’ve heard the ever-popular recommendation: “The ring should be about 3 months of your normal salary.” Maybe 3 months salary isn’t feasible for you… Maybe you’ve got other bills that are more important… Maybe you’d rather put more money towards your home as a couple… The truth is you should only spend what you’re comfortable with, keeping her wishes in mind. If you’d like to spend a little more than normal, but don’t have all the money right now… That can be just fine, as well. We offer several financing options that allow you to buy the ring of her dreams and still shop smart. Use the cash you have available as a downpayment and utilize our great financing rates.
Most diamonds will have flaws. Diamonds are a natural stone, so it’s very common. That being said, most flaws can’t be seen by the naked eye. So if budget is a concern, we recommend judging the diamond as you see it. A flaw (or inclusion) only visible with a microscope could help you save some green.
Consider the Weight
The price of a diamond is typically based on weight, so you may be able to save some money on your diamond if you sacrifice just a half-carat or even tenth in size. It’s also smart to take a look at a variety of settings--some settings are created to give off the illusion of a larger stone. For example, our popular Fire & Ice Diamonds are cut to look “bigger, brighter, whiter.” Truthfully, you can still get the same quality of diamond without compromising. Furthermore, most people can’t tell the weight of a diamond by simply looking at it.
Look At Other Stones & Gems
Who said the ring has to have diamonds? Consider taking a look at other precious gemstones like a ruby or emerald. These stones are less expensive, and can still be used to create a truly stunning engagement ring.
Go For The Gold Vs. Platinum
Even though platinum is widely known, don’t forget other options like yellow gold, rose gold or white gold. If your partner really likes the look of a platinum ring, then consider white gold. Platinum typically costs about 30% more because it’s even more rare than gold. White gold is a great option because it’s also resistant to rust, tarnish and corrosion. Plus, it won’t break the bank!
When most people hear customized, they immediately think huge price tag, but this isn’t always the case. In fact, most customized rings are less expensive than brand names. Just collect some photos of a ring style you like & we’ll be happy to help you create a custom ring just as beautiful.
Get The Set
Finally, several engagement rings come with a matching wedding band. Lots of jewelers will offer a discount if you purchase both together. Keep that in mind while you shop. Financing can help make her dream ring affordable, and The Diamond Galleria is proud to offer the best financing, best warranty and best selection on engagement rings in the tristate - Hands Down! Our customers comment they are surprised there is literally no pressure to buy, and we’re proud of our no-pressure environment. We know selecting the right engagement ring can take time, and we are here along the way to guide you throughout the process.