Proposing to your sweetheart is one of those moments in life you will never forget. Whether you go down on one knee under the Eiffel Tower, propose while watching your favourite band in concert, or ask for their hand in marriage in the privacy of your own home, the ring you choose can make all the difference.
There’s no denying that getting engaged can be a pricey affair. Especially for those who are on a budget, finding the perfect engagement ring for a loved one can be a tricky task. However, if you know where to look and what to look for, buying a beautiful ring doesn’t always have to cost the earth. The Jewellry Quarter in Birmingham is a great place to start your search, with a wide variety of jewellery on offer to suit all budgets.
So how exactly do you buy an affordable engagement ring?
Fix your price limits
The first thing that you should do is to settle on a price range. Despite what some people may say, remember that the point of an engagement ring is to show your commitment and devotion to someone you love, not about how much you have spent. Be realistic about your budget and stick to it.
The cut is what makes a diamond sparkle and will affect the price of the ring the most. For many, the cut of the stone holds the most importance as it is most noticeable. With that in mind, it may be worth getting the best cut you can afford.
Diamond colours can also rack up the price, with the colour-less diamonds being much more expensive than the near-colourless diamonds. However, to the untrained eye, the impurities in a near-colourless diamond are indistinguishable and can make you significant savings without compromising on the ring’s appearance.
Clarity refers to the blemishes and inclusions contained within a diamond. A diamond with a few minor blemishes will be virtually unnoticeable and much less expensive.
You will also need to consider the carat, or weight, of the diamond. It goes without saying that the heavier the diamond, the more expensive it is. Remember that a small diamond can be just as beautiful as a large one, and can sometimes look more elegant.
Many jewellery specialists will allow you to customise your own ring by carat, colour, clarity and cut. With this flexibility, you can choose the perfect ring and modify these features so that it fits within your price range.
Consider buying online
Often, less expensive rings can be found online. Once you have decided which ring you want to buy, ask shops if they have a website or search on the internet to see if you can find the same ring, or a similar one for a lower price.
Buying an engagement ring doesn’t have to be as expensive as everyone thinks. By following these simple guidelines you can still get a beautiful and impressive engagement ring without breaking the bank.