an Engagement Ring on a Budget
It is not necessary to go into debt to give your beloved a beautiful ring. With that in mind, there are several strategies to profess your love without breaking the bank.
Instead of a large diamond, purchase a beautiful ring with several smaller stones. Smaller diamonds are much less expensive than large ones.
You can also consider a stone other than a diamond. However, it is important to be aware of durability issues. A diamond is the favorite choice for a ring that's worn everyday (like an engagement ring) because it doesn't scratch. Other gemstones, like sapphires, emeralds, and rubies, will show scratches over time. Cubic zirconias (CZs) look great when they're brand new, but will quickly show scratches, which reduce their brilliance. Softer and less durable stones like pearls and opals are poor choices for an engagement ring. That said, stones other than diamonds can work well if considered temporary stand-ins, until a diamond is in the budget.
If money is very tight, forego the stone altogether. A nicely carved band in gold can usually be found for under $150; and silver rings can be had for under $50.
Remember, it is the sentiment and symbolism, not the money you spend, that makes the ring special!
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