Listen, there’s nothing wrong with being cheap. And cheap is a rather harsh word to use. Frugal is better… Especially nowadays when everything is so expensive. Getting a diamond ring to propose with on a discount or a budget is actually easier than you thought…
If you know what to look for.
So when I talk about cheap engagement rings, I’m referring to diamond rings that are under $1,000 (the average price for “the ring” is around $3,000).
But what can you get for under a grand?
TONS! They make diamond rings in all sorts of styles, colors, carat weights and designs to fit pretty much anyone and everyone. And before I get into what to really look for, and how to shop wisely, take a peek at some of the diamond rings for sale on Amazon here:
Beautiful rings deals and steals!
Now that you got an idea of what’s available (and those prices will change daily, so I use them just as examples), here are some really good pointers and tips to steer you in the right direction:
- Always buy GOLD; 10k, 14k, yellow, white or rose gold (silver, or .925 is way too soft for an engagement ring)
- Make sure you buy natural, or genuine diamonds (versus cubic zirconia, CZ, or diamond simulants)
- Keep an eye on the mounting; you don’t want it paper-thin. A medium-heavy mounting (usually noticed by looking at the thickness of the ring) that’s solid and durable is the goal.
- Don’t worry about clarity… Most discount diamonds are going to be lower quality (SI2-I clarity), and since many of the stones are very small, you won’t notice the inclusions in the diamonds anyway
Other great tips:
- Buy something that has great sparkle and brilliance. Beauty and shine is the top priority, you want it to dance in the light, and in her eyes
- Lab-grown diamonds, and Moissanites make a great alternative to natural diamonds. They will give you the same look, but often much less expensive (also meaning, you can buy bigger stones for the same price)
Remember that diamonds can always be used as a trade-in later on, meaning, you can exchange this ring out for something bigger and better on down the line.
If you have other advice, let me know in the comments below.