Affordable Engagement Ring Buying Guide

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Affordable Engagement Ring Buying Guide

Buying an engagement ring can be a big step, especially for anyone with a low budget. While quality rings can be generally inexpensive, anything related to weddings or engagement is usually priced higher, making affordable engagement rings more difficult to purchase. And with literally thousands of options available for wedding and engagement rings, men and women alike can have trouble finding the perfect ring that matches both their preferences and budget.

The first thing to look into when searching for a budget engagement ring is of course the quality versus the cost. Other than that, important considerations include sizing the ring appropriately, the gemstone quality and type, and most of all, the preferences of the future bride. Many women prefer a specific stone or value, while others are more concerned with the meaning behind the ring. Usually, anyone proposing should be able to easily decide which type of ring they should purchase based on their loved one's personality. Men looking for an affordable engagement ring should consider the size and style preferences, and alternate cheaper options that might reduce the cost of an engagement ring.

Ring Size and Style Preference

First and foremost, it is important to decide what she would want and what her size is. The magical moment of the proposal is substantially dimmed by the fact of the ring not fitting, so it is crucial to know her size before making a purchase. While rings are easily resized, having to go back to the jeweller can be embarrassing to say the least. The buyer should check any rings she already has, or if she does not have any rings, he can jokingly tie or wrap something around her finger and measure that. Rings are sized in millimetres and can be chosen according to the following chart.

Size (mm)

Diametre (mm)

UK and AU

France

Germany

Italy

Switzerland

US

48

15.27

I 1/2

 –

15.25

8

 –

4 1/2

49

15.70

J 1/2

 –

15.75

9.5

 –

5

51

16.10

L

51 3/4

16

10.50

11.75

5 1/2

52

16.51

M

52 3/4

16.50

11.50

12.75

6

53

16.92

N

54

17

13

14

6 1/2

55

17.35

O

55 1/4

17.25

14.50

15.25

7

56

17.75

P

56 1/2

17.75

16

16.50

7 1/2

57

18.19

Q

57 3/4

18

17

17.75

8

58

18.53

Q 1/2

58

18.50

18.50

 –

8 1/2

59

18.89

R 1/2

59 1/4

19

19.50

 –

9

61

19.41

S 1/2

60 1/2

19.50

21

 –

9 1/2

62

19.84

T 1/2

61 3/4

20

22

 –

10

63

20.20

U 1/2

62 3/4

20.50

23.50

 –

10 1/2

65

20.68

V 1/2

64 1/4

20.75

25

 –

11

66

21.08

W 1/2

66

21

26.50

 –

11 1/2

68

21.49

Y

67 1/2

21.25

27.50

27.50

12

69

21.89

Z

68 3/4

21.75

28.50

28.25

12 1/2

70

22.33

 –

 –

22

30

 –

13

Choosing a size should usually be done after measuring the size of the finger in millimetres with the help of a ring sizer if possible. Women who do not know their ring size can use a paper cutout or tape measure, or use a string to measure their fingers. Optionally, men can do this for them without telling them why if the ring is meant to be a surprise.

For a woman's style preferences, men can look at her lifestyle, the jewellery she already owns, and her personality. If she mostly has costume jewellery that is not very flashy, she might not even appreciate a very large expensive ring. On the other hand if she enjoys diamonds and jewellery, the bigger and shinier the better. Generally, this is a personal requirement and men can get an idea of what she likes by paying attention to what she admires on other girls, what she wears, and how she acts.

Used Engagement Rings

A used engagement ring is the cheapest option for purchasing a genuine gold or platinum ring with a real diamond. Most of the time buyers can look in pawn shops, second hand jewellery stores, and on online stores such as eBay to find good deals on real diamond rings. While some values can be near approximate to original value, especially for antique wedding rings, simply second hand ones are a great deal more affordable.

Anyone looking for a specific stone, metal, or carat weight should check with the jeweller or look at specifications to see how the ring has been weighed. Most people selling authentic gold, silver, or diamond rings actually have a certificate from a jeweller where they have had the item priced. These certificates include diamond grading, which affects the price, as well as the purity of the gold used in the ring.

Alternate Materials and Stones

Another affordable way to purchase engagement rings is to simply choose an alternate material. These include everything from the very affordable steel to rhodium, and can vary in price from the extremely cheap to about the same value as gold and silver. In most cases the price is a great deal lower than the price of a typical gold ring; however, alternate materials are not for everyone. Some women do not appreciate a plain steel band, while others, especially those with a nickel allergy or who do not want to carry around a valuable ring, are likely to appreciate it.

The stone is another item that can be purchased more cheaply. Cubic zirconia and crystals are both very inexpensive alternatives to the traditional diamond. Many women also appreciate birthstone engagement rings including rubies, topaz, emerald, sapphire, and more. These stones are equally beautiful, but a great deal less expensive than traditional diamonds. Anyone purchasing a birthstone engagement ring should ensure that they choose the right birthstone.

Engagement Ring Buying Options

After deciding which type of ring to purchase, men can choose between a variety of options. First, the size and style of the ring can greatly affect the price. An engagement ring with multiple small diamonds is likely to be more affordable than a ring with a single large carat stone, and a dual wedding ring and engagement band set is probably be a lot more affordable than purchasing each ring separately. Depending on the ring, buyers can also choose to purchase a real diamond engagement ring with secondary stones set as cheaper cubic zirconia or birthstones.

Choosing where to purchase a ring is also important. Usually jewellery stores are the most expensive places to purchase a ring. Pawn shops, online stores such as eBay, and second hand jewellery stores are generally the cheapest places to buy engagement rings. The choice of where to purchase should depend on preference and what stores are available in the area. Local pawn shops and jewellery stores are sometimes the most convenient for getting a ring quickly, while online stores such as eBay have a wider selection, and allow the buyer to purchase without leaving the home or being spotted leaving a jewellery store.

Buying Affordable Engagement Rings on eBay

Once you have decided that you want to purchase an engagement ring on eBay you can choose to purchase either new or used rings. Choices include the very valuable to budget brands as well as virtual antiques, so as long as the ring is in your budget, you can probably find what you are looking for. Start on the home page and type your criteria into the search bar. Options to consider include the size and material of the ring, as well as whether or not it should be second hand, and what stone it should have. For example 'diamond engagement ring size N' or 'used diamond engagement band' are both good searches that would bring up many options.

Most buyers should find and compare several engagement rings before making a purchase decision. You can also feel free to contact the seller for any additional information. It might be a good idea to check the estimated shipping time if you need the ring by a certain date, and then make your purchase based on all of the information.

Conclusion

Engagement rings are a lifetime investment, but that does not mean they have to be incredibly expensive. There are a variety of options for anyone looking for an affordable engagement ring. Popular choices include looking for a vintage engagement ring that might be priced more cheaply, purchasing engagement rings on eBay where they are often priced slightly lower than in stores, and purchasing alternate materials such as birthstones instead of diamonds, and silver, titanium, steel, or rhodium instead of gold.

Men should consider the size and preference of the wearer before buying an engagement ring. Important options include the material or materials, the stones, the size of the stones, the value, and whether or not the ring is part of a wedding ring and engagement band set. Both men and women purchasing wedding rings should keep all of these factors in mind no matter where they decide to buy a wedding ring.

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