Monday, May 3, 2010

Choosing an engagement ring on a budget

Guys, maybe you're ready to pop the question to your special lady, but you're not exactly sure what kind of ring to buy and how you can purchase it inexpensively.

Well, here are some tips to help you get the ring of her dreams without breaking the bank (from

Put a ring around it. You've heard the phrase, "strength in numbers," right? The same thing applies when it comes to enhancing a stone. A ring with a halo setting (a circle of smaller diamonds around the center stone) can make the middle diamond look bigger. Not only is it an excellent way to create an illusion of additional carats, the halo can also completely alter the diamond's appearance by giving it a vintage look that'll stand out.

Choose an emerald cut. An emerald cut has fewer facets (the surfaces that reflect light and make the diamond sparkle), so it won't be as shiny, but the shape allows the diamond to cover more surface area than other cuts of the same carat weight. This means it will look bigger, and the style is timeless so your ring will never seem outdated.

Skip the eternity bands. Diamonds around the band are great for many; not so much if you're a frugal shopper. Instead, try a band that highlights the center stone such as one that's decorated with twists or engraving. If you must have a little more bling, try adding baguette diamonds on each side of the center stone for more glitz at a lower price.

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