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How to get the most out of your engagement ring budget 

How to get the most out of your engagement ring budget 

Planning to pop the question but worried about how to maximise your engagement ring budget? You’re not alone. An engagement ring is not just a symbol of love but also a significant investment. And there are lots of thing to consider outside of which style you like. With so many options available, it’s crucial to know how to get the best ring for your budget, without compromising on the quality or design. Here are some insider tips to help you navigate the engagement ring process. 

1. Understand the 4Cs 

Before diving headfirst, familiarise yourself with the 4Cs: Cut, Colour, Clarity, and Carat. These criteria determine a diamond’s quality and value. However, if you know what they mean, you can know where you can compromise without significantly affecting the ring’s appearance – and how this can make a huge difference in cost. For instance, opting for a near-colourless diamond (G-H) or a diamond with slight inclusions (VS1-VS2) that aren’t visible to the naked eye can dramatically reduce the price without impacting the beauty of the stone. It pays to read up on the 4C’s – literally! 

2. Choose the setting wisely 

The setting of an engagement ring can dramatically affect its overall appearance and cost. A simpler setting can allow you to allocate more of your budget towards a larger or higher quality diamond. But conversely, a more intricate setting (such as a halo, or cluster) can enhance the appearance of a smaller or less expensive diamond, making it appear more substantial and unique. There are plenty of clever tricks you can explore to make a gemstone appear bigger or ‘better’. 

3. Explore alternative gemstones 

Diamonds may be the traditional choice for engagement rings, but other gemstones can offer a distinctive beauty at a fraction of the cost. Sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are excellent alternatives, providing durability suitable for everyday wear along with a unique aesthetic. Just remember, the gemstone you choose must be hard enough on the Mohs scale to withstand daily wear. 

4. Consider lab-grown diamonds 

Lab-grown diamonds are a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to natural mined diamonds. Lab grown diamonds possess the same physical, chemical, and optical properties as mined diamonds, but typically cost less than mined diamonds. This means you tend to be able to get a bigger – or better – stone for your budget, should you opt for lab-grown

5. Buy ‘shy’ and save 

Purchasing a diamond just shy of the next carat (e.g., 0.9 instead of 1.0) can offer a significant price reduction, as prices tend to jump at full and half-carat weights. These slight differences in size are hardly noticeable to the naked eye but can make a big difference to your budget. This isn’t always the case, and isn’t available at every retailer, but it’s always worth enquiring. 

6. Prioritise what matters most 

Finally, consider what aspects of the ring are most important to you and your partner. Whether it’s the size of the diamond, the design of the setting, or the type of gemstone, focusing your budget on the elements that matter most will ensure the largest part of your budget is being used for the ‘right’ part of the ring. 

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