If you’re like most Americans who are on a budget these days, just because you are trying to save money doesn’t mean that you want to come off as cheap when shopping for an engagement ring. However, there are places you can shop to find an inexpensive engagement ring for your fiancé. And, even better, if you take these suggestions, you won’t end up with a cheap ring that will earn you the ridicule of your friends, but instead, will be one that your fiancé will be proud to wear on her finger for the rest of her life.
One of the first places to look when shopping is the Internet. There are a number of local websites where people can place classified ads to sell their old jewelry, and engagement rings are items that are quite popular on these sites, especially for couples who have decided not to get married or are going through a divorce and cannot otherwise get rid of their ring. You’ll be able to find engagement rings priced far below retail price. However, since most of the people who post engagement rings for sale aren’t licensed dealers, you will want to get it appraised by your own independent appraiser before you actually hand any money over for it. While you can definitely find an inexpensive engagement ring through the classified ads and used engagement ring market, you do not want to get taken advantage by someone trying to pass off a fake ring as one that is real. Also, you’ll want the person you purchase an inexpensive engagement ring from through the classified ads to provide an original receipt for the ring. This is the best protection you have from getting caught buying a ring that turns out to be stolen.
If you don’t want to buy from an individual, visit a local antique store or a reputable online antique store to shop for an engagement ring. Because the diamonds often are cut in a way that is no longer popular, or because the diamonds have a slight tint to them, you’ll discover that antiques are a great choice for an inexpensive engagement ring. Keep in mind, though, that depending on the intricacy of anything carved on the band, you may or not be able to have the it sized to fit your fiancé. This means, you might want to bring your fiancé with you when you shop for an antique engagement ring so she can make sure that it’s the right size for her finger, especially since she’ll be wearing this for the rest of her life. However, you can potentially save a great deal of money if you buy an antique engagement ring instead of a modern, brand new ring. Or, if you prefer, you’ll be able to buy one with a larger diamond in an antique ring than you could buy in a new ring, so you can spend the same amount of money but get twice the ring you otherwise might afford.
Used and antique rings are two great options when you are considering purchasing an inexpensive engagement ring for your fiancé. There is such a large used and antique ring market out there right now, that you’ll have your choice of sizes and styles when it comes to picking your dream ring, and you won’t have to settle for something less than what you want.