Being short on cash is far from rare in today’s economy, and would-be grooms aren’t exempt. However, a tight budget doesn’t have to be hindrance in obtaining a beautiful engagement ring—if you know how to find a style that’s affordable without leaving good looks in the dust. From silver engagement rings to those with unexpected but gorgeous gemstones, here are three ways to pick a ring that’s gentle on your wallet.
Go for silver.
Sterling silver is a versatile and much-loved metal, both for its cool good looks and its affordability. Rings that are crafted from this white gold look-alike usually cost much less than similar styles crafted from others metals, and the Enchanted Black Diamond Ring in .925 Sterling Silver is an excellent example. This striking Victorian piece features a quarter carat round black diamond and surrounds it in a vintage setting that’s laden with graceful swirls and openwork. And, it comes with a price tag that’s less than half of the cost of the same ring crafted in 14K white gold.
A number of quality diamond alternatives provide the look of the classic engagement ring stone at a more affordable price; these include cubic zirconia, white topaz, moissanite and white sapphire. Cubic zirconia engagement rings are particularly popular diamond stand-ins, and Apples of Gold carries a number of these rings that feature the same exquisite settings as some of their most-loved diamond rings. For instance, the Art Deco 1 Carat CZ Ring in 14K Two-Tone Gold places a cubic zirconia in the same setting that’s used in Apples of Gold’s bestselling diamond ring.
If you’re not set on a traditional look, consider selecting an engagement ring that features an affordable and colorful semiprecious gemstone. From rich red garnet to refreshing blue aquamarine to sunny citrine, a rainbow of wallet-friendly options are available. The Tension Set Amethyst Ring in 14K White Gold is an excellent contemporary example. This simple yet unique ring places a 6.5mm round amethyst in an eye-catching tension setting that seems to hold it like an embrace.
If you’re looking for an especially affordable option, seek out a ring that incorporates both a budget-friendly metal and a semi-precious gemstone, such as the White Topaz Solitaire Ring in Sterling Silver. This lovely ring provides the classic look of a diamond solitaire, but at a price that’s far less than that of a single-stone diamond ring. Available with your choice of a 6mm, 7mm or 8mm round white topaz set on a shining .925 silver band, this ring offers a timeless combination of colorless sparkle and cool shine. Starting a just $99 (for a 6mm stone), this classy piece is the perfect way to pop the question when you’re short on cash but don’t want to sacrifice looks for the sake of your wallet.
Don’t let you budget hold you back! Try one (or more) or these strategies to find the ring that’s right for your wallet and for the one you love.