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You want to get the ring of her dreams, but don't want to wait to save up. You're ready for the commitment but not the investment.
Here are a few ideas for how to find a pretty starter ring without breaking the bank. As your budget grows down the road, so can the ring - and your love for one another!
Quality Over Quantity
For some people, a classic white diamond solitaire is the only way to go. If you're on a budget, this means you might have to compromise on one of the four Cs - color, cut, clarity, or carat weight. Try to look for diamonds with a smaller carat weight that have the best cut and clarity for your budget. A smaller high-clarity stone is more beautiful than a big diamond that's lower quality. Learning more about the 4Cs of diamonds will help you choose a diamond that fits your budget. Visit the certified diamontologist at your local Kay Jewelers for help!
Another way to get a bigger look for less is to choose a ring with a number of smaller stones. You can pick a design with a halo of small diamonds surrounding the center stone. Or choose a glittery design with many small pave-set diamonds.
Color is a current trend in engagement rings. There's a whole world of color gemstones, like emeralds, sapphires, and morganite. Some gemstones can be less expensive than diamonds, especially lab-created versions of certain stones. A color stone in your ring can also be more unique and personal.
Ways to Upgrade the Ring
Remember: No matter your budget, it's the size of your love and getting married that matters!
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