Your Engagement Ring: Start Small, Upgrade Later

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Upgrade Your Engagement Ring

You want to get your partner the ring of their dreams, but maybe you don’t want to wait to save up. You’re ready for the commitment, but perhaps not the investment. Here are a few ideas for finding a gorgeous engagement ring without breaking the bank. And as your budget grows down the road, so can the ring! 

Quality Over Quantity 

For some people, a classic diamond solitaire engagement ring is the only way to go. If you’re on a budget, you may have to compromise on one of the 4Cs – color, cut, clarity, or carat. Look for a diamond with a smaller carat weight but the best cut and clarity for your budget. It’s better to have a smaller high-clarity stone than a large diamond that’s lower quality.  

Learning more about the 4Cs can help you choose a diamond that falls within your price range. Be sure to visit the certified diamond professional at your local KAY for help! 

More Stones 

One way to get a bigger look for less is to choose a ring with multiple smaller stones. Some rings feature small diamonds set closely together to create the appearance of a large stone. Other rings have a halo of smaller diamonds surrounding the center stone for even more sparkle. There are many options with both of these designs that are sure to suit your budget. 

Color Stones 

Color is a popular trend in engagement rings. Some of the gemstones used in engagement rings include morganite, aquamarine, sapphire, and amethyst, among others. Some gemstones may be less expensive than a diamond, especially lab-created versions of certain stones. An engagement ring with a colorful center stone can be a beautiful way to add a personal touch to the ring. 

Metal Types 

Another way to save some money is opting for 10K gold instead of 14K gold. You could have the main stone set in a higher karat of gold later as an anniversary gift. Another option would be sterling silver. There are many sterling silver fashion rings that would make great placeholders until you’re ready to buy the perfect ring. And if your partner prefers simple jewelry, a plain band in sterling silver or gold could be the right choice. 

Ways to Upgrade the Ring 

Here are a few ideas to upgrade your partner’s ring without totally starting over. 

  • Use the original stones as side stones to accentuate a bigger diamond in a new setting. 

  • Replace small or lower-quality stones with high-quality diamonds while keeping the original ring. 

  • Add an enhancer band, wrap, or anniversary band. This allows you to keep the sentimental value of your original engagement ring while giving it a more dramatic look. 

  • If you do get a new ring, your partner could have the old one resized to wear on their right hand.  

Remember that no matter your budget, it’s your love that matters!