Jewelry is given meaning when it is worn to represent the most important moments in people's lives. Your engagement ring represents the beautiful relationship you have with your significant other and should be a celebration of love and commitment. You want to be able to enjoy this ring for the rest of your life and make sure it is everything you want without breaking the bank. Here a few tips on how to save some cash when shopping for an engagement ring.
1 Choose a Halo Style Engagement Ring
If you are looking to increase the size of your center diamond without having to increase your budget exponentially, look for a halo style setting. Achieve the look of a larger rock can for a fraction of the price by adding accent diamonds around your center stone. In many cases, you can get a 1.00 carat diamond to look like a 1.50 carat diamond just by adding a simple 1mm diamond halo around your center stone. Not only will the overall size increase, but it can save you thousands of dollars.
2 Shop for the diamond's size not carat weight
What we mean by this, is to pay attention to a diamond's measurements. Otherwise, you may be paying for a diamond weight that you can't even see, and you could be saving quite a bit of money! For example, imagine you are comparing two diamonds. You have one diamond that weighs 0.90 carats and another diamond that weighs 1.00 carats. After inspecting the measurements, you notice the 0.90 carat diamond has the same measurements as a 1.00 carat! You will be able to save a good chunk of change by opting for the 0.90 carat and at the same time get a great sized diamond for a better price.
3 Shop for diamonds that are SI1 in Clarity instead of VS and higher
When a diamond is graded as SI1, that means it should be at least eye clean, but under 10x magnification, you can probably see inclusions within the stone. If you have the opportunity to look at diamonds with your eyeballs, you should know a true SI1 graded diamond will look the same as a VS-Flawless graded diamond. Choosing an SI1 clarity diamond will save you money without having to sacrifice the cut quality and size. SI1 is the most popular clarity category at Princess Bride because you essentially get the biggest bang for your buck.