Buying an Engagement Ring: The Guide for Guys on a Budget


So, you have finally made up your mind and you are sure that your girlfriend is the one you want to spend your life with. Congratulations!

Now all you have to do is get down on one knee and ask that important question. In theory, this sounds like a piece of cake, in reality there is so much planning you need to go through. After you figure out how and when you are going to pop the question, you still need to get a ring. And not just any ring! The one that will seal the deal and make her swoon (okay, not literally).

Since this is a piece of jewelry she will wear for a really long time and possibly even pass it down to one of your children one day, your future fiancé needs to like it. Even if she loves you like crazy, she won’t be able to completely hide the look of disappointment on her face if you open the box and she sees something she would never wear in her life. Do not worry, getting your loved one the ring of her dreams doesn’t mean you should spend all your life savings on it. In fact, buying the right gem for the proposal on a budget is not that difficult, simply follow these guidelines and you will do just fine. 

Set the budget

The first thing you need to do is to figure out how much you are willing to spend on the ring. Instead of following that old rule that says you should spend three months of your salary on it, check out your financial situation and see how much you can really afford to spend on a piece of jewelry. Remember, this ring signifies the beginning of your life together, and you shouldn’t step into those waters while feeling all anxious and stressed out from spending too much.

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Take her style into consideration

This is probably the most important tip. The ring you buy should be the ring she loves, it doesn’t matter whether it costs 20 or 20,000 dollars. If, for example, you get her a ring with yellow gold and she only wears white, it is possible that somewhere in the corner of her mind she will think that you don’t really know her. Ouch! Therefore, look at her other jewelry pieces, pay attention to the material they are made from (is it mostly platinum, white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold?) and see whether she prefers vintage pieces or modern designs. Talking to her best friend or a sister might also help you figure out what you should be looking for. 


Opt for online stores

Keep in mind that brick-and-mortar stores are always from 20 to 100% more expensive than online vendors, so if you want to save money and still get a fabulous ring, check our trusted online stores. In addition, online you will have access to a much larger selection of diamonds and engagement rings. Although you might be nervous about purchasing such a valuable thing online, keep in mind that trustworthy vendors have exceptional return policies so you don’t have to worry about getting ripped off. 

These tips will help you avoid the most common traps and find the perfect ring without losing your nerves or your life savings. 


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