Save Money On Your Wedding Rings

Wedding rings have long been a symbol of never-ending love, partnership, and commitment, but can be expensive. And let's face it, not everyone has a unlimited budget!  Discover ideas here for...saving money, shopping tips, and beautiful alternatives to more expensive styles...

Precious Gemstones...

  • Wedding rings that include a diamond, sapphire, ruby or emerald are among the most expensive. If that's your thing, consider the four C’s of shopping…Clarity, Color, Cut and Carat weight. 

Save money by going with lower grades in clarity and color, and smaller in carat weight. But, don't skimp on the cut..that determines the brilliance and shape of the stone. No matter what price you pay, make sure to choose a jeweler that offer a good return policy and jewelry guarantees. 

  • Buying Man-Made diamonds or gemstones are a great way to save money, and feel good about the environment. The stones are made in a lab, not mined from the earth and are conflict free. Also, look for companies that offer money back guarantees. Companies like Diamond Nexus offer a Lifetime Performance Guarantee. Also consider man-made crystals from companies like from Swarovski.

Semi-Precious Gemstones Rings...Not only can save you big money, but your stone can be matched to your birthstone, or favorite color. This is a trend that not's going anywhere anytime soon.

We love: Morganite~Yellow Sapphire~Citrine~Peridot~Blue Topaz~Tourmaline~Aquamarine~Black Pearl~Pink Sapphire.

The Twelve Birthstones:

January-Garnet 

February-Amethsyt

March-Aquamarine 

April-Diamond

May-Emerald 

June-Moonstone, Pearl

July-Ruby 

August-Peridot

September-Sapphire 

October-Opal, Tourmaline

November-Topaz, Citrine

December-Turqouise, Tanzanite

Wedding Ring Metals...

Some great money saving materials include: Stainless steel (makes a beautiful and cheap men's wedding band), silver, palladium, white gold, bronze, brass, titanium and tungsten carbide (seen often in men's wedding bands). Stay away from platinum if you're all about saving money.

Word of caution; Titanium and tungsten carbide can't be resized. Titanium can be cut off finger, but not everyone knows how to cut off a tungsten carbide ring.

Outside the Box or Handcrafted...

  • Forgo the traditional wedding ban...and go with a finger tattoo! 
  • Want something unique and handcrafted? Try sites like Etsy and turtle love.com, there are so many talented artisans that make and sell beautiful and reasonably priced works of art. 

Great Tips...

  • You'll save if you buy a coordinating set or trio (engagement ring, your wedding band and his band).
  • Shop local..you may be able to negotiate a better price with your local jewelry. 
  • Shop big box stores, warehouse club stores, and department stores...they offer great styles and prices.
  • Shop online and save on your wedding rings. Make sure you pick a reputable site with great customer service, and a good money-back guarantee.
  • Look at pawn shops or antique stores. You may find unique rings at great prices!
  • Incorporate a family, cultural or religious tradition in your ring choice. For example, the Claddagh, a traditional Irish wedding band can be had a reasonable price and reflect your culture in a beautiful way. See antique rings.
  • Whatever your choice in rings, stick to your budget. Take your time shopping! And shy away from payment plans and buy what you can afford.
  • If you really want something more expensive, make a plan...start saving now and decide to upgrade your marriage rings on your fifth anniversary or your tenth anniversary. Maybe you could plan to renew your vows then too!

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