May 21, 2019

This Engagement Ring Trend Will Save You Money

Want to save money on your engagement ring? Embrace the trending gemstone of the moment, moissanite.

Have you ever heard of moissanite? It’s a glittering, clear white gemstone that is also called a “space diamond” or “stardust.”

The Scarlett 3 Carat Moissanite Solitaire Engagement Ring

Moissanite gets its celestial nicknames from its origin story. This sparkling gem was first discovered in 1893 by a man named Henri Moissan. Mr. Moissan, a French scientist, investigated a meteorite inside a crater in Arizona and found what he thought were diamonds. However, on closer inspection, he realized that the crystals in the meteor were made of silicon carbide and were a totally new kind of gemstone, which he named Moissanite after himself.

Natural moissanite is incredibly rare, so most of the moissanite you see today has been created in a lab. This moissanite looks the same as natural moissanite and has the same chemical composition.

Moissanite has become a trending engagement ring option for a few different reasons. One is that this dazzling gemstone looks very similar to a diamond but has a much nicer price tag.

The Merilyn Halo Moissanite Engagement Ring

When compared to a diamond, moissanite stacks up very well. It’s similarly hard and just as brilliant. However, the shimmer that comes from a moissanite has a different pattern. It’s much more fiery (which means the light it reflects splits up into rainbows).

And, like we said above, the price of moissanite is amazing. For example, a one carat diamond with respectable 4C gradings would likely run you upwards of $4,000. A comparable moissanite, on the other hand, would likely only cost around $600 or less. For something that looks so similar, that’s a steal.

The Athena Vintage Inspired Moissanite Engagement Ring

Think of all the things you could do with all the money you’d save getting a moissanite engagement ring instead of a diamond engagement ring. You could go on an incredible trip or dine at the finest restaurants. Or, you could put that money toward a new car or a down payment on a house. These are just ideas— you could always spend your original budget on a moissanite ring and just get a much larger, flashier ring. The choice is yours.

One last thing in moissanite’s favor? It’s eco friendly. Since most moissanite you’d see today is created in a lab, it creates far less environmental impact than a natural diamond would. So, moissanite is not only a gemstone that will save you money, it’s also one that helps to save the environment. That’s a win-win.

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April 18, 2019

Affordable Engagement Rings

If you’re looking for an affordable engagement ring, you might think that you have limited options. But that couldn’t be less true! Today, there are so many affordable engagement ring options that prove an engagement ring doesn’t have to be absurdly expensive to be absolutely beautiful.

But if you’ve never shopped for an affordable engagement ring before, you might not know all your options. We’re here to help! In this post, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about finding the perfect affordable engagement ring for you. We’ll cover what you need to know about budgeting, the best affordable center stone options, and how to choose an affordable engagement ring setting you’ll love.

Know Your Budget

So, you’re looking for an affordable engagement ring. Great! But before you even start shopping, you should consider: what makes an engagement ring affordable to you? What’s your engagement ring budget?

People often say that you need to spend a certain amount on your engagement ring (the most common “rule” is that you should spend the equivalent of three months of your salary on an engagement ring). But, truly, there are no rules on what you need to spend on an engagement ring. You should really only spend an amount that’s comfortable for you. So before you shop for an engagement ring, just think about the budget that would be right for you.

If your budget is on the smaller side, don’t worry. Shopping on a limited budget doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find a stunning engagement ring. There are so many engagement rings that are beautiful and affordable. And we’re here to show you them!

Affordable Center Stones for Engagement Rings

Morganite, pictured here in a stunning marquise halo setting, is romantic, beautiful, and comes with an attractively low price tag. Shop the Skylar ring featured above here.

As you shop for an affordable engagement ring, know that there are two components that affect an engagement ring’s price: the ring’s setting and the ring’s center stone. Generally, ring settings are more affordable than center stones (the only exception might be if the setting has large diamonds or gemstones). So if you’re looking for an affordable engagement ring, your choice of center stone is key.

Our top tip for choosing an affordable center stone is to go alternative. Not sure what that means? An “alternative” center stone is basically any center stone that isn’t a white diamond. Some beautiful options for an alternative center stones include blue sapphires, morganite, black diamonds, topaz, amethyst, and moissanite. Alternative center stones like gemstones are just as beautiful as diamonds but are much more affordable. And on top of that, they offer you more style variety, allowing you to choose something more unique.

If you’re shopping for an affordable engagement ring but have your heart set on a white diamond, you still have options. For a more affordable diamond, you can always choose a lower carat diamond and/or go with a less expensive diamond shape. Fancy shaped diamonds (which are any diamond that’s not a round brilliant) are usually more affordable than round brilliant diamonds of similar quality and carat.

If you love the look of a white diamond but just don’t think you can fit one you’d be happy with into your budget, you can also consider choosing moissanite for your center stone. Moissanite (featured above) is a stunning, highly brilliant white gemstone that looks remarkably like a diamond but costs around 90% less.

Ring Settings and Affordable Engagement Rings

A scalloped halo setting adds glamour and impact to this beautiful— and, remarkably, still affordable— blue topaz engagement ring. Shop the London blue topaz engagement ring featured above here

We’ve already covered some ways to choose an affordable center stone— but what about the setting? The most affordable type of setting would be a simple, chic solitaire in gold (yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold are all similarly priced). If you’re looking for affordable ring settings, you’ll want to avoid platinum, which is by far the most expensive precious metal.

While solitaire settings are generally the most affordable option, settings with pave diamonds can also be affordable and are a great way to up the glamour and impact of your center stone. Settings with pave diamonds add brilliance to your engagement ring, which tricks the eye into thinking it looks larger, even if the pave diamonds are small and only along the band.

Halo settings are particularly good for enhancing an engagement ring when you’re on a budget. A halo of diamonds will make your center stone look more glamorous and sizable for a fraction of the cost of upping the size or quality of the center stone itself.

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