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Engagement rings don’t have to break the budget. A custom designed engagement ring can be designed for you with a mix of materials and cuts that can fit comfortably in what you can afford. Unfortunately, with a mass-produced ring, you may have to settle on what the jewelry store has in stock, instead of getting what you really want.
If your budget won’t allow for a bigger stone that you may have been thinking about buying, it’s not that big of an issue. The illusion of additional carats can be created by choosing a halo setting. Not only can this type of setting make the stone in the middle look bigger, it can also completely change the appearance of the diamond by giving it a vintage look. Less metal means a lower cost, so a minimal prong setting should be used. Since more of the stone is visible, a prong setting is a great way to highlight the diamond.
Pavé diamonds are small diamonds that add a crushed ice look to engagement rings. Because they’re so small, these gems are much more common and therefore less expensive. You’ll get just as much beauty as a bigger diamond could bring, for a much lower cost. Shopping for a diamond centers around the “4 Cs”—cut, carat, clarity, and color. When it comes to the carat size, you can save a considerable amount of money without sacrificing the look of the stone by buying shy of the mark. Diamond prices rise quickly at the carat and half-carat marks, which means buying just shy of it can save you 20 percent, with the difference being that the different diamond size will be barely noticeable by most people.
White gold is a fitting substitute for a metal like platinum, it’s a beautiful colored gold and it’s durable. It’s an enduring element, resistant to rust and corrosion, still looks appealing, and is far nicer to your budget. A mixture of gold colors can also be an option that’ll give you an expensive look but may be more into your budget. Setting a budget is highly important and financing options may be available if you want to go out of budget on the short-term, yet pay off the ring over time. Having a frank conversation with your designer will allow them to create the perfect custom designed engagement ring and the designer will be able to point you in the direction of what is possible.
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