Engagement Rings For Thrifty Shoppers
Purchasing engagement rings has long been considered a test of just how much someone can afford. While it is always important to get the best
possible ring, staying within a budget is important as well. Engagement rings that are beautiful, dazzling and brilliant don't have to cost a fortune if you
maximize your understanding of diamonds.
Diamonds and gems in engagement rings are the most costly component. The settings in which the diamond is placed or grouped can help to
maximize the visual impact of the diamond and make it look larger or smaller. A larger central diamond is often set off by a smaller setting and band,
making it possible to spend more money on the diamond and less on settings.
Another variation on that theme is to look for engagement rings that use a collection of smaller diamonds rather than one very large diamond. Since
smaller diamonds are more common and less costly, you can actually have a higher total carat amount for the same or less money. These pave style
rings are very attractive when matched with a simple wedding band.
Combining semi-precious stones with diamonds adds both color and uniqueness to engagement rings. The very deep colored gems such as
sapphires, rubies and emeralds are striking when combined with diamonds in any setting.
The shape or cut of the diamond can also add visual dimensions that make a ring look larger. Engagement rings featuring the elongated shapes such
as oval, pear, marquis or emerald cut are going to draw the eye down the length of the diamond, adding size and dimension.
Although size is going to be important in the overall appearance of the ring it is not the most important part of getting the most out of engagement rings
on a budget. The clarity of diamond, the cut, and the color, also have a big factor in how brilliant and reflective the diamond will be. This is particularly
important with stand alone diamonds seen in the round or Ascher cut engagement rings. Even a small diamond that sparkles is going to look nic