Bargain Bling

Diamonds are a girls best friend, no argument there, but nothing could possibly make a woman feel better than a sale/bargain combined with a diamond. Diamond and sale – our two favorite words in just one sentence – it’s exciting just to think about! However, be careful when using these words together, sale is MUCH different than the word cheap (listen up all you men out there looking for tips and tricks). The goal we all have in mind is one wedding, one spouse, and one ring to symbolize that unity. So, don’t be cheap and don’t settle for something you aren’t happy with, because it costs more to upgrade or buy a new ring down the road than just being happy with the initial ring. So how do we save but not skimp?

Acknowledge that you are not an expert and go talk to one. Learn the pricing structure of rings and begin to shop around and compare the price tags on your rings of choice. You do not have to go to the most expensive and well known jeweler in town because we aren’t looking for a brand we are looking for bling. Also, do not expect to haggle or bargain with the fancy schmancy jeweler, but you can talk your way into a deal at a more modest jewelry store. Look in antique stores, shop for loose diamonds, these are all ways to potentially snag a great deal and design a custom ring. Don’t shy away from online stores, but do your research and make sure that it’s a reputable retailer and not a scam artist. Finally, are you planning a trip out of the country anytime soon? In the rare chance that you may be escaping to a foreign diamond producing country, definitely get your shopping done there – they have much more affordable rates in comparison to the U.S.

There are some quick ways to narrow down your search and one way is to remember that the more it weighs, the more it costs. This goes for diamonds as well as the metal. Diamond clusters, which definitely have the sparkle factor, will cost less than a solid diamond. Also, buying right below the next carat weight will save you a fortune. Go for .9 instead of 1 carat and so on and so on. Also, when looking at the metal options for the band, platinum is not necessary and is going to cost you a fortune. Go for white gold, but make sure you aren’t skimping on quality because you want the ring to be durable – so stick with a higher karat weight. In the same sense, if you already have your engagement ring, you are going to want to stick with the same or similar metal because you don’t want the stronger metal to damage the weaker metal since they will be rubbing together. Diamonds aren’t the only option either, women are definitely enjoying their gemstone engagement rings, and more environmental friendly couples are leaning towards lab created diamonds.

Think practically, shop wisely, and get insured! Ladies, I know we love our bling and we quickly jump to the bigger the better, but this isn’t always the case. Quality is imperative and once you have that engagement ring, do not try to out shine your engagement ring, you want them to compliment each other. The thicker the band, the thinner the wallet. Remember these hints, do your research, and don’t be afraid to try and get a bargain on that bling!

Happy Shopping for Bargain Bling!!