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Hack Your Dream Engagement Ring
Follow These Steps to Get a Dream Ring at a Real Life Price!
Have you or your significant other fallen in love with a designer engagement ring? Never fear! Most engagement ring styles are easily replicated and many of the same styles are readily available through online jewelers who carry many popular as well as unique engagement ring settings.
Almost ANY dream engagement ring can easily be hacked to get the look you love for a price you can afford. That's what my blog does everyday. I break down the hottest engagement ring styles, including the latest celebrity engagement rings, and show you how to get the same look at a price you can afford.
Below I will share with you some of my top engagement ring hacks - tips and tricks to get a high-end designer look without breaking the bank.
Hack #1 - Don't Buy Name Brand Diamonds!
The Leo Diamond, Hearts on Fire, A Cut Above...chances are, if you are shopping for a diamond you have heard at least one of these brand names. All of these diamond "brands" refer to the cut of the stone, and not their actual quality in terms of the other 4Cs - color, clarity and carat weight.
These brand names were created to set apart diamond cuts and allow jewelers to create demand and charge more. When the GIA (Gemelogical Institiute of America) grades diamonds, these brand names do not ensure that these stones are rated "excellent" in terms of cut. Nor do the brand names make these stones any more beautiful or desirable. But you can bet they make them more expensive in relation to other stones with similar qualifications.
So what should the average shopper do? Steer clear of brand name cuts and judge your diamonds in terms of all 4 C's, picking the one that most appeals to your senses.
If you are buying a diamond online, shop an online jeweler that lets you view all of their diamonds in a full 360-degree rotation. James Allen does just that with their patented Virtual Loupe and 360-degree Super Zoom.
Get This Close with Virtual Loupe Technology
Hack #2 - Never Buy Designer Settings
The Tiffany Soleste, Tacori Crescent, Henri Daussi and more. These designers and their signature engagement rings are beautiful to be sure, but are also easily imitable. When you decide to buy your engagement ring from a high end store like Tiffany & Co. you must select your diamond from their selection where you are limited to their (highly marked up) signature cut stones to go with your overpriced setting.
Do a little leg work first and you will find that online jewelers like James Allen and Blue Nile have hundreds of styles either completely identical or with many of the same details as those designer, name brand settings. Cushion halos, split claw prongs, hidden details (more on that later), vintage details, and more - are all available at multiple low price outlets.
Shopping the high end stores is FUN. I'm not saying don't go to Tiffany & Co or some other high end jeweler to start your search and see what you like. But when it is time to buy, check out the selection online where you can get many of the same style settings as well as the best prices on diamonds at every price range.
Shop the high end stores for ideas, then go online and save on a perfect replica setting. I can help you when you visit my blog and reach out for personal help!
Who Makes This Cabled Halo Setting?
Hack #3 - Go Custom if You Must
If, after reading everything I have written above about finding a great look-alike setting online, you STILL can not find the ring of your dreams anywhere but in a high-end pricey boutique, or in your imagination - opt for a custom setting before paying the boutique prices.
A custom engagement ring is more affordable than you may think. Plus, there's no commitment to get a quote. Simply contact Blue Nile or James Allen through the easy to use forms on their website, attach photos or drawings of your dream ring, and they will contact you with a price estimate before getting started.
You'll save money by buying your diamond online versus paying the designer store's diamond markup plus their setting price.
Hack #4 - Don't Pay for Hidden Details
Love ornate settings with hidden details like diamonds on the sides of the shank or underneath the crown? These details are lovely, but so not practical!
Think about it - your engagement ring is meant to be worn on your finger with a wedding band by its side. Although it might be nice to know these details are there, nobody will see them but you.
My advice? Put your money into the main diamond and get the best stone your money can afford. Don't put any of that engagement ring budget towards details nobody will ever see!