5 Engagement ring hacks – how to make budget options look suitable for the red carpet
by Sara Gibson
November 2, 2018 / Engagement Rings
When it comes to style, we all have our own unique preferences, what style of dress, shoes and jewellery we love can be completely different from the next. When it comes to engagement rings, it is no surprise that there are endless options to suit all tastes. If you are one to fall in love with the showstoppers captured on the red carpet but don’t fancy taking out a second mortgage, then don’t panic we have some tricks of the trade to help you afford our dream ring without breaking the bank!
1. Go Colour
Colour gemstones demand attention making them the perfect choice for a flamboyant engagement ring. One of the biggest bonuses about choosing a coloured gemstone is the price tag, a coloured gemstone means you can go large without it costing a bomb. When comparing the price to a similar size diamond, you will notice a significant difference so we say go bold!
2. Opt for a Fancy Cut
If your heart is set on a diamond then don’t be mistaken in thinking that round brilliants are your only option. They are the most popular and because of this, they demand a premium. Other fancy cuts, can be a much more affordable option. For those that love rounds then consider oval, pear or marquise shape diamonds. And if you love streamlined cuts then a princess, emerald, Asscher or radiant cut might be the perfect choice for you. Typically, fancy cut diamonds are less expensive than a round brilliant cut of the same carat weight.
3.Halo, Halo, Halo
One way to create the illusion of a larger centre stone is to enhance your stone with a halo of diamonds. To create a dramatic look with optimum sparkle don’t stop at one halo, consider two or even three.
4. Consider Your Diamond Grade
You don’t need to purchase a flawless diamond for it to be a beautiful diamond. A perfect one carat, D-colour, IF (internally flawless) with a perfect cut grade is very rare and exceptional and it comes with an equally exceptional price tag. By compromising on some of the qualities, you can still afford a stunning diamond. For example, a diamond with a lower colour grade of F/G, VS2 clarity and a Very Good cut could cost half the price and the differences are barely discernable, even to an expert.
5. Ditch the Centre Stone
It is not a prerequisite that a beautiful, show-stopping ring must have a centre stone. Experiment with clusters of diamonds or gemstones to create the illusion of one larger stone or a beautiful pattern. Or for a ring that is guaranteed to sparkle, cover the surface of a wide ring with a continuous pavement of diamonds.