Engagement Rings for Cheap
A guide to finding a cheap engagement ring that doesn’t look cheap!
Picture this ...
You’ve been looking for engagement rings for cheap for days and you’re starting to think that maybe your chance of finding inexpensive engagement rings will come when you see elephants fly.
Well we’re here to tell you that cheap engagement rings DO exist! You just have to know what you’re looking for and where to look for them.
Just think … with the knowledge that you’ll get just by reading this section, you can easily save a couple of thousands (maybe even more) on your engagement ring.
Perhaps the cheapest place to check out when you’re looking for affordable engagement rings, is the Internet. Why? Because most of the online jewelery vendors that you will see, do not have a brick and mortar store and so their overheads are practically non existent plus they also eliminate most of the middlemen.
What does all this mean to you?
Yes, you’ve guessed it.
Huge savings of up to 50% or even more!
There could be other reasons why that gorgeous engagement ring you’re looking at online is that cheap.
If you’re buying from an individual, say through Ebay, that person may have broken off their engagement and they’re now trying to sell the ring, or they could have inherited the ring and the style and design is not to their liking. Could be they want to upgrade their engagement ring. Whatever the reason the seller might have … you are most likely going to benefit by saving loads of money!
Having said all this, make sure that you exercise a lot of caution when purchasing online.
Sadly, there are people who are out to scam buyers, so be extra careful and find out as much information about the online vendor as you can. Also have a look at their testimonials section and refund policy.
If you’re new to Ebay, make sure to read their tips and advice on how to buy safely and securely from Ebay here. A few words of advice on Ebay sellers. Initiate contact between the seller before you effect a purchase. Scrutinize the way they reply to you and how long they take to reply. You should aim to buy from sellers with lots of positive feedback from buyers (say 98% or above).
A genuine seller will have a return policy. This will give you the time to examine the engagement ring and also get an appraisal if you wish.
The safest payment method for jewellery is to use an escrow company.
The way escrow works is that the company charges a small fee to hold your money until you’ve received the engagement ring and you give it the go ahead to release the funds to the seller. Even with an escrow company you should exercise caution, because there are many fraudulent escrow companies around.
If the seller is adamant that you use a particular escrow company, then you should be skeptical because most likely he or she is involved in that same fraudulent escrow company that he or she is recommending that you use. Since you'd be shopping for engagement rings for cheap, the seller might also point out that you'd be going into unnecessary expenses. Be very very skeptical when the seller refuses to use a legitimate escrow company.
Escrow.com is the leading provider of secure business and consumer transaction management on the Internet. They have a very informative section on escrow fraud here. Make sure you read it carefully BEFORE you effect any payments.
You should also make sure that you’re given a certificate of authenticity with the ring. GIA provides a thorough review on how to choose diamonds, what to look for in certificates and a host of valuable information for the buyer.
Perhaps a phrase that can initially make you cringe is "fake diamond engagement rings”. Sure wouldn’t we all love to get the real deal. Unfortunately, our finances can dictate otherwise.
Although fake diamonds are not for everyone, when you consider the fact that few will actually notice the difference, suddenly the HUGE extra expense of getting a real diamond may not seem all that important anymore!
Just make sure that you don’t try to bribe your fianceé by telling her that her diamond is real ;-)
Where else can you find engagement rings for cheap?
Many online vendors have special discounted sections on their websites. Others have every day low prices on most items.
Some online jewelry stores that you might want to check out are:
target.com (for crazy cheap sterling silver engagement rings and cubic zirconia engagement rings)
Sometimes the ring's design by far outshines the metal. So when you're looking for engagement rings for cheap, also consider cheaper metals such as silver and palladium. As regards to gem stones, cubic zirconia is a very popular inexpensive alternative to diamonds.
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