How to Save Money on Your Engagement Ring
OK, so your time is up. You’ve been trapped and it’s too late to escape. Those of us who have already endured the Big Event know what awaits you, sympathize – but a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do right? If it’s any consolation, you’re not the first and you won’t be the last, so at least you’re in good company – CHEERS!
Becoming engaged to be married is just the prelude to the main event but it is the day that your fiancé has dreamed of for years if not decades and, if she is like most of her species, she is now like a shark that has smelled blood. If you thought you were going to get away with a small family reception on the cheap, then think again. Get ready for your wallet to get abused like never before; however there is a lesson to be learned from this abuse – it starts with your finances and ends with you, so may as well get used to it.
The wedding ring, flowers, reception hall, catering, and virtually every other aspect of the wedding you can fudge your way through with minimal input. Just nod your head and say, “Yes,” and you’re pretty much good to go. One part of the marital process that you will have to, and by default, want to have some input is the engagement ring.
The Curse of the Engagement Ring
If it’s not bad enough that you have been snookered into this new status – the twilight zone between the freedom of single life and the fact that you will soon have to circle the letter “M” on every form you ever need to fill out; the engagement ring is visible proof of this status. And it had better be visible.
Your fiancé will want a ring at least the size of the Rock of Gibraltar set in platinum-coated kryptonite. After all, the ring is an eternal testament of your love for her – and it had better be big enough for the whole world to see. This is all good and well, but diamonds cost money – and big diamonds cost big money. So how can you get the best bang for your buck when buying an engagement ring?
Enhanced Clarity Diamonds
No doubt you’ve heard about the 4Cs of valuing a diamond – Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat weight. Clarity refers to the internal and external faults of a diamond. In general, the larger and more prominent these faults the lower the clarity and cheaper the diamond. There are ways to treat these natural faults so that they are invisible to the naked eye (and sometimes can’t even be seen under a microscope).
Clarity enhanced diamonds are substantially cheaper than unenhanced diamonds, enabling you to buy a much fancier ring on a smaller budget – and your better half will never know the difference (and if she does, tell them that you didn’t know). They not only enhance the diamond’s clarity but also your bank balance – so you can save/waste more money for the wedding.