Buying the ring for that first question — that all-important question that gets couples started down the road on their next chapter together — tends to come with a lot of pressure. What style? What size? And especially, how damn much will this cost?
It’s that last question that can really send any broke-ass couple into a tailspin — especially when you start hearing things like “an engagement ring should cost the equivalent of three months’ salary.”
Um, say what?!?
Just a big fat nope.
Which is why we turn to shops like JewelryBargain for gorgeous and affordable engagement rings. As manufacturers of estate reproductions and custom pieces, JewelryBargain is able to cut out the middle man to offer gorgeous baubles that won’t break the bank. Since they offer an online shop, There is no extra retail markup or snooty salesman to make couples think their picks aren’t good enough.
When the company’s owner witnessed how hard it was for young couples to afford a beautiful engagement ring at high retail prices, especially after the economic decline in the late ’00s. He saw no need for couples to settle for a ring that was less than what they envisioned just due to budget constraints, so as a third-generation jewelry manufacturer, he took matters into his own hands.
JewelryBargain was born, as was its tag line of “Same Quality – Better Prices,” a slogan the company steadfastly stands by.
With a huge range of antique-styled reproductions, authentic vintage and estate rings, there is no shortage of unique, high-quality options to pick from. All of JewelryBargain’s pieces are made with the finest materials, because they believe that you should have the ring of your dreams without having to go into serious debt.
After all, you have a wedding and the rest of your life to budget for!
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I’m a total sucker for those “just because” gestures — and not just being on the receiving end of them. My husband is the very most fun person to surprise with little whimsies, whether it’s a photo book of our elopement or commissioning awesome family artwork. So when I found out about Lovebook and got the chance to create one just for him, I dove in head first. Because nothing makes happier than seeing my husband get misty over a gift I give him.
And guys, he was stupid excited about it.
The small hardcover book featured a little story of our stick figure alter egos that detailed many (but far from all) of the reasons why I love him … and was aptly titled “Everything’s Better With You.” Though I found the customization options a tad limited, I was able to create our likenesses enough that they bore enough of a resemblance to us — down to his side-part hair. Luckily, with stick figures, there isn’t much you can do in the way of effing up someone’s features, so you def. can’t offend them with your rendition of them. (My super non-artsy self sees this as a maj. bonus.)
If you’re lacking in overall creative juices, as I’ve been (apparently sleeplessness and infants go hand-in-hand), Lovebook has a huge variety of templates to choose from, which allows you to craft a cute story without having to wring your creativity dry. You can edit text and add images as you see fit or you can build the whole damn thing from scratch. I opted to add likenesses of our cats into a couple of the scenes, but otherwise went with prefabbed pages. Of course I toiled over what order to put them in, whether it was sweet enough or too cheesy, etc. I finally — realizing I’d have to just DO IT at some point — decided it was done and sent it off for printing. After a relatively quick turnaround — like a couple weeks, max! — it was in my mailbox and ready for my husband.
He loved it, and I love that he did.
We tend not to do things like celebrate Valentine’s Day or get overly standardly romantical, instead opting for fun and meaningful gifts at unexpected times, and my Lovebook creation was perfect for exactly this.
At around $40 for a 5.5″x8.5″ glossy hardcover, it’s a lasting gift that won’t break the bank and can be revisited often. I love this idea as a gift for your partner on your wedding day, for your anniversary or just because. I also think it would make for a fun present for a ring bearer or flower girl, and be something of a keepsake for those littlest wedding crew members.
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