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 want to talk a little about our broke-ass approach to our engagement. Ever since I saw the movie “Blood Diamond” in 2006, I decided that I wanted an engagement ring with an ethically sourced stone. Mind you, i was 19 and single at the time, so my thought process pretty much stopped there. Flash forward nine years, Evan and I had been living together for a while and we had began to discuss marriage, so I began to explore my thoughts on sparkly rocks a little bit more. I was happy to find that there were lots of alternative gems out there, thanks to articles like this. For me, even without ethical concerns, I just didn’t see the appeal of a diamond. I had never owned diamond jewelry before and never felt that I was missing out. Knowing that if I chose a different stone, I could spend a lot less money and still get a pretty and meaningful ring, well, it, to me it just seemed like an obvious choice. That is what my partner and I chose based on our values, as everyone should do for themselves! Some people don’t even do engagement rings at all, and that’s great too! Do you! I just think it’s important that we are given the capacity to make an informed choice — to know that diamonds aren’t the only possibility, and that how much money your partner spends on a ring doesn’t indicate a direct correlation to how much your partner loves you. Forget that!
Plus, the idea behind moissanite is SO cool to me. Being a huge sci-fi nerd, having a gem that’s synthesized based on particles FROM SPACE is pretty freaking cool. So, I told Evan that’s what I wanted. He picked out an absolutely beautiful gem for a very reasonable amount, and we saved the rest to furnish our new apartment without going into debt. Nobody has been able to tell that my ring was not a diamond based on how it looks, but I’ve also been very open about it — my intention was never to fool anyone into thinking my fiance dropped stacks on my engagement ring. I’m happy to report that not a single person has judged me for it (I wouldn’t stand for it if they did, obviously), and two of my friends were so taken by the idea they asked their significant others for moissanite rings when they pop the question.
Oh, right — maybe you want to see it.
Do you have a story behind the ring that you and your partner chose? I’d love to hear it!