By now, just about everyone has had their say on the U.S. economy.
For many people, their daily lives have turned into a game of survival, living paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet. That being said, it does not mean that consumers cannot enjoy some of the natural things in life.
For women, that oftentimes includes wearing nice jewelry. But what’s a woman to do if she or her significant other has trouble affording an expensive and attractive ring, be it for an engagement, wedding, or just for the heck of it?
If you find yourself or someone you know in that situation, there are affordable alternatives to be had, be they in a jewelry shop or shopping online.
With that in mind, what are some of the benefits to paying less for a ring in today’s market? Among the advantages:
- A cheaper ring is less likely to be locked away in a vault for safekeeping, meaning it will get more wear;
- One doesn’t have to put several paychecks away in order to find a ring that a woman likes;
- Even if it is not the most expensive ring, it is the thought behind it that counts;
- Discounted rings can be both elegant and unique, providing happiness for the individual wearing it.
With those tips in mind, how can a man and/or woman go about shopping for an affordable ring when money is tight?
The first step is to think smaller is bigger, meaning it is the thought behind these rings in the first place.
Keep in mind that a smaller carat ring can set off the stones just as nicely as one in a larger size. Also note that the gem stone takes on its life in tandem with a 10k gold ring setting for example, so pay particular attention to the gem.
Another way to save some cash is going for a ring that offers synthetic stones. These stones can make a great alternative to the diamonds and other costly precious stones that come with many rings.
Whether you are looking for a wedding ring, engagement ring or just a ring for yourself, you will find a variety of affordable rings in large quantities on the market. The key is locating a retailer that you can buy from without concerns of getting taken for a ride, meaning the metal and gemstone quality is of the utmost importance.
When it comes to saving money, remember that online jewelry shops have sizable collections of inexpensive rings, due to the low selling expenses. At the time a jewelry manufacturer sells their items straight to the consumer, they only charge their portion of expenses, meaning the consumer does not pay for marketing and retail charges.
Secondly, always look at the customer service history and return policies of any company you purchase a ring from.
A good way to do this is to get recommendations from family, friends and co-workers. You can also go online and research the jeweler you are considering doing business with. If you come across a fair amount of complaints from other consumers, think twice about doing business with this jeweler. One or two complaints can just be sour grapes, dozens of complaints can certainly point to a problem.
Finally, consider the possibility that a family ring will be passed down for a special lady to wear.
It is not uncommon for generations of women to set aside a cherished ring for a daughter, granddaughter, niece etc. Not only is this one means to save on buying an expensive ring, but the thought and staying in touch with a dear relative oftentimes means more than the money saved on a new ring purchase.
Even if you cannot afford the ring you really want at this time due to the tough economy, you can still ring-in savings with jewelry that will suit you just fine.
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