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How Much do Engagement Rings Actually Cost?

Engagement Ring When a new couple is looking to get engaged, buying that engagement ring can be pretty daunting. Unless the couple comes from a family of Jewelers or are somehow super up to date on how much a diamond is going for these days, it can be hard to know how much money will equal what size diamond. Looking online at Pinterest can be deceptive and even looking online at jeweler stores can be misleading because you are not really going to get a real feel for the ring to price ratio. Your best bet is really going to be going into Jewelers and seeing what is out there, but again, that can be a little nerve racking and time consuming, while also leaving that question of is there something better somewhere else? Especially if you are not shopping together and the asker is trying to find that perfect ring on his/her own. So, after a quick survey and a little bit of digging, here is some info on what real wedding rings costs for real people (ie. We can't compare to celebrities or people with a disposable income because a Million dollar ring is not often realistic...not that celebrities and uber rich people are not real people too). To start: In the article "How Much Should an Engament Ring Cost?" in Women's Health Magazine published in February of this year, it states, "The average price tag for an engagement ring is $2,311, according to new data from American Express Spending & Savings Tracker. Of course, not everyone drops that amount on the rock. In this survey of over 1,500 adults, 25 percent of people said it was appropriate to spend between $2,000 and $4,999." But, with nontraditional ring styles becoming increasingly popular, this number can be dropped significantly lower. If your heart is set on a diamond ring, know that it is the diamond that is going to determine the price of your ring, and the bigger the diamond, the bigger the cost.  The only way to have a large diamond at a cheaper price is if you sacrifice cut, color, or clarity. In the article, "The New Rules to of the Engagement Ring" on Askmen.com it states "According to Philip York, one of GIA’s diamond experts, the importance of each C will depend on the person and their preferences. For instance, "Do they like a lot of brightness or some fire (the rainbow of colors caused by dispersion)?" he asks. If that’s the case, focus on the diamond’s cut more than, say, its size. And if size is what’s most important to you or your bride-to-be, then depending on your budget you may have to sacrifice on cut, color or clarity" So a HUGE factor in how much an engagement ring will cost is dependent on who the ring is being bought for and what her preferences are going to be. If you are trying to surprise you soon to be fiance with the proposal and don't want to involve her in the purchase, but also don't know her preferences, then try asking her best friend. Chances are she has told her exactly what she wants for that special day when you come asking around. Real Rings from Real Brides Engagement Ring Cost This engagement ring is from Jared's Galleria of Jewelry for $1500. With the wedding band and everything said and done, the total came out to $3000. Recommendation from the bride: "If you want a wedding band, try to buy them as a set because they can sometimes be cheaper together." Engagement Ring PriceThis gorgeous ring is from Pasha Jewlers in Orange, Ca. Originally priced close to $5,000 they were able to get it for $2,000 because they were paying in cash. Tip: Don't be afraid to try and negotiate and ask about upcoming sales. This is a big purchase! Wedding Ring CostFor $2,500 this bride was able to get two wedding bands and a 1/4th carat center stone from Fred Meyer. From the bride: "It was more important for me to have my ring be super sparkly, so instead of a large center stone I went with the double halo and all diamonds on the side." Affordable Engagement RingsThis oval cut gold wedding ring is beautiful and the right amount of dainty. It's center stone is .6 carats and cost $2000. Something to learn from the bride for those looking for a center stone that at least looks large in size: "The oval cut actually makes it look bigger than it is", so be sure to keep in mind the cut of your diamond when figuring out your priorities.      

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Finding your Man an Engagement Ring

With the rise of female empowerment comes the erasing of some wedding traditions (which one of you would be okay with a dowry?) and the rise of some new ones (such as rockin' short, colorful wedding dresses). One of these new traditions is the male engagement ring. These bands fit the same purpose as the traditional female symbol of promise and commitment, but they usually come a few sizes bigger. Of course, not many men are lining up for the thin silver band with a trio of pear-cut diamonds. So what exactly should future spouses be looking for in this masculine new tradition?   First, it's important to think about how your man's ring will look beside the wedding band. If you're going for a simple silver or gold style, find something that compliments it without overwhelming it. Consider:   Wood Inlay: These bands come in a variety of styles, but keep in mind you man's look. They range from thick bands of deep, rich mahogany to thin strips of lighter woods (such as walnut). Woods can also be dyed to different colors. The nice thing about this style is that they are often easy to clean, and the wood can be swapped out for different colors or styles if they become worn. Interesting Materials: One of my favorite materials for male engagement rings is also one of the most expensive: meteorite. Meteorite is beautiful and intricate, and not many men can say that they're wearing something extraterrestrial on their wedding day. These rings can be solid or inlayed into other material. For other materials, think about getting something tough and durable, such as titanium.   Outside Engraving: Couples have been engraving sweet words on the insides of their wedding rings since the dawn of time, but do something a little different for your man: engrave something meaningful on the outside of the ring. The engraving can be as complex or as simple as you like, and can range from an inside joke to the centuries-old motto of his family. Your creativity is your only limitation. Geek-Friendly Styles: If you're lucky enough to be marrying a fan of the Lord of the Rings, he won't be looking down on you for finding him an imitation of the One Ring for his engagement band. In fact, I'm pretty sure it ensures the lasting bond of your union. The same goes for rings molded from Lego pieces. Your rings, just like the rest of your wedding, should be an expression of your identity as a couple. So have fun with it!
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