The locals in Grenada call an engagement ring a “married ring.” It’s really cute. The kids here always ask to see my married ring, and on the rare occasion when I get my nails done, the ladies in the salon always seem to ask me about it too. I love it because it was an affordable engagement ring that’s unique because it has two stones, and it belonged to my great-grandmother.
When I think back to the day the hubs proposed, I think about how lucky I am to have had such a special heirloom in the family. My great grandmother received the ring as a gift on an anniversary. She was married over 50 years! She then gave it to my grandmother when she died who gave it to my mom who gave it to me.
My great grandmother wore the ring so much she actually cracked a diamond. My mom later replaced the diamond, and then the hubs replaced the entire band with one that was shiny and new. Essentially, my ring has many different parts contributed by different people.
Affordable Engagement Rings
I always wanted a ring that was really unique, and for us, refurbishing an antique ring was the best option. Being a bit of a history nerd, I love that my ring is pushing 100 years, and it’s fun to share how many women have worn it whenever someone asks me about it. It was affordable, of course, because it was passed down through my family. I’m not sure how much the hubs invested in refurbishing it since it was a gift, but my guess is a few hundred dollars.
I’m a firm believer that affordable engagement rings are just as beautiful as any other ring! It’s the relationship that’s most important, after all, not how big your diamond is.
Options For Engagement Rings
Wearing a family ring is a great way to save money on engagement rings. If you have one but you’d rather a different stone, you can always sell the diamond and replace it with a sapphire, an emerald, or any other stone. Or, if you love the antique look but don’t have a ring in the family, you can always go to estate sales and bid on one. Typically estate sales get diamond rings appraised and certified before putting them up for auction. You can also wait for a sale at a particular jewelry store, save up for one ahead of time, or purchase something small within your means now and upgrade it 10 years down the road.
If you want to see mine, I included a picture below:
Isn’t it unique?
So, now it’s your turn: Do you wear a family ring or one with a unique look or stone? Did you pick it out or did your spouse? Gentlemen, how did you save up for a ring? Did you have a budget in mind beforehand? Spill it!