Valentine’s Day, birthdays, and anniversaries are a budget nightmare for husbands and boyfriends everywhere. Even though we can’t always afford it, we try so hard to find the best diamond out there to reaffirm how much we love our SOs (and, perhaps, deflect the suspicion we waited till the last minute to do so). It’s sweet and loving, but if you aren’t careful, it can end up costing you an entire paycheck.
Believe it or not, there are ways you can get beautiful jewelry on the cheap AND have it mean a whole bunch more. Here are some suggestions for purchasing jewelry without breaking the bank…
Tips for Buying Jewelry on a Budget:
1. Buy Online
There are a ton of great online jewelry stores that sell absolutely gorgeous gems for a fraction of the price you’ll find in physical stores. Granted, they won’t have the brand names attached to them (you didn’t “go to Jared”), but they will be equally beautiful, and you won’t have to worry about mortgaging your home! The big name brand stores markup jewelry so much that it really is pure folly buying from there; they are simply preying on the weak and uninformed. Buy online, and you will be much better off!
2. Don’t get Diamonds
The much publicized idea that diamonds are artificially expensive is, regardless of your political leanings, very, very true. This means you are spending a ton of money on a stone that really isn’t as amazing as it seems. So, why not get a stone that your girlfriend/wife/lady friend might actually like? Keep her favorite color in mind, choose nicer designed metals instead of bigger jewels, and take aesthetics into account before anything else. You can even base your purchase on a significant event in your lives (i.e. get an emerald or ruby signifying your trip to the Red Woods, or something to that effect). All of this can make your jewelry purchase a much more significant and meaningful event than buying an overpriced diamond. You’ll look like a thoughtful partner, and you’ll save some money too!
3. Go Imitation
Alright alright, we know what you’re thinking, imitation might seem cheesy. However, if you can’t afford the real stuff, and you follow the previous tips, imitation jewelry can be just as lovely of a gift. Buy from a nice brand, and it’s even better. It looks beautiful, and if you attach a special meaning to it, it can be a good way of warding off bankruptcy.
Just remember, in the end it’s the thought that counts…(just don’t think too little).
Author: Tyler Fleck is a blog guru who has had his work posted all over the net, including a piece on www.TheAtlantic.com. As for his sponsor, today’s blog is written on the behalf of Best Cut Gems! Visit their site to find the best initial pendent jewelry around.