Note: Average Cost is based on the spending of couples recently married not wedding vendor prices. This includes all types of weddings, event locations, purchases of both new and pre-owned items and purchases of services from professionals, someone that simply provides the service, or a hired family member or friend. Spending and prices can vary widely.
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For any ring with precious stones and precious metals, prices naturally elevate depending upon the 4Cs, and certain ring styles ' including ring styles that are trendy right now ' maybe priced higher. You're always going to pay more for the finer quality rings with top-tier metals and perfect or near-perfect stones. It's about the quality of the stone, and the time, tools and artistry needed to create the ring.
Surprisingly, fancy shaped diamonds (all diamond shapes other than round) will cost less than the traditional rounds. Blue Nile says that rounds are the most in-demand, so they command higher prices, while fancies can cost 25% less.' Some fancy-cut diamonds include the most popular princess-cut and cushion-cut, as well as radiant-cut, emerald-cut, Asscher-cut and heart-shaped.
While there are some choices to bring down costs, such as sterling silver being less expensive than platinum, savings are still measured in the high cost of an engagement ring overall. The same goes for ring size, weight, color, and other characteristics that bring it as close to perfect as possible. It's those perfect stones formed in nature, so difficult to find, that will obviously cost the most, with the cost of mining, forming the stones, fine-tuning, crafting and delivering that also packs on the dollar signs. You may opt to pay more for an ethically-mined stone, avoiding blood diamonds and other stones sourced from conflict areas, so that your ring isn't a symbol of hardship or strife, nor damage to the earth.
This ring is a symbol, a promise, a treasure on your hand. Its meaning adds to its value, and whenever there's a big emotional weight to an item, costs will rise as well. You'll wear this ring always, as a daily reminder of your commitment, as well as of your wedding, and its meaning can't be put into dollar signs.