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Insider Tips: How to Save Money on Your Engagement Ring Without Sacrificing Quality


Consider adding a frame of diamonds or a halo around your center stone to increase the apparent surface area of the ring.

When it comes to purchasing an engagement ring, finding the perfect balance between quality and affordability is crucial. Fortunately, there are several savvy strategies you can employ to lower the cost of your ring without compromising on its beauty or significance. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into a range of expert tips and insights to help you navigate the process of choosing an engagement ring that fits both your budget and your partner's style preferences.


  • Opt for a Slightly Smaller Center Stone: Instead of aiming for the exact carat weight, consider selecting a center stone that falls just below the next weight class. For example, choosing a 0.90 carat diamond instead of a 1.00 carat can result in significant cost savings without a noticeable difference in appearance.

  • Opt for Diamond Shapes that Create the Illusion of Size: When selecting a diamond, choose shapes that naturally appear larger on the finger. Round brilliant diamonds, for example, have a larger face compared to square cut stones, giving the impression of greater size. Alternatively, consider diamond shapes that provide more finger coverage, such as ovals, pears, or marquises. These elongated shapes can visually elongate the finger and create the illusion of a larger diamond presence.

  • Be Open to Lower Diamond Colour Grades: While colourless diamonds are highly prized, diamonds with slightly lower colour grades can offer excellent value for money. By choosing a diamond with a lower colour grade, you can achieve substantial cost savings without sacrificing visual appeal like when we selected this K colour diamond for a client's engagement ring.

  • Explore Alternative Gemstones: In addition to diamonds, there's a vast array of alternative gemstones available that offer unique beauty and charm at a fraction of the cost. Consider options such as sapphires, rubies, emeralds, or morganites, which come in a variety of colours and price points. Not only can these gemstones be more affordable than diamonds, but they also offer an opportunity to create a truly distinctive and personalised ring design.

  • Choose Forgiving Diamond Shapes and Settings: Certain diamond shapes, such as round brilliants, are more forgiving when it comes to concealing flaws or imperfections. By selecting a round brilliant with a larger carat size and a lower clarity grade, you can achieve a stunning appearance at a lower cost.

  • Enhance the Appearance with a Diamond Frame or Halo: Consider adding a frame of diamonds or a halo around your center stone to increase the apparent surface area of the ring by about one full carat. Opting for a double halo can further amplify this effect, making the diamond appear three or four times larger than its actual size.

  • Simplify the Design for Cost Savings: Minimise intricate details like milgrain or pavé settings to achieve significant cost savings without compromising on style or elegance. By opting for a simpler and more streamlined design, you can focus on the beauty of the center stone and create a timeless and sophisticated engagement ring that fits within your budget.

  • Opt for Settings with Fewer Accent Stones: The setting of your engagement ring plays a crucial role in its overall appearance and cost. Settings with fewer accent stones, such as solitaire or three-stone settings, tend to be more budget-friendly than designs with elaborate pavé or channel-set accents. By opting for a simpler setting, you can achieve a sleek and elegant look while keeping costs down.


With these expert tips in mind, you can confidently navigate the process of choosing an engagement ring that reflects your unique style and budget.


Embark on Your Unique Ring Journey with H. Sena

Empowering Your Ring Selection: Our commitment to authenticity, craftsmanship, and personalised service sets us apart.


  1. Dazzling Diamonds and Enchanting Coloured Gemstones: Elevate your ring with our exquisite, natural diamonds (white, yellow, pink diamonds) and untreated coloured gemstones (Burmese/Sri Lankan sapphires, Burmese Rubies, Colombian emeralds), expertly sourced and curated.

  2. Custom Craftsmanship: Tailor your dream ring with our bespoke services. Our Singapore-based craftsmen transforms ideas into one-of-a-kind handmade masterpieces, ensuring your love story shines through.

  3. Transparent Value: Enjoy the confidence of transparent pricing. Benefit from our direct relationships with suppliers, bypassing unnecessary mark-ups and securing fair pricing for your cherished piece.


Ready to Begin? Connect with H. Sena Today! Let our team guide you through the process. Your dream ring awaits – an embodiment of love, crafted with passion at H. Sena.

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