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ebay.

Yes, I am going to say that again. ebay.

Now I am going to do you one better. Actually, 2 better. My engagement ring, my wedding band, and Brandon’s wedding band, were all from ebay.

Brandon told me (after I already said yes!) where my ring was from. Some girls, I know, would have been disappointed. Not this girl. I was impressed. I actually would have been upset f he spent a bunch of money on a ring; I wanted something nice, but simple. I wanted to be able to wear it to work, in the kitchen, even camping. I wanted a simple stone, with a more interesting band. We did not go looking at rings or anything together, yet somehow, he picked out the perfect ring.

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Now, I do not know the seller or anything, but this is my ring, just days after I said “Yes!” We were vacationing in Mexico, so I took pictures of the ring all over the resort. This one was my favorite – in the folds of a beach towel! I loved the ring. I still do. And I do not care at all where it came from. But if Brandon had spent tons of money on it, I would have been upset; we live our lives on a fairly tight budget, and I would have felt guilty walking around with the equivalent of our grocery budget on a finger.

Shortly after getting engaged, we went to a friend’s wedding, where he told us that he lucked out on a tungsten wedding band for himself on ebay. Brandon liked the idea, since he is not a huge fan of a jewelry, and wanted a super simple band. He could not see spending a bunch of money on it. So our plan was to look in stores for my band, and order his.

Well, that lasted until we actually went to look in stores. Bands started at $300 – for something I wanted, you could go well over $1000 easily. So, Brandon convinced me to look online.

So here we go…

This was similar to a ring he saw in a store that he liked for his band, for over $500.

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from ebay seller real_tungsten.              Brandon’s band.

 

This is an authentic tungsten band.  You will not BELIEVE what we paid for it.

Wait for it…

This band was $17.18, Canadian. With shipping, it was barely over $20.

I want to say that again. $20!!! Honestly, if it ends up being poor quality and we have to replace it, we will spend another $20. But it came and we are super happy with it so far.

This is the ring I ended up loving:

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from ebay seller devco12

 

The retail price tag is $899 for this ring. I paid $175 (approximately, including shipping), for a white gold ring with 26 mini diamonds. Again, I was SO happy when it came. It looks like great quality, especially for the price, and I cannot wait to see the way in sparkles in the Caribbean sunshine!

If you are thinking about ordering your ring from ebay, here are some recommendations:

First of all, ask couples you know who have been married for years if they wear their rings every day. Neither of our parents wear their rings everyday. My grandmother wears hers everyday, but she is actually on her third band; turns out, after over 65 years, rings go missing, get thin, lose diamonds, and generally just get replaced.

Look at your lifestyle and job. I would be nervous walking around with a huge rock on my hand. I am clumsy and forgetful. I spend time in sweats marking papers, building campfires, shoveling snow, cleaning out backstage props, cooking with a large group of teenagers, going to movie theatres, playing with my dog, crafting and painting… and I want to be able to wear my ring(s) through all of that, and be totally comfortable doing so.

Weigh your priorities, and look at the jewelry you already wear. I wear a lot of jewelry; costume jewelry and handmade items mostly. I have a set of pearls I love, also bought on extreme sale. A giant ring would look out of place with my other jewelry. And quite frankly, jewelry like that is simply not a priority for me. Brandon and I agreed that one day I would maybe get a family ring, or an anniversary band, so I may not be wearing my rings then all the time anyway.

Limit your searches. Because of concerns with the way certain things are manufactured in certain countries, we limited our searches to rings from Canada and the United States. We also limited our ring search to never-worn, new items, with tags, from reputable companies with high levels of customer satisfaction. Finally, what sold me on my ring is that it guarantees the use of natural, non-conflict diamonds. I would love Canadian diamonds, but even on ebay that was way out of my budget.

Though I was cautious at first, I am SO happy with our decision to buy our rings the way we did. I love all three of them.

Would you consider buying your ring(s) on ebay?

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About Krysta

Krysta is a 28-year-old teacher living in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. When she is not planning or marking essays and poetry, she loves reading, watching tv and movies, crafting, hanging out with her pets, and of course, her fiancé. She is planning a destination wedding for July 18, 2013 in the beautiful Dominican Republic.

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  • Terri

    I love this post!! Though I didn’t get my rings online, I can totally relate to this post. Although, I loved my engagement ring I was so upset with him at first for spending a lot of money on my ring. But before I could say anything, he said, “Terri, I know what you are thinking and you don’t have to say it. I had a coupon for the rings and they were on clearance.) I was so proud of him and couldn’t help but laugh because he knows me too well!

  • http://www.thebudgetsavvybride.com/author/denise Denise

    Our first bands that we bouth were tungsten,and paid around ~$20 for each, and I think they look great!

    Then I heard that they can’t be resized and if you can’t get it off, you need to have it *broken* off, and I got scared. I still think they look great and think they are a great option for others, but it just wasn’t for us.

    The rings we are going to exchange are a basic 3mm 10k band on tax-free weekend at an outlet for ~$90, and my favorite gentleman drastically overspent on a Stainless Steel band that he fell in love with and just *needed* it to be his wedding band… still affordable though at $110.

  • http://www.thebudgetsavvybride.com/author/denise Denise

    *meant to say *bought*, not *bouth* and couldn’t edit it!

  • Krisstin

    Such a great post and advice! My mom wore her grandmother’s ring until their 25th anniversary when she finally got a new one.

  • Jacqueline

    This is great! That would totally be my reaction to a ring from e-bay, too! And love the fact that you found a non-conflict one.