If you’re thinking about popping the question, there’s no doubt you’ve got a lot running through your mind. One of those, of course, is certainly your budget for the engagement ring. Everybody has different ideas about what they should spend, and certainly what they can afford to spend. You also know the upcoming wedding is also going to be pricey, and this can possibly influence your engagement ring spending. However, if you’re considering a cheap engagement ring, there’s a few things you should be aware of. Not everybody can afford to spend thousands on a ring, but even if you’re on a budget, you can still be wary of these pitfalls. Lower quality materials Generally, an engagement ring’s price is a good indicator of the quality of materials used. By the same token, you’ll need to be prepared to pay if you want the very best materials. All rings are different, but the two main components are usually the metal for the band and casing, and the stone itself. In each case, if you’re getting a cheap engagement ring, the metals and stones likely won’t be top of the range. A cheap engagement ring might not last Ultimately, you want an engagement ring to last, so that’s why you should consider spending a little more for quality. Your loved one will treasure their engagement ring forever, so it’s natural that you want it made to last. With cheaper materials and less care in how a ring is made, you may not find the longevity you’re after. More regular cleaning and maintenance required With lower quality materials also comes the need for more regular cleaning. Cheap engagement rings made from lower quality metals will need regular polishing to keep them looking great, because they can be scuffed and scratched easily. The same goes for the stone setting itself, as parts can become loose over time and need tightening. Generic rings aren’t as special Finally, your engagement should be a special occasion. Generic, off-the-shelf ring solutions aren’t unique, and therefore aren’t as special. If you really want to show your loved one how much they mean to you, don’t buy a ring that several other people might have. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg, but you might consider custom jewellery. Master jewellers offer a bespoke jewellery service, for something that’s truly unique. All you need to do is book an appointment, and discuss your ideas. This is a terrific option because it lets you incorporate your loved one’s favourite stones, styles and metal preferences. More than just the cheapest engagement rings Here at Catanach’s Jewellers, we offer a premium jewellery service for all of your needs. We don’t won’t to sell you a cheap engagement ring that won’t last, because you deserve the best. Don’t compromise on quality, because your engagement ring should be cherished forever. For specialist custom jewellery, contact us today and see how we can help!