In tough times, we appreciate that everybody has budgets to work with. But many people confuse having a budget with needing the cheapest engagement rings possible. Rather, it’s more important to set yourself a budget and then search for the absolute best you can afford. You don’t need to compromise on quality just because you have a spending limit. Firstly, a cheap price tag doesn’t always mean poor quality, just as an expensive ring isn’t guaranteed to be perfect. That’s why shopping around, doing your research and only dealing with master jewellers is so important. With the right kind of help, you can find the most beautiful engagement ring available within your budget. Here are a few reasons you should avoid focussing solely on engagement ring prices. Your engagement is special A marriage proposal is one of the most romantic things you’ll ever do. Even if your partner isn’t particularly into material things, that doesn’t mean she wants something cheap and tacky. The engagement ring is a symbol of your love and commitment to spending the rest of your life with someone. It’s a special moment, so don’t ruin it with an engagement ring you picked up at a budget jeweller. The cheapest engagement rings don’t last Ultimately, it comes down to quality. We mentioned that cheap doesn’t always mean bad and similarly expensive doesn’t always mean good. However, price is often a very good guide when it comes to choosing quality jewellery. The cheapest engagement rings are often made of sub-standard materials. It’s likely the stones (diamond rings or otherwise) aren’t of a high standard. Read more about the 4 C’s of diamond jewellery, so you know what to look for. You want an engagement ring to last a lifetime and beyond, so don’t settle for cheap, mass-produced rings that will deteriorate with time. The most important piece of jewellery you’ll buy Some would argue that the engagement ring is the most important ring you’ll buy. Of course, your wedding bands are also special. But the engagement ring represents romance, surprise and a pure sense of joy. In most cases, your loved one won’t be expecting it and the ring is a gesture of your love. Rather, wedding band selection is more of a combined task. You wouldn’t go cheap on other important purchases, so don’t make that mistake with your engagement ring either. Engagement rings should be treasured forever Finally, engagement rings are to be treasured. They often end up in a jewellery box or even displayed in the home. We can guarantee your loved one wants to look at it regularly, and cherish the ring for all it represents. You want them to remember how special they felt when you proposed, so don’t compromise on quality. Look for the best you can afford. More than just the cheapest engagement rings Here at Catanach’s Jewellers, we offer a premium jewellery service for all of your needs. We understand that the cheapest engagement rings aren’t always the best, because quality is paramount. For engagement rings your loved one will treasure forever, don’t compromise on quality. We’d love to hear from you, so contact us today and see how we can help!