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How to Buy an Engagement Ring Cheap | Virginia Beach

You might have seen our TV commercials or read about us online and found out that you can buy cheap engagement rings at Hilltop Pawn in Virginia Beach. If it's your first time shopping for affordable engagement rings, however, you might still need a little help. Shopping for inexpensive engagement rings is actually very easy if you let us guide you, and our in-house jewelry experts will help you with each step. Just follow our tips for shopping for cheap diamond rings, and you're sure to find a stunning ring that is the perfect option, all without going over your price range.



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Where to Buy an Engagement Ring Cheap: Hilltop Pawn Shop & Jewelry

Finding the right place to buy an engagement ring cheap is your first step. Drive right past the mall jewelry stores if you're hoping to get a fair price. For most of these stores, their goal is to make as much money as possible. They might sell you a beautiful ring, but you'll likely pay handsomely for it. In fact, the high prices at these stores can be quite shocking, even to us, and we've been dealing with jewelry for decades!


On the other hand, at Hilltop Pawn Shop & Jewelry, you can often literally find the exact same ring that you saw at the mall, but with a price tag that is half of what the new jewelry stores are charging. There's simply no reason to pay twice as much for the same ring!

Plus, if you're looking for unique engagement rings, we are the right place. We do have many of the same looks and brands that you've seen at the mall, but some of our customers are interested in more alternative engagement rings. You might like the idea of legitimate vintage engagement rings instead of a new and popular style that is on seemingly everyone's fingers. In addition to having contemporary pieces from top designers, we always have a nice inventory of antique and vintage rings, as well as other unique styles.

​We're also a family-owned business with helpful customer service staff who are true jewelry experts and enthusiasts. Of course, if you'd rather just browse our wide selection on your own, that's no problem. But if you have questions or need some guidance in comparing diamond shapes or otherwise picking out your dream ring, we'd be happy to help. You can enjoy the personalized experience that you deserve while you're shopping for a high quality ring at an affordable price point.


How to Choose a More Affordable Engagement Ring?

In addition to shopping in the right place, there are other simple things you can do when shopping for affordable discount engagement rings. One trick that we love to tell people is the option to buy a halo engagement ring instead of one of the solitaire settings, at least if you want your ring to look bigger than it really is. Solitaire engagement rings are a classic, traditional choice, and they can look quite classy. However, if you choose a cheaper solitaire with a smaller diamond, they can look a little on the small side. Going with a ring with a smaller center stone but a lovely halo of small diamonds around that stone is a great trick. Your ring will look much bigger and more glamorous than it is, but since the carat weight of the diamonds isn't too high, you'll often save a ton of money.

Another trick is to take a look at some of the cheaper diamond cuts. The round diamond cut engagement ring is the most popular in the world, but it's also the most expensive, and it's far from your only option. Stone shape does matter and heavily impacts pricing. You may want to at least look at something like an emerald cut engagement ring. This cut is much more affordable, and as an added bonus, it can look quite a bit bigger than it is because of its shape.

You can also compare your metal options if you'd like to keep your costs down. Many people prefer a gold engagement ring, whether it's yellow gold, white gold, or rose gold. However, going with a lower gold purity -- such as 10K or 14K gold instead of 18K gold -- can save you quite a bit. Plus, these rings are actually more durable, too, making them a great choice, particularly if you're hard on your hands.


These are just a few ways you can save money on your ring while still buying a gorgeous piece that truly captures your love story. If you come in, we can check your ring size and start recommending affordable engagement rings that fit beautifully in your budget.

How to Pay for Your Cheap Engagement Ring

Even if you're able to find an engagement ring or bridal set for a great price, you could be wondering if there is anything you can do to make the affordable rings even easier to buy. If you shop at Hilltop Pawn Shop & Jewelry, we actually make that very easy for you!


For one thing, if you shop well in advance, you can consider putting the show-stopping ring on layaway. This is the best option if you'd like a little more time to pay for the ring, and if you'd like to pay in smaller payments, all without having to apply for a credit card or some other type of financing. Another option is to bring in your unwanted jewelry to trade in toward your ring, or to take out a pawn loan on an item of value. Talk to us about these options, and we'll help you choose the right one for you!

Are you ready to find the perfect engagement ring for a fraction of the price? Let us help. We always have great rings at great prices here at Hilltop Pawn Shop & Jewelry, and in addition to shopping for diamond engagement rings, you can shop for your wedding band here, too!

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