Hi everyone, I'm new here and this may be a dumb question...
I am not in a traditional situation.
My fiancee is from a 3rd world country and said that engagement rings are not part of culture and she found it strange someone would buy an engagement ring, however we both agreed that since it's part of my culture I should get her something. I met her here (she is working here on a legal visa as a nanny) but we will be married in her country but live here.
Now here is the question: She said she'd let me buy her a ring if it cost NO more than $500. She wants me really to be paying off debt (car, 4 years left, motorcyle 4.5 years left) and saving for a house.
I really think $500 is an impossible budget. She likes yellow gold and doesn't like a big stone with prongs. The designs she pointed out were very very small stones in a circle on the band itself (isn't this more of a "wedding band" style than engagement?).
Considering I've never been married but am good at research (I'm here, aren't I?) what would you suggest ? I'd like to get something certified by one of the 2 big certification companies but have also ready here that stones under 1ct often don't have certificates.