This is Part 3 of our series of articles entitled “Engagement-Worthy Rings Under $1,500″.
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but they can also be your bank account’s worst enemy. If you’re shopping for an engagement ring on a budget, you may have to think a bit more outside of the box. Carat size, clarity, and setting all hike up an engagement ring’s price, makingyour dream gem a very serious investment. Try swapping out a diamond for a gemstone (colorful engagement rings are very on-trend) or opt for a mock gem made of metal (like an emerald-cut sterling silver center stone). Pick from a variety of gold settings instead of platinum, and choose something with an interesting design rather than a large stone size. Hint: if you’re set on a white diamond but don’t have the dough, a white sapphire is a significantly less expensive—and equally eye-catching!—option.
Just because you want something beautiful, doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. From a claw-set sapphire by Lauren Wolf to an Anna Sheffield quartz ring flanked with champagne diamonds (as can be seen below), there are many ways to signify a lifelong commitment without going in the red.
We found an array of affordable and unique rings that are as budget-friendly as they are stunning.
“Sapphire Cluster Ring,” 18K recycled gold, satin finish, $950, Adel Chefridi
Photo: Courtesy of Adel Chefridi
“Atreyu” black diamond ring, $1,180, Digby & Iona
Photo: Courtesy of Digby & Iona
Photo: Courtesy of Forevermark
Style R926, lavender amethyst with diamonds in 14K rose gold, $1370, Jane Taylor Rosebud
Photo: Courtesy of Jane Taylor Rosebud
Style LEF076.5, oval sapphire with diamond halo set in 14kt white gold, suggested retail price $1,500, Leo Ingwer
Photo: Courtesy of Leo Ingwer
Eleanore Onyx Ring,” sterling silver ring with inverted onyx center and champagne diamond band accent, $600, Anna Sheffield