This is Part 4 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.


“Iolite Wavy” ring, 18K recycled gold, satin finish, cabochon iolite $1,100, Adel Chefridi

Photo: Courtesy of Adel Chefridi


“Clover Ring” with white sapphire center stone set in 18K rose gold, $1,150, Megan Thorne

Photo: Courtesy of Megan Thorne


“Fake Emerald Ring” sterling silver center stone and 14K gold setting, $713, Mociun

Photo: Courtesy of Mociun


Style AS5-515, “Ipanema” ring in 18kt gold, with diamonds and pink quartz, $860, Nanis Italian Jewels

Photo: Courtesy of Nanis Italian Jewels


“Irregular Pearl Ring,” 14K yellow gold band, $292, WWAKE

Photo: Courtesy of WWAKE


Style 1807463, 1/2 CT. T.W. Princess-Cut Diamond Twist Bridal Set in 14K White Gold, $1,339, Zales

Photo: Courtesy of Zales

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