Take the stress out of ring shopping with the best affordable engagement rings. We get it, just the thought of asking the love of your life for their hand in marriage can feel overwhelming. The pressure of finding the perfect engagement ring only adds to the stress. Not only do you have to find one they’ll love wearing every day, but one that will last through each and every anniversary. The sheer enormity of it all can break you (and your bank account). Lucky for you this selection of the best affordable engagement rings are all under $500. Plus, we’ve tapped David Alan, a premier fine jewelry atelier in New York City (who happens to have designed customer rings for some of Hollywood’s hottest celebs and other VIPS over the years) for help. With Alan’s help, you’ll know the best stones to consider, and have insider tips and tricks so you can ring shop like a pro.
Natural Diamonds vs Simulated Diamonds
“When shopping for a diamond, many people become obsessed with the 4 C’s of diamond buying. Save money by purchasing a diamond with a lower ‘grade.’ For instance, a diamond with a lower color grade or with slight inclusions (clarity) may save you money without compromising on beauty,” advises Alan. But buying an engagement ring doesn’t mean that you have to buy natural diamonds. There are really affordable simulated diamonds (which are man-made diamonds created in a lab) on the market now that are oftentimes much more affordable (and still sparkle like the natural thing). Alan says you can “expect to pay about 95 percent less for cubic zirconia and 80 percent less for moissanite than natural diamonds.” Moissanite is especially popular for its durability and ranks a 9.25 on the Mohs scale. (Natural diamonds are the only mineral that ranks a perfect 10 for hardness on the Mohs mineral hardness scale.)
However, you don’t have to limit your shopping to mined and simulated diamonds. “Colored gemstones are a great way to get something nontraditional, show off personal style and save money!” Alan explains. “In fact, sapphires are one of our favorite colored gemstones for engagement rings. Plus, sapphires are available in a wide and gorgeous range of colors too.” Whether you choose an emerald, morganite, or sapphire center stone, these colored gemstones can be much more affordable and still make stunning engagement rings.
Regardless of which stone you want to get down on one knee with, we’ve got the best affordable engagement ring options below — with even more advice from David Alan about getting the biggest bang for your engagement buck. Now go get ’em tiger!
Best Affordable Engagement Rings Under $500
“Beautiful ring,” gushes one Amazon customer. “Looks just like a real diamond! My wife-to-be could not be happier.” This ring is affordable perfection! The 14 carat, solid white gold ring securely holds the sparkling one carat simulated diamond in its sturdy four prong setting. Tell them how special your love is with this uniquely elegant setting of pave diamonds that twists between the solid white gold band.
Ice their fingers with the real thing. This classic princess cut engagement ring is set with a whopping 22 natural diamonds along with a stunning 1/2 carat diamond centerstone. The channel set diamond band features a unique four prong setting that features a bezel set diamond on the exterior for sparkles from every angle. One happy Amazon customer reviews, “Real diamonds and white gold at a Cubic Zirconia price. Very happy!”
“Exactly what my now fiancée wanted! Every person is blown away by the ring, it’s unique and beautiful just like the girl who wears it!” raved one happy customer. Surrounded by Simulated diamonds, the 5.7 mm oval lab-made emerald makes a stunning center in the sunburst style art deco ring. Besides the breathtaking design, this art deco masterpiece sports a comfort band for easy all-the-time wear.
Best Affordable Simulated Diamond Engagement Rings
“I love this ring! It looks amazing. Not too big to be unbelievable, but large enough to get compliments,” one Amazon customer gushes. This classic engagement ring features a stunning 1.25 carat princess cut cubic zirconia with two ¼ carat stones flanking each side. Available in solid 14 carat white or yellow gold, this high quality simulated diamond ring sparkles like the real thing.
The forever quality craftsmanship of the DovEggs two piece sterling silver engagement set sparkles like the real thing but is made of premium G-H-I color moissanite stone. The halo set cushion cut ring sets itself apart with a unique pave split shank that entwines seamlessly with the included pave wedding band. One happy Amazon customer reviews, “this stunning moissanite bridal set is affordable, yet as beautiful as a diamond set costing $25,000 or more. The center stone is brighter than my real diamond, full of sparkle and fire, and the color is perfect.”
When creating custom jewelry for his VIP clientele, David Alan makes sure “every piece is designed to have a beautiful aesthetic from every angle, including the back and even inside.” Which is why we love this 18 carat rose gold ring from Stella Grace at Kohls so much. It provides the same 360 degree sparkle that Alan designs, but without the made to order price tag.
Give them timeless sophistication with a round cut cubic zirconia ring set inside two rows of round cut stones for a total of 1.5 carats of sparkling simulated diamonds. “Great ring for a great price,” reviews an Amazon customer. “I proposed to my now-wife with this ring and she absolutely loves it. The ring is stunning!” Not only is this gorgeous ring made of genuine 14 carat gold, but comes with a 30 day no questions asked return policy.
Nothing is more romantic than this vintage sunburst engagement ring from Dream Craft Jewelry. The handcrafted art deco stunner in made in Los Angeles California out of Moissanite in a 14 or 18 carat gold (rose, white, or yellow) setting. Want to really melt their heart? Personalize this one of a kind ring with an engraving on the band.
Best Affordable Diamond Engagement Rings
Add extra sparkle to their finger when you pop the question with this diamond engagement ring from SK Jewels. When considering a setting, “adding a halo will always make your center stone look larger” advises David Alan (NYC based premier jeweler to the stars). The .30 carat center stone shines in a stunning halo setting that showcases 33 sparkling white diamonds. One Amazon customer reviews, “This ring is beautiful! It is made well and I can’t stop looking at it. Simply stunning.” A beautiful ring at an amazing price!
David Alan always recommends that “adding side stones to a ring (to make a three stone ring) will create a ring with a bigger overall impact.” And that is exactly what you get with this This brilliant cut diamond engagement ring sports three near colorless diamonds totaling .5 carats. The high quality genuine diamond ring is available in solid or two tone gold settings. Choose the combination or color that is perfect for your one and only whether it be rose, yellow, white gold or the perfect combination of any two. One Amazon customer reviews, “she said yes! She LOVES it and the diamonds sparkle like stars! It’s absolutely beautiful.”
Perfect for the cool and trendy, this Kendra Scott Wave ring is the pinnacle of understated modern style. The yellow gold band features delicate 14k gold studs flanking a bezel set diamond. Made to stack (Ahem wedding or anniversary bands would be great) or to wear alone, you can feel good about giving your love this conflict free diamond ring from Kendra Scott.
Let your love shine with the dazzling diamond pave engagement set. The conflict free diamond ring features a half carat of natural round diamonds expertly designed that will dazzle (ha, get it?) on your engagement, on your wedding day, and everyday after. “The ring is gorgeous. It’s bling on a budget and I’m happy I chose this ring.” reviews one Amazon customer. The included matching band perfectly hugs the engagement ring to create an unforgettable look perfect for any bride-to-be.
Your future fiancée glow in this natural diamond cluster ring. The unique pearl shaped engagement ring is perfectly elegant for special occasions, but petite enough to wear everyday. They won’t want to take off this stunning, half carat ring. A customer on Overstock.com reviews, “Bought for my fiancé, I know she will love it, looks like a million dollar ring.”
Best Affordable Gemstone Engagement Rings
If you are looking for a real show stopper then look no further. The lust-worthy five carat canary yellow, cushion cut simulated diamond engagement ring is handmade in the Midwest by Michigan-based Infinity Jewelers USA. Two round cubic zirconia skirt the elongated cushion cut gem on a 14k white gold setting to create a truly magnificent piece of art to pop the big question with.
For those obsessed with color pink (we’re talking pink car, pink home decor, etc.), this pastel pink morganite ring features a split shank for a graceful yet modern look. The semi-customizable ring features an oval solitaire set stone flanked by a trio of shimmering diamonds. Choose which metal, stone size, and grade of morganite to create the perfect ring for your unforgettable moment. If you select certain options, you can get it for as low as $279!
Pop the questions with an engagement ring as unique as your love. The stunning three gemstone engagement ring features an oval sky blue aquamarine center stone hugged by two white topazes. The sophisticated ring is crafted out of 10 carat white gold and features micro diamonds on the band for added bling to this show stopping band.
We already know that Sapphires are one of David Alan’s go-to gemstones when creating unforgettable custom rings. This is because sapphires are rated a 9 on the Moh’s scale, making them an incredibly durable option for everyday wear – which is exactly what you are looking for in an engagement ring. The cushion cut stone is embraced in a modern halo diamond setting creating this simple but absolutely stunning engagement ring they won’t be able to refuse.
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