Because you don’t have to spend a lot to get a pretty, sparkly diamond engagement ring…
It’s a well known fact that this generation, sometimes known as ‘Millennials’, are the first generation ever to be less wealthy than their predecessors. With serious college debt, less than rosy career prospects and higher costs of living, it’s no wonder young couples today are choosing cheaper engagement rings (and sometimes foregoing them entirely). But guess what? A cheaper engagement ring doesn’t mean a less beautiful one. Here are 10 designs we’ve spotted around the web for $1000 or less. Trust us, you’ll be surprised.
This ring by sculptor David Yurman is available with multiple different gemstones (including white topaz for a diamond effect) as the centrepiece, although we’re especially captivated by the black onyx version. It rocks a split shank twisted band and diamond halo, and prices start at $675. Pretty decent value for money if you ask us!
For those in search of something a little more traditional, this Brilliant Earth ring should tick all the right boxes. It’s $480 for the setting, leaving some wiggle room for a small diamond on top, and it presents a simple solitaire design set in white gold with a traditional prong setting.
This one was too cute not to include! It’s a steal at just $510, and the dainty little heart shaped diamond is guaranteed to win compliments. It sits in a bezel setting for a contemporary and secure finish, and it’s available in 18 karat white or yellow gold for a little extra. If your budget can stretch slightly further, a platinum version costs $1420.
$627.30 is just the setting price for this stunning ring, so a decent diamond will push the cost over $1000. But in this case, we think it’s worth it. This is a vintage inspired piece with two pave set diamonds as accent stones along with a milgrain edge. Beautiful.
Put a little colour into your life with this blue topaz marvel from James Allen. Ideal for the non traditional bride on a budget, it’s set in 18 karat yellow gold and gets a hit of glamour with a pave diamond band. A bezel setting will protect the topaz from harm.
We’re huge fans of opal. And we’re huge fans of rose gold. This gorgeous ring by Brilliant Earth has both, and it’s only $750! If you’re looking for something modern and unique but simple in style, we’ve found it. We’re seriously tempted to buy this right here, right now.