Affordable Engagement Rings
An engagement ring is one of life’s most significant purchases—in more ways than one! At Brilliant Earth, we understand that an engagement ring is a monumental gift, a special commitment, and an investment too. Don’t be daunted by cost—there are many options available for affordable engagement rings.
So many of the best things in life are subjective—art, beauty, food, style, and even affordability. Budgets may differ, but everybody has one. Read on to make the most of yours.
Set Your Budget
In our engagement ring guide, we recommend that you consider your budget first. All couples are different, and everyone will have a different comfort level for what to spend on an engagement ring. It is important to understand what you can and want to invest in this purchase before you begin your search. Many customers also choose to take advantage of Brilliant Earth’s financing and flexible payment options. Regardless of your budget, you will have a breadth of choices from which you can select your perfect ring.
Choose From a Diamond Collection Based on Value
At Brilliant Earth, our diamond inventory is expansive, and specifically crafted to be inclusive of all price ranges and styles. Because so many customers are looking to optimize value in their engagement ring center diamond, we have created a Recommended Collection of diamonds that have been hand selected by our expert gemologists for their unique beauty and value.
Opt for a Lab-Created Diamond
Brilliant Earth is thrilled to offer a dazzling collection of lab created diamonds featuring colorless diamonds up to a carat in weight, as well as “fancy colored” diamonds in larger sizes. Lab-created diamonds—completely distinct from diamond simulants such as cubic zirconia—are physically, chemically, and optically equivalent to naturally-mined diamonds and are an excellent, lower-cost option for affordable engagement rings.
Consider All Precious Metals
Platinum is a popular choice for engagement ring settings, due to its durability and appealing finish, but it is not the only option. White, yellow, or fashionable rose gold are all stunning precious metal choices that are more modest in price than platinum. If you love the silvery white patina of platinum, consider a palladium setting, which offers similarity in composition and appearance at a lower price.
Step up the Setting
A surefire way to get a lot of “look” in your engagement ring is to select a more detailed setting. Smaller accent diamonds are much more affordable than larger center diamonds, and many brides-to-be are more interested in a sparkling ring setting than the size of the center gem. Choosing special details, such as hand-engraving, antique scrolling, or surprise diamond accents in the ring gallery can make a ring look more luxe with a smaller center diamond. One great option is a halo engagement ring, which features a center gemstone completely encircled by dazzling diamond accents that create the appearance of a larger center gem.
Pick an Antique Engagement Ring
Brilliant Earth offers an extensive collection of authentic antique engagement rings, which offer an exceptional value when compared to their modern counterparts. These one-of-a-kind rings are the ultimate in timeless romance. Exquisitely detailed and hand chosen for their exceptional beauty, our antique rings are a perfect choice for a truly unique engagement ring.
Select a Sapphire for the Center
A sapphire is special and spectacular selection for the center gemstone of your engagement ring. Many brides-to-be are drawn to the deep blue hues of sapphire engagement rings, and choosing a sapphire instead of a diamond for center gem can provide you with a bigger look for a smaller price. Sapphires pair beautifully with smaller accent diamonds for a really sensational gemstone engagement ring.
Consider a Ring Without a Main Center Gemstone
Many brides-to-be are considering an alternative engagement ring that does not feature a highlighted center gemstone. These beautiful diamond bands and popular bypass style wedding bands are increasingly sought after as engagement ring alternatives. Since these rings do not feature a larger center gemstone, they are more affordable than traditional engagement ring settings. Many people seek out this option for a distinctive look, or for a style that is more compatible with an active lifestyle.
Final Considerations for Affordable Engagement Rings
Regardless of your budget, when you are selecting an engagement ring or other piece of fine jewelry, it is paramount to select a reputable, trustworthy jeweler. Brilliant Earth has a completely personalized approach to jewelry, and we welcome you to consult with us by phone, online, or in our San Francisco boutique location.
We are also thrilled to offer a lifetime upgrade on your diamond. Select what is comfortable in your budget now with the luxury of knowing you can upgrade at any point. Whatever affordable means to you, we want to help make your dreams come true!