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. Of course, the meaning of “affordable” is highly subjective. But while budgets may differ, everybody has one—read on to make the most of yours.
Set Your Budget
In our Engagement Ring Guide, we recommend that you carefully consider your budget before shopping. Despite what you may have heard, there is no “rule” about how much you should spend on a ring. Everyone will have a different spending comfort level, and you should respect yours. It is important to understand what you can and want to invest in this purchase before you begin your search. Many customers 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 a Diamond Wisely
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. Our jewelry experts would be happy to help you select a diamond that offers the best value for your budget, and they have lots of insider advice to share. For example, round brilliant diamonds make up about 75% of all diamond purchases, which means that, as a result of supply and demand, you can save up to 40% by selecting a stunning fancy shaped diamond, such as a princess, cushion, or asscher cut diamond. Also, if you choose a yellow gold or rose gold setting you can choose a diamond with a lower color grade (and a lower price tag) and it will still look bright white. Just contact us for guidance and more budget-savvy tips such as these.
Opt for a Lab Created Diamond
Brilliant Earth offers a dazzling collection of lab created diamonds featuring colorless diamonds, as well as “fancy colored” diamonds. Lab-created diamonds—which are completely distinct from diamond simulants such as cubic zirconia—are physically, chemically, and optically equivalent to naturally-mined diamonds but they cost less than mined diamonds of comparable size and quality. They are an excellent 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 make an engagement ring more eye-catching while respecting your budget is to select a more detailed setting. Because the price of a diamond increases exponentially with size, smaller accent diamonds are much more affordable than larger diamonds. That means that choosing a ring setting with diamond accents is a smart way to create a dazzling ring without spending too much on a large center diamond (many brides-to-be are more interested in a sparkling ring setting than the size of the center gem). 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. Accent diamonds aside, choosing special details, such as hand-engraving, filigree, or milgrain, can make a ring look very luxe, even with a modest-sized center diamond.
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. They are also an ethical and eco-friendly choice, since no mining goes into their production.
Select a Sapphire for the Center Stone
A sapphire is a vibrant and distinctive selection for the center gemstone of your engagement ring, and choosing a sapphire instead of a diamond for a center gem can provide you with a bigger look for a smaller price. Many brides-to-be are drawn to the deep blue hues of sapphire engagement rings, but keep in mind that sapphires also come in a range of gorgeous yellow and pink hues. So if you want a light-hued engagement ring, look for a pale yellow or pink sapphire as your center gem. Sapphires pair beautifully with smaller accent diamonds to create a really sensational ring. To see a variety of gorgeous colored gemstones that offer value in comparison to diamonds, browse our collection of unique colored gemstones, which includes sapphires in many colors, emeralds, garnets, and more.
Consider a Ring Without a Center Stone
Many brides-to-be are choosing a non-traditional engagement ring that does not feature a highlighted center gemstone. These beautiful diamond 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, but still offer the gorgeous shimmer of diamonds. Many people seek out this option for a distinctive look, or for a style that is more compatible with an active lifestyle. Some stunning examples are the Quintessa Ring, the Bisou Ring, and the Trilogy Ring, which features three rose cut diamonds for a vintage-inspired look.
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!