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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. 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, oval, pear, 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 white gold 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. A rose gold halo engagement ring is as affordable as it is beautiful. 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 and low cost. For more inspiration explore our recently purchased 3/4 carat diamond rings.

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, white, 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, morganites, 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. These rings do not feature a larger center gemstone but still offer extraordinary details and the gorgeous shimmer of diamonds, which means they are affordable but never look cheap. 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 Jardiniere Diamond Ring, which features two glistening rows of marquise and round cut diamond accents. For more inspiration explore more of our 5 stone diamond rings.

Final Thoughts

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 one of our showroom locations.

You can also earn toward your next purchase by referring a friend! Tell a friend about us and they’ll get a complimentary surprise gift with their first purchase. As a show of our appreciation, you’ll then receive $100 towards your next purchase.

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Comments (6)

B. Earth Says:
January 12th, 2021 at 5:08 pm

Hi there! The ring in the main image of this post is our Nadia Diamond Ring in 18K white gold. Thanks for reaching out!

Nikole Says:
January 8th, 2021 at 11:32 pm

Hello! My name is Nikole, and I am interested in the first ring listed in the post that corresponds with the title. I have looked on your web page for it but have had no luck finding it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thank You!

B. Earth Says:
November 30th, 2015 at 10:26 am

Hi Jayda. you can view our collection of engagement rings here: Our jewelry specialists would also be more than happy to advise you on purchasing an engagement ring and answer your questions in more depth via email ( or at 800.691.0952. Thank you for your interest!

Jayda Says:
November 29th, 2015 at 2:43 am

I am looking for a nice affordable engagement ring

Kimmie Says:
November 3rd, 2015 at 10:31 am

Lab created diamonds are the way to go! They are just as beautiful and definitely more cost effective.

Rene Says:
April 7th, 2014 at 11:49 am

do you cary semi mounts in white gold with lab created diamonds? and if so am I able to have my center diamond set by someone else since I know that you do not set outside stones.

Thank you,

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