20 Best Engagement Rings for Every Budget

And for every bride.

20 Best Engagement Rings for Every Budget

And for every bride.

OK, so you’ve got her father’s blessing and you’re ready to propose. Now comes the hardest part of all: picking out the perfect engagement ring from the millions of engagement rings you’ll find at any store or diamond dealer across the country. Don’t panic—we’re here to help.

If you’re shopping for engagement rings, you just need to ask yourself two questions:

  1. What’s my bride-to-be’s personal style?
  2. How much can I spend?

When you know the answers, you’ve got all of the information you need to know.

Now, if you’re not sure about her style, know that every bride on the planet falls into one of these four categories. Simply choose the one that most sounds like your beloved:

Classic Bride: If she’s obsessed with all things Kate Middleton, Burberry plaid, and clean-lined cashmere sweaters. If her current jewelry consists of a string of pearls and simple diamond studs—nothing more, nothing less. If her hair is always impossibly shiny—literally no strand is ever out of place—and her closet is full of neutral hues, not to mention quite a bit of black, too.

The Bohemian Bride: It’s all peace, love, and good vibes for this bride, who’s considering spending her honeymoon—or at least the first stop of it—at Coachella next year. With a flair for good music, peace and love, and vintage taste, she often styles herself the way a hippie would, but with a 2017 twist. Peasant blouses, maxi dresses, and feathered earrings fill her closet; her makeup is minimal usually—maybe lip balm, but that’s it.

The Glamorous Bride: If she’s super trendy, shops all the time, and prefers her accessories and jewelry to be always blingy, bright, and sparkling.

Modern Bride: The modern bride is the girl who’s always attending the latest art opening—or has all the details about it. Her style choices are minimal—she’d rather repeat simple outfits with eye-catching accessories than constantly switch up her wardrobe. Understandably, she prefers her coffee and cocktails artisanal, never from the well or, god forbid, the drip machine.

Got it? Good. Here are the best engagement rings you can possibly buy, and for every budget:

Engagement Rings Under $1,000

 

Ring from Ritani, one of the best engagement rings.

For the Classic Bride

Ritani Solitaire Diamond Six-Prong Knife-Edge Engagement Ring, $838

Unquestionably the most iconic setting, this six-prong style—first pioneered by the folks at Tiffany—houses a beautiful half-carat solitaire stone in 14-karat white gold. Bonus: the platinum setting is not only less expensive than gold, but it’s also far less malleable and way harder to destroy.

Satomi Kawakita Diamond Hexagon Ring, one of the best engagement rings.

For the Bohemian Bride

Satomi Kawakita Diamond Hexagon Ring, $860

This hexagon has a similarly designed six-pronged style—not unlike the classic Tiffany-style setting above—and features a conflict-free diamond, along with rose gold, white gold, and platinum options for the vintage-style band and setting.

Allurez Milgrain Square Halo Diamond Engagement Ring, one of the best engagement rings.

For the Glamorous Bride

Allurez Milgrain Square Halo Diamond Engagement Ring, $990

Yes, you’ll be able to see this one from a mile away. The halo-style setting and detailed band design make this ring look like a million bucks by adding a slew of sparkle with a great setting.

Kay Jewelers Two-Tone Gold Diamond Engagement Ring, one of the best engagement rings.

For the Modern Bride

Kay Jewelers Two-Tone Gold Diamond Engagement Ring, $999

This ring is the definition of a true “twist on a classic.” With a solid 14k white-gold band and a neat four-prong setting, the curved 10K rose gold is a thoroughly modern touch.

Engagement Rings Under $3,000

Le Vian Natural Sapphire Engagement Ring 1/4 ct tw Diamonds 14K Gold, one of the best engagement rings.

For the Classic Bride

Le Vian Natural Sapphire Engagement Ring 1/4 ct tw Diamonds 14K Gold, $1,999

If you’ve found yourself lucky enough to score a Kate Middleton-esque wife-to-be—or one who just worships Kate Middleton’s envious, timeless style—put a ring on it with this royal-inspired design that’s a practical dupe to the Princess’s. And for under two grand, those are legit royal savings.

Sofia Kaman Twiggy Band With Diamond Solitaire, one of the best engagement rings.

 

For the Bohemian Bride

Sofia Kaman Twiggy Band With Diamond Solitaire, $1,840

Available in 14-kart yellow, white, or rose gold, this leafy design is reminiscent of nature—perfect for the girl who prefers sitting in the park to, let’s say, sitting on the couch. (Bonus points if she loves to hike, too.)

Blue Nile 3/4 Carat Princess-Cut Petite Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring, one of the best engagement rings.

For the Glamorous Bride

Blue Nile 3/4 Carat Princess-Cut Petite Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring, $2,870

Although some may argue that a six-prong setting with a round stone is the most iconic of engagement ring styles, the princess-cut stone has recently made a run as the new front runner. With four prongs and a pave eternity band that glistens, the effect is chic and clean, not glittery or gaudy.

Brilliant Earth Reverie Ring, one of the best engagement rings.

For the Modern Bride

Brilliant Earth Reverie Ring, $2,470

Contemporary doesn’t have to mean complicated—such is the case with this graphic update on the classic round four-prong setting. Plus, the diamond is 100 percent conflict-free.

Engagement Rings Under $5,000

Blue Nile 1 ct. tw. Preset Graduated Milgrain Diamond Engagement Ring in 14k White Gold, one of the best engagement rings.

For the Classic Bride

Blue Nile 1 ct. tw. Preset Graduated Milgrain Diamond Engagement Ring in 14k White Gold, $4,950

This one is a serious stunner—the type that literally will stop people in their tracks. With just a bit of pave detailing and the smallest bit of engraving, this under-one-carat rock suddenly looks way bigger than it really is.

ManiaMania Ritual Solitaire Opal Ring, one of the best engagement rings.

For the Bohemian Bride

ManiaMania Ritual Solitaire Opal Ring, $3,800

While diamonds are of course forever, sometimes the alt bride isn’t too keen on getting a classic engagement ring. If she prefers things off the beaten path, a vintage-inspired setting with a different stone—opal has particularly magical vibes thanks to its holographic-like hue.

ManiaMania Ritual Solitaire Opal Ring, one of the best engagement rings.

For the Glamorous Bride

Helzberg Diamonds 1 ct. tw Diamond Engagement Ring in 18K White Gold, $3,999

Fashion girls will be the first to tell you that more diamonds are never a bad thing. Such is the case with this halo setting of a square, Asscher-cut stone and a dual-pronged pave band, which glints even in the dark—proof that you really can propose anywhere.

Truly Zac Posen Sunburst Oval Sapphire and Diamond Halo Ring, one of the best engagement rings.

For the Modern Bride

Truly Zac Posen Sunburst Oval Sapphire and Diamond Halo Ring, $3,500

Similar to the Duchess’s in look, ready-to-wear designer Zac Posen has entered the fine jewelry market—and with extra style to spare. Rather than create a more obvious halo of diamonds with a single band, this ring doubles down with two bands and literal burst of diamonds surrounding an elegant sapphire stone.

Engagement Rings Under $10,000

Ritani Three-Stone Asscher Cut With Tapered Baguettes Diamond Engagement Ring, one of the best engagement rings.

For the Classic Bride

Ritani Three-Stone Asscher Cut With Tapered Baguettes Diamond Engagement Ring, $9,927

While platinum and white gold settings are more classic, there have been periods in which a yellow gold band was the standard engagement ring metal of choice. And perhaps nothing is more tastefully showy than side baguettes, which add a hint of glimmer without going full-on sparkle.

Anna Sheffield Hazeline Suite No. 13, one of the best engagement rings.

For the Bohemian Bride

Anna Sheffield Hazeline Suite No. 13, $9,250

Why buy one ring when you can buy three? It’s a question designer Anna Sheffield asks—and answers—with her unique twist on the engagement ring-and-wedding band set. Gift her with one when you go down on one knee, then surprise her with the second and third bands before your wedding day, and you’ll guarantee that she’ll fall in love all over again.

Jared Diamond Three-Stone Ring 2 ct tw, one of the best engagement rings.

For the Glamorous Bride

Jared Diamond Three-Stone Ring 2 ct tw, $7,999

Glam brides just can’t help themselves when it comes to halo setting styles. If you’ve got a little bit extra cash to spend, up the carat count and the diamond total by flanking this round stone with two smaller ones, the three of which stand for past, present and future.

Ritani Preset 2 ct. tw. Cushion Cut Solitaire Diamond Ring With Surprise Diamonds, one of the best engagement rings.

For the Modern Bride

Ritani Preset 2 ct. tw. Cushion Cut Solitaire Diamond Ring With Surprise Diamonds, $9,531

Considering rose gold is the inescapable color (and ring metal) of the moment, even the most modern of brides—those who swear they’re trend-independent, even—will fall for this 2 carat diamond solitaire. The hefty band design gives the ring a bit of grit, taking away from the traditional style’s preciousness.

Engagement Rings That Are Really, Really Expensive

Cartier 1895 Platinum Solitaire Diamond Ring, one of the best engagement rings.

For the Classic Bride

Cartier 1895 Platinum Solitaire Diamond Ring, $89,500

If you’re gonna go all out, go to Cartier for the most stunning and timeless designs. Take, for example, the pear-shaped solitaire in their 1895 setting, which makes a non-traditionally shaped stone feel forever chic.

Stephanie Windsor Antiques Art Deco White Diamond Ring, one of the best engagement rings.

For the Bohemian Bride

Stephanie Windsor Antiques Art Deco White Diamond Ring, $50,000

While art deco and bohemian aren’t two terms often tied together, but here it totally works. This vintage cocktail-style engagement ring is incredibly chic while somehow managing to be chill in spite of its price tag.

 

Malcom Betts White Diamond Ring, one of the best engagement rings.

For the Modern Bride

Malcom Betts White Diamond Ring, $67,500

Featuring hammered 22K gold metal and a whopping 2.45 carat diamond set in matte platinum, this engagement ring just oozes cool without trying—kind of like that “it girl” she can’t stop talking about. Having both gold- and silver-tone finishes enables this style to be worn with all kinds of jewelry—no stressing over what she already owns required.

Tiffany & Co. Yellow Diamond Novo Ring, one of the best engagement rings.

For the Glamorous Bride

Tiffany & Co. Yellow Diamond Novo Ring, starting at $14,200

Originally featured on Kate Hudson in the 2000-something film Bride Wars, the Novo is all kinds of chic, but particularly so when adorned with an emerald-cut canary diamond. Rarer than their white cousins, canary diamonds scream luxury—as we imagine she does, too.

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