You don't have to spend a fortune to purchase a beautiful engagement ring. From multiple-diamond settings to beautiful diamond alternatives, there are lots of ways to save money without sacrificing style and meaning.
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Pave-Set Cubic Zirconia
With all the sparkle of a diamond at a fraction of the cost, cubic zirconia is a great way to save on an engagement ring. This pretty sterling silver ring features an emerald-cut center cubic zirconia surrounded by more pave-set gems. It retails for $50.
Cubic Zirconia and Silver
Cubic zirconia looks luxurious, especially when it's set in glowing sterling silver band. The centerpiece of this stunning ring is a round cubic zirconia, which is flanked by smaller round cz gems channel set in the silver band. It has a total carat weight of 1.5 and retails for less than $50.
Invisible Princess Setting
An invisible setting is a great way to give the impression of a larger center diamond by setting several smaller gems very close together. This 0.11 total carat weight 10k white gold ring resembles a larger princess-cut solitaire for a fraction of the price, but it actually features four tiny princess-cut diamonds instead of one larger one. It retails for about $170.
White Topaz Solitaire
You don't have to choose a lab-created center gem to get major impact in an inexpensive engagement ring; colorless white topaz is all-natural and equally stunning. This pretty 10k white gold ring features a sparkling 1.2-carat oval white topaz and retails for about $240.
Small Diamond Solitaire
There's nothing like the classic diamond solitaire for brides-to-be who love simple elegance. This beautiful ring features a 0.25-carat, princess-cut diamond set in a simple 14k white gold band. It retails for just over $300.
Two-Tone Diamond Ring
Two-tone gold can give an affordable ring a focal point, making the size of the diamond less important to the design. In the case of this unique ring, a 1/10-carat solitaire is set in 10k white gold with a rose gold band. This pretty design retails for $270.
Tension-Set Titanium Ring
Titanium is a modern alternative to gold, and it can make your ring much more affordable. This contemporary design features a 0.24-carat, round-cut diamond tension-set in a titanium band. It retails for about $280.
Antique Style Diamond Ring
If you love the exquisite beauty of Art Deco style rings, you don't have to spend a fortune to get your dream design. This delicate ring features a center princess-cut diamond flanked by channel set diamonds in a 14k white gold band with beautiful Deco-style engraving. It has a total weight of half a carat and retails for about $380.
Flower-Shaped Diamond Ring
A focal point of a round cut morganite stone surrounded by small diamonds in this flower-like ring packs a visual punch. This beautiful ring features 1 total carat weight of stones. The 14k yellow gold band is a classic touch. This pretty ring retails for about $400.
Swirl Three-Stone Diamond Ring
Several smaller diamonds make a big impact for a lower price. In the case of this gorgeous 14k white gold ring, three round-cut center diamonds are embraced by top and bottom swirls of more diamonds. This ring has a total weight of half a carat and retails for about $430.
Icy Aquamarine and Sapphire Ring
For major impact, choose a diamond alternative like precious aquamarine. This stunning 14k white gold ring features a large oval-cut aquamarine surrounded by a halo of small white sapphires, giving it a total carat weight of 1.21. It retails for about less than $300.
Whether you choose a cubic zirconia engagement ring or a creative diamond design, there are lots of splendid options that won't break the bank. Ultimately, choosing a ring you will love for years to come is far more important than spending a fortune on a piece of jewelry.