Engagement Rings Under $1,000

22nd September 2014

I don’t subscribe to the notion that the ideal engagement ring is an inflated version of everyone else’s ring. In fact, my favorite rings are those that reveal something about the wearer. These have a lot of personality, and a reasonable price point.

Garnet Solitaire by Studio 1980, $475

R011 by n+a, $220-$440

Large Spinel Cocktail Ring from Arnold Jewelers, $325

Opal Pip Ring by Claire Kinder, $185

Vintage Bohemian Cluster Garnet and Green Tourmaline from MS Jewelers, $745

Deco Bow Ring by Erica Weiner, $975

R017 rubies by n+a, $370

1930s Art Deco Ring Diamond Blue Sapphire from Rosie Lena, $825

Round Diamond Ring & Pave Diamond V ring by Artemer, $1350
I cheated a bit on this last one, but the price is for your engagement ring and band so sue me.

12 thoughts on “Engagement Rings Under $1,000

  1. Rebecca | Seven2Seven8

    Lovely options, all. My husband proposed with a silver band (we were gifted my mother’s engagement ring – my father passed away when I was 20 – and would be making it into our formal wedding jewelry). It’s still one of my favorite things. My father, too, proposed to my mom with a garnet solitaire ring, and then made an engagement ring from a stone gifted to him by his uncle (the stone I now have in my ring). There are a lot of ways to get to the right piece for you. As long as the price and story make sense for your relationship, there’s no wrong choice.

    My favorites from above? The garnet and green tourmaline, and the delicate opal. Love.

  2. Nora

    I don’t have an engagement ring (or a wedding ring — we bought kayaks instead), but I loved my grandmother’s opal engagement ring. It was perfect for her, and honestly? I’m not the hugest fan of diamonds.

  3. Abby

    Love these! I have a small oval (blue) sapphire set in white gold, which I adore, and was about $350. To me, there are so many gorgeous options that aren’t diamonds (which, of course, often have their own baggage as well), but it was important to me to have a very hard stone that would be intact for a VERY long time, which seems nice and significant when picking a symbol of what will hopefully be a long union. To wit, when we were looking at rings, I saw a tanzanite ring that was gooooorgeous… but it’s not nearly as hard as a diamond, and wouldn’t be right for everyday wear for the next, say, 6 decades. Sapphire is, I think, about as hard of a gem as you can get without going diamond.

  4. Elise

    I didn’t want an engagement ring + wedding band; I wanted one really special ring that I could wear all the time. I had mine made by a local jeweler and couldn’t be happier with it.

  5. Madam von Sassypants


    I hunted high and low for a unique engagement ring and was frequently disappointed in online and in-person options. Then I found an eBay seller out of Florida with a dizzying array of all kinds of pretties, and I ended up with a long list of favorites. Thanks to the reviews and feedback we were confident in our purchase, and once we had it appraised were very pleased to see it was worth considerably more than we paid. It’s a funky spray of diamonds around a yellow sapphire, set in white gold. I still get compliments on it all the time.

    I believe the seller is mycollectioninc. Be prepared to look through page after page of lovely things. :) One of my good friends just got her engagement ring through them as well.

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