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.