I read recently that most Americans (58% to be exact) don’t want to spend more than $2000 for an engagement ring. An engagement ring is a highly personal exchange between two people who are committing to each other, and should reflect the uniqueness of their bond. If a couple feels that they need a ring as a symbol, and spending less than $2000 is most comfortable for them, there is no reason why the ring can’t be beautiful. No one should tell you how much to spend, or what the “right” kind of ring should be.
Just Jules has just launched a new engagement ring line, and these rose cut center diamonds with halos in 14k yellow gold retail for around $2000. Available at Justjules.com, click on the image.
The public has spoken, and I decided to listen. Admittedly, many, many rings that we would call more traditional engagement rings will be over $2000 just by virtue of some precious metal, gemstones or diamonds, and the labor to hand make the ring. But I found a surprising number of truly lovely rings that many people would be proud to present as a pledge of commitment.
I have seen a few “unique engagement ring” posts in online blogs or magazines, but is a plated ring from Piperlime really saying forever? My criteria, to be considered, was that the ring had to be made of precious metals–preferably gold that doesn’t tarnish the way silver might–and have a timeless sort of quality. That quality might be elusive and subjective perhaps, but the ring needs to feel substantial enough for the purpose of a promise.
This ring by Zoe Chicco emulates a classic shape–marquise, or navette–but in a new, negative space silhouette that occupies a lot of real estate on the finger. Pave diamonds in 14k rose gold, $1158 retail, available at GreenwichJewelers.com, click on the image.
So how do you find an engagement ring made of precious metal and gemstone that is beautiful AND under $2000?
1. Size does matter.
A ring that is slightly smaller in scale, or a style that relies less on carat weight and more on impact will help your budget.
This Wheat Ring by Anna Sheffield, has all the elements of a classic engagement ring, like a center .25 ct diamond and accent diamonds in 14kt white gold. $2000 retail, available at GreenwichJewelers.com, click on the image.
Rebecca Overmann gives new direction to a pear-shape with a rose cut center diamond in 14kt yellow gold. $1930 retail, available from RebeccaOvermann.com, click on the image.
This Infinity band by Beverly K would make a sophisticated engagement ring or wedding band in diamonds and 18kt rose gold. $1750 retail, available from GreenwichJewelers.com, click on the image.
Details make this Megan Thorne ring memorable with two diamonds in 18kt yellow gold. $525 retail, available from GreenwichJewelers.com, click on the image.
Seven might be your lucky number with this engagement ring by Rebecca Overmann in 14kt yellow gold, .28 carat tw. $1835 retail, available at RebeccaOvermann.com, click on the image.
This Megan Thorne Lattice band occupies generous space on the finger with a prudent price tag. 18kt yellow gold and diamonds, $1000 retail, available at GreenwichJewelers.com, click on the image.
2. A little color can save you some green.
A diamond that has some color to it–as long as it is staying out of a very rare fancy color–can cost less than a colorless (D-E-F grades) or near colorless (G-H grades) diamond.
This solitaire from Melissa Joy Manning features a nearly 1 carat natural yellow center diamond in a textural rose cut. $1375 retail, available from GreenwichJewelers.com, click on the image.
Rebecca Overmann incorporates a one-of-a-kind peach colored diamond in 14kt white gold for $1720 retail. Available from RebeccaOvermann.com, click on the image.
3. Listen closely to an internal dialogue.
A diamond or gemstone that has some inclusions can be as interesting as a piece of art–and less than an eye-clean counterpart.
A pale pink sapphire softens this pear shape ring from Ananda Khalsa in 22kt and 18kt gold. $1980 retail, available from AnandaKhalsa.com, click on the image.
These new rings from Just Jules new Bridal Collection feature rose-cut round diamonds, one in white, one in opaque grey with diamond halos in 14kt yellow gold. $1800 for the white diamond, $1400 for the grey, available from JustJules.com, click on the image.
4. Explore the spectrum.
Dawes Design combines classic simplicity with cornflower blue in this recycled 14kt white gold handmade ring with center sapphire. $1875 retail, available from Dawes-design.com, click on the image.
A luscious rhodolite garnet makes a statement in this 18kt yellow gold sculptural ring by Megan Thorne. $1725 retail, available from GreenwichJewelers.com, click on the image.
This classic three-stone is re-interpreted perfectly by Arik Kastan in 14kt rose gold with purest blue aquamarine gemstones. $1495 retail, available from GreenwichJewelers.com, click on the image.
A rose-cut ruby invites response in this engagement ring interpretation by Ananda Khalsa in 22kt and 18kt gold with diamonds. $1265 retail, available from AnandaKhalsa.com, click on the image.
Icy blue sapphire meets lustrous 14kt gold in this halo engagement ring by Anne Sportun. One-of-a-kind and on sale for $1350 at GreenwichJewelers.com (so don’t delay), click on the image.
Green Tourmaline is framed beautifully in a 18kt white gold vintage-style setting by Beverly K. On sale for $1175 from GreenwichJewelers.com, click on the image.
Bright blue sapphires alternate with brilliant diamond in this classic band in 14kt white gold. $1485 retail from GreenwichJewelers.com, click on the image.
5. Unique Antique.
You don’t have to inherit your Great Aunt Gertrude’s ring. There are a number of sources for a vintage or antique rings that are, by their very nature, one-of-a-kind — just like your relationship.
This Victorian ring from Estate of Grace is solitaire perfection in 15kt gold setting with approximate 1/2 carat old European cut diamond. $1200 retail, available from EstateofGracefinejewelry.com, click on the image.
Proving that two diamonds are better than one, this ring from Alexandria Rossoff is a lovely example of Deco style in white gold. $1875 retail, available from AlexandriaRossoff.com, click on the image.
Major carat weight, in the form of old European cut diamonds, elegantly comprises this 18kt yellow gold estate ring. $1895 retail, available from AlexandriaRossoff.com, click on the image.
The detailed centerpiece of scrolls and diamonds in a solitaire ring came from an early 20th century stickpin. $850 retail, available from EstateofGracefinejewelry.com, click on the image.
A precious pearl and elegant shape grace this Edwardian platinum-over-gold old mine cut diamond and natural pearl ring with small rose cut diamond accents. $1750 retail, available from EstateofGracefinejewelry.com, click on the image.
There are so many rings, whether vintage or by a talented jewelry designer, that are beautiful and relatively affordable. Want more? See more rings on my Pinterest page here…