Opal, emeralds, garnets and more
Opal, emeralds, garnets and more

Opal, emeralds, garnets and more

Shop non-traditional engagement rings that ring in under $1,000.

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You know what shouldn’t keep you from proposing to the love of your life? The outrageous price of an engagement ring. While for some, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, there are a plethora of non-diamond engagement rings on the market that are stunningly gorgeous, much more affordable and push the boundaries of tradition to embrace a modernized take on a romantic union. And even if your partner has their heart set on a diamond ring, there are plenty of dazzling options that don’t have sweat-inducing price tags.

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From opals to amethysts and other non-traditional stones, read on for 10 unique engagement ring options that will wow your partner without breaking the bank.

Brilliant Earth Cassiopeia Opal & Diamond Ring

For an elegant three-stone style, opt for the Cassiopeia Opal & Diamond Ring from Brilliant Earth.

While this vintage-inspired Cassiopeia Opal & Diamond Ring from Brilliant Earth features two dainty diamonds, the opal center stone is the star of the show. For just under $1000, you can choose between a gold, rose gold or white gold band—we’re partial to the gold and rose gold because they pull out the glimmering iridescent shades of the opal. Available in whole and half sizes 3 through 9, this whimsical ring has a fairytale vibe, which is just what you need to get your storybook marriage underway.

$990 at Brilliant Earth

Après Diana Yellow Gold & White Topaz Ring

For a classic look with a twist, consider a white topaz, which adds just a touch of sparkle without the exorbitant cost of a diamond.

It may look like a diamond ring, but the sparkling Diana 14K Gold & White Topaz Ring from Après features stunning white topaz. Set in a 14-karat yellow gold band, a baguette-cut white topaz gemstone glimmers at the center and is flanked by a row of pavé-set white topaz across the band on both sides. This modern take on a classic look is available in ring sizes 5 through 7.

$625 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Pandora Three Stone Vintage Ring

Who said an engagement ring couldn’t have a pop of color?

With the look of an antique heirloom passed down through royal lineage, this incredible Three Stone Vintage Ring from Pandora will have everyone thinking you shelled out a fortune—when in reality, it clocks in at under $200. The 14-karat rose gold-plated band gorgeously compliments the oval-cut green crystals, which are framed by a clear pavé halo. Shop the look in select whole and half ring sizes 4.5 through 9.

$165 at Pandora

Melissa Joy Manning Moonstone Ring

This environmentally-friendly ring features a moonstone surrounded by a hammered recycled gold setting and band.

Is your partner a fan of eco-conscious jewelry? This 14-karat recycled gold moonstone ring will not only be a token of your love, but also a physical representation of how much you understand them. Boasting a bohemian look, this ring’s hammered 14-karat gold band compliments the natural texture of the moonstone gem at its center. Shop the look in select ring sizes 4.5 through 8.

$610 at Net-a-Porter

Aurate Toi et Moi Gemstone Classic Ring

Have everyone seeing green with an emerald Toi et Moi ring from Aurate.

If your soulmate is obsessed with the ring Machine Gun Kelly presented to Megan Fox when he proposed, you need to virtually run to Aurate and order the Toi et Moi Gemstone Classic Ring. While they offer a completely customizable experience from the band to each of the two gems, we’re partial to a yellow band, green emerald for the emerald stone setting and white topaz for the pear stone setting. Claim one for your twin flame in ring sizes 5 through 16.

$820 at Aurate

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Zales Oval Morganite & Diamond Frame Engagement Ring

This classic style from Zales features a large center morganite stone.

It’s totally possible to find a stunning, affordable engagement ring from a traditional jeweler—take this Oval Morganite and Diamond Frame Engagement Ring from Zales, for example. With a 14-karat rose gold band and a soft pink stone nestled inside a diamond-encrusted frame—with even more twinkling diamonds along the band—this ring is slender and romantic. Available in ring sizes 6 through 8, it’s just as radiant as your partner will be when they see it.

$899 at Zales

Effy Collection Onyx Statement Ring

If your partner can’t get enough of ‘Wednesday’s’ glam goth look, consider a bold onyx engagement ring.

Does your partner love a dark, edgy aesthetic? This dramatic Onyx Statement Ring with a large onyx stone and multi-metal components will set the blackest of butterflies aflutter in their belly. All of the ring’s elements contrast beautifully, from the silver sterling band to the 18-karat gold accents and the subtle black detailing in the band that plays off the emerald-shaped onyx. Although the industrial glam style is only available in ring size 7, you can always have it re-sized to fit your future fiancé’s finger.

$575 at Macy’s

Mizuki Pearl & Diamond Ring

Move over diamonds, pearls are our best friend now—especially with this Mizuki stunner.

With an elevated classic look, this elegant 14-karat gold, pearl and diamond ring from Mizuki will wow anyone with an understated yet chic style. The thin 14-karat gold band and large freshwater pearl create a beautiful juxtaposition, and the open band lends a modern look. Its tiny diamond offers this ring, available in sizes 4 through 7, a dainty dazzle for a gorgeously unbalanced contemporary composition.

$695 at Net-a-Porter

Delmar Morganite & Diamond Floral Halo Ring

Keep it classic with this Delmar Morganite and Diamond Floral Halo Ring.

Have a Barbiecore-obsessed partner? This sparkling pink Morganite and Diamond Floral Halo Ring will have them shedding tears of joy. Featuring a round-cut, pale pink morganite stone surrounded by a floral-shaped halo of tiny diamonds in an 18-karat rose gold-plated band, which is studded with even more diamonds, it’s an incredibly romantic find. Shop the look in ring sizes 5 through 9.

$850 at Macy’s

David Yurman Châtelaine Garnet & Diamond Ring

David Yurman makes some of the most coveted jewelry available, and this garnet ring is no exception.

If your partner’s aesthetic leans toward the gothic, this glamorous, Old World-style Châtelaine Garnet & Diamond Ring from David Yurman could be the key to unlocking an enthusiastic “Yes!” when you pop the question. With a twisting 18-karat yellow gold band and a deep crimson garnet stone held in place by diamond-accented claws, this beauty is shoppable in ring sizes 5 through 8.

$995 at Farfetch

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