10 Best Affordable Engagement Rings (2024)

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by Suzanne Sachs 5 min read



An engagement ring is a significant investment, not just financially, but also in the effort to find the perfect style your intended will adore, and in the emotional commitment it symbolizes. However, when considering the financial aspect of purchasing an engagement ring, what does "affordable" mean for your budget? Additionally, which rings are the most timeless and stunning pieces that every woman can easily incorporate into her jewelry style?


In this guide, we will explain the following:

  • What Should You Spend On An Engagement Ring?
  • Should I Choose a Vintage Diamond Ring?
  • 10 Best Affordable Engagement Rings
  • Solitaire Ring
  • Gemstone Ring
  • Bezel Set Ring
  • Vintage Diamond Ring
  • Halo Ring
  • Birthstone Ring
  • Cluster Ring
  • Wedding Band
  • Heirloom Ring
  • No Ring At All
  • Choosing a Diamond Ring For Any Women

What Should You Spend on an Engagement Ring?

There is a lot of traditional advice regarding the appropriate price for an engagement ring. A common guideline suggests that the cost should equal two to three months of income, but this benchmark is largely arbitrary and promoted by diamond merchants to boost expensive sales. Moreover, basing the ring's price on income does not consider other living expenses or financial commitments, making it impractical for many couples.


10 Best Affordable Engagement Rings 

A wide array of affordable engagement ring styles awaits, offering a selection of captivating pieces that ensure a woman will always have a touch of elegant brilliance, suitable for any outfit or occasion. Among the enduringly beloved styles that epitomize timeless beauty are...

Solitaire Ring

A classic and affordable choice, the solitaire diamond ring features a single, stunning diamond as the centerpiece. Known for their understated elegance and simplicity, these rings focus entirely on the solitary diamond, allowing its beauty to shine unencumbered by distractions. This style not only highlights the diamond’s brilliance but also offers a budget-friendly option without compromising on elegance. 


Gemstone Ring

Rings that use gemstones either as the central stone or as accents can be significantly more affordable than those with diamonds. Popular choices include sapphires, rubies, emeralds, aquamarines, garnets, and turquoise, which can also offer a unique, personalized touch. 




I've purchased two vintage rings from Suzanne over the past decade and my wife has loved both. Great service, communication and speedy delivery.”

 Lee S verified buyer

Bezel Set Ring

In a bezel setting, the diamond is fully encased in metal, which protects the edges and can be less expensive than prong settings. The bezel setting has a sleek, modern look that appeals to many people. It can be designed in a variety of ways to suit different tastes, from minimalist to more elaborate designs.


Vintage Diamond Ring

A vintage diamond ring holds a unique charm and character that distinguishes it from modern diamond cuts. Choosing a vintage or antique ring can often be more affordable than buying a new one and offers unique styles not commonly found in modern rings. Opting for an heirloom ring is an eco-friendly choice. It avoids the environmental impact associated with new jewelry production, including mining and manufacturing.





Halo Ring

A halo ring features a central stone surrounded by smaller diamonds. This setting enhances the overall sparkle and can make a smaller central diamond appear larger, often reducing the need for a higher carat weight.


Suzanne was amazing! I utilized the layaway service and it was a breeze. Ring made its way to Texas and was even more gorgeous in person."
 Chloe G verified buyer

Birthstone Ring

Choosing a birthstone ring as an engagement ring can be a wonderful and affordable alternative to traditional diamond engagement rings. Birthstones come in a wide range of colors and types, offering more diverse choices than traditional diamonds. This variety allows you to choose a stone that resonates personally or matches the preferred style and color palette of your partner.


Cluster Ring

Cluster rings group several smaller diamonds together to create the illusion of a larger stone. This can be a cost-effective way to achieve more sparkle. The cluster of stones can symbolize the bringing together of various aspects of a couple's life, making the ring a metaphor for unity and collective strength. 



Wedding Band

Wedding bands generally cost less than engagement rings because they typically do not feature large diamonds or intricate settings. This makes them an affordable option for couples looking to save on their wedding expenses. 


My experience with Vintage Diamond Ring was so excellent I really had to think about it for a while. First their selection of jewelry is profound. The quality is superior.”

 Claude P verified buyer

Heirloom Ring

Using an heirloom ring as an engagement ring is a deeply meaningful choice that can offer both emotional significance and practical benefits. An heirloom ring carries with it the history and love of previous generations. It represents a connection to family and can symbolize the continuation of family traditions and bonds. 


No Ring At All Ring

Choosing not to have a ring at all is also a perfectly valid option for couples today. Some couples prefer a simpler, less materialistic approach to their relationship and marriage. They may feel that the commitment they share doesn't need to be symbolized by a physical object. 


Choosing an Affordable Engagement Ring

Determining the perfect diamond ring for any woman depends on her unique tastes and style. With the vast array of diamond ring and vintage designs available, along with opportunities for personalization, a well-chosen diamond ring is sure to become a cherished and frequently worn addition to her jewelry collection.

Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions or contact us here.

Antique Engagement Rings For Everyone:

No matter which gemstone is your favorite, these time-honored gemstones have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations. If you’re looking for a unique engagement ring that tells the world that you’re passionately in love, a vintage garnet ring is a stunning choice. Find your dream ring today!

Find The Perfect Antique Engagement Ring:

Vintage rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and design. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of Affordable Engagement Rings today!

Suzanne Sachs

Suzanne has always believed vintage rings can change lives. She's been in the jewelry industry for over 35 years, working with vintage jewelers, diamond dealers, diamond cutters, and gemologists. Suzanne started Artdecodiamonds in 2000 and understood the demand for vintage rings throughout the world. She ultimately started VintageDiamondRing.com in 2014, and understands each vintage ring is a reflection of you – your history, your relationships, your style, your elegance and is honored to have the opportunity to help you showcase your flair in a unique and exquisite way.
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