Affordable Engagement Rings Do Exist—We Found the Best 25


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If you've done any other perusing on the internet for engagement rings under $1000 (or better yet, $500), you've probably had a good laugh. The majority of the rings seem to made of cubic zirconia and are certain to leave skin green upon contact. Not quite the kind of memory we're looking for, if you know what I'm saying. What we are looking for is something elegant: something that speaks to our personality and won't break the bank. Is that too much to ask? Bridal stress can be daunting, but it shouldn't start with the proposal!

The trick when seeking a budget-friendly engagement ring is to not search for an engagement ring at all. With engagement rings, prices are often marked up, as retailers know that brides-to-be (or nervous grooms-to-be) are willing to pay a premium. There is, however, a plethora of stunning rings that fit the bill—they're just filed under categories like demi-fine jewelry. While comic relief is enjoyable, it's even more enjoyable to find the perfect loop to slip around your finger and wear for a lifetime.

That's why we've rounded up 25 of the most beautiful engagement rings under $1000 (even if they're not listed as engagement rings).

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