This Engagement Ring Trend Is Cheaper Than Diamonds (But Looks Just as Pretty)

Diamonds are a girl's best friend, but they may not be so good to our wallets. Of course, there are some great options that won't break the bank (and we found them here), but there's also another route one can go with their ring pick that's slightly more affordable and even more environmentally friendly. Any guesses? We're talking about moissanite engagement rings—and upon first glance, you'll have a hard time believing they're not diamonds.

Moissanite is a gemstone that's engineered—i.e., created in a lab—to give the same illusion as diamonds, and thus, it has a minimal environmental impact and is more affordable, according to Brillant Earth. What's more is that a moissanite gemstone is nearly as durable as a diamond (a 9.25 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness versus a 10), making it just as ideal for everyday wear as an engagement ring.

So if you've been looking for a ring that doesn't break the bank but is just as brilliant as a diamond, then we suggest opting for a moissanite style. And ahead we've found some of the prettiest, most dazzling moissanite engagement rings to shop now.

This ring really looks like it was made for a princess.

Without a doubt, this ring will always be in style.

The solo diamond setting makes this the ideal engagement ring.

This will go with everything you wear, no matter the occasion.

Certainly not your typical engagement ring, but this cut is exquisite.

This will stack nicely with your wedding band.

Next up, learn about the unique engagement ring trends that brides are loving right now.

This article was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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