7 On-Trend Engagement Rings That Retail For Less Than $5,000

Like so many trends accelerated by the pandemic, consumers’ desire for accessibly priced engagement rings has intensified over the past year. Before March 2020, modern brides were already more independent, opinionated, and value driven than previous generations. Now, thanks to our new work-from-home reality, they are also increasingly casual.

In the wedding jewelry arena, all these factors combined have translated into a growing interest in rings that are affordable, design-forward and made with sustainable materials. For today’s soon-to-be-engaged woman, the ultimate prize is no longer a mega-diamond stunner that cost her partner three months’ salary, but a ring—not necessarily centered on a diamond—that feels uniquely her own.

With that spirit in mind, we’ve rounded up a host of new alternative-minded engagement rings that retail for less than $5,000. Some feature diamonds, but, as you’ll see, the stones are not the big, white, round diamonds that once dominated the category. They are included, they are brownish or grayish, they are clustered. Some rings cede the spotlight to colored stones. To accommodate buyers in search of accessible pricing, many are set in 14k gold.

While these may seem like concessions, many of today’s brides would argue that rather than trading down in size and price, they’re simply disrupting the narrative that has long dictated what an engagement ring must look like and how much it should cost. Think of it this way: Who’s to say that a woman can’t have multiple rings throughout the course of her relationship?

Jennie Kwon Oval Diamond Wisp Ring
Wisp ring in 14k yellow gold with 0.45 ct. oval diamond; $3,125; Jennie Kwon Designs
Reinstein Ross Hoopstock ring with blue sapphire and diamonds
Hoopstock ring in 20k peach gold with blue sapphire and diamonds; $2,450; Reinstein Ross
Suzanne Kalan white diamond flower ring
Flower ring in 18k white gold with 0.3 ct. t.w. baguette and 0.42 ct. t.w. round diamonds; $3,000; Suzanne Kalan
Eriness diamond disco ball ring
Diamond Disco Ball ring in 14k yellow gold with 1.61 cts. t.w. diamonds; $4,150; Eriness Jewelry
State Property Cabot ring
Cabot Bi-Colour ring in 18k white gold with 0.42 ct. t.w. diamonds and enamel; $4,800; State Property
Lori McLean Silhouette diamond ring
Silhouette diamond ring in 14k rose gold with vintage 0.24 ct. diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds; $2,498; Lori McLean Fine Jewelry


Top: Fira ring in 14k yellow gold with 1.2 ct. rose-cut natural gray diamond and 0.07 ct. t.w. pavé white diamonds; $4,950; Vale Jewelry

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