The Best Designer Engagement Rings on a Budget

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Monique Ihuillier petal solitaire engagement ring rose gold

Disclaimer: Prices below are for Settings Only.

Choosing a designer engagement ring is opting for the best craftsmanship and most unique styles on the market. The moment a designer attaches their name to a piece of jewelry, a focus on consistency and quality becomes crucial. The popularity of designer engagement ring settings continues to grow and with it, a demand for settings suitable for a wide range of budgets.

If you are working to a modest budget, you might assume that the perks of a designer engagement ring are beyond your reach; well, think again. The symbolism of a diamond engagement ring is now so completely ingrained in our culture that accommodating even the most modest budgets and maintaining top quality is at the forefront of designer’s minds.

I have selected some of the best designer engagement ring settings on a budget from my most recommended vendors to inspire your search.


Starting the list is this striking six-prong solitaire by Ritani. Seen here in 14k gold, a highly polished finish and knife-edge band create a classic, clean appearance that let’s your diamond take centre stage. For such refined craftsmanship, it may seem hard to believe that this setting is just $245.

Blue Nile Truly Zac Posen Tripple Band Engagement Ring

Those looking to step away from a traditional solitaire need not feel burdened by budget. This triple band engagement ring by Zac Posen uses a two-tone design with wrapping bands that create space on the hand. A contemporary and unique designer engagement ring that sits comfortably under $900.

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Esteemed wedding dress designer Hayley Paige collaborated with Hearts on Fire to create a line of designer engagement rings full of story and intrigue. This design features delicate pink sapphires and holds a Hearts of Fire signature diamond on an elegant, sparkling band. Pre-set, this ring can be paired with a 0.30ct central diamond for an exceptional ring that won’t break the bank.



A.Jaffe hold comfort and functionality equal to beauty in their designer rings, and this timeless solitaire is no exception. The patented shank secures the ring on the finger to prevent twisting and the quilted interior brings further comfort to the wearer.

Blue Nile Truly Zac Posen Floral Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Get ready to dazzle on a budget. This ornate design by Zac Posen for Blue Nile uses pave and complex milgrain detailing to bring life to this unique silhouette. No one would believe this intricate creation comes in under $2,000.


A solitaire with a twist. Simon G are masters of contemporary design with interesting design flourishes that set them apart from the crowd. Clean lines and fluidity define this incredibly well priced engagement ring.

Monique Ihuillier petal solitaire engagement ring rose gold

Famed for our whimsical designs, this design by Monique Lhuillier is full of fairy-tale. Pictured here in blushing rose gold, delicate diamond petals hold your diamond on high for a magical creation well under $2,000.


Generous, gorgeous and precise – and price tag under $1,000 that’s enough to make even diamond gurus gasp in amazement. The crescent shape of the shank allows light to flood the central stone in this timeless design by Benchmark.


A sleek Jeff Cooper design for a princess cut diamond. Polished 14k white gold brings brightness to your central stone in an elegant design that will never go out of style. An instant classic for under $1,000.


Closing the show with another Ritani sensation that proves quality can be achieved under $500. Suitable for even the most modest budgets, this classic design showcases Ritani’s precision and commitment to quality – a designer engagement ring to last a lifetime.

Shopping online is the best way to make the most of your budget, whatever it may be. Lower prices and time to take a pause while searching leads to a stress-free shopping experience. Utilise search filters to work within your budget and find the designer engagement ring of your dreams.

I’ve invested many years studying diamonds, settings and where to buy them from, so if you are looking for more advice, tips or have any questions please drop me an email or use the contact form.


Richard Jenkins
Richard Jenkins
Richard Jenkins, known as Your Diamond Guru, is a diamond enthusiast who became an expert after searching for an engagement ring for his fiancée. Frustrated by the lack of guidance, he studied diamonds and became the go-to person for advice on buying the best diamonds. Richard launched Your Diamond Guru to provide unbiased reviews and resources to help others make informed purchasing decisions. He emphasizes the importance of considering factors beyond size, such as cut, color, clarity, carat, certification, and light performance.