Arguably the most crucial part of an impending engagement is the engagement ring. Online you will find countless styles, sizes, metals, places to buy from, and prices. Budget is probably the thing you’re most concerned about, as anyone with a bit of business sense about them will be looking to make their money go the furthest. If we could get a fantastic diamond engagement ring for $100 that would be incredible, but unfortunately that scenario will remain a dream for many (including me).
However, it’s still possible to find a good quality, cheap engagement ring. In fact, because of ecommerce it’s easier than ever. But that also means it’s easier than ever for untrustworthy actors to sell all kinds of poorly-made items. So knowing where to look is the first step in a good buying experience.
Browsing online allows you to search through a near endless mix of styles, so that you can see what you prefer and eventually find something perfect. It also helps you get a better understanding of what makes a particular ring unique, how to care for them, and what to look for. It also lets you shop at your own pace — I for one cherish the ability to browse with my feet up and a cup of coffee in hand.
In all my years operating within the diamond market, I’ve come across several outlets that sell some of the highest quality diamond engagement rings on the market today — truly stunning pieces. So to help get you started on your way towards marital bliss, here are the best places to buy affordable engagement rings online.
Tiffany & Co.
Diamond engagement rings from $13,700
Everyone has heard of Tiffany & Co. They’re world-famous, known globally for their luxury, haute couture, attention to detail, clever branding, and high-quality products.
Now, I know I said that ‘cheap engagement rings’ would be the aim of this piece, and Tiffany & Co. is definitely at the far end of that term, but you can find affordable pieces with them. Plus, it’s worth noting that high-quality ‘cheap’ or ‘affordable’ pieces within the diamond jewelry world will still cost a fair amount of money. As I said, finding something for $100 will only be that price because it’s poor quality, which is the worst-case scenario for a diamond engagement ring.
Tiffany & Co. promises none of that. In my review of Tiffany & Co., I wrote ‘First stop Tiffany. Last stop Tiffany.’, and it’s true. Elegance, grace, heritage — these are the things Tiffany promises consistently, delivering every time. As a designer, it’s spawned countless lookalikes, but none of them have the prestige of Tiffany & Co.
The Pavé Tiffany® Setting Engagement Ring with a Pavé Diamond Band in Platinum, a graceful and gorgeous piece.
In terms of price, think of the higher levels of what can be deemed as affordable within the diamond market. Naturally, you’re paying for both name and quality, as these are some of the finest-made engagement rings available today.
An interesting thing about Tiffany is that they appraise diamonds themselves, rather than using independent laboratories such as the GIA or the AGS. Now, in most cases, I would see this as a red flag. If a brand is appraising their diamonds in-house they may be working with a certain degree of bias. But due to Tiffany’s international status, I’d argue that their work is to be trusted.
While Tiffany & Co. may not be affordable for everyone, and are definitely not known for cheap engagement rings, they’re well worth browsing through, especially if you’re looking to understand what makes the best, the best.
Diamond engagement rings from $490
A stand-out choice for cheap engagement rings are Brilliant Earth, who boast ethical diamonds, a commitment to good environmental practices, great designs, and very affordable prices. One thing that sets them apart is their wide range of lab-grown diamonds, which are inherently cheaper than their natural counterparts as they’re man-made. However, they’re identical to natural diamonds, so you don’t have to worry about poor diamond quality.
With an impressive range of diamond engagement rings that start at prices around $500, Brilliant Earth have quickly made a name for themselves as both high-quality and accessible diamond retailers. And they take their position seriously, giving back to communities affected by unethical diamond practices and selling Beyond Conflict FreeTM diamonds — diamonds that contribute to a more transparent and sustainable diamond community.
The Six Prong Petite Shared Prong Diamond Engagement Ring is an affordable diamond engagement ring that caught my eye for its diamond-encrusted shank and the classic feel of its design. Diamond engagement rings like this will always be impressive.
There’s also an exclusivity to Brilliant Earth. First of all, they source their diamonds from the Diavik and Ekati mines in Canada, and second, they offer custom-designed pieces where you can choose from different options to make your engagement ring truly unique. Overall, I’d recommend Brilliant Earth for those looking for cheap engagement rings that really don’t cost the Earth.
For more information read my Brilliant Earth Review.