There’s no denying it; engagement rings are pricey. And since “diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” every woman out there wants something sparkly and pretty. But at what cost?
Considering your engagement ring is supposed to have a permanent place on your finger, you want it to be beautiful and sturdy. According to Randy McCollough, the CEO of Charles & Colvard:
Traditionally, your engagement ring should cost three months of your future husband’s salary.
That means if your current significant other makes $60,000/year, your ring should cost around $15,000…not too shabby! Of course, your ring can be more or less than that, but that formula is a common standard.
Personally, I still believe $15,000 is a bit much for a ring. If you’re with me on that, look below for six gorgeous rings under $5,000.
1. Hazeline Black Diamond
If you’re an edgy girl who’s never felt a traditional diamond was your style, consider this unique black diamond solitaire from Anna Sheffield. Anna Sheffield is my personal favorite engagement ring designer. All her rings are unique and custom-made. If you don’t see your dream ring on her site, she’ll make it for you!
2. Yellow Diamond Ring
3. Go for Moissanite
If you love bling but don’t have a millionaire’s budget, consider a Forever Brilliant Moissanite ring. In simple terms, moissanite is a man-made diamond. This stone is stronger than sapphire, ruby and emerald and will last for generations.
I recently went to a Forever Brilliant event and got to take a look at these rings…I really couldn’t tell the difference.
4. Search Etsy
5. Stay Simple
Stay simple with this 0.51 carat princess-cut diamond engagement ring.
6. Go Conflict-Free
Conflict-free diamonds are the best diamonds. This one from Greenwich Jewelers is beyond lovely. It’s a solitaire made with recycled white gold and a 0.80 carat conflict-free diamond. Perfect for the eco-conscious woman.
What’s your dream engagement ring? Let us know in the comments below!