15 under-$250 engagement rings to buy now, because it's proposal season
Even if you’ve never heard the words “proposal season,” you’re probably well aware that many couples get engaged between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. It’s the time of year when the weather is cozy, we’re around our loved ones, and all we want to do is nest—the perfect storm for pledging a lifetime of love to your partner.
But if your budget doesn’t allow for Meghan Markle-level diamonds, fear not. Cheap engagement rings exist—and we don’t mean cheap as in low-quality. These unique pieces may not feature diamonds, but in many cases they’re crowned with much more ethical stones. And who doesn’t want an engagement ring that’s gorgeous and good for humanity? Browse 15 affordable engagement ring options below.
1Oval halo ring
Featuring a manmade diamond, this classic ring is set in sterling silver with rose-gold plating.
This vintage-style band is topped with a cubic zirconia and is made to order.
3Lotus flower ring
This is definitely an offbeat engagement ring, but for the right person, it’s a dream come true.
4Sapphire engagement ring
She’ll feel like Kate Middleton in this gorgeous lab-created sapphire.
5White sapphire ring
A beautiful white sapphire on 14k gold makes this ring a classic.
6Art deco ring
Made from sterling silver and lab-created diamonds, this ring is sure to wow.
7A totally unique boho ring
This alternative engagement ring features a blue apatite stone, and we’re smitten.
8Pretty pearl ring
Perfect for a dainty hand.
9Moissanite engagement ring
This beautiful rose gold band and cluster of moissanites is truly unique.
10Vintage opal ring
This opal ring is crowned with a halo of sapphires for a look that’s sure to turn heads.
This pear-shaped simulated diamond sparkles on a band of 14k white gold.
12Minimalist engagement ring
Made with synthetic diamonds and 18k white gold, this minimalist engagement ring is a stunner.
13White fire opal ring
This statement-making ring is crafted from 14k solid rose gold.
14Herkimer diamond ring
The gorgeous raw herkimer will look powerful on the hand of your beloved.
15Budding branch ring
This branch-like band features a 4mm moissanite stone and is sure to wow.