Getting engaged is a big deal: After all, it’s not every day that you decide to spend the rest of your life with someone. But even so, there’s no need to break the bank over the engagement ring. With so many talented designers from around the world on Etsy, it’s easy to find something unique, creative and totally unexpected for under $1,000 (which means more money for the honeymoon!).
Scroll on for 34 fresh takes on engagement rings — from styles featuring recycled materials and diamond alternatives to those with symbolic motifs and sweetly sentimental bands. A world of engagement ring inspiration awaits.
Braided strands of recycled rose gold encircle a delicate diamond – or any other stone you choose.
This symbolic knot features shimmering blue and yellow sapphires.
For a love that’s as solid as an oak tree: sterling silver branches and a shiny white topaz.
Opt for an element of surprise with a ring set featuring mixed metals and a triangle-shaped stone.
Contrasting textures — both rough and refined — create a captivating combination.
Two pear-shaped diamonds are better than one.
Tie the knot with thick gold bands that are equal parts striking and subtle.
Scattered diamond stars accent an understated white gold band.
This ring is all heart.
The soft pink hue of this morganite ring practically glows with old-time romance.
This wilderness-inspired style features a rare ammolite stone — because true love is hard to come by.
Six purple diamonds dance along the top of this unique, fan-shaped ring.
A wreath of golden ginko leaves represents the strength and longevity of your union.
Go au naturel with a raw diamond solitaire.
For the minimalist: a sleek band of rose gold with a tiny, flush-set diamond in the center.
Rainbow moonstones will see you through a lifetime of nights together.
This rope-textured sailor’s knot is simple, classic, and oh-so-romantic — perfect for a love that can withstand any tempest.
‘Til death do us part, with a topaz stone.
An iridescent opal meets its match: a slim, swirling infinity loop.
Make a statement with a set of chunky golden bands.
Opals, alexandrite, and black spinel form a delicate arc.
You don’t have to be a deep-sea diver to appreciate the beauty of this coral-inspired design.
With its faceted band and gold-tone stone, this palladium-silver and yellow-sapphire stunner turns the old-fashioned engagement ring formula inside out.
We’re crazy about the texture of the band on this luminescent moonstone ring.
For your north star: a stellar diamond set that fits together just so.
A sea urchin–inspired setting showcases the sparkle of a white sapphire.
For the bold: a vibrant pink tourmaline stone that’s meant to be stacked.
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Like many of the greatest romantic matches, this pairing of a satin-finish, organic pod-like shape with a smattering of dazzling diamonds shouldn’t work — but magically, it does.
Inspired by the new growth of spring, this ring features hand-engraved buds and a single green sapphire.
Swapping the diamond solitaire for a single enchanting opal gives a classic shape an almost-mystical twist.
Round tubes and moissanite stones create a band with a bubble effect.