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5 Affordable Engagement Ring Trends That Are Going To Be Huge This Year

Diamonds will always be forever, but this precious stone is taking a backseat to more affordable engagement rings with these alternative gems.

With Instagram inspo instantly at your fingertips, modern brides are opting for more trendy engagement rings with alternative gems. Moonstone, morganite, and opal are newcomers to the center stone while Old World emeralds are making a comeback in contemporary settings. This is good news for whoever’s banking the big-day bling because many of these stones come at a much lower cost than a classic cut diamond.

However, it may not be a coincidence that more couples are choosing affordable engagement rings. In a study about the relationship between wedding spending and marriage duration, Andrew Francis-Tan and Hugo M. Mialon surveyed over 3,000 married people in the U.S. to find that heavy spending is positively correlated with divorce. Not to say you can’t go all out on a boujee reception, but money can be a huge stresser on any relationship.

In their research, Francis-Tan and Mialon found that those who spent between $500 and $2,000 on an engagement ring had a lower rate of divorce (of about 1.3 times) than those who spent less than $500 or more than $2,000 on a ring.

To help you stay in budget and on trend without sacrificing style, we’ve rounded up the prettiest gems under $2,000 for an engagement ring you’ll love forever.

Opal Engagement Rings

Though beloved for some time—even prized by the ancient Romans—opals engagement rings are experiencing a major resurgence. More and more brides are choosing this semi-translucent stone for its color-changing, lustrous properties. They’re most commonly found in ornate vintage settings, but more jewelers are offering stunning modern settings for these one-of-a-kind gems. A black opal engagement ring is the perfect alternative for the contemporary bride with the same pinks, purples, and blues over a dark background and looks stunning paired with rose gold metal.

Macy's opal and diamond engagement ring

Macy’s Opal & Diamond Ring in 14k Rose Gold, $600

Maniamania opal and diamond engagement ring

Maniamania Radiance Opal & Diamond Ring, $1,800

Black opal engagement ring from amazon

Tulajewelry Black Opal & Diamond Engagement Ring in Rose Gold, $820

Moonstone Engagement Rings

Moonstone engagement rings are also on the rise as diamond alternatives. This feldspar mineral is known for its gorgeous luster and moon-like glow (thus the name), caused by light moving between the stone’s layers. Typically seen in colorless white, this prismatic stone can also be found in gray, green, peach, and brown. With so many options, you can truly customize a moonstone ring to your personality and budget. If you believe in the healing power of crystals, moonstone is also a great cleansing stone to keep close, especially during a time of so much excitement.

KALAN by Suzanne Kalan moonstone engagement ring

KALAN by Suzanne Kalan 14K Moonstone Fireworks Band Ring, $440

Davie and Chiyo moonstone engagement ring from Etsy

Davie and Chiyo Moonstone Engagement Ring, $1,551

Pomellato rose gold moonstone engagement ring

Pomellato 18k Rose Gold M’ama Moonstone & Diamond Ring, $2,000

White Sapphire Engagement Rings

Want a near identical dupe to a classic diamond? White sapphire engagement rings are among one of the most affordable engagement ring options while still standing up to the test of time. This precious gemstone generally costs less than yellow, pink, and blue sapphires but is one of the more rare colors. Similar in appearance, white sapphires rank right below diamonds on Moh’s scale of hardness, making the second hardest stone found in nature. White sapphires are also graded on appearance, with AAA representing a whiter and brighter color. Being relatively inexpensive, there’s no reason not to treat yourself to AAA quality and a much larger stone. And with this ring cleaner, you can keep your white sapphires shining bright like a diamond for all eternity.

Cushion cut white sapphire engagement ring from Amazon

Dazzling Rock 14K Cushion-Cut White Sapphire & Diamond Engagement Ring, $471-$554

Loren Stewart gold diamond, opal, and white sapphire engagement ring

Loren Stewart Crowned Jewel II 14k Gold Multi-Stone Ring, $920

Armenta white sapphire baguette engagement ring band

Armenta Old World Sueno White Sapphire Baguette Band Ring, $1,290

Morganite Engagement Rings

Morganite is another engagement stone that is trending right now—and for good reason. It’s a warm-toned beryl gem with pink undertones that are the picture of romance, historically associated with love, romance, femininity, and tenderness. Those who are obsessed with all things rose gold will fall for a morganite engagement ring, and not just for its flattering hue. Trendiness aside, morganite is irresistibly affordable, especially compared to pink diamonds, and looks stunning in a matching rose gold setting.

David Yurman morganite and diamond engagement ring

David Yurman Chatelaine Ring with Morganite & Diamonds in 18k Rose Gold, $1,150

Blue Nile morganite and diamond halo cushion engagement ring

Blue Nile Morganite & Diamond Halo Cushion Engagement Ring, $1,250

Rose gold morganite art deco engagement ring

Myraygem Solid 14k Rose Gold Emerald Cut Pink Morganite Art Deco Ring, $570

Emerald Engagement Rings

Colored gemstones are so on-trend for engagement rings, and emerald is one of the more standout choices for your forever jewelry. With their deep green hues, emeralds are a unique choice for a bride-to-be looking to make a statement, coveted by some of our favorite leading ladies, including Cleopatra, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jackie O. Much like opals, emerald engagement rings are commonly antique, but also look stunning in a modern halo or pavé setting and nearly every metal.

Meira T white gold emerald and diamond engagement ring

Meira T 14k White Gold Emerald & Diamond Ring, $795

Bloomingdale's emerald and diamond double row engagement ring

Bloomingdale’s Emerald & Diamond Double Row Ring in 14k Yellow Gold, $1,900

The Last Line yellow gold emerald braided rope engagement ring band

The Last Line 14k Yellow Gold & Emerald Eternity Band, $905

Taylor Borde

Taylor is an Editor at and an alumna of Iowa State University. Aside from her sartorial love, she considers herself a documentary enthusiast and Frenchie aficionado. She is also shamelessly addicted to predictable rom coms and anything by Drake.

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