25 Simple Engagement Rings for the Minimalist Bride-to-Be

You can say "yes!" to a gorgeous minimalist engagement ring.

Bride holding sweater with rings on fingers

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If your style is more understated and showing off some major bling while you’re engaged is just not your thing, you're in luck: rocking a minimalist engagement ring doesn’t have to mean sacrificing on style—in fact, some of the coolest rings we’ve seen are all about simplicity. Enter our favorite creation by one of our most beloved jewelers.

What is a Minimalist Engagement Ring?

A minimalist engagement ring is a ring with simple and understated designs. They often feature one focal stone with clean, simple silhouettes.

We’ve long obsessed over Vrai's dainty designs, so when the jeweler launched a dedicated wedding line, we were beyond thrilled. With architectural shapes, clean lines, and a simplistic approach to bridal jewelry, this is a minimalist’s dream. And they are all California-grown sustainable diamonds that you can try on at home before you buy.

But Vrai is not the only one getting in on simple engagement rings. From an understated round diamond on a barely-there gold band to a teardrop stacked with a thin wave of pavé stones, we’ve got all the engagement ring styles a minimalist needs to see. Melanie Casey of Melanie Casey Fine Jewelry loves the versatility of a solitaire ring, "Depending on the bride’s personal preferences, you can go big or small with the focal stone," she says. "You can go with a classic round diamond, or change it up with a fancy shape, like a cushion cut. Although they’re simple, the options with solitaires are endless."

Minimalist rings are often simpler and while they may sometimes come off as less trendy, they will go with pretty much any outfit. "These understated designs wear well and are less likely to clash with your wardrobe or other pieces of jewelry," says Casey.

Meet the Expert

Melanie Casey is a jeweler and founder of Melanie Casey Fine Jewelry.

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Vrai The Signature Ring Emerald

Emerald cut diamond solitaire gold ring on a white background

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The Signature was designed to sit low on the finger, flush with the wedding band. The diamond gets extra reflective light with Vrai's signature sling dip below the band. The emerald cut can lay horizontal or vertical on the band.

SHOP NOW: Vrai, from $3,597

Keep your lifestyle, daily activities, and personal style in mind while you search for the perfect minimalist engagement ring.

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Melanie Casey Diamond Tempo Ring

Engagement ring with the center diamonds and smaller band diamonds on a white background

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The Diamond Tempo ring was made to symbolize the rhythm we walk through life with. The line of white diamonds are varied in sizes but evenly spaced on a solid 14k gold band of either yellow, rose, or white.

SHOP NOW: Melanie Casey, $1,100

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Vrai The Signature Ring Round

Solitaire diamond and gold ring on a white background

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The round-cut diamond solitaire is a classic choice. Vrai's features a low profile and a sling dip. "Solitaires are the quintessential minimalist style," says Casey. "Although they’re simple, the options with solitaires are endless!"

SHOP NOW: Vrai, from $2,190

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Melanie Casey Diamond Ember Ring

Marquise diamond ring with small round diamond accents on a gold band against a white background

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The Diamond Ember Ring features a slim gold band set with a delicate white marquise diamond with small, round diamond accents. The band tapers at the stone cluster, creating a perfect balance. "Minimalist engagement rings can feature unique focal stones like different colored gemstones, rose-cut diamonds, and fancy shaped stones," says Casey. "Accent stones and pave bands can also add visual interest to minimalist designs."

SHOP NOW: Melanie Casey, $1,480

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Melanie Casey Diamond Eyelet Ring

Diamond eyelet ring on a white background

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Inspired by intricate embroidery, bright white cluster diamonds accent the marquise-cut focal stone. The dainty arrangement is set on a slim gold band to maintain a minimalist form.

SHOP NOW: Melanie Casey, $1,550

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Melanie Casey Unveiled Stacking Ring in Oval Diamond

Solitaire diamond ring on a white background

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As per the ring's name, this piece makes an excellent addition to a ring stack. The solid 14k gold band is gently lifted so layers can nestle together snug.

SHOP NOW: Melanie Casey, $890

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Valerie Madison Supernova Diamond Ring

Rose gold diamond ring on a white background

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The Supernova Diamond Ring features a unique sculpted point and a nested brilliant-cut white diamond. The band is made from 14k rose gold in sizes five through eight.

SHOP NOW: Valerie Madison, $685

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Valerie Madison Dua Diamond Band

Open ring band with two round diamonds on a white background

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In 14k yellow gold, this dainty ring has an open band with matching brilliant-cut diamonds on each side. The stones are conflict-free and set with Valerie Madison's signature compass claw prongs.

SHOP NOW: Valerie Madison, $885

When your shopping for your own minimalist ring, keep in mind that sometimes less is more. Look for elements like a simple ring band or a low profile.

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Valerie Madison Triangle Rose Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Triangle solitaire diamond ring against a white background

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The small, transparent diamond is expertly cut into an elongated triangle with rose-cut facets. It's prong-set sideways on a 14k gold band.

SHOP NOW: Valerie Madison, $3,415

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JSV Concepts Marquise Diamond Ring

Marquise diamond ring close up on finger

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This delicate engagement ring features a dainty natural white marquise diamond center stone with tiny brilliant-cut diamond accents. The band comes in rose, white, and yellow gold in sizes three through ten.

SHOP NOW: Etsy, $349

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Anna Sheffield Bea East-West Solitaire Ring

Square rutilated quartz ring on a white background

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A black rutilated quartz stone is cut in a rectangle and set horizontally on a 14k recycled yellow gold tapered shank with knife-edge prongs. The design features Anna Sheffield's signature basket.

SHOP NOW: Anna Sheffield, $950

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Anna Sheffield Hazeline Knife Edge Solitaire Ring

Champagne diamond ring on a white background

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This champagne ring is a cornerstone of Anna Sheffield's solitaire collection: The Hazeline is timeless and delicate. The cushion-cut champagne-colored diamond is set in a knife-edge, 14k recycled yellow gold shank.

SHOP NOW: Anna Sheffield, $11,250

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Melanie Casey City Lights Band in Diamond

Diamond ring band on a white background

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The City Lights Band blends both rose-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds for a unique silhouette. The delicate band is available in solid 14k yellow, rose, and white gold.

SHOP NOW: Melanie Casey, $1,400

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KatKim Marquise Crescendo Ring

Marquise crescent ring on a white background

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"Minimalist doesn't mean boring," says Casey, and the Marquise Crescendo Ring proves just that. A prong-set marquise diamond on polished 18k gold looks classy, clean, and totally wedding-worthy.

SHOP NOW: KatKim, $3,600

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Jennie Kwon Diamond Baguette Mini Equilibrium Ring

Diamond baguette ring on a white background

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The precise lines of the baguette stones were designed to showcase the center diamond. Milgrain detailing further frames the 14k gold equilibrium ring.

SHOP NOW: Jennie Kwon, $1,395

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Nora Kogan "Paloma" Ring

Horizontal tapered diamond baguette ring on a white background

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The Paloma Ring utilizes asymmetry for a fresh approach to a baguette diamond ring. The tapered stone sits horizontally on a 14k band of solid yellow gold.

SHOP NOW: Nora Kogan, $2,835

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Ila "Perryn" Diamond Baguette Ring

Diamond Baguette Ring on a white background

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The slender band comes in 14k yellow gold. Two diamond baguettes are set back to back, keeping the profile thin while still boasting .24 carats.

SHOP NOW: Catbird, $2,200

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Jennifer Dawes Dreamy Rose Cut Diamond Ring

Rose cut diamond ring on a white background

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The stacking stone ring features a rose-cut white diamond on a sleek 18k yellow gold band. The seven- by five-millimeter diamond stands out against the dainty one-and-a-half-millimeter band.

SHOP NOW: Jennifer Dawes, $5,250

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KatKim Cosma Diamond Ring

Octagon diamond ring against a white background

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The Cosma Diamond ring features an octagon bezel setting to emulate the shape of the diamond. It's made from 18k gold, with a selection of yellow, rose, or white. It can be made from platinum upon request or customized with different stones.

SHOP NOW: KatKim, price upon request

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Minimal VS Asscher Cut Diamond Ring

Asscher cut diamond ring on a white background

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The Asscher cut diamond sits in a square bezel and can be made with polished, satin, or brushed 18k yellow, rose, or white gold. Total diamond weight is .70 carats and comes with a GIA certification.

SHOP NOW: Etsy, from $5,600

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Zoë Chicco Horizontal Baguette Ring

Dainty horizontal baguette ring

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This ultra dainty ring is just a delicate one millimeters wide with a .06ct white diamond baguette. Metals come in 14k white, yellow, and rose gold.

SHOP NOW: Zoë Chicco, $330

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Bario Neal Nikko Mini Morganite Marquise Ring

Morganite marquise gold ring on a white background

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A dainty horizontal morganite marquise stone is prong-set by hand on a 14k yellow gold round band. The morganite is sustainably sourced from Brazil for conflict-free jewelry.

SHOP NOW: Bario Neal, from $630

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Ginette NY Medium Lonely Diamond Ring

Diamond ring in a bezel setting on a white background

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A mini solitaire diamond ring bezel-set with 18k rose gold is the picture of a minimalist engagement ring. The dainty round band makes for beautiful and easy ring stacking.

SHOP NOW: Ginette NY, from $705

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Monique Péan RCD582R

Monique Péan RCD582R

Monique Péan

The open form ring is made with two channel-set baguette diamonds weighing a total of .08 carats. The wrapped band comes in 18k recycled rose gold.

SHOP NOW: Monique Péan, $1,520

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Blue Nile Mini Baguette-Cut Diamond Fashion Ring

Blue Nile Mini Baguette-Cut Diamond Fashion Ring

Blue Nile 

The horizontal baguette-cut diamond is set in a slim and stackable 14k yellow gold band. The ring is available in sizes five, six, seven, and eight, but because it's so delicate it cannot be resized.

SHOP NOW: Blue Nile, $299

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