44 Small Engagement Rings for the Low-Key Bride

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Small Engagement Rings

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Believe it or not, not everyone wants a gigantic diamond for an engagement ring. It's true. Modern and minimalist brides flock to smaller designs with teensy stones and delicate bands that are easier to style. (You can even get in on the wedding stack trend that guarantees a chic look!) Not to mention, a smaller ring will typically cost much less than a flashier one. Potentially, you could save thousands of dollars on a minimalistic engagement ring.

While small engagement rings are less attention-grabbing initially, they can be more intricate than larger solitaires with more opportunities for craftsmanship. "With bigger diamond rings, usually the stone takes up much of the ring, so there are less opportunities to add design elements," says Ashley Zhang, a fine jewelry designer in New York. "With smaller rings, you can have multiple stone cuts in one design, add accent stones like birthstones, or hand engraving."

Meet the Expert

  • Ashley Zhang is a fine jewelry designer with a New York City–based eponymous label, Ashley Zhang Jewelry. Her pieces have been worn by celebrities, such as Jennifer Lawrence, Bella Hadid, and Dua Lipa.

Also, smaller rings allow for more styling flexibility. "Smaller engagement rings have more potential for stacking and mixing bands. This way your bridal stack can change upon your mood or be added to over time," Zhang says. Whether you're partial to a sleek and sophisticated stone that's classically cut and in a pared-back setting, a romantic cluster ring, or one with a more distinctive off-kilter setting, peruse our edit of dainty engagement rings. The smaller size doesn't mean there's a shortage of stylish, unique designs: There is one for you.

Looking for the perfect minimalist ring for your big day? Ahead, check out our favorite small engagement rings along with some important things to consider as you shop.

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Ginette NY Medium Lonely Diamond Ring

Ginette NY Medium Lonely Diamond Ring

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Update a classic solitaire ring by opting for a diamond in a bezel setting. This piece from Ginette NY, set in 18k rose gold, is perfect for brides with a cool-girl ethos.

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Zoë Chicco Horizontal Baguette Ring

Zoë Chicco Horizontal Baguette Ring

Courtesy of Zoë Chicco 

Minimal, subtle, elegant. This mini .06-carat baguette diamond ring, set in 14k gold, can be worn on its own or stacked with other bands.

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Barbela Design Diamond Jayne Ring

Barbela Design Diamond Jayne Ring

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Two bezel-set diamonds meet vertically in a twisted, closed-loop band. An elegant, artful choice for the modern bride set in 14k yellow gold.

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Ariel Gordon Marquise Wink Ring

Ariel Gordon Marquise Wink Ring

Courtesy of Ariel Gordon

This ultra-delicate option features a marquise diamond in a more modern, east-west setting. Set in 14k yellow gold, other gemstone options for this ring include rhodolite garnet, swiss blue top, and iolite.

Invert elongated stones for a more contemporary engagement ring style. "For gems, turning an elongated stone on its side, like a marquise or emerald-cut, will make it easier to stack with other bands or wedding bands," Zhang says.

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Après Jewelry The Triple Rose Cut Ring

Après Jewelry The Triple Rose Cut Ring

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Featuring a trifecta of rose-cut diamonds perched on a delicate, slender 14k yellow gold band, this Après Jewelry design is elegant, romantic, and definitely swoon-worthy. What more could you ask for?

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Shahla Karimi Love V Ring

Shahla Karimi Love V Ring

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Set in 14k yellow gold, the placement of the lone pear diamond combined with the open, asymmetrical, split-shank band detail makes this piece a structural work of art. The "V" silhouette is symbolic of both unity and duality of love. 

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Ceremony Ren I Thin Cigar Ring

Ceremony Ren I Thin Cigar Ring

Courtesy of Ceremony

This art deco–inspired piece features a cigar-style band with a lone princess-cut diamond. This ring, set in 18k yellow gold, is perfect for brides who want a wider band with a structural edge.

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KatKim Grande Crescendo Flare Pavé Ring

KatKim Grande Crescendo Flare Pavé Ring

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With a sideways diamond pavé band that wraps around the finger, punctuated by a seemingly floating, single round diamond, this piece of jewelry is perfect for anyone who wants to make a statement. A work of art set in 18k yellow gold.

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Lizzie Mandler Petite Knife Edge Solitaire Ring

Lizzie Mandler Petite Knife Edge Solitaire Ring

Courtesy of Lizzie Mandler

The knife-edge detailing on the 18k yellow gold band of this round-cut solitaire option adds dimension to a timeless design. Brides in the market for just a hint of sparkle won't be able to say no.

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Jade Trau Alchemy Sophisticate Solitaire Stackable Ring

Jade Trau Alchemy Sophisticate Solitaire Stackable Ring

Courtesy of Jade Trau

When choosing smaller rings, pay close attention to unique design elements. The hexagonal bezel setting on this 0.15 carat round brilliant-cut diamond—plus, the matte finish on the 18k yellow gold band—gives this simple solitaire ring a distinctive feel and contemporary edge.

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ILA Pietro Marquise-Cut Diamond Ring

ILA Pietro Marquise-Cut Diamond Ring

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With a hovering marquise-cut diamond set in recycled 14k rose gold, this exquisite delicate ring is sure to wow. It's a made-to-order piece that features a super-dainty band that gives the illusion of a floating diamond when worn.

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De Beers The Promise Small Round Brilliant Diamond Ring

De Beers The Promise Small Round Brilliant Diamond Ring

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This dazzling 18k rose gold beauty features a round brilliant solitaire enclosed by two interlocking bands, one plain and one set with diamonds. A truly elegant choice for brides after that fairytale ending.

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Blanca Monrós Gómez Small White Lily Ring

Blanca Monrós Gómez Small White Lily Ring

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The unique cluster of rose-cut diamonds differing in size, surrounded by a slim pavé band, ensures that this ring will sparkle when catching the light. This ring is set in reclaimed 18k yellow gold.

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Ashley Zhang Baguette Diamond Eternity Band

Ashley Zhang Baguette Diamond Eternity Band

Courtesy of Ashley Zhang

For fans of the eternity band, consider this textured, art deco-inspired option with milgrain detailing. Featuring a seamless loop of channel-set, baguette-cut diamonds, this ornate piece of jewelry will get you all the compliments. This ring is set in 14k white gold.

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Nora Kogan Paloma Ring

Nora Kogan Paloma Ring

Courtesy of Nora Kogan

Calling modern brides with spunk: This ring, featuring a tapered diamond is for you. With a horizontally set baguette diamond, set in 18k yellow gold, this tapered, square band option is a bold (and fun) engagement choice.

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Elisa Solomon "Anna Karenina" Marquise Diamond Ring

Elisa Solomon "Anna Karenina" Marquise Diamond Ring

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This vintage, romantic ring should be promoted to heirloom status, stat. Inspired by Native American art, this ornate piece features a marquise diamond with a melee halo. The jewel-encrusted band, with baguette and melee diamonds, is set in 18k platinum.

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Zoë Chicco Bezel Set Emerald Cut Diamond Ring

Zoë Chicco Bezel Set Emerald Cut Diamond Ring

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The emerald-cut diamond in a thick bezel setting adds a rustic vibe to this otherwise delicate and simple, half-round band ring. It's set in 14k yellow gold for a hint of Grecian goddess appeal.

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Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Marquise Band Ring

Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Marquise Band Ring

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Modern and fashion-forward, this solitaire marquise diamond ring in platinum is inspired by the signet design. The minimalist style is sure to please the most understated bride.

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Cartier Etincelle De Cartier Ring

Cartier Etincelle De Cartier Ring

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Sleek, timeless, elegant. Set in 18k pink gold, this ring is anything but boring. Featuring an emerald-cut diamond at the center flanked by 22 round brilliant cut diamonds, this beauty is a testament to refined simplicity.

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Jacquie Aiche Twisted Marquise Diamond Stack Ring

Jacquie Aiche Twisted Marquise Diamond Stack Ring

Courtesy of Jacquie Aiche

When in doubt, opt for a versatile diamond stack ring that looks gorgeous on its own or coupled with other finger jewels. The twisted band, available in 14k yellow, rose, or white gold, lends just the right amount of visual interest to the marquise diamond center.

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Catbird Odette The Swan, Supreme Ring

Catbird Odette The Swan, Supreme Ring

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The ultra-slim pavé band is the perfect backdrop to the trio of diamonds in this ring. A rose-cut diamond and two brilliant-cut diamonds are set in a 14k gold band.

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Jennie Kwon Diamond Kite Balance Ring

Jennie Kwon Diamond Kite Balance Ring

Courtesy of Jennie Kwon

The striking kite-shaped diamond of this Jennie Kwon piece is perched atop a slim pavé band with intricate milgrain detailing. Perfect for the fearless, fashion-forward bride, this ring is set in matte-brushed, 18k yellow gold.

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Sofia Zakia Pleiades Supreme Ring

Sofia Zakia Pleiades Supreme Ring

Courtesy of Sofia Zakia

Astrology-lovers, this ring is for you! Named after a cluster of luminous stars, this celestial-inspired ring is romantic and dreamy. Featuring a central diamond flanked by diamonds, two round and two baguettes, this dazzling beauty in 14k yellow gold makes it look like stars have been plucked straight from the skies.

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Gillian Conroy Jewelry Marquise Diamond and Pavé Bezel Ring

Gillian Conroy Jewelry Marquise Diamond and Pavé Bezel Ring

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We love the antique sensibilities of this half-pavé band ring with a horizontal bezel-set, marquise diamond in the center. Both elegant and rustic, this ring is set in 18k yellow gold with a satin-matte, almost-dirty-gold finish.

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Wwake Medium Vista Ring

Wwake Medium Vista Ring

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Varied diamond cuts and sizes create a more striking piece of jewelry. Here, an emerald-cut diamond is framed by four round diamonds. The ring, which boasts of reclaimed diamonds, is set in 18k yellow gold.

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Kataoka New Moon Solitaire Ring

Kataoka New Moon Solitaire Ring

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In a stunning display of craftsmanship, this romantic option features a brilliant round diamond surrounded by a smattering of smaller diamonds on a dainty, delicate, 18k beige gold band.

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David Yurman Eden Petite Solitaire Engagement Ring

David Yurman Eden Petite Solitaire Engagement Ring

Courtesy of David Yurman

Fun details make a ring feel more unique, even when it's a detail unseen to the public eye. This solitaire ring, featuring a round center diamond, features discreet cable detailing on its round, 18k yellow gold band. It could be your little secret.

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Vrai The Signature Ring

Vrai The Signature Ring

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This emerald-cut solitaire by Vrai in 14k rose gold is a timeless option. Set slightly lower than usual, it's made to sit low on the finger for a subtle play on light and depth.

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ILA Perryn Diamond Baguette Ring

ILA Perryn Diamond Baguette Ring

Courtesy of Catbird

Stylish brides to be will love the subtly cool details of this ring. Set in 14k yellow gold, the two back-to-back horizontally set, tapered baguette diamonds, not to mention the barely there prongs, make this ring a work of art.

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KatKim Cosma Diamond Ring

KatKim Cosma Diamond Ring

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Sharp, geometric edges make simple, timeless designs feel fresh. Featuring an octagon bezel setting and a square band crafted in polished 18k yellow gold, this solitaire ring is anything but plain.

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KatKim Marquise Crescendo Ring

KatKim Marquise Crescendo Ring

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Make a statement with this seductive 18k yellow gold stunner featuring a marquise-cut diamond in a pointed, open design. This is definitely a choice for the fashion-forward bride.

Because smaller rings tend to be more delicate, they require gentler care. Zhang advises wearers to remove rings before exercise or strenuous activities and to refrain from sleeping in them to avoid snagging the prongs on beddings.

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Minimal VS Asscher Cut Diamond Ring

Minimal VS Asscher Cut Diamond Ring

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A solitaire ring need not be boring. A less common cut, like this Asscher-cut diamond, in a bezel setting, updates a classic and gives it a more contemporary twist. This ring is set in 18k yellow gold.

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Jennie Kwon Diamond Baguette Mini Equilibrium Ring

Jennie Kwon Diamond Baguette Mini Equilibrium Ring

 Courtesy of Jennie Kwon

This small, vintage-inspired bauble is a showstopper. The central round diamond is bezel-set and framed by milgrain detailing. With baguette and round diamonds set in a 14k yellow gold band, this ring is a delicate and intricate piece of jewelry.

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Blue Nile Mini Baguette-Cut Diamond Fashion Ring

Blue Nile Mini Baguette-Cut Diamond Fashion Ring

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This slim ring, set in 14k yellow gold, features a bezel-set mini baguette-cut diamond. It's simple, modern, and definitely stackable.

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Grace Lee Petite Marquise + Pear Half Eternity Ring

Grace Lee Petite Marquise + Pear Half Eternity Ring

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Sometimes small pieces make the most impact. Case in point: The row of offset marquise and pear diamonds in this Grace Lee option, set in 14k gold, is delicate, striking, and a little bit whimsical.

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Bario Neal Nikko Mini Morganite Marquise Ring

Bario Neal Nikko Mini Morganite Marquise Ring

Courtesy of Bario Neal

This east-west marquise ring features morganite from Brazil and is set in 14k yellow gold. Bario Neal prides itself on transparency so you can trace the brand's gemstones from mine to market. This is a great choice for the bride-to-be who wants to veer slightly away from a traditional diamond.

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Van Cleef & Arpels Perlée Solitaire Pink Gold Ring

Van Cleef & Arpels Perlée Solitaire Pink Gold Ring

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The pearl-inspired, beaded curvature on this rose gold band adds a fun, playful element to this round diamond solitaire. We love the conversation-starting appeal this ring brings.

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Vrai The Solitaire Ring

Vrai The Solitaire Ring

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It's signature classics like this solitaire engagement ring that will make your heart sing. We love the simplicity of the brilliant-cut diamond, especially when coupled with an 18k white gold band.

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Porter Gulch "Harper" Ring

Porter Gulch "Harper" Ring

Courtesy of Porter Gulch

This scene-stealing marquise diamond ring is utterly romantic. The light and airy design is made even more stunning by the addition of petite round and princess-cut diamonds. It's showstopping without being over the top.

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Jennie Kwon Rose Cut Diamond Cluster Equilibrium Ring

Jennie Kwon Rose Cut Diamond Cluster Equilibrium Ring

Courtesy of Jennie Kwon

This dainty cluster ring in 14k yellow gold sparkles like a constellation. With three rose-cut diamonds surrounded by eleven smaller stones on a slim, delicate band, this piece is a romantic choice for brides who exude subtle elegance.

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Mociun Mini Compass Rose Ring

Mociun Mini Compass Rose Ring

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Old European-cut diamonds gained popularity during the art deco period. For a subtle whiff of art deco sensibilities, consider this piece by Mociun with a central diamond set in 14k yellow gold and flanked by six pavé-set diamonds.

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Mejuri Round-Cut Ring

Mejuri Round-Cut Ring

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If you're in the market for a classic engagement ring with a subtle twist, then look no further. A peach morganite stone is flanked by two small brilliant-cut diamonds on the side for a dainty finish.

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Emily Warden Designs Diamond Honeycomb Ring

Emily Warden Designs Diamond Honeycomb Ring

Courtesy of Emily Warden Designs

This low-profile setting ring would look exquisite on its own or stacked with other bands. The unique honeycomb style consists of a trio of rose-cut white diamonds on a 14k yellow gold band.

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Stone and Strand Shield of Strength Gold Diamond Ring

Stone and Strand Shield of Strength Gold Diamond Ring

Courtesy of NET-A-PORTER

Behold, a classic 9k gold engagement ring that will spark interest in traditional and contemporary brides alike. The round- and baguette-cut diamond center is practically begging for its close-up.

What to Look for When Choosing a Small Engagement Ring

Quality

A smaller ring does not mean a lower-quality ring. In fact, given the delicate nature of your small engagement ring, you will want to pay particular attention to the craftsmanship of your ring. The cut and clarity of your stone and metal content are all things to consider, as you shop for your small engagement ring

Stone

Someone who doesn't wear much jewelry may not be sartorially (and physically) comfortable rocking a large rock. So, an engagement ring with a smaller stone will naturally feel more comfortable and wearable for the bride-to-be.

Size

When considering a smaller ring, it's important to consider practicality.  "[Some] women have jobs or activities where they use their hands a lot, such as nurses who are putting on and taking off gloves throughout the day," Zhang says. "For them, a large ring may become an annoyance for everyday wear."

FAQs

  • How small is a small engagement ring? Typically, a small engagement ring has a stone size of 0.40 carats or below. In comparison, a common regular-sized engagement ring is 0.50 carats or larger.
  • What styles are available for small engagement rings? While a smaller ring can be more minimal in design, you can still be creative with your ring's appearance, stone settings, and cut.
  • How much does a small engagement ring cost? Like most rings, costs can vary, although a smaller ring will likely cost less than rings with large stones.   
  • Will a small engagement ring go out of style? No, having a ring that fits your style (and your finger) perfectly will never go out of style.

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