24 Spectacular Solitaire Engagement Rings Under $5,000

Budget-friendly and oh-so beautiful!

Updated 01/09/19

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From breathtaking diamonds to glittering gemstones and sparkling accent stones, engagement rings come with a lot of fanciful detail. Whether your taste skews modern-minimalist, timeless and classic, or unexpected and alternative (i.e. black diamonds, gemstones, and unique settings are totally up your alley!), an engagement ring is the most dazzling piece of jewelry in every woman’s collection. If you’re all about a single striking stone for your engagement ring sans embellishment, then a solitaire ring is undoubtedly for you—you’re surely dreaming of a decent-sized stone in this case, too. That’s where the downside comes in. Engagement rings are rather costly in general but especially so if you’re pining for a single, spectacular stone. Let’s say you’ve got your sights sets on two, three, four, or five (!!!) carats, well, buckle up. Because sizeable stones of that variety will one hundred percent set you back tens of thousands of dollars. Eek! But we’re not here to bring you down and tear apart your ring dreams. In fact, quite the opposite. We’re here to prove how there are loads of stunning solitaire engagement rings available that cost less than $5,000—and no, they don’t all come with minuscule stones that you’ll need a magnifying glass to witness.

When shopping for an affordable solitaire engagement ring, there are a few hacks to know. First, don’t get so hung up on carat size. If you’ve been dreaming of one, two, or three carats, look for stones that are slightly over or under your dream carat size. Also, you don’t have to have a white diamond. Gemstones are continuing to be a popular trend in the engagement ring world whether you’re for rubies, emeralds, or sapphires like Kate Middleton. If you have to diamond (hey, we get it!), think about your options: Lab-created diamonds are totally legit stones that cost a heck of lot less than those that are mined (plus, they’re a more sustainable option for those interested in an ethically made engagement ring). Or, you can opt for a stone that simply looks like a diamond such as white sapphires or morganite which both cost a lot less than the real deal. Another hack is considering raw, rustic, and rough-cut diamonds or salt and pepper diamonds which are basically diamonds with white and black inclusions in them. These options all make for a super-unique engagement ring that will not only stand out in a sea of white diamonds but will cost you less with a lot more character.

No matter your solitaire engagement ring preferences, ahead scroll through our edit of 24 rings that will have you saying “yes” in an instant.

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Mallory Shelter Jewelry Bezel Set Engagement Ring (Platinum)

Courtesy of Mallory Shelter Jewelry

SHOP NOW: Shop Shelter, Priced from $1,000

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Simon G. MR2950 Engagement Ring Solitaire Collection

Courtesy of Simon G.

SHOP NOW: Simon G., Priced from $1,056

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Tacori Coastal Crescent Ring

Courtesy of Tacori

SHOP NOW: Tacori, Starting at $1,490 in 14kt Gold

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Après Jewelry The Stella Ring Cushion Cut

Courtesy of Après Jewelry

SHOP NOW: Après Jewelry, $1,700

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Laura Lee Orion I Ring

Courtesy of Laura Lee

SHOP NOW: Laura Lee Jewelry, Approximately $2,200

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Doyle & Doyle Vintage Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring, Old European Cut 0.28ct

Courtesy of Doyle & Doyle

SHOP NOW: Doyle & Doyle, $2,300

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Anita Ko Oval Cut Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Anita Ko

SHOP NOW: Anita Ko, $2,375

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ManiaMania Entity Solitaire Ring 14k White Gold With Rustic White Diamonds

Courtesy of ManiaMania

SHOP NOW: ManiaMania, $2,400

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Bario Neal Avens Raw Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Bario Neal

SHOP NOW: Bario Neal, Priced From $2,442

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Charles & Colvard Forever One 3.30CTW Cushion Colorless Moissanite Four Prong Basket Solitaire Engagement Ring in 14K Yellow Gold

Courtesy of Charles & Colvard

SHOP NOW: Charles & Colvard, $3,149

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Michelle Oh Shard Ring

Courtesy of Michelle Oh

SHOP NOW: Michelle Oh, Approximately $2,866.48

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Shahla Karimi Marquise Eye Ring

Courtesy of Shahla Karimi

SHOP NOW: Shahla Karimi, $2,800

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Ceremony Anise Ring

Courtesy of Ceremony

SHOP NOW: Ceremony, $2,880

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Wwake One Of A Kind Nestles Princess Cut Yellow Sapphire Ring

Courtesy of Wwake

SHOP NOW: Wwake, $2,929

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KatKim Marquise Crescendo Ring

Courtesy of KatKim

SHOP NOW: KatKim, $3,000

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Vrai & Oro The Emerald (o.95 ct)

Courtesy of Vrai & Oro

SHOP NOW: Vrai & Oro, $3,139

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Jade Trau Astor Ring

Courtesy of Jade Trau

ShOP NOW: Jade Trau, $3,300

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Rachel Boston Aquila Ring

Courtesy of Rachel Boston

SHOP NOW: Rachel Boston, $4,074.23

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Lola Brooks Cushion Diamond Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Lola Brooks

SHOP NOW: Love Adorned, $4,115

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Anna Sheffield Hazeline Solitaire Ring in Rose Gold & White Diamond

Courtesy of Anna Sheffield

SHOP NOW: Anna Sheffield, $4,450

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Katatoka Twisting Vine Solitaire Ring

Courtesy of Katatoka

SHOP NOW: Katatoka, $4,680

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Blue Nile 1 Carat Ready-to-Ship Oval-Cut Petite Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring in 14k White Gold

Courtesy of Blue Nile

SHOP NOW: Blue Nile, $4,800

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Loop Serendipity East/West Oval Diamond Solitaire Ring featuring 1 Carat in Yellow Gold

Courtesy of Loop

SHOP NOW: Loop, Approximately $4,870

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Eva Fehren Diamond Nazca Stacking Ring

Courtesy of Eva Fehren

SHOP NOW: Twist Online, $4,875

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