Love is what brings two people together in marriage. And yet, the prices can nearly drive them apart
When looking for a wedding ring, it doesn’t help the stress of proposing since nearly all the options are over one thousand dollars, and those are the cheap options.
But don’t worry; you don’t have to break the bank to get engaged.
Below we’ve compiled a list of some of the best places to find cheap and affordable wedding rings.
From dog leashes to night lights to bridesmaid’s dresses, Amazon‘s got your back.
But have you ever thought about ordering wedding rings from Amazon’s endless catalog of products?
If you do not have the funds to drop one thousand dollars (or more) on wedding rings, Amazon is the perfect option for you.
Amazon is by far the cheapest option when it comes to engagement rings.
Most of their options sit around the thirty to fifty dollar line, which is insane for wedding rings, but Amazon makes it work.
Their rings are attractive and look as high quality as the thirty-thousand dollar stuff, but the difference is the materials.
Amazon (and retailers that sell wedding rings through Amazon) uses almost exclusively sterling silver and gems made from zirconia.
The wedding bands for women are all around the same price as the engagement rings, around thirty dollars.
The wedding bands for men are even cheaper, sitting around ten to twenty dollars.
They even have options for silicone wedding bands for men and women, which are under ten dollars.
Those are a great option for people who work out a lot or have jobs where they work with their hands.
2. Modern Gents
Modern Gents is an online store focused solely on jewelry, and wedding jewelry at that, so the options are more widespread than Amazon.
And, like Amazon, the prices for their engagement rings and wedding bands are almost impossibly low.
You can go to their website and buy an engagement ring for sixty dollars. And it’s not just a plain band.
Their rings are gorgeous and intricate and they cover a bunch of different styles, from vintage to pave.
The only problem is that the materials aren’t high quality. They use sterling silver (or plated sterling silver), and while their website doesn’t say that the diamonds are made of zirconia, they’re not real diamonds either.
They’re “simulated diamonds.” If you or your spouse doesn’t care if the ring is made with simulated diamonds or not, then Modern Gents will be perfect for you.
And besides, Modern Gents offers a Lifetime Warranty. So, if these cheaper options really don’t last very long, they’ll replace the rings for free.
3. James Allen
If you want a wedding ring made with actual diamonds (not made of zirconia), then James Allen is the next best option.
All of their engagement ring settings are around $500-$2,000, which is a lot compared to Amazon, but it’s a steal when compared to the big fancy jewelry stores.
When you visit their site, they don’t just throw all their options at you at once.
They let you choose what features you want in a setting, then you can choose your preferred gem (diamond or otherwise).
And all the while you can tell the online store exactly how much you’re willing to pay for each product.
You can end up with a ring that costs ten thousand dollars total, or a ring that costs one thousand dollars total.
It’s all up to you (and your significant other).
If you don’t want a diamond ring, they have plenty of gem options, such as blue sapphire, pink sapphire, yellow sapphire, green sapphire, ruby, and emerald.
4. Blue Nile
Blue Nile has a huge assortment of diamond rings (enough to fill the Nile), and luckily for you, all of their prices are around $1,000-$2,000.
They have a bunch of ring designs, including solitaire, halo, vintage, gemstone, side stone, three stone, and designer rings.
If you want an intricate diamond ring, Blue Nile is the option for you.
You have the option to choose one of their products, or you can pick the setting and gem yourself.
Unfortunately, the options they offer for other gemstones aren’t as detailed as the diamond options.
Most of the gem rings are in the halo style, with very little band design.
On the plus side, that makes the gem rings much cheaper than diamonds, and their price range is from $500-$800.
They also offer plenty of wedding bands that are quite affordable (around 100 dollars).
And you can alter the price range in the search bar so you can find options that you can actually afford.
5. Clean Origin
Clean Origin is a great place to shop for wedding rings, especially if you’re trying to avoid blood diamonds.
The main difference between their diamonds and other shop’s diamonds is their origin.
These diamonds were lab-grown, so they weren’t found and mined by oppressed workers.
And just because they’re created in a lab doesn’t make them any less beautiful or real.
Just like James Allen and Blue Nile, you can customize your engagement ring to fit your needs (and, most importantly, the needs of your partner).
Since these diamonds are lab-created, you can choose the specific shape, carat, color, clarity, and cut with ease.
And the prices aren’t much different from mined diamonds.
The affordable engagement rings are all-around one to two thousand dollars, and they’re all blindingly beautiful.
If you don’t want a white diamond, don’t worry. Even though they don’t sell gem rings, they don’t need to.
They have colored diamonds, which is one of the only online stores that offer that. They offer rose, pink, orange, yellow, and different shades of blue.
Their wedding bands are just as expensive as most wedding bands, around $800 for both men and women.
If you want a cheaper wedding band, you can always go back to Amazon and just get one made of sterling silver.
Or, you can alter the price options on the search bar and find simple wedding bands that are only $250.
Ritani‘s main product is wedding/engagement jewelry, and it shows.
Their website has a million options when it comes to picking a ring, and when it comes to learning more about getting an engagement ring.
They have a whole section of their site dedicated to “Education,” and you can learn about different types of diamonds, what to look for when buying a ring, and how to care for your ring to keep it clean and durable for years of marriage.
They have options for purchasing mined diamonds, lab-grown diamonds, gemstones, and more.
You can do a basic search for some features your significant other is looking for (if they want a princess diamond or an antique setting, etc.).
Also, you can create the engagement ring from scratch with every detail dictated by you, from diamond carat to metal quality and setting.
Ritani has all these features, and they even offer high-quality rings (with real diamonds and white-gold metal) for three hundred dollars. No sterling silver or zirconia included.
Etsy isn’t exactly what you think of when you think “wedding ring shopping.”
But one of Etsy’s most lucrative markets is jewelry, and they’ve got a whole market of engagement rings and wedding bands.
Etsy is a great place for jewelers to sell their unique rings for affordable prices.
Most engagement rings on Etsy are on sale for around $200, with a few exceptions that hike the price up to the thousands.
But that just goes to show that the rings are made from genuinely good materials.
Most of the shops selling engagement/wedding rings on Etsy are run by experienced jewelers.
They don’t just sell wedding rings—they also sell decorative rings, necklaces, earrings, and more.
If you want to make sure if the seller is trustworthy, you can click the engagement ring you’re interested in, and then click the tab that says “Reviews for this shop.”
Looking at other people’s reviews is the best way to avoid being scammed, especially when it comes to products that cost more than a hundred dollars.
Some shops even offer returns and exchanges, just in case the ring doesn’t look the same in real life as it does online.
8. Kay Jewelers
Kay Jewelers is an interesting option, as they cater to both the obscenely wealthy and thrifty shoppers alike.
They’ve got engagement rings for sale for over 5,000 dollars, and they also have plenty of options that are under $100.
The $100 options might seem like a scam, but they’re not. When you see an 80 dollar ring on their site, that’s it.
That’s their net cost, and Kay Jewelers doesn’t bother trying to sell the frame and then adding the ring on to hike up the price. What you see is what you get.
That being said, the affordable options are only that cheap because the materials are of lower quality.
Like Amazon, they sell rings made out of sterling silver, but unlike Amazon and Modern Gents, they don’t offer any replacement diamonds.
Instead of offering diamond replacements, the diamonds have really low carat quality. They offer hundreds of rings with diamonds of 1/4 ct, and even lower (from 1/4 to 1/20 ct).
Kay Jewelers also offers lab-grown diamonds for those who want to avoid blood diamonds.
And while they don’t have the option to “build a ring” like some other sites, they let you specify everything in the left sidebar, from “Stone Shape” to “Carat Range” to “Metal Type,” and more.
And you can order your ring with the satisfaction and comfort that comes with purchasing from a known and trustworthy jeweler.
Like Kay Jewelers, Catbird is a physical store with options for purchase online.
Since their stores are mostly based in New York, if you’re outside of that state, you’ll have to order it online.
Unfortunately, their options are not the cheapest options on the list.
Most of their rings are over $1,000, with a few exceptions that drop down to $700.
But Catbird makes up for it in great customer service. They’re a great option if you’d rather go and try on rings in person.
Most customers comment on how kind the clerks are and how great they were treated.
One LGBTQ+ couple went in, and the clerk didn’t push them to buy, instead, they worked with them over a series of weeks.
It’s not often that you find that level of customer service.
And if you end up ordering a ring from Catbird, and then deciding that it’s not for you, you can always return the product.
You can return any ring you’ve ordered online, as long as you send it back within ten days of its delivery date.
Even though Kohls‘ primary product isn’t jewelry, they have a plethora of options when it comes to engagement rings.
They have plenty of options from $50 to $500, and while those options do use cheaper materials, some of them are gold-plated, or even gold over sterling silver.
so the ring should be more durable overall.
When looking for rings, you can go into the left sidebar and pick qualifications.
You can choose the price range as well, so if you’ve only got around a hundred bucks to spend on a ring, you can click the “$50 to $100” option.
And when it comes to wedding bands, there are even options in the $25 to $50 range.
If you’re not happy with your ring, you’ve got a lot more wiggle room with Kohls’s return policy.
They let you return merchandise for up to 180 days after the original purchase date.
Don’t forget… Brick and Mortar Jewelry stores
While these online options have a lot of great deals, there are even better deals that stores offer customers who come in person.
For example, if you happen to live in Idaho or Utah, jewelry stores in those areas are often offering deals for wedding rings (due to the high percentage of engagements in those areas).
Before you buy a wedding ring set or engagement rings, just be sure to exhaust all your options.
It’s an important decision, and even if it might be tempting to go with something super cheap, you should always make sure to get something of high quality that will last a long time.