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We’re not going to sugarcoat it: Engagement rings can be expensive as hell. But luckily, if you look closely, there are still lots of options for budget-conscious couples. Here, 12 such pieces, all of which cost under $1,000.

For more inspiration, head to our engagement and wedding rings board.

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Simon G. Jewelry

A Classic Solitaire

This beloved silhouette also happens to be one of the most affordable.

Simon G. ($880)

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A Sparkling Halo

Why settle for one diamond when you can have rows of accent diamonds? 

Zales ($999)

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Charles & Colvard

A Moissanite Solitaire

For a larger center stone, get out of the diamond business altogether. Moissanite is an eco-friendly alternative that, yes, is made in a lab but is almost identical to the mined gem.

Charles & Colvard ($959)

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Melissa Joy Manning

A Double-Banded White Topaz

Double the bands means double the fun. Plus, if you’re into sustainability, this beauty is made with recycled 14-karat gold.

Melissa Joy Manning ($750)

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Barneys New York

An Evil-Eye Inspiration

Sure, it’s not for every bride-to-be, but for you less traditional ladies, get ready to swoon over this diamond-and-white-sapphire combo.

Loren Stewart ($425)

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A Groovy Moonstone

Again, not the most conventional choice, but people won’t be able to keep their eyes off this light-reflecting moonstone, which seems to be a different color from just about every angle.

Satomi Kawakita ($925)

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David Yurman

A Bold Canary Gem

This attention-grabbing bauble combines a classic silhouette with an unconventional stone (that’d be lemon citrine).

David Yurman ($650) 

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Barneys New York

A Green Sapphire Trio

If you're looking for the most flattering colorway for your skin, stick to a warm gold band. Then, bonus points for soft green, which looks best on similarly olive tones.

Jennie Kwon ($795)

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A Blue Sapphire Trio

For lighter skin tones, try deep (but dainty) blues.

Ila ($575)

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A Thin Diamond Band

Sometimes simple is best, and the case for minimalism is certainly strong with these inlaid baguette-cut diamonds.

Suzanne Kalan ($1,000)

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A Pavé Band

Real talk: This high-wattage zircon band looks way more expensive than it actually is.

Maha Lozi ($318)

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A Sculptural Triple Band

That goes triple for this faux-stacked situation.

Monica Vinader ($595)

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