by Samantha Sutton
So, you’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with? That’s exciting – now he just has to pop that important question. He’ll get down on one knee, look up at your beautiful face, open up that teeny tiny box and – hold on, wait a sec! What is that? That doesn’t look like the ring Adam Levine gave to Behati Prinsloo. Is that even a diamond?
Truth be told, engagement rings can get pretty expensive. If you’re not a Hollywood A-Lister, you could come out of that jewelry store feeling like you’ve just offered up your first born in exchange for a rock and a piece of metal. On one hand, you don’t want to break the bank on something so small – you just decided to start a life together after all. You need to save. On the other hand, this is something you’ll be expected to wear 24/7 “til death do you part.” Do you really want to skimp on that? Rather than answer that question, here’s your solution: a bunch of gorgeous engagement rings, all under $500. Go ahead and casually share this on your Facebook page so your boyfriend gets the hint – we won’t judge!
Let’s start with a more classic-looking option. Set in white gold, this ring contains a few different cuts of diamonds and is just under our budget. What’s nice is that it looks like an engagement ring – not something fancy you got for Valentine’s Day. And wow, it’s from Target.
$499.99 at Target
Here’s a neat little trick if you’re searching for a ring on a budget – find something that contains a bunch of little diamonds that are placed close together to give an illusion of one big diamond. This ring does just that and also has somewhat of a vintage feel, which is very pretty.
$395 on Ebay
Simple and classic are always in. This ring executes that beautifully and what’s even better is it wasn’t always this cheap – it’s on sale! Hey Kohl’s – you’re great!
$450 at Kohl’s
This is a statement ring if I’ve ever seen one! No one will ever have to guess if you’re engaged – they’ll be able to see this baby from miles away! While the band is a little bigger, it’s a beautiful, fashion-forward option.
$379 at Zales
This sparkler is bound to make everyone who examines your hand a little jealous. It’s an interesting design and all the reviews are positive – one woman said she gets compliments all the time because it’s so big and beautiful! Done!
$79 at DazzlingRock.com