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Best Engagement Ring Settings Under $1,000

The timeless beauty of a diamond engagement ring shines as brightly as the love it represents. Though the moment of presentation is often magical, finding the right engagement ring setting at the right price can sometimes seem more of a nightmare than a dream. But buying an engagement ring setting does not have to cost a fortune, although some can cost as much! Instead, it makes sense to find one that you like that is within range of your budget – something beautifully designed and elegant that makes a statement without breaking the bank.

In this handy guide, we take you through a list of exceptionally designed round diamond engagement ring settings priced under $1000, from trendy designs to classic heirloom-worthy designs.

Our Winner

Our favorite setting is this vintage-inspired halo setting in rose gold.

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Find this Ring at James AllenVintage Inspired Antique Frame Halo Engagement Ring by James Allen
If you are looking for a ring that could have been purchased in an antique store, we love this vintage-inspired halo setting. Pair it with a small European cut diamond for truly classic retro style. We think this dainty setting works best with a smaller center stone.

Tips for This Budget Range

A solitaire setting will get you the most bang for your buck. Specifically, bezel settings will protect and showcase a dazzling center stone. A multi-stone setting is possible in this price range, but to stay within budget the side stones must be small. Think about pave diamonds instead to enhance the sparkle!

Best Solitaire Settings Under $1000

Monique Lhuillier Eternal Solitaire Engagement Ring Setting

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Find this Ring at Blue NileMonique Lhuillier Eternal Solitaire Engagement Ring Setting by James Allen

The dazzling Monique Lhuillier Eternal Solitaire engagement ring looks like it should cost a fortune. The unique bypass shank design wraps around a brilliant centerpiece diamond, creating a sense of graceful motion. The round diamond engagement ring comes set in platinum, providing an understated yet timeless look bound to elicit a sense of debonair elegance when worn.

Zac Posen Curved Cathedral Solitaire Engagement Ring Setting

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Find this Ring at Blue NileZac Posen Curved Cathedral Solitaire Engagement Ring Setting by Blue Nile

This gorgeous Zac Posen engagement ring uses a cathedral style, which has stood the test of time as one of the most enduring and loved engagement ring styles. The ring builds on this design with a diamond bridge detail running under the centerpiece round diamond set in the pinnacle of the ring. You can choose to have the ring set in 14k white gold or 14k yellow gold, with both settings bound to impress.

Zac Posen Triple Band Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring Setting

Zac Posen Triple Band Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring Setting
Find this Ring at Blue NileZac Posen Triple Band Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring Setting by Blue Nile

Triple band diamond engagement rings are all the rage these days, and the Zac Posen solitaire diamond engagement ring is the epitome of this trend. Its three bands swirl along the curve of the ring and flow through a central band of twelve round diamonds, culminating in a beautiful central diamond. The ring comes in 14k white or yellow gold or platinum.

Wide Band Solitaire Engagement Ring Setting

Wide Band Solitaire
Find this Ring at Blue NileWide Band Solitaire Engagement Ring Setting by Blue Nile

Simple yet elegant, this wide band solitaire engagement ring downplays the band so your centerpiece diamond can shine. The ring makes a bold statement through its melding of minimalist design with a gorgeous diamond finish and comes in 18k yellow gold or platinum.

Legato Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring Setting

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Find this Ring at White FlashLegato Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring Setting by White Flash

The Legato engagement ring features a signature “Sleek Line” design that results in smooth and continuous lines all through the ring design. The diamond rests on a four-pronged head with fluid metal arches seamlessly flowing from the band. A timeless classic in the making, the Legato is an excellent choice for those seeking a blend between traditional design and modern aesthetics.

Sleek Line Solitaire Engagement Ring Setting

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Find this Ring at White FlashSleek line Solitaire Engagement Ring by White Flash

The original “Sleek Line” diamond engagement ring, this iconic ring brings a classic design into the modern era with its smooth lines. It features flowing lines through the ring’s design, from the band through to the four-pronged head, arches, and bridge, resulting in a gorgeously fluid ring that truly stands out. It comes in only 18k white and yellow gold or platinum.

Abby Round Diamond Engagement Ring Setting

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Find this Ring at Brian GavinAbby Round Diamond Engagement Ring Setting by Brian Gavin

The gorgeous Abby diamond engagement ring features a round centerpiece diamond attached with kite-set prongs. The design can easily accommodate any size of a diamond and comes in a variety of diamond finishes, including bight, sandblast, or brushed. The low-profile band accentuates the centerpiece diamond, resulting in a dazzling yet understated design.

Legera Round Diamond Engagement Ring Setting

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Find this Ring at Brian GavinLegera Round Diamond Engagement Ring Setting by Brian Gavin

The Legera engagement ring features a classic six-pronged design that secures your choice of diamond in a delicate and stylish clasp. The centerpiece diamond and pronged lattice rest on an elegant and minimalist band that calls attention to the centerpiece diamond when worn. You can have your Legera ring set in white, yellow, or rose gold, or platinum.

Best Bezel Settings Under $1000

Leah Round Diamond Engagement Ring Setting

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Find this Ring at Brian GavinLeah Round Diamond Engagement Ring Setting by Brian Gavin

Simple and understated yet exuding a sense of refined character is the Leah round diamond engagement ring. It features a U-shaped diamond setting that secures your diamond firmly on the plain 3mm band while allowing light to pass through the sides to accentuate the diamond’s brilliance. The Leah engagement ring can be set in white, yellow, or rose gold or platinum.

Lola Round Diamond Engagement Ring Setting

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Find this Ring at Brian GavinLola Round Diamond Engagement Ring Setting by Brian Gavin

If you are looking for a durable diamond engagement ring style, you cannot go wrong with the bezel design of the Lola diamond engagement ring. Unlike cathedral designs that expose your diamond, a bezel design completely circles your diamond, making it beautiful yet robust. The Lola diamond engagement ring can be set in any metal of your choosing, including white, yellow, and rose gold and platinum.

Pearl Round Diamond Engagement Ring Setting

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Find this Ring at Brian GavinPearl Round Diamond Engagement Ring Setting by Brian Gavin

A stylish compromise between securing your diamond and letting it shine, the Pearl diamond engagement ring features a half bezel design. The design can handle any size of diamond without compromising either durability or aesthetics. The Pearl ring can be set in white, yellow or rose gold, or platinum.

Best Vintage Setting Under $1000

Vintage Inspired Antique Frame Halo Engagement Ring

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Find this Ring at James AllenVintage Inspired Antique Frame Halo Engagement Ring by James Allen

If you are looking for a ring that could have been purchased in an antique store, we love this vintage-inspired halo setting. Pair it with a small European cut diamond for truly classic retro style. We think this dainty setting works best with a smaller center stone.

Best Cathedral Setting Under $1000

Petite Hidden Halo Solitaire Plus Diamond Engagement Ring Setting

Petite Hidden Halo Solitaire Plus Diamond
Find this Ring at Blue NilePetite Hidden Halo Solitaire Plus Diamond Engagement Ring Setting by Blue Nile

When it comes to detail, the Petite Hidden Halo engagement ring truly excels. Spectacular workmanship results in an immaculately set diamond bridge supporting a slight cathedral design. A wreath of delicately set smaller diamonds rings the cathedral base, bringing out the dazzling brilliance of the centerpiece diamond. This exceptional engagement ring comes in various metals, including 14k and 18k rose, white and yellow gold, and platinum.

Benchmark Pave Diamond Engagement Ring Setting

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Find this Ring at White FlashBenchmark Pave Diamond Engagement Ring Setting by White Flash

A small yet elegant ring, the Benchmark Pave features a slight cathedral design that accentuates the centerpiece diamond and lends a sense of subtle energy to the ring. The ring’s band is set with a melee of diamonds, adding brilliant continuity between the band and the centerpiece for a complete look. The ring comes set in white, yellow or rose gold, or platinum.

Best Multi-Stone Setting Under $1000

Classic Three-Stone Diamond Engagement Ring Setting

Classic Three-Stone Diamond
Find this Ring at Blue NileClassic Three-Stone Diamond Engagement Ring Setting by Blue Nile

An elegant and classic piece, this beautiful diamond engagement ring utilizes a traditional round cut diamond design set in either 14k white gold, 18k yellow gold, or platinum. The smaller side stones reflect light to accentuate the centerpiece stone and enhance its brilliance, resulting in a timeless piece that is bound to become a cherished heirloom.

Riviera Pavé Heirloom Cathedral Diamond Engagement Ring Setting

Riviera Pavé Heirloom Cathedral
Find this Ringat Blue NileRiviera Pavé Heirloom Cathedral Diamond Engagement Ring Setting by Blue Nile

The Riviera Pavé diamond engagement ring is a tasteful confluence of vintage design and trendy diamond setting. The ring gets its name from the pave-set diamonds, which delicately run along the milgrain design, culminating in a lovely cathedral-style center diamond. The Riviera Pavé comes in either 14k white gold or 18k yellow gold.