Best Engagement Rings for Every Style and Budget 
There’s no “best” style of engagement ring for everyone. The favorite ring I ever helped one of our readers buy is this stunner. But does that mean its the right for you? If you’re searching for an engagement ring for yourself or your fiancé-to-be, we recommend selecting a setting that matches your style, then customizing it with a brilliant diamond.
Instead of buying an engagement ring from a local jeweler, you’ll get the best prices by buying online. We recommend buying from James Allen or Blue Nile, as both of these vendors offer outstanding value for money, quality and customer service.
Diamond pro have narrowed down the best engagement rings by style. It’s easy for you to get the best engagement ring when you are certain of the ring style you want to go with. And suppose, you are confused about choosing between any 2 or more ring styles – we got you there.
- Solitaire Engagement Rings
- Halo Engagement Rings
- Pavé Engagement Rings
- Side Stone Engagement Rings
- Vintage Engagement Rings
- Tension Engagement Rings
- Channel-Set Engagement Rings
- Eternity Engagement Rings
- Bezel Engagement Rings
- Gemstone Engagement Rings
Here is the list:
If you’re looking for an engagement ring that’s simple, elegant and timeless, a solitaire setting is the way to go. Solitaire rings don’t feature any pavé or halo diamonds, making the center stone the true star of the show.
This classic six-prong solitaire engagement ring from Blue Nile is one of our favorites. It comes in four different metals (14k white gold, 18k white or yellow gold and platinum) and offers great value for money, with the 14k white gold option starting from just $250.
Add this stunning 1.00 carat round, J color VS2 diamond and you have a beautiful engagement ring that will never go out of style for less than $5,000. You can also choose a smaller diamond or different gemstone to bring the price of this engagement ring to the $2,000 to $5,000 range.
This timeless four-prong solitaire engagement ring from James Allen is another great option if you’re looking for a simple yet elegant ring that will never go out of style.
Like the six-prong solitaire ring from Blue Nile above, it doesn’t feature any pavé diamonds or side stones, making the center stone the center of attention. However, this setting secures the center stone with four prongs instead of six to better showcase the brilliance of the diamond.
James Allen offer this ring in five different metals, with pricing starting from only $420 for the setting in 14k gold. Like other solitaire settings, it looks outstanding with a high quality round brilliant diamond, such as this 1.00 carat J-SI1 excellent cut round stone.
Unique, eye-catching and contemporary, this twisted shank solitaire engagement ring is a nice twist on the classic solitaire setting. This setting is a great choice if you’re looking for a ring that offers the elegant simplicity of a solitaire setting with a more modern, contemporary look.
James Allen offer this setting in a variety of metals, including 14k rose gold. Like the two other solitaire settings we’ve featured above, this ring looks particularly impressive when it’s paired with a high quality round brilliant or cushion cut diamond.
This gorgeous Monique Lhuillier solitaire engagement ring combines the simplicity of a solitaire setting with a unique, contemporary look. It’s available in platinum and features a bypass shank that wraps around the center stone.
Like other engagement rings from Blue Nile, you can customize this setting with your choice of diamond center stone. Paired with this 1.00 carat round, J color, SI1 center diamond, you have a stunning and truly unique engagement ring for just under $5,000.
BEST HALO ENGAGEMENT RINGS
In a halo ring, a circle of small, typically round diamonds surround the center stone. This halo of diamonds or other gemstones emphasizes the center stone, drawing attention to it while making it appear larger and more brilliant. You can learn more about halo settings here. Ideal for people who are ready to show the world a little more.
This gorgeous pavé halo engagement ring features a thin halo of 16 small, round diamonds that surround the center stone. These small diamonds draw attention to the center stone while giving it the illusion of a larger carat weight.
Like many of the solitaire engagement rings featured above, this halo setting has a timeless and elegant look that will never go out of style. Match it with a high quality round center diamond for a discreet yet beautiful ring that will attract plenty of compliments.
James Allen offer this setting in white, yellow or rose gold, as well as platinum. Because of the shape of the diamond halo, this setting is designed for round center stones. We’ve included an option below for center stones in a cushion, emerald or princess cut shape.
This beautiful pavé halo setting is identical to the engagement ring above, but has a design that can accommodate cushion, radiant and emerald cut diamonds. It’s available in white, yellow or rose gold, as well as platinum and offers an elegant, timeless appearance.
If you prefer a princess cut center stone, this setting has an identical appearance with a suitably shaped halo. James Allen also offer this engagement ring with slightly different designs for oval and pear shaped center stones, letting you choose the option that best suits your tastes.
This stunning pavé sunburst engagement ring pairs a round diamond with a beautiful sunburst halo of blue sapphires. The blue sapphires not only add to the ring’s beauty but also make the center stone look larger and more impressive.
If you prefer a different type of gemstone for the halo, you can contact James Allen to change the blue sapphires into diamonds or rubies.
James Allen offer this setting in a variety of metals, although white gold and platinum both look particularly stunning beside the blue of the halo stones. Add a round brilliant cut diamond such as this 0.80 H color, SI1 excellent cut stone for a gorgeous ring under $4,000.
With its unique whirling halo made up of angled pear-shaped diamonds, this engagement ring stands out from the crowd. The shank of the ring is shaped to follow the line of the halo, giving this ring a totally unique appearance that’s sure to attract compliments.
Like other settings from James Allen, this engagement ring can be customized with your choice of center diamond or gemstone.
James Allen offer this setting in a variety of metals, including white, yellow and rose gold. You can also purchase it with a matching wedding band that features the whirling shape and looks fantastic next to the engagement ring.
This timeless halo engagement ring from Blue Nile features an elegant diamond halo as well as a pavé diamond laden shank. The center stone is held in place by four prongs, providing great visibility and showing off the center diamond’s brilliance.
Blue Nile offer this ring in platinum, as well as 14k white, yellow or rose gold. As with most rings from Blue Nile, you can customize it to feature your preferred round diamond.
With a total carat weight of ¼ ct for the setting alone, this engagement ring is a great choice for those looking for something especially breathtaking and impressive. Like most of the halo rings on our list, this looks best with a high quality round brilliant cut center diamond.
If you’re looking for something particularly eye-catching and breathtaking, this split shank double halo pavé engagement ring from James Allen is a great choice. This ring features a double halo of diamonds around the center stone, as well as a split shank with pavé diamonds.
In total, there are 68 diamonds on this setting, excluding the center stone. Available in platinum or yellow, white or rose gold, this is a stunning setting that’s ideal if you’re looking for something plenty of presence that remains elegant and timeless.
BEST PAVÉ ENGAGEMENT RINGS
Pavé engagement rings feature one or several rows of pavé diamonds — small diamonds that are mounted on the shank of the ring. These small diamonds can emphasize the center stone and give the ring a more elegant, classic appearance.
This beautiful French pavé diamond engagement ring features a line of pavé-set diamonds on its shank. The center stone is displayed on its own without a diamond halo, giving it an elegant appearance and showcasing the diamond’s brilliance.
Equal parts simple, timeless and beautiful, this pavé engagement ring is a great option if you’re looking for something slightly more ornate and eye-catching than a solitaire setting. As with our recommended solitaire settings, it looks best with a round, brilliant cut center diamond.
Good center stone options include this 0.80 carat round, J color, VS1 diamond, which brings the total price of the ring to just above $3,700, or this impressive 1.20 carat cushion cut, H color, SI1 diamond, which offers additional size and presence for a slightly higher price.
If you’re looking for a unique take on the classic pavé setting, this split shank ring is an excellent choice. It features a split shank with two lines of pavé diamonds, as well as a separate ribbon of diamonds beneath the center stone.
With a total carat weight of 0.31ct, this gorgeous ring features 58 separate diamonds in addition to the center stone. Like other pavé settings, it looks fantastic with a round brilliant cut diamond as its center stone, but can also look elegant with a fancy shape diamond or gemstone.
This Art Nouveau inspired pavé engagement ring features a scalloped basket, squared shank and 16 pavé-set diamonds, giving it a stunning, unique appearance inspired by the early 20th century art movement.
James Allen offer this ring in a variety of metals, although white metals such as white gold or platinum (pictured) provide the best match between the ring and basket. A great option if you want something unique, elegant and unlike most conventional engagement rings.
This pavé diamond engagement ring from James Allen features a unique infinity design, with a stunning split and joined shank that symbolizes everlasting love, unity and devotion. The setting includes 40 small, round pavé diamonds, with a total carat weight of 0.24ct.
Unlike many other unique engagement rings, this setting is designed to hold a variety of center stone shapes. It’s pictured in 18k yellow gold with a stunning oval diamond, which complements the unique infinity pattern of the ring itself.
Another vintage-inspired pavé engagement ring, this reverse taper diamond engagement ring from James Allen features 14 round pavé-set diamonds with milgrain edges, giving it a unique look and feel.
James Allen offer this setting in a variety of metals. For a classic vintage look, choose yellow gold (pictured). If you’re looking for a gemstone engagement ring, this setting is an excellent choice — it looks fantastic with a blue sapphire center stone instead of a round diamond.
BEST SIDE STONE ENGAGEMENT RINGS
Side stone engagement rings feature one or several smaller diamonds on either side of the center stone. These side stones add to the beauty of the center stone and give the ring an eye-catching, unique appearance.
This vintage-inspired marquise diamond and sapphire engagement ring features a combination of pear-shaped diamonds and blue sapphires. It also has milgrain edges, giving it a unique look that’s difficult to find in modern engagement rings.
If you or your fiancé-to-be want something that’s equal parts modern and classic, this ring is an excellent choice. It’s also available with petite diamonds instead of sapphires. Like other rings from Blue Nile, you can customize this setting with your choice of center diamond or gemstone.
This charming, effortlessly feminine sidestone engagement ring from James Allen features three pavé diamonds on either side of the center stone. These diamonds frame the center diamond to give it a classic appearance and greater presence on your fiancé-to-be’s finger.
Side stone engagement rings are a great option if you’re looking for something delicate, elegant and feminine. This particular ring is available in a range of metals but looks particularly stunning in 14k rose gold, which accentuates its light, feminine design.
Another gorgeous side stone ring, this petite diamond engagement ring from Blue Nile features three pavé-set diamonds on either side of the center stone. Unlike many other side stone rings, the side diamonds are set on the ring’s shank rather than directly beside the center stone.
With its elegant, modern-yet-timeless looks, this engagement ring is a great choice if you want something that’s simple yet beautiful. Blue Nile offer this setting in a range of metals, including 14k yellow gold (pictured).
This six diamond side stone engagement ring from James Allen features three round diamonds on either side of the center diamond or gemstone, all mounted set in common prongs to provide maximum light for the center stone.
Available in a range of metals, the ring pictured above is made from 14k white gold. This setting is a great option if you’re looking for a side stone engagement ring that perfectly showcases the center diamond’s brilliance and fire.
This stunning engagement ring setting from Blue Nile combines two round side stone diamonds with a classic pavé setting, giving it an eye-catching appearance with an incredible presence on your fiancé-to-be’s finger.
If you’re looking for a large, impressive engagement ring for your fiancé-to-be, this is a fantastic choice. It’s available in 14k white gold, 18k yellow gold (pictured) and platinum, making it easy to choose a metal that’s complements your fiancé-to-be’s skin tone and tastes.