An engagement ring is one of the most personal pieces of jewelry one will ever own. Beyond the sentiment, an engagement ring will also probably be one of the biggest pieces of investment jewelry you’ll acquire. While there is certainly a lot that goes into choosing the engagement ring that is right for you, we want to make one thing clear: You don’t have to spend more than your means to get a ring that looks elevated and, well, expensive.
I spoke to some of the most talented jewelers in the industry, and they educated me on a list of qualities that, no matter the price, carat size, or cut, will make a ring look cheap. From what to pay attention to that you might have otherwise overlooked to remembering to stay true to your personal style, the fine jewelers ahead are here to fill you in on all the ways to make your engagement ring look as expensive as possible, no matter what your budget is.