These pared-down engagement rings prove a little can go a long way.

By Maggie Seaver
Updated May 08, 2019
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Over-the-top engagement rings are stunning, but they’re not for everyone. The engagement ring you wear for the rest of your life will end up feeling like an extension of your ring finger, so it should fit seamlessly into your unique lifestyle and with your personal aesthetic.

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If you gravitate toward simple, minimal, delicate, or even functional wardrobe pieces—and simply don’t believe a large, multi-stone bauble represents you and your love story quite right—let that guide your engagement ring choice. A petite solitaire diamond or slim and subtle pavé band might be all the bling you need, in which case, you're about to be obsessed with these gorgeous, minimalist engagement rings.

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An unexpected trillion-shaped diamond—even a teeny-tiny one like this Vrai & Oro piece—offers just the right amount of cool factor to a conventional solitaire ring.

To buy: $485;


An engagement ring doesn’t need to be gigantic to be a conversation starter. Mix things up with an asymmetrical two-stone ring like this one, which features a stunning east-west oval diamond and an emerald-cut apricot sapphire.

To buy: from $3,480;


This beauty is a bold statement without all the bells and whistles, proving a solitaire engagement ring on a simple band is anything but boring.

To buy: $3,800;


A ring doesn’t need a larger stone for added flair. Vintage-inspired embellishments, like a hand-carved milgrain texture setting and slightly hammered band made from reclaimed metal, do the job perfectly.

To buy: $1,220;


Your first instinct probably wouldn’t be to request a practical engagement ring, but a practical ring just means it’s ready to follow wherever you go—without getting in your way. This delicate cluster ring is absolutely dreamy, but won’t weigh you down or steal the spotlight.

To buy: $1,650;


Love Meghan Markle’s iconic three-stone diamond engagement ring? This Blue Nile stunner is serving up major (or should we say, minimal), Duchess of Sussex vibes.

To buy: from $3,380;


If a classic eternity ring feels too old-school for you, try a chic alternative like this squared-off band, inspired by the shape of a TV (yes, really!).

To buy: $2,100;


As dainty as engagement rings come, this solitaire ring features one barely there .03-carat diamond, making it perfect for stacking.

To buy: $255;


Geometric engagement rings are having a moment right now. Case in point: This Art Deco–inspired ring from Audrey Rose. Two gorgeous trillion diamonds meet in the middle, fused by four small round-cut diamonds for added (but not too much) sparkle.

To buy: from $2,800;


Simple isn’t a bad thing—not even close. A timeless solitaire feels simultaneously fresh and classic perched on a four-claw setting and round band.

To buy: $2,415;


Emerald-cut baguettes are often reserved for adorning the sides of a larger stone, but they’re gorgeous at the center of attention too. This long baguette diamond looks effortlessly chic set horizontally on a thin band.

To buy: $1,675;


Obsessed with eternity bands? Don’t wait until the wedding or an anniversary to slip a gorgeous channel-set diamond pavé band around your ring finger. Anyone worried about snagging or banging a large center stone on something will love an eternity engagement ring like this.

To buy: $1,150;


This eye-catching ring gets all its personality from the color and design. The amethyst center stone and unmistakable pear shape easily up the intrigue on an otherwise minimal engagement ring.

To buy: $1,045;


Bespoke jewelry designer Susie Saltzman is known for her romantic and ethereal designs. This twinkling micropavé ring is no exception. It’s perfect for brides who want subtle sparkle at all times.

To buy: $1,650;