How much to spend on an engagement ring?

Engagement rings should not bankrupt you with unrealistic requirements, and great looking engagement rings doesn't always need to be expensive. Do not rely on an outdated two months' salary rule that was invented by a seller.

To ensure you get the best value and the most beautiful ring for your budget, we choose the best value diamonds based on our design needs. We only choose very good to excellent cut to ensure maximum sparkle. 
However, we would highly recommend to buying shy, meaning instead of a 1ct stone, you can go for 0.9ct; instead of 1.5ct, you can go for 1.4ct and so on.
Because diamond prices jump dramatically at full carat and half carat weights, you can save a considerable amount of money when buying shy. Going up 10% down in weight will result in a slight difference in size, but so slight it'll barely be noticed, if at all. 

Best Value For Money Recommendation

For 1 carat:
Color: H for white gold setting or J for yellow gold setting
SI1 clarity
at least good polish and symmetry
GIA report
Don't forget to "buy shy"!