- Though many people dream of getting engaged, not every bride is as keen on wearing a traditional engagement ring.
- Instead of diamonds and gold bands, some people prefer unique gemstones and unconventional shapes.
- To help give you an idea of what’s on the market, we’ve rounded up a number of alternatives to classic engagement ring styles.
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The wedding industry may be changing, but engagement rings are still as popular as ever.
Especially when looking at the rocks worn by celebrities such as Hailey Baldwin and Hilary Duff, it’s clear that traditional bands and classic-cut stones are still highly favoured, despite changing ring trends over the years.
But not every bride wants to stay traditional on the big day. For example, some brides still purchase diamonds, but opt for distinct cuts, colours, and styles that better suit their personality. A 2017 study done by insurance group Allianz even found that many brides value honeymoons and homes over luxe diamond rings.
If you’re looking for a unique ring – diamonds included or not – here are 28 alternative ideas.
Use a geometric shape to enhance the look of your diamonds.
You can make a traditional round diamond look distinct by placing it in the centre of a geometrically shaped cluster of smaller stones.
Instead of wearing a traditional band, opt for one that’s shaped like a wave.
Whereas most engagement rings feature a diamond set on top of a band, this one places its sole stone in between a split ring.
No one will expect your engagement ring to feature black diamonds.
The edgy, black diamonds featured in this ring contrast with the more classic stones surrounding them.
Choose a ring that features a unique diamond halo.
The large marquise diamond on this ring fits perfectly in the crease of its contoured band, making for a one-of-a-kind engagement ring.
Choose a ring in which the band and diamond are the same colour.
Rose gold jewellery might be in style right now, but gems of the same colour aren’t as common.
Mixing a yellow band with an unusual setting can make for a distinctive ring.
Though there’s a flashy black diamond in this ring, it’s the triangle setting that really grabs your attention.
You don’t need diamonds when you have colourful gems.
The prong setting on this band allows for a variety of colourful gems to be placed side by side, creating an uneven but interesting look.
Understated bands are basically the opposite of classic sparkling rings.
A diamond might be forever, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the highlight of your ring – instead, focus on finding an attractive band.
A V-shaped engagement ring also works as an unconventional wedding band.
Despite set traditions, there are conflicting opinions on how to wear your wedding band and engagement ring after being married. For brides who choose to go against the grain, a V-shaped engagement band is perfect to wear on its own after the wedding.
An encased diamond is the perfect option for those who want some subtle bling.
An engagement ring featuring a bold circular band and floating diamond might be radical for some, but is the perfect choice for someone seeking an alternative style.
Heart diamonds can be overdone, so choose something a little more whimsical.
Engagement rings don’t have to be all about glitz and glam – they can be fun, too. A ring like this one from Effy is quirky but also incorporates classic diamonds.
Heart-shaped rings can also look elegant.
A solid-colour band and small diamonds are key to perfecting this distinct style.
A nature-inspired ring would be completely out of the box.
Choosing a butterfly ring can be a playful way to incorporate a colourful gemstone into your engagement ring.
Use your engagement ring as a symbol of you and your spouse.
You can choose to include your new initials if you’re taking your partner’s last name, or you can instead choose a letter from both your and your partner’s names.
If you want a gemstone on your engagement band, look for an exceptional colour.
Engagement rings are highly customisable, so once you’ve found the perfect band, you can begin searching for the most noteworthy coloured gemstone you can find.
Everyone will want to take a closer look at your intricate band.
A solitaire stone atop a gold band is arguably the most traditional engagement ring on the market, so change things up with a glitzy and detailed band.
Flower-shaped rings are common, so choose one with an irregular shape.
Roses aren’t the only flower that represent love, so choose a floral ring that best represents your relationship.
Flowers give brides the opportunity to add some colour to their diamond rings.
If you want classic flowers on your ring but don’t want them to be the centre of attention, choose a ring that uses them as accents rather than focal points.
Petite diamonds make for a surprising engagement ring choice.
Large, square-shaped diamonds are popular, so a ring with a flat, square setting and small embedded diamonds can be astonishing.
Swap out a diamond-encrusted band for something more sleek.
Mixed-metal bands are uncommon, so you’ll undoubtedly break tradition with a swirl-design engagement ring.
You can swap out diamonds and colourful gems for elegant pearls.
A pearl engagement ring is an unusual choice on it’s own, but can be even more bold when cased in a square-shaped ring.
Understated rings can be rather striking.
If you want to put a nontraditional spin on the classic pear-shape diamond, make sure your ring shape is irregular and jagged.
Choose a ring that isn’t crystal clear.
While the centre gem is uniquely patterned, the surrounding halo of diamonds incorporates a more traditional element.
By minimising the number of diamonds on your ring, you’ll be able to attract more attention to the band.
Most engagement ring bands are made from a solid metal, but this one stands out for its spherical shapes.
Knots will add some texture to your chosen style.
The addition of a sphere-encrusted band adds even more dimension to the ring.
Varying gem sizes will enhance your ring.
Though it’s full of colourful stones, this ring is much more dainty than standard engagement rings.
Mix alternative and classic styles together to create a one-of-a-kind look.
Black diamonds might not align with every bride’s taste, but the standout gems are perfect for those looking for a different style.
Rectangles are a rarely seen ring shape.
Not only will a rectangle shape ring be unexpected, but it strays far from the idea of a classic, solitaire-stone ring.
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