Times are changing. Things that we’d long assumed to stay “forever” are constantly altered, reimagined, or forwent altogether. This is especially true in the world of weddings, where we hear of amended traditions almost daily. There are unconventional themes, non-white wedding dresses, or today’s discussion: unique engagement rings.
The single diamond ring has long enjoyed its undisputed reign, but as we move towards an approach of individuality, authenticity, and just doing things your own way, it might meet some tough contenders. Sure, a traditional diamond ring is a classic, but chance upon a unique style and you might just find something that’s timeless for you. Isn’t that more special?
Here are 10 unique engagement ring designs to inspire you:
1. Double Diamonds
They say that marriage is the heavenly union of two souls. Well, the same is true for this ring, but that of sparkling diamonds. This double-stone ring showcases two diamonds on one band. It uses a heart and pear-shaped stone, but take carte blanche in finding your perfect pairing.
2. Two Colors Are Better Than One
This engagement ring is another take on the double-stone style, but with a little play on color. It features a blue and white sapphire set on a yellow gold band. We love the idea of choosing your and your partner’s birthstones for this—a meaningful touch to make your engagement ring even more special.
3. A New Take on Side Stones
One of the most common ways to set an engagement ring is with two stones on each side. This design gives it a little revamp by adding a slight space in between. As minute of a space as it is, it makes all the difference in creating a lighter feel, making the ring look more modern and clean.
For the minimalist who has a penchant for clean, streamlined style, find your match with a bezel-set engagement ring. “Bezel” is a setting that encloses the stone around every side and corner. No matter what size, cut, or kind your stone is, this setting makes your ring look sleek, clean, and modern.
5. A Sparkling Cluster
A cluster of diamonds feels very of-the-moment without straying too far from tradition. This design trades in a center stone for diamonds of varying sizes and cuts that are placed together neatly, creating a sparkling cluster that's sure to impress anyone.
6. All Lined Up
For a cleaner approach to the multi-diamond design, take cues from this pristine engagement ring. Three diamonds are set on a thin band, subtly spaced apart, to create a light and airy feel. The ring also showcases three varying cuts of stone, welcoming a charming sense of playfulness.
7. Emerald’s Are (Also) a Girl’s Best Friend
If we’re forgoing a diamond center stone, emeralds should be a top-of-mind choice. They’re rarer than diamonds, and with their vibrant color, have a little more gravitas. For the woman who’s Glamorous with a capital G, this is a perfect match.
8. Subtle in Sapphire
Blue is a beloved color for its wearability (I mean, how many times a week do you reach for your blue jeans), so in the same vein, a sapphire stone won’t let you down. It’s elegant in a very distinct way—softer and more subdued. We love how it comes in a spectrum of tones, from those on the deep side to ones as light as the sky.
9. Rainbow-Colored Fantasies
This engagement ring bids farewell to all things conventional, starting with a pink morganite as the center stone, followed by a rainbow of precious gems. As out-of-the-box as it is, it still feels cohesive because of the choice of color: brightly saturated hues that blend together seamlessly.
10. Heavy Metal
The stone isn't the only element that you can play around with in an engagement ring. For this piece, the band carries the weight in elevating a petite diamond. It’s a bulbous Belcher setting, featuring U-shaped curves that create “petals” around the stone. It feels ultra-modern, but with a sense of softness in its curved forms.
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