You've already bypassed the high street (what's on offer has a habit of blending into one), reached the end of Google (like Netflix during lockdown) and you still haven't found entirely what you're looking for.
So I'm guessing you're someone who likes to do things a little differently, right?
You don't follow the crowd, and the thought of having the same engagement ring as everyone else sends a shiver down your spine.
Well, you've found a corner of the internet that was tailor-made just for you.
Today I'm sharing with you 10 non-traditional engagement rings that whisper individuality rather than screaming I'M ENGAGED! ...although that is a completely valid reaction too.
From understated styles to full-on sparkle, I've got you covered when it comes to alternative engagement ring inspiration....
1. Textured Platinum Ring with Scattered Diamonds
A diamond and platinum engagement ring has been a staple for many modern brides since the 1990s, but we've taken this classic combination and given it an alternative twist. The central diamond still gives a nod to the more traditional engagement ring but the structure, texture and cluster of smaller diamonds lend a much more organic feel to this precious ring.
2. Blue Octagonal Sapphire & Diamond Halo Ring
Looking for a diamond alternative? Let's talk sapphires!
Why are sapphires such a great alternative? Well, they're available in a variety of colours (blues, pinks, yellows, greens...and even reds - which actually makes them a ruby - but more of that later) and are second only to diamonds in terms of their hardness and durability. So if a client wants to add some colour to their engagement ring that isn't a diamond, I'll always suggest a sapphire. The gorgeous shape and angle at which we've set this particular blue sapphire, injects a modern take on a very traditional gemstone.
3. White Gold Ring with Blue Diamonds
So it's understated sparkle that you're after? You can still do diamonds but in a less obvious way. These blue diamonds are ultra sparkly, but scaled down in size and flush set into the band, they add a different take to what's perceived as
4. Diamond Twist Solitaire in 18ct Gold
Still after that diamond to take centre stage? Whilst this may be one of the slightly more traditional-looking engagement rings that we make here at Kate Smith Jewellery, what sets it apart is the unusual twist setting, the organic patterning and random, smaller flush set diamonds.
5. Off-Set Diamond Solitaire Silver Ring
This extra wide silver ring creates an impact all of its own, but add an off-set diamond into the mix and it immediately elevates it to engagement/wedding ring level, but in the most unusual way.
6. Silver & Diamond Gold Detailed Wedding/Engagement Ring
How about combining your engagement and wedding ring into one? This silver wedding ring features our clients' inherited family diamonds (you can find more about my remodelling service here) so the sparkle that we added has a deep sentimental meaning.
7. Twist Diamond Solitaire with Emeralds
Remember the twist style setting above? This can be adapted in so many ways! Our client knew she wanted her engagement ring to feature emeralds, so we added them on either side of the central diamond in this white gold ring. This is a lovely example of how our Bespoke Service gives you the opportunity to tailor our jewellery to create your dream engagement ring.
8. Textured Gold Ring with Emerald
Talking of emeralds, I couldn't resist including this emerald and yellow gold ring in my selection. Whilst the ring has a single, central gemstone (like many engagement rings) it's the choice of the emerald (that we sourced especially for our client) and texture of patterning on the band that give it real individuality.
9. Octagonal Ruby Engagement & Wedding Ring in Platinum
When's a sapphire not a sapphire?
When it's a ruby!
Made from the same mineral (corundum) as sapphires, it's only when the gemstone is red, it's classed as a ruby. It's another stunning alternative to a diamond and again, selecting a more contemporary setting (like the octagonal platinum setting here) the ruby brings an unexpected, less obvious, look to the piece.
10. Princess Cut Diamond Solitaire Ring
Although princess cut (square) diamonds lend themselves to a geometric style of ring, we did the opposite and juxtaposed it against a flowing, organic background to create an unusual contrast. This ring was made in silver but would work equally well in gold gold or platinum.
Hopefully, this selection has quenched your thirst for something a little different, but if you're still in need of more alternative engagement ring inspiration, take a look here.
And, of course, we also have alternative wedding rings for your perusal too!
And if you've seen something here that you'd like to know more about, just drop me a line at email@example.com to learn more.
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