Sparkly diamond solitaires on white gold bands are gorgeous, but they're not always to everyone's taste. And if you're on the hunt for an engagement ring from another era or featuring a different stone, may I suggest starting with a quick browse on Etsy? The marketplace offers jewelry featuring black diamonds and pearls, moissanite and topaz, and more. The options are endless and one-of-a-kind (most are handmade and are offered in limited quantities). The seller might be from Ohio, or your ring could just as easily be shipped from New Zealand. Purchase one of the rings ahead or use this as a jumping-off point to create something that's uniquely you.
Opt for a Pinterest-worthy opal ring with three sparkly diamonds on each side. This particular Ethiopian opal displays a variety of colors like green, red, white, and yellow, depending on the lighting and angles. You'll never get bored of the changing hues. If you want the opal to be a certain color, though, you have that option too. Pair with this matching crown band.
PSA: Non-traditional couples, prepare to fall head over heels for this ring. The center stone is a rustic salt and pepper diamond while the surrounding pieces are white diamonds, giving this 14k rose gold ring a unique look. For those who prefer something a little darker and more rustic looking, this engagement ring is perfect.
If you really want something different, go for an uncut diamond ring. This 2.5 carat raw uncut diamond is set in a 14k rose gold band. What it lacks in sparkles it makes up for in character, thanks to the bumps and grooves in the stone. This ring is for the bride who wants to break away from the group with a piece that is truly one of a kind.
This handmade ring, featuring Colombian emerald baguette cuts next to sparkling diamond tapered baguettes, dates back to the 1970s. The juxtaposition of the two colors and shapes create an artistic display, giving this ring a very dynamic and special feel. This is the kind of piece you'll want to pass down from generation to generation.
Search no further for the prettiest art deco style ring. For those unfamiliar with the term, art deco takes its name from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (the International Exposition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts). In short: the particular jewelry style rose out of an art movement during the 1920s in France. Art deco designs are defined by graphic, linear and geometric lines, which this diamond ring certainly has.
Channel your inner Blair Waldorf with a ruby ring (remember when the Gossip Girl character received one as a present from Nate Archibald?). This one features a diamond halo and is set in a 14k rose gold band, all fancy details that turn it into a stunning engagement ring. Your outfits will now have a little pop of red wherever you go.
I'm drawn to the branch shape of this moissanite ring's band; it almost looks like the stone is being swallowed up. It's equal parts fantastical (I can see someone wearing this in Maleficent) and wearable. If you want to stand out from the crowd, slip this on your fingers asap.
Love to wear all black? Consider getting a black diamond engagement ring instead of the more common clear. This oval cut one is set on a sparkly diamond band and surrounded by 205 round diamonds. Though the center stone is dark, all the surrounding shiny diamonds around it give it a glow. This ring embodies a night sky littered with stars.
The unique quality of this ring comes thanks to the three overlapping bands. In the center is a baguette cut diamond, though you can pick the stone you want when you place your order. Each one is handmade to your liking, ensuring no one else will have a the same.
Topaz comes from a Sanskrit word "tapas," which means fire or heat. (It's also an island in the Red Sea, now known as Zabargad, and the mineral topaz was first mined there.) Those who wear topaz are said to be blessed with beauty, intelligence, and a long life. If this all sounds great to you, you'll definitely want this topaz diamond halo engagement ring on your finger. This ring design is also available with multiple different gemstone and diamond options.
Drawing inspiration from Blake Lively's engagement ring, this piece features a stunning champagne-colored sapphire solitaire set on a thin diamond band made of 14k rose gold. The stone itself is 3.2 carats with an oval/cushion cut. You'll feel like a star once you slip this baby on.
This Canadian-sourced diamond weighs 2.41 carats and has natural tones of gray and silver. The color and geometric shape give it a unique character while the 14k yellow gold band give it a more traditional engagement ring look. Style with any of the stacking bands here.
For the minimalists, this "Giovanna" ring has a gentle and delicate look. Though it might look delicate, it's actually plenty sturdy. The angelic ring features an Akoya pearl on top of tiny diamonds while the band can be made of 14k/18k gold or platinum (also available in rose gold, yellow gold and white gold).
This princess cut square engagement ring is surrounded by a celestial-inspired halo of diamonds. There's nothing simple about this style, which makes it suitable for those who are looking for an intricate ring. Pro tip: Go for a simpler band to let this piece really shine on its own.
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