Brides Are Opting for These Unique Engagement Rings

Anna LaPlaca
·5 min read

The options can seem endless when it comes to engagement ring designs, making it near impossible to choose a style you love. But if you're the type of bride who's looking for something a little bit outside the traditional realm of engagement rings, you've come to the right place.

We spoke with independent jewelry brand Catbird, whose marketing manager, Sriya Karumanchi, shared, "For the past few years now, we’ve seen people really embrace rings with unexpected stones and cuts, a pretty significant departure from rings focused on the white diamond center stone. Opals, emeralds, deep sapphires, and gray diamonds in unconventional settings are some of our most popular this year."

We're noticing a major trend in ring designs that favor the unexpected and offbeat over the perfectly symmetrical. While design elements like clear diamonds and symmetrical settings have long been the standard for engagement rings, many brides are shifting how they place value in an engagement ring. "I think the perspective has shifted. The value of a ring doesn’t have to solely come from a set of rules determined by the jewelry industry—cut, clarity, carat, and color being the common ones," Karumanchi explains. "The value is rooted in what you hold in the piece. It can be from the sentiment of a family heirloom, or maybe a special stone and motif that really spoke to you when you tried the ring on."

Instead of simplistic placements, below you'll find ornate settings on vintage-inspired rings. Instead of regular diamonds, you'll see rich colors, and instead of round or square-cut stones, it's the unexpected shapes you'll find on the following unique engagement rings.

Ornate Settings

From beautiful vintage-inspired settings to more modern diamond arrangements, brides are opting for engagement rings with truly unique displays of stones.

1909 by Erica Wiener Machine Age Ring ($1500)

Round and square-cut diamonds are just stunning set on this vintage-inspired ring.

Bloomingdale's Ruby & Diamond Milgrain Delicate Ring ($1500)

This vibrant ruby ring is so eye-catching.

Anna Sheffield Stardust Bea Ring ($7800)

The framing of the main stone is just stunning.

Behati Say It Your Way Oval Engagement Ring ($5010)

The inside of the band contains a hidden pink sapphire.

Erstwhile Black Rose Ring ($7820)

This darker setting evokes a mysterious romantic feeling.

Colorful Stones

Refreshing sapphire, warm yellow, and moody amethyst are all the unexpected colors that you'll find featured on many of the unique engagement rings trending right now.

Spinelli Kilcollin Nova 18-Karat Gold, Sapphire and Diamond Rings ($9200)

An artfully stacked ring is a stylish alternative to a standard engagement ring, and the stones in refreshing shades of blue work so well with the nontraditional design.

Catbird Odile The Swan ($1350)

This rose-cut black diamond is perfectly dainty yet totally one of a kind.

Tiffany & Co. Tiffany Novo ($14200)

The clean lines and slender micro-pavé-set diamond band frame this stunning yellow diamond.

Brilliant Earth Amethyst Willow Diamond Ring ($1700)

Brilliant purple stuns on this nature-inspired ring, set with a pretty twisted band.

Jennifer Meyer 18-Karat Gold Sapphire Ring ($2500)

These round sapphires make for such a dreamy design.

Celestial-Inspired

The night sky is a major source of inspiration for these beautifully whimsical designs. You'll find stars, the moon, and constellations as motifs in a number of these unique rings.

Pamela Love Luna Ring ($3000)

This magical ring looks as if it were sprinkled with actual stardust.

Sofia Zakia Wandering Star Ring ($7230)

This ornate design is both instantly compelling and yet stunningly dainty.

Laurie Fleming Ambrosia Circlet Ring ($1925)

The diamond placements are reminiscent of stars in the night sky.

Wwake Organic Triangle Ring ($1395)

This asymmetrical arrangement is inspired by constellations in the night sky.

Bloomingdale's Diamond Scatter Band in 14K Yellow Gold ($1400)

The combination of smaller stones here makes a subtler impact.

Unexpected Shapes

While round and square-shaped stones are the classic designs that will always stand the test of time, stones with a less common shape are the "delightfully unexpected" engagement rings that more and more brides are opting for.

Erstwhile Ruby Wings Ring ($12900)

The pointed shoulders on this ring are so unique.

KatKim Duét Pear Ring ($7200)

This ring doubles the fun.

Jade Trau Free Bird Ring ($3600)

Artfully off-center.

Price does not include center stone.

Anita Ko Princess Eternity Ring ($4100)

The double stones are such a fun and unexpected twist.

Tacori Simply Tacori ($2490)

The designer describes this pretty ring as "delightfully unexpected," and we couldn't agree more.

Price does not include center stone.

Thicker Bands

Traditionally speaking, diamond engagement rings have consisted of a single stone perched atop a medium-weight band. However, thicker bands are the unique engagement ring trend quickly coming into favor for their more substantial look and feel and they skew the line between engagement ring and wedding band.

Polly Wales Grey Teardrop Diamond Pinched Band ($3630)

We love the gray diamond on this one.

Sofia Zakia Veil of Stars Ring ($1910)

This shape though.

EF Collection Baguette Eternity Stack Ring ($2795)

Easily stack this up with your other rings.

Messika Move Noa 18-Karat Gold Diamond Ring ($3600)

The center stones really pop.

KatKim Eternal Band ($2500)

Simply stunning.

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This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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