Traditionalists, step aside! These unique engagement rings and one-of-a-kind designs will make you forget all about classic solitaire settings and trendy diamond halos.

Just like no two weddings are the same, no two brides are the same — so why should every engagement ring look alike? For those with an independent and creative spirit, there are plenty of alternative engagement-ring styles that will complement your one-of-a-kind vibe.

Want something really special? Try looking for settings that stands tradition on its head like a ring that features cascading diamonds in the shape of a tiara. Mixing geometrical shapes, such as putting a round-cut stone inside of diamond-shaped mount or picking a mosaic of different-cut stones to create a halo, also does a good job of adding an alternative spin to an otherwise tried-and-true setting.

If you're not ready to go for a fully out-there look, you can always make minor alterations to popular settings. Take a bezel-set ring with a standard gold band, for example. Add etchings to the metal setting to make the piece instantly more eye-catching. You can also split a simple pavé band in two, to create a cage ring, for a fun update to a beloved look. Let's not forget simply mixing metals, gemstones and shapes for a quick and creative finish.

Indie and classic engagement ring designers alike are playing with convention, whether its the vintage-inspired dealers like Trumpet & Horn and Single Stone or the traditional jewelers like De Beers and Kwiat.

Looking to find an engagement ring that's totally unique? Click through to see all of our favorite alternative settings!

Illustration: Christina Park

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