From rough-cut diamonds to oxidized gold, these alternative rings are super unique.
Not every bride in the world wants a round-cut halo diamond set in a pavé band. And that's OK! The fine jewelry industry offers more options than ever, with a variety of rough-cut stones, oxidized metals, and intricate, abstract design work in the setting that will make any non-traditional bride jump for joy.
To make an engagement ring alternative, turn one traditional element on its head. Usually, this is done with the center stone, which is some cut of a shimmering white diamond. More and more jewelers opting to work with rough-cut or raw diamonds that create their own unique color and shape. Others may choose to go for a different gemstone entirely, with sapphires, emeralds, even moonstones popping up in popular designs. Black and gray diamonds, too, are a hit with the indie set.
The setting, too, is a great place for off-beat brides to play. Leaf motifs, abstract waves, even claw-style prongs are fun features to make your ring standout. If you don't want one larger center stone, try a mosaic-like cluster ring, which features a number of stones coming together to create a work of art right on your finger.
Your engagement ring should be a reflection of your personal style, which is why these alternative options are so great!
Ready to find the non-traditional ring of your dreams? Click through to see all of our favorites!Illustration: Christina Park