Love a diamond engagement ring but not sure if classic is your thing? More and more brides-to-be are turning to black diamonds as an edgy, unique, and modern alternative to a classic engagement ring.

If Carrie Bradshaw's doing it, it must be a trend right? In Sex and the City 2, Mr. Big finally got a ring on Carrie's finger — a 5-carat black diamond Itay Malkin ring set in 18-karat white gold to be exact (she just couldn't fit a Manolo Blahnik on her ring finger!). With the words, "because you're not like anyone else," Big gave all Carrie-worshipers the green light to think outside-of-the-diamond-box when it came to their engagement rings. And we couldn't help but wonder... does a black diamond engagement ring measure up to a classic white diamond? In one word — yes!

Six years later and black engagement rings are trending! Brides are always looking for a bold way to show their style, and if breaking with tradition is your thing, consider an edgy black diamond ring. You'll stand out in an unique style that screams alternative bride. Black diamonds are chic, a bit mysterious, a little bit rock and roll, and impossibly cool — very French-girl style — not to mention they are cheaper than the traditional alternative. Whether it's in a classic solitaire, surrounded by a diamond halo, set in trendy rose gold, or sprinkled along a simple band to add some cool-factor to your wedding ring, we're totally crushing on black diamonds! And if having a meaningful ring is important to you, don't fret, black diamonds are symbolic of everlasting love and eternity. We're sold.

Get ready to swoon at these 25 black diamond engagement rings for the unconventional bride-to-be.

Illustration by Katie Buckleitner

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