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.
"Astarte Ring" princess-cut black diamond flanked by two rose-cut black diamonds with white pavé stones and a platinum band, $19,500, Anna Sheffield
Round-cut black diamond ring set in 14K white gold, $2,135, Allurez
"Aura" rose-cut black diamond engagement ring with white diamond pavé set in 18K rose gold, $2,050, Bianca Monrós Gómez available at Catbird
Radiant-cut black diamond engagement ring with French pavé diamonds set in yellow gold, price upon request, Brilliant Earth
"Bea" marquis-cut black diamond ring set in 14K rose gold, $4,900, Anna Sheffield
Digby & Iona
"Raziel" princess-cut inverted black diamond engagement ring set in 14K yellow gold, $3,180, Digby & Iona
"Hazeline" round-cut black diamond set in 14K rose gold, $3,400, Anna Sheffield
Pear-shaped black diamond engagement ring with white diamond pavé set in blackened 18K white gold, $6,380, Eva Fehren available at Twist
Eternity band engagement ring with black diamonds set in 18K yellow gold, $2,600, Finn Jewelry
Oval-cut black diamond engagement ring with a white diamond halo set in 18K yellow gold, $3,078, Mandrel Studio available at Twist
Rose-cut black diamond engagement ring set in 18K yellow gold, $1,650, Megan Thorne available at Greenwich Jewelers
Black Guatemalan jade engagement ring with white diamond halo set in 18K white gold, $2,300, Monique Péan available at Ylang23
Rare Earth Jewelry
Emerald-cut black diamond engagement ring set in 14K yellow gold, $2,342, Rare Earth Jewelry
Black diamond band engagement ring set in 18K white gold with black finish, $1,650, Ritani
Hexagonal black diamond set in yellow gold, starting at $615, Satomi Kawakita available at Catbird
Solitaire black diamond engagement ring set in 14K white gold, $4,790, Torkkeli Jewellery
"Bea" three-stone engagement ring with emerald-cut black diamond set in 14K rose gold, $4,900, Anna Sheffield
"Odile" black diamond engagement ring set in 14K rose gold, $1,350, The Swan Collection available at Catbird
Round-cut black diamond engagement ring set in 14K rose gold, $3,210, Torkkeli Jewellery