38 Engagement Rings for the Indie Bride

From rough-cut diamonds to oxidized gold, these alternative rings are super unique

Updated 07/10/15
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Illustration: Christina Park

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!

Courtesy of Anna Sheffield

"Bea" three-stone black diamond ring, $4,900, Anna Sheffield

Courtesy of Twist

"Stream wave" pale brown diamond ring, $6,196, Fernando Jorge available at Twist

Courtesy of Lauren Wolf

Three-stone ring in 18K yellow gold with black diamond and a clear black center diamond, $5,600, Lauren Wolf

Courtesy of Heidi Gibson

"Leda" ring, $2,350, Heidi Gibson

Courtesy of Twist

"Ziggurat" halo moonstone and diamond ring, $2,020, Brooke Gregson available at Twist

Courtesy of Catbird

"Citadel" ring, $2,710, Claire Kinder Studio available at Catbird

Courtesy of Digby & Iona

"Harkirk" 18K recycled yellow gold and 1 carat round rose-cut white diamond, $2,260, Digby & Iona

Courtesy of Erie Basin

1910s Art Nouveau ring, $1,085, Erie Basin

Courtesy of Polly Wales

"Polaris" halo ring, $7,790, Polly Wales

Courtesy of Jemma Wynne

Diamond pear and emerald engagement ring, price upon request, Jemma Wynne

Courtesy of Karen Karch

"Intrique Crown" black diamond rose gold ring, $8,750, Karen Karch

Courtesy of Twist

Rustic diamond leafside ring, $4,570, Cathy Waterman available at Twist

Courtesy of Mociun

Two shield-cut grey diamonds with white diamonds set in 14K yellow gold, price upon request, Mociun

Courtesy of WWAKE

Micropavé triangle and nestled opal diamond pairing, $1,230, WWAKE

Courtesy of Trumpet & Horn

"Holly Hill" ring, $4,500, Trumpet & Horn

Courtesy of Todd Reed

Style TDR405-RG, 18K rose gold brown fancy diamond ring, price upon request, Todd Reed

Courtesy of Anna Sheffield

"Hazeline" solitaire rose gold gemstone ring, $2,200, Anna Sheffield

Courtesy of Stone Fox Bride

Custom raw diaomnd 4-prong ring, $2,975, Vale Jewelry for Stone Fox Bride

Courtesy of Digby & Iona

"Markl" ring, $1,220, Digby & Iona

Courtesy of Twist

Triple natural diamond ring, $4,900, L Frank available at Twist

Courtesy of Jemma Wynne

Prive emerald-cut diamond ring, price upon request, Jemma Wynne

Courtesy of Twist

"Sensu Fan" ring, $1,985, Michelle Fantaci available at Twist

Courtesy of Karen Karch

"Belgian Tiara" ring, $3,800, Karen Karch

Courtesy of Twist

Amorphous top inverted diamond ring, $3,040, Todd Pownell available at Twist

Courtesy of Melissa Joy Manning

Clear yellow rough diamond ring, $13,600, Melissa Joy Manning

Courtesy of Polly Wales

Light grey ombré diamond ring, price upon request, Polly Wales

Courtesy of Twist

Gold and chain diamond ring, $1,684, Scosha available at Twist

Courtesy of Vale Jewelry

Diamond pavé staple ring, $350, Vale Jewelry

Courtesy of Single Stone

"Katie" black pear-cut diamond ring in 18K oxidized white gold mounting, $24,000, Single Stone

Courtesy of Anna Sheffield

"Rosette" black diamond oval ring, $5,000, Anna Sheffield

Courtesy of Twist

"Duchess" natural diamond ring, $4,170, Xiao Wang available at Twist

Courtesy of Twist

Uncut diamond crystal and inverted diamond ring, $3,440, Twist

Courtesy of Todd Reed

Style TRDR481-RG-P9, 18K rose gold black fancy-cut diamond, price upon request, Todd Reed

Courtesy of Trumpet & Horn

"Barrington" ring, $2,950, Trumpet & Horn

Courtesy of Trumpet & Horn

"Kadinsky" ring, $1,530, Trumpet & Horn

Courtesy of Vale Jewelry

Paveé circle ring, $525, Vale Jewelry

Courtesy of Single Stone

Square "Cobblestone" diamond ring in 18K oxidized yellow gold, $7,500, Single Stone

Courtesy of WWAKE

Diamond triangle ring, $408, WWAKE

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