We’re going to say something groundbreaking: Not every woman wants a giant, super sparkly diamond ring on her finger for her engagement ring. Who’s shook? If you’re not, then you’ve come to the right place, likely in search of an engagement ring that defies tradition and feels more unique to your personality. Raw diamond rings are a stunning option for you, especially if you’re completely uninterested in a blingy, cookie-cutter ring. Not only are they distinctive, but they’re perfect if you’re on the search for a diamond ring but want one that feels one of a kind and perhaps even organic looking.
Raw diamonds are extremely gorgeous for an engagement ring, but if you’re not quite sure what sets them apart, let us explain. First off, raw and rough-cut diamonds are essentially the same in that they are uncut stones that have not been shaped or polished in any way. The effect highlights the natural shape of a diamond to appear as though it’s a regular stone and not a precious gem (so subtle and chic) and comes in every color imaginable from white, yellow, and grey diamonds to rarer shades of brown, blue, and red. As these stones are in their most natural form, they are cloudy in appearance or, in other words, have inclusions which give each stone a lot more personality than a traditionally cut and polished white diamond. That’s not to say that these stones don’t shine. While raw or rough-cut diamonds don’t twinkle in the traditional sense, many have a more subdued shimmer that catches the light at various angles of the stone's uneven surface. The ultimate effect for low-key brides craving a one-of-a-kind diamond.
If this sounds like your ideal ring but you’d prefer something slightly more polished, a rustic diamond is undoubtedly for you. These stones are heavily included and still have a natural look to them, but they’ve undergone a bit of shaping, often as a rose cut.
Since raw and rough-cut diamonds are inherently unique, their one-off shapes make setting them a major task for jewelry designers. Whether you go for a sleek solitaire or vintage-style cluster, this means your ring requires a lot of technique to make it extraordinary. Can’t argue with an incredibly well-made ring, right? While a lot of work goes into setting a raw or rough-cut diamond, they tend to cost much less than their polished and cut counterparts since those steps are not part of the equation. So if you’re a girl on a budget who’s seeking a diamond ring, raw and rough-cut diamonds just might be the answer.
If you think a raw or rough-cut diamond is right for you, we’ve compiled an edit of 32 different styles for every taste and budget. Scroll through for one-of-a-kind inspiration.
A Second Time 14K Yellow Gold Raw Diamond Engagement Ring
Raw diamond solitaire in 14k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $795
Doron Merav Raw 14K Gold and Rough Diamond Engagement Ring
Raw diamond with 14k yellow gold bezel and 14k white gold band.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, from $850
Mary MacGill 14K Rectangular Diamond Ring
Light rustic diamond set in 14k gold.
SHOP NOW: Mary MacGill, $925
Variance Objects Octahedron Diamond Ring
Octahedron diamond embedded in 14k to 24k yellow, rose, and white gold, on palladium band.
SHOP NOW: Variance Objects, $1,100
Ken & Dana Design Daymis Rough Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring
Rough diamond solitaire in gold.
SHOP NOW: Ken & Dana Design, from $1,250
Dawn Vertrees Jewelry Rose Gold Twig Bridal Set With Raw Uncut White Diamond
Rough diamond in gold twig setting.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, from $1,275
Jewelry by Johan Rough Diamond Engagement Ring in White Gold With Meteorite Inlay
Rough cut diamond in 14k white gold, with meteorite inlay.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, from $1,289
By Angeline Raw Rough Diamond Gold Engagement Multi-Stone Rough 14k Gold Wedding Ring
Three stone raw diamond ring, set in 14k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: by Angeline, $1,395
De Beers Talisman Yellow Gold Rough Diamond Ring
Brown rough diamond set in 18k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: De Beers, $1,450
Yuliya Chorna Jewellery Canadian Raw Diamond Gold Solitaire
Ethically sourced raw diamond solitaire set in 14k gold diamond band.
SHOP NOW: Yuliya Chorna Jewellery, $1,760.34
Point No Point .47 Carat Clear Rough Diamond 14k Yellow Gold Engagement Ring
Clear uncut diamond bezel set in 14k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Point No Point Studio, from $2,214
Bario Neal Avens Raw Diamond Ring
Raw diamond solitaire in 14k yellow gold with matte finish.
SHOP NOW: Bario Neal, from $2,442
Wallis Reid Large Raw Diamond Engagement Ring With 18K Gold Claws on Black and Gold Band
Uncut white diamond set in oxidized silver and 18k gold band.
SHOP NOW: Wallis Reid, $2,495
By Angeline Raw Diamond Multi-Stone Halo Engagement Ring Rough 18k Yellow Gold Wedding Ring
Raw diamond halo ring with rough-cut diamond center stone, set in 18k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: by Angeline, $2,495
Specimental Transparent Raw Diamond on Wide Recycled Gold Band
Transparent raw diamond set in 14k and 18k gold.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, from $3,125
Olivia Ewing Jewelry Naples Solitaire Ring Rough-Cut Diamond
Rough-cut diamond solitaire ring.
SHOP NOW: Olivia Ewing, $3,200
H&H 0.64 Carat Natural Rough Diamond Engagement Ring
Rough diamond with diamond pavé halo, set in 18k palladium.
SHOP NOW: 1stdibs, $3,500
Malpani Jewels Gift Wrapped Rough Diamond Cocktail Ring
Brown rough diamond wrapped in white diamonds, set in 18k white gold.
SHOP NOW: 1stdibs, $3,600
Todd Pownell Uncut Diamond Eternity Ring
Uncut diamond set on palladium diamond band.
SHOP NOW: Twist, $3,680
Alexis Russel Natural Geometric Diamond Ring With Double Band
Silvery-grey diamond set on 14k recycled rose gold double shank.
SHOP NOW: Alexis Russel, $3,995
Melanie Casey Silver Lining Ring
Silvery-grey diamond cluster set in 14k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Melanie Casey, $4,410 from $4,900
Sarah O. White Rough Cushion Diamond With Scalloped Diamond Halo
White rough diamond with scalloped halo, set in 14k rose gold.
SHOP NOW: Sarah O., $4,984
Sarah Perlis Rough Diamond Ring | Prong
Rough diamond in 18k gold.
SHOP NOW: Sarah Perlis, $5,800
Stone Fox Bride Raw Grey Diamond Engagement Ring
Raw grey diamond center stone with diamond pavé halo and band, set in 18k gold.
SHOP NOW: Stone Fox Bride, $6,500
Anna Sheffield Stardust Bea Ring Yellow Gold & Grey Diamond
Grey diamond center stone flanked by champagne diamond side stones, set in 14k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Anna Sheffield, from $6,800
Diamond in the Rough Classic Ring With Yellow Natural Rough Diamond
Yellow rough diamond with micro pavé diamond halo and band, set in platinum.
SHOP NOW: Diamond in the Rough, $7,200
Sylva & Cie 18K Yellow Gold Rough Diamond Ring
Rough diamond with diamond halo and band, set in 18k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Mitchells, $13,500
Abby Sparks The Ellen Natural Grey Diamond Mixed Metal Engagement Ring
Light grey rough diamond with diamond melee, set in 14k rose and white gold.
SHOP NOW: Abby Sparks, from $25,000
Kathryn Rebecca Rough Diamond Leaf and Branch Engagement Ring
Ring featuring rough diamond, pink and yellow topaz, and green sapphire stones set in 14k white and rose gold.
SHOP NOW: Kathryn Rebecca, (price upon request)
Rough Diamonds Jewellery 1.34 ct. Natural Yellow Triangle Rough Diamonds in 14K Handcrafted Gold Ring
Yellow rough diamond set in 14k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Rough Diamonds Jewellery, (price upon request)
Langerman Diamonds Chocolate Rough Diamond Ring
Chocolate rough diamond set in 18k rose gold.
SHOP NOW: Langerman Diamonds, (price upon request)
Malcolm Betts Natural Grey Diamond Ring
Grey diamond set on platinum split band.
SHOP NOW: Malcom Betts, (price upon request)