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 gray 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 stones 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 39 different styles for every taste and budget. Scroll through for one-of-a-kind inspiration.