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If a round, princess, oval, pear, cushion, or emerald-cut diamond does not appeal to you, chances are you’re an unconventional bride. With a taste level that often defies tradition, you’re drawn to engagement rings with a distinctive look such as cuts and settings that appear one-of-a-kind whether it’s a solitaire, cluster, or three-stone ring. But, you're not the only one! Several brides in the spotlight have been gravitating towards unexpected pieces as well. From Lily Collins and
Besides, there are plenty of brides who crave the classics, so choosing a rare engagement ring with a shield-cut diamond, geometric stone, or cluster of uniquely shaped gems will help you stand out in a sea of sparkle. Even brides in the spotlight have been gravitating towards these unexpected pieces. Lily Collins and Heidi Klum sport colored stones, Katy Perry shows off her personal style with a floral-inspired ring, while stars like Ariana Grande and Emily Ratajkowski wear asymmetrical two-stone bling.
Meet the Expert
- Lorraine Brantner is a sales manager for James Allen, a fine jewelry company dedicated to premium customer service and affordable prices.
While a uniquely shaped engagement ring is all about an extreme wow factor, it’s not to say that every design necessitates a stone upwards of three carats. Sure, that would be #goals, but a range of sizes from half-carat diamonds and gemstones to one or two carats can be absolutely striking in a distinctive cut. Shield and portrait cuts—which are an angular alternative to pear and oval-shaped diamonds—are flatter but appear longer on the finger, giving the illusion of a bigger stone, especially with side baguettes or a pavé halo wrapping around. Unexpected shapes like a trapezoid, half-moon, or teardrop are especially exceptional and versatile—depending on your budget, you can opt for a bigger solitaire stone in one of these uncommon cuts, a two-stone ring with contrasting shapes (or stones!), or a cluster ring or band featuring a mix of smaller stones. Rest assured, even the smallest of stones are impactful whether you go for a diamond, gemstone, or a mix of both. Even antique rings like art deco and Edwardian styles come with uniquely shaped stones which is a perfect solution for the vintage bride craving something entirely unique.
Wherever you fall on the unconventional engagement ring spectrum, we culled 30 spectacular styles to inspire you from exceptional cuts to avant-garde shapes. For the bride eschewing tradition, these rings are perfect, no matter your budget.
MinimalVS Unique engagement Ring Set, Geometric Moss Agate Ring with Gold V Band, 18k Gold Gemstone Ring Set, Moss Agate Ring Set, Organic Gemstone
There's something so mysterious about this 18k gold elongated diamond-shaped ring. Featuring a cluster of diamonds on either side of the center stone, this deep green moss-inspired ring is like nothing we've ever seen before.
threelayers Hexagon Moss Agate & Moissanite or Diamond Ring, Unique Geometric Engagement Ring, Alternative Mossy Agate Wedding Ring
This is another deep green nature-inspired piece that we're absolutely obsessed with. Intricate and charming, there's so much detail to appreciate within this hexagon-shaped stone.
Mark Broumand 2.69ct Fancy Vivid Yellow Trapezoid Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Talk about a statement piece. A jaw-droppingly irregular diamond halo frames the bright center stone. This striking yellow trapezoid-cut diamond ring will undoubtedly become a piece that will spark conversation for years to come.
Monique Péan MNRACD526P Two Antique Step Cut Trapezoidal White Diamond Ring
Two antique trapezoidal baguette diamonds join together to create an elongated hexagonal affect. Encompassed by a halo of white pavé diamonds, a double band, and a split shank, there's so much detail to fall head over heels in love with.
RubyStaUSA Salt and Pepper diamond Ring| Salt and pepper Ring| Pear Diamond Ring | Salt and Pepper Engagement Ring| Wedding Ring| 14k Solid Gold Ring
We love how this asymmetrical halo design adds an unexpected surprise to this pear-shaped salt and pepper diamond. Slightly mysterious yet still elegant, the 14k rose gold band is a stunner.
1stDibs Van Cleef & Arpels 4 Leaf Clover Genuine Ruby Diamond Yellow Gold Ring
This chunky and bold four leave clover-inspired ring features a deep red ruby at the center of it all. We're crushing hard over the thick yellow gold band and round diamonds scattered throughout the leaves surrounding the center stone.
Capucinne Isabella Tanzanite Engagement Ring, Statement Diamond Ring
This is so dreamy. A tanzanite is set in an elongated marquise-shaped stone framed by clusters of triangular bezel-set diamonds. We love how the yellow gold detail provides an eye-catching contrast against the dark center stone.
What to Look for When Choosing a Uniquely-Shaped Engagement Ring
The metal that is chosen for your forever ring can largely contribute to the distinct look of a uniquely-shaped engagement ring. You may decide to select a metal that blends in with your stone or acts as a sharp contrast. "For those with sensitivities, platinum is best. If you can wear yellow, rose, or white gold, consider the metal color that will complement your gemstone most," suggests Lorraine Brantner.
When it comes to the cut of your uniquely-shaped stone, it's usually best to play a little dress up! We won't argue with that. "Try on different center-stone shapes to see what looks best on your hand. You may like the look of a princess or cushion center stone in pictures, but find that you prefer how an oval or pear complements your finger," Brantner says.
"Consider your lifestyle and any jewelry that you already own," Brantner says. While uniquely-shaped engagement rings are undoubtedly striking and stunning, elaborate features may become obtrusive. Ensure that the cut and style of your engagement ring accommodates activities that you will regularly partake in when wearing your bling.
- What is the most popular engagement ring style? "Solitaire settings and simple pavé styles are the most popular," says Brantner.
- What are consistently the least popular engagement ring styles? "Very bold, chunky modern styles such as tension rings are not as popular," Brantner claims.
- How can I make my engagement ring unique? "If you are looking for a truly eye-catching design, consider a halo with various fancy shapes or patterns surrounding your center stone. You can also go with a pear or marquise center stone for maximum finger coverage," Brantner says.