Alt Rock: 12 Nontraditional Engagement Rings
Though formerly innocuous, the word “basic” is now about the worst insult in our modern arsenal. Whether it’s flower crowns, unnecessary abbreviations (obvi) or everyone’s favorite pie-inspired latte, if it’s pervasive, it’s sure to conjure a collective sigh from chic women everywhere. Perhaps that’s why more and more couples are foregoing the traditional solitaire engagement ring and opting for something a bit more unexpected. With a bevy of stunning options available, why say “yes” to something basic?
After all, an engagement ring represents more than your commitment. As the one piece of jewelry you’ll wear every day, it should reflect your personal style, too. With that in mind, we’re rounding up our favorite unconventional engagement rings, from alternative stones to simple bands, to help you find the style that’s right for you.
“While engagement rings with colorful gemstones are still a nontraditional choice, they have grown in popularity in recent years thanks to celebs like Kate Middleton and Blake Lively,” says Senior Fine Jewelry and Watches Merchandise Manager Trish Stevens. “Some women prefer a ring with a bit of color over a clear diamond, or they may want a stone with a special meaning. In some cultures, for instance, sapphires are a symbol of faithfulness.”
“An emerald or princess-cut diamond is classic and timeless, but it might not fit with your overall look. If your style is a bit more unconventional, I would encourage choosing a setting that goes with it. Presumably it won’t be the only piece of jewelry you wear, so it’s important to choose a ring that pairs well with the rest of your collection, as well as your wardrobe.”
“A vintage ring is a great choice for someone looking for a one-of-a-kind piece that evokes the glamour of the past. These older pieces feature intricate details no longer seen in contemporary, mass-produced jewelry, and estate pieces often have great stories behind them.”
“Choosing a band as an engagement ring can be a practical choice,” says Stevens. “Some women prefer not to wear ornate jewelry or might simply be more comfortable wearing a ring that is closer to the body, but it doesn’t mean it has to be boring or that you have to forego the diamond. There are plenty of beautiful designs, like this Cartier Trinity ring, with stones set into the band.”
Ready to pop the question? Shop our stunning selection of rings, traditional and otherwise, here.