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Nontraditional Engagement Rings

by Haley Anhut
Last updated on October 21, 2022

Ever considered nontraditional engagement rings? When finding the perfect engagement ring, tradition should always give way to personal style. An engagement ring is unique to you and your partner. It should reflect the everlasting love you have for each other. A unique engagement ring can mean more than one that everyone has.

Here, we explore five unique, nontraditional engagement rings that could be right for you.

Unique Engagement Rings

An engagement ring represents the connection between two people committed to starting a new life together. Just as no two relationships are identical, many couples prefer that the design of their ring be as unique as their love. Sometimes, this means finding a classic design or vintage-inspired rings that speak to them.

And sometimes, it means entering uncharted waters and going with something completely new that even your wedding planner has never seen.

Just as traditional weddings are becoming less and less common, nontraditional engagement rings (and, by extension, alternative wedding rings) are becoming increasingly popular. So, if you’re interested in a ring you haven’t already seen on a thousand different fingers, consider taking the path less traveled with these five nontraditional engagement ring ideas.

Use a Lab Grown Diamond

Loose lab-grown diamonds.
Loose lab-grown diamonds.

There are many perks to choosing an alternative engagement ring. And one is that it puts you more firmly in control of every aspect of the piece. That means, among other things, you’ll be able to select a stone that you can be proud to wear.

Clean Origin offers ethically sourced and completely conflict-free engagement rings. Lab-grown diamonds give you all the positives you would want in a diamond, with no worries.

Lab diamonds are physically, chemically, and structurally identical to mined diamonds. These are not moissanite, white sapphire, or cubic zirconia.

The only significant differences are, unlike mined diamonds, lab diamonds are eco-friendly and have zero chance of being used to finance conflict worldwide. They’re just one way to feel good about the diamond engagement rings you buy!

Another plus to purchasing lab-grown diamonds for your engagement ring is that they are competitively priced and can cost anywhere from 20-40% less than mined diamonds.

You can purchase a larger-sized or better quality lab-grown diamond for the same price as you’d pay for a mined diamond of comparable quality. You can enjoy a guilt-free, 100%-real diamond engagement ring with lab-created diamonds. All without breaking the bank.

Go Rose Gold

nontraditional engagement rings. Rose gold makes any ring unique!.
Rose gold makes any ring unique!

The band is an under-appreciated part of the ring; it doesn’t get as much praise and attention as the ring’s diamond. Choose a rose gold engagement ring for a one-of-a-kind ring.

Nontraditional engagement rings (and unconventional wedding rings) allow you to add your style and flair to the band, not just the diamond setting.

White gold and yellow gold (both available from Clean Origin in 14K and 18K) and platinum will always go down as the timeless, classic choices for the band. Classic is lovely, but it may not get your diamond ring all the attention it deserves.

That said, rose gold is a unique, alternative engagement ring or wedding ring solution that can set you apart from the traditionalists and leave your finger looking stylish and ahead of the trends. It is an alloy, much like white gold and yellow gold, durable and affordable for jewelers.

It does not tack on any extra price compared to other gold alloys but has a lovely pink hue that earned it its name. Rose gold’s color is similar to Millennial Pink and can add some gorgeous blush tones to your diamond ring. The color looks great with any skin tone and outfit, making perfect jewelry for everyday wear.

Go with a Unique Diamond Shape

nontraditional engagement rings. A nontraditional cut will make your ring stand out.
A nontraditional cut will make your ring stand out.

A nontraditional cut is a unique choice that will make your ring stand out.

Classic diamond engagement rings are centered around the magnificent and breathtaking diamond. But, while round diamonds, princess diamonds, and emerald diamonds are among the most commonly used in engagement rings, they’re certainly not your only options for your center stone.

Here are a few that are trending in the world of alternative engagement rings:  

Marquise-Cut

Marquise-Cut. A nontraditional cut will make your ring stand out.

Strikingly oblong and undeniably eye-catching, marquise diamond football-shaped gemstones feature 58 facets. Their elliptical contour makes them appear larger than most other diamonds of the same carat weight, so they’ll be a wonderful flash of the diamond as a center stone.

Additionally, marquise diamonds have a lengthening effect, making the fingers they are worn on seem longer and thinner. And, because they use the brilliant cut, their shine is almost unmatched, making them perfect for couples who want nontraditional engagement rings that really bring out the brilliance. 

Asscher-Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

Lab Grown Asscher-cut Diamond. A nontraditional cut will make your ring stand out.

If you enjoy the vintage glamor of the art-deco style, then consider an Asscher diamond. They are square-shaped and angular and designed for exceptional shine. They’ve been called the jewelry equivalent of a hallway lined with mirrors.

Your center stone can be something people see the flash from far away with an Asscher diamond. Thanks to newer cutting techniques, modern Asscher diamonds have 74 facets. That means increased brilliance for an alternative engagement ring solution that’s sure to dazzle.

One Way to Say ‘I Love You’ with a Diamond Ring: Heart-Shaped Diamonds

Few shapes say ‘love’ and ‘romance’ quite as clearly as a heart. So why not include it in your engagement ring?

Heart-shaped and pear-shaped diamonds feature a rounded cleft — creating a unique heart shape. They are some of the most modern options while also being rare enough that your ring will be more likely to stand out from the crowd.

They also look great as a solitaire center stone, so don’t feel like you have to jazz them up with a bunch of other diamonds. Of course, we dare to dream about someone having a heart-shaped diamond center stone with some heart-shaped side stones as well!

Make the Setting Your Own

nontraditional engagement rings. A nontraditional cut will make your ring stand out.
Design the ring of your dreams.

Everyone is unique and has their own story to tell. Alternative settings can make unique engagement rings that tell those stories. The setting can also symbolize something meaningful in one’s life.

Of course, you can always go with the classic prong setting that is timeless and simple. Or you can use your setting to highlight things such as your beloved’s favorite flower. Maybe a setting in the shape of a crown could provide a daily reminder of just how special your loved one is.

Whatever the case may be, non traditional engagement rings (and nontraditional wedding rings) give you the chance to create a personalized setting that’s all your own.

Think Outside the Box

nontraditional engagement rings. A nontraditional cut will make your ring stand out.
An engagement ring is about its meaning to you.

An engagement ring is about its meaning to you.

Traditions are comforting. But there’s also something exciting about coloring outside the lines. Here are a couple of nontraditional engagement ring options for those who want engagement jewelry that pushes the boundaries.

No-stone Engagement Rings

There’s no denying that diamonds are the archetypal stone for engagement rings. What about those who do not plan to include a gemstone at all?

Much like many traditional wedding bands, stoneless engagement rings are classy, understated, and timeless. If you’re worried that leaving out the diamond will mean settling for something plain, then you should know that many no-stone bands feature intricate detailing, braiding, and engraving. 

Shop Other Jewelry Options

nontraditional engagement rings. A nontraditional cut will make your ring stand out.
Wear an emerald-cut diamond pendant.

Rings are the most obvious piece of jewelry to represent the marriage union, but they’re not the only option available. For those who work with their hands (and for those who just aren’t interested in rings), consider other diamond jewelry.

Necklaces, for example, have the advantage of being wearable at nearly all times. Unlike rings that remain on the hand, diamond pendants rest close to the heart — romantic symbolism at its finest.

Other non-ring solutions include bracelets or even earrings, so discuss figure out your partner’s style, shop for different options, and you can find a piece that fits their unique needs and style.

An engagement ring is a special representation of the connection between two people. However, with that special representation comes personalization to make the ring as personal as possible.

From choosing a lab-grown diamond to going with an outside-the-box setting, there are nearly infinite ways to show your commitment. After all, every love is unique and personal, just like your ring should be.

Is a Non-Diamond Engagement Ring a Good Choice?

While we have seen an increase in non-diamond engagement ring options, we hesitate to push them. Non-diamond engagement rings feature unique risks and needs because some semi-precious stones like emeralds are not stable enough to be long-lasting.

Alternative engagement rings include colorful gemstones like sapphire, ruby, and emerald. A ruby engagement ring is more complex than most other gemstones and symbolizes your love and passion for your partner.

An opal ring, for example, may have a high price tag and a short life span when exposed to water, lotion, hand oils, and other daily dirt. Fragile stones, beware, but if you are willing to research scratch-resistant stones or spend lots of time thinking about the Mohs scale, it may get you a unique style.

A nontraditional cut will make your ring stand out.
Go bold with a pop of color!

Go bold with a pop of color!

Clean Origin offers lab-grown sapphire rings because we believe them to be the best alternative to a diamond side stone while maintaining your ring’s longevity.

Our Regal Collection, designed to mimic family jewels and the gems of royalty, is bound to have a ring that matches your unique style without resorting to synthetic options or stones of lower durability. Get sapphire rocks that match the beauty of your diamond ring, and add to the inspired design of your symbol of eternal love!

Tips for Shopping For Alternative Engagement Rings

Wedding sets. nontraditional engagement rings
Wedding sets.

Many people are shopping online for engagement rings. To find a nontraditional style, shop for vintage or unique engagement rings. You are more likely to find a different setting or band with those search words.

If something catches your eye, like bold settings or unique metal bands, narrow your search to include rings with that style. For example, search for “textured band,” “wide band,” “princess cut,” “pearl,” and anything else that stands out.

To shop for similar items, search for those styles online or ask a jewelry consultant in a store. There are plenty of people who can help you find a specific type. You shouldn’t have to settle for something traditional if it’s not what represents you.

We hope you find the best engagement ring for your partner that makes the search worth it. At Clean Origin, we commit to producing quality jewelry that our customers will cherish for a lifetime.