There are as many styles of engagement rings as there are different tastes and personalities. Some couples may opt for something a little more unique than the classic or traditional styles to commemorate their love. With literally thousands of options at the fingertips, every bride-to-be is bound to find something that suits her perfectly.

Kinds of Unique Engagement Rings

Since everyone has different styles, preferences and backgrounds, what is perfect for one couple may not be the best match for another. By doing some research you can find out what you like design and style-wise, and then narrow down your choices from there.

Non-Diamond Engagement Rings

While diamonds are undoubtedly the  most popular stone for an engagement ring, there are a lot of unique options that do not use traditional diamonds. Stones such as sapphires, rubies, emeralds, topaz, tanzanite, onyx, garnet, or citrine are unique  alternatives to diamonds. Some women also opt for a white or black pearl accented by diamonds, moissanite, high-grade cubic zirconia, or their birthstone. Often times these non-diamond stones are more affordable than diamonds and offer a unique and beautiful way to celebrate a couple’s love.

Heirloom and Antique Engagement Rings

When a modern design doesn’t quite fit a couples taste, often they can find an antique or heirloom engagement ring that suits them perfectly. These types of rings can either be found within a family and passed down through generations. If this is not a possibility, antique shops, boutiques or estate sales can offer an excellent selection of unique engagement rings.  These pieces may not always have grading certificates but it is wise to inquire about the history and authenticity of the piece.

Celtic and Claddagh Engagement Rings

Another popular choice for couple wanting something a little different to symbolize their love is either an Irish Celtic or a Claddagh ring. Celtic rings are usually designed with knotted, interwoven strands of metal or engravings representing the threads which tie two people or families together in marriage. Claddagh rings are full of folklore and history.  The two metal hands holding the center heart or crown represent love (heart), friendship (hands) and loyalty (crown). One need not have Irish ancestry or ties to Ireland to wear a Celtic or Claddagh ring as an engagement ring.

Filigree Engagement Rings

Filigree rings are a beautiful and unique option. The delicate and intricate engravings can be interwoven with or without diamonds or other gemstones. They can be symbolic in nature but are generally chosen for their design characteristics.

Japanese Mokume Gane Engagement Rings

Mokume gane is translated as “wood eye metal” and has a rich historical past dating back to 17th century Japan. Mokume gane rings are made out layers of many different metals in detailed patterns, suitable for both a man and woman. This type of ring can celebrate a couple’s individuality in a most striking manner, and one need not be of Japanese descent to appreciate this style of ring.

More Tips for Unique Engagement Rings

If a couple wants to stay with a classic design but still want to add a little flair or individuality, there are some stunning ways to do this:

  • Pick a lesser-known shape of stone for instant distinction. Diamond shapes such as kite, pear, Asscher, oval, trilliant or  work well in a variety of settings and are gorgeous.
  • Choose a unique setting. The prong setting is a classic choice for many couples, but a flush, tension, bezel, cluster or pave setting can make a ring stand out.
  • Forego the engagement ring and opt for an eternity or wedding band. Worn on their own or stacked makes a gorgeous and sublime statement.
  • Try a unique metal instead of white or yellow gold or platinum. Tungston, rose gold, palladium, mixed metals and silver are just a few options.
Photos courtesy of Tacori, Blue Nile and Krikawa.

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