Ideas for Choosing an Alternative Engagement Ring

The alternative engagement ring is on the rise, and for good reason! It has the power to express the sentiment of tradition without compromising individual style. Here are some options to consider:

1)   Black Diamonds
Black diamonds are glamorous, but they also possess an edgier, more mysterious quality. Luxe yet rebellious; avant-garde yet grounded—a black diamond embodies gorgeous contradiction. Brides-to-be who want something timeless yet unusual should look in this direction.

2)   Rustic or “Natural” Diamonds
Many diamonds have natural inclusions and color – think rough grey with flecks of persimmon or rose cut peach with light-reflecting facets. According to traditional standards, these diamonds are sometimes considered less desirable due to their lack of clarity. However, both jewelers and brides alike have begun to appreciate the value of “imperfect” diamonds. Each one is one-of-a-kind and uniquely beautiful.

3)   Precious and Semi-Precious Gems
Forget diamonds! There are countless alternative options out there: moonstones, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, morganite – the list goes on. In some cases, this will allow you to get a larger ring for lower a lower price. Whether you choose a regal blue sapphire or an eye-catching rutilated quartz, looking outside of the diamond arena will help you find a ring with personality.

4)   Vintage Rings
If you are looking for something that no one else will have, go vintage. It might seem contradictory to call a ring original when it has been worn before, but vintage rings aren’t the result of mass production; they come with history, obscurity and timeless grace.

5)   Oxidized or mixed metals
Go ahead – mix platinum, rose gold and yellow gold if you want to. Also, think about interesting metal treatments. Oxidization, for example, gives metal a blackened look. This will add rich contrast and medieval romance to your ring.

6)   Nesting and Stacking Bands
What about your wedding band? One trend we particularly love is stacked nesting bands. A nesting band is curved so that it partially encircles and highlights the center stone. If you prefer the classic eternity band, just stack up multiple of those over time – it will give you a similar look.

Click through the slideshow below to see some of our favorite alternative engagement rings!

Image: Meghan Kay Sadler | Ring: Trumpet and Horn

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