Unique Engagement Rings

Posted by on Feb 24, 2011

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It’s the moment you’ve dreamed about since you were a little girl: The guy of your dreams is down on one knee asking that magic question, “Will you marry me?” And while your heart is doing back flips and your eyes are welling up with tears, you can’t help but sneak a peek at the ring out of the corner of your eye. Of course you’ll love the ring no matter what, but it’ll be so much more fun showing it off to the girls if it’s fabulous.

An engagement ring is not only a symbol of your commitment — it’s a statement of your personal style. After all, your jewelry is going to become a permanent fixture in your wardrobe and should be something you feel comfortable wearing — whether it’s a vintage piece that recalls memories of romance from another era, or an ethnic-inspired piece that makes a statement of culture. Remember, any ring can be an engagement ring. You don’t have to be married to the gold band with solitaire diamond if that’s not your thing. I’ve rounded up engagement rings in some out-of-the-ordinary shapes, sizes and materials including aquamarine, black diamonds and wood (yes, wood). You might want to have your best friend casually forward this on to your guy just in case.

uncut diamond ring
Uncut Diamond Ring

Natural, raw, unfinished — does it describe you or the ring? This conflict-free diamond has a barely blushing champagne tinge and is clasped in a bezel setting. ($250, Janish Jewels)
bamboo ring with hawaiian koa band engagement ring
Bamboo Ring with Hawaiian Koa Band

Bamboo has long been revered as a symbol of luck, which makes it ideal for a wedding ring. The contrasting dark Hawaiian Koa and light bamboo in this band serve as an elegant alternative to a metal ring. (Pricing available on request, Touch Wood Rings)
rapunzel engagement ring
Rapunzel Ring

Locked away in a tower, Rapunzel still got her man, and this unique engagement ring inspired by that lushly-tressed girl will get you all the attention you deserve. The blue topaz rests on a split rope band of recycled silver. ($240, Garnet Girl Designs)
twilight engagement ring
Twilight Inspired Vintage SS Ring

You’ll enjoy telling all of your vampire-loving friends that this sterling silver band with cubic zirconia accents was actually one of the designs considered for use as Bella’s wedding ring in the Twilight Saga: Eclipse film. ($455, Artisans Designs)
criss cross engagement ring
Criss-Cross Engagement Ring

In a land of diamond paving and intricately scrolled bands, this sleek white gold engagement ring offers a modern twist on a traditional tale. ($867, Rotham Collection)
striated bordered rope with gem engagement ring
Striated Bordered Rope with Gem Engagement Ring

This eco-friendly ring constructed with recycled gold over silver and sapphire solitaire is made special by the band’s gold rope detail, symbolizing continuous harmony. ($1,413, Artisan Wedding Rings)
black diamond engagement ring
Black Diamond Engagement Ring

Are you a modern traditionalist — old-fashioned values with a killer fashion sense? Then this black diamond engagement ring deserves to be on your finger. The vintage-looking pave diamond set contrasts with the night-black diamond sitting at the ring’s heart. ($1,050, Tula Organic Designs)
dryad three black diamond engagement ring
Dryad Three Black Diamond Engagement Ring

This ring not only looks beautiful, you’ll feel great about wearing it too. The band is constructed from recycled sterling silver. Three conflict-free black diamonds complete a look that is unique, yet understated. ($950 , Turtle Love Co)
aquamarine cabachon with diamonds engagement ring
Aquamarine Cabachon Ring

Thirty 0.01 ct. diamonds are delicately displayed, but the aquamarine cabachon steals the spotlight in this bold piece. ($3,230 Artfully Elegant)
oxidized stainless steel engagement ring
Oxidized Stainless Steel Diamond Solitaire

 Edgy and elegant, the oxidized stainless steel band creates a nature-inspired look and a bezel set round 0.5ct center stone adds a feminine touch. Check out the oxidized stainless steel diamond solitaire! ($525, Clay Pot)
tahitian pearl engagement ring
Tahitian Pearl Engagement Ring

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but pearls are for ladies. This unique engagement ring features a black Tahitian pearl that contrasts the sparkling silver of the band. Even Marilyn’s head would turn. ($479, Milanoo)
green princess engagement ring
Green Princess Engagement Ring

Kate Middleton went blue, so maybe you should go green with this unique engagement ring. The rose-cut green sapphire rests in a vintage-inspired setting. Is it just me or does it look like tiny crowns circling the gem? ($459, Louisa Gallery)
maui sunset mokume gane engagement ring
Maui Sunset Mokume Gane Engagement Ring

Sterling silver and 14K gold in white and yellow combine for a beautiful faux wood-grain finish, but it doesn’t distract from the 0.5ct diamond in a yellow bezel setting. (Pricing available upon request, Andrew Nyce Designs)
diamond orbit engagement ring
Diamond Orbit Engagement Ring

Keeping with the space theme, this ring features a uniquely shaped diamond that “orbits” above a dainty yellow gold band. If you aren’t into diamonds, a pearl would make a graceful alternative. (Pricing available upon request, Krikawa)
sputnik engagement ring
Sputnik Engagement Ring

A modern interpretation of the traditional engagement ring, the Sputnik’s name comes from its cosmic-inspired design. Ten silver arms set with green chameleon diamonds stylishly rotate around the main attraction — a 1.5 ct. colored diamond. (Pricing available upon request, Krikawa)
red, gold and diamond engagement ring
Red Gold Rose

A delicate rose made of red gold and diamond sets off a 14K white gold band. Diamonds are also sprinkled in with the lovely leaf detail on the sides. ($400, Marlene Harriscol)
stacked uncut diamond solitaire engagement ring
Stacked Uncut Diamond Solitaire

The stylish imperfections are what make this diamond solitaire so exquisite. A 2mm 18K gold band is hammered, creating an uneven texture. Three uncut diamond triangles (2.20ct. total weight) are stacked on top of one another forming beautiful jagged edges. ($3,825, Clay Pot)

Photo credits (top to bottom): etsy.com/janishjewels, touchwoodrings.com, etsy.com/onegarnetgirl, artisanweddingrings.com, rothamcollection.com, artisansdesigns.com, etsy.com/tulajewelry, turtleloveco.com, artfullyelegant.com, clay-pot.com, milanoo.com, etsy.com/louisagallery, andrewnycedesigns.com, krikawa.com, krikawa.com, marleneharriscol.com, clay-pot.com,



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