Alternative Engagement Rings: 13 Places To Find A Truly Individual Sparkler

For all the brides-to-be that don't have their eyes set on a rock bigger then Everest, here's the alternative- brides' guide to picking the perfect engagement ring...

While the traditional solitaire-diamond-in-platinum rings can be dazzling, many of today’s brides-to-be go down the alternative route, wanting to maintain their unique style through their engagement ring. We’ve seen jewellery design expand massively over recent years, with brands doing lots weird and wonderful things, and it doesn’t stop at that question-popper accessory. Every woman and every relationship is unique, and your symbolic sparkler should reflect exactly that.

Your Grungy Hero: Zoe & Morgan 
If a glam sparkler is a no-go, and you’re a little more grungy in your personal style, then Zoe & Morgan will have the rock of your dreams. It only created its first engagement pieces last year, so it’s still super-new. Instantly a hit with quirky brides-to-be for its bespoke personal pieces, the brand’s most popular style is the Princess Skull ring, which is set with amethyst and surrounded by diamonds. The skulls, which have sapphires in their eyes, are a reminder of impermanence and to live life fully. To channel your personality, the ring can also be customised with various stones such as black sapphire, morganite and aquamarine. Rock on! 
How much? £1,300

The Fash Pack’s Choice: Inez & Vinoodh

You’ve probably heard of the legendary photography duo Inez & Vinoodh, but did you know the pair are also pretty ace when it comes to jewellery design? The married couple’s collection began with a necklace that their wedding ring’s hung on; so if anyone knows how to artistically symbolise love through jewellery, it’s these two. Inez and Vinoodh’s signature interlinking rings symbolise the strong bond between husband and wife. This 18-carat gold design is strung with 2.00 carats of beautiful briolette-cut diamonds – so if you’re after something deeply meaningful and artistic, this jingly number is yours.
How much? £9,550

If You Love A Bit Of Glitz: Shaun Leane
Shaun Leane is renowned for a bit of bling… and we don’t mean the sort you would see draped over Pat Butcher. This top-notch jeweller is famous for his modern romantic jewels that push the boundaries of contemporary design, so if you want a standout coloured piece, look no further. Each and every one of his finger-dazzlers scream personality, so no head will go unturned – especially not with this 18-carat white-gold ring. It’s detailed with marquise-cut aquamarine stones that are designed to appear as if they are soaring in mid air. Dreamy! The 0.61ct white diamond pavé-embellished band features the label’s signature crossover shape to frame the finger gracefully. We have fallen in love.
How much? £5,750

If You Are Boho-Chic: Alex Monroe
If you are dreaming of floating bare foot across a sandy beach in a vintage Chloé gown on your wedding day, then your engagement ring MUST be designed by Alex Monroe. Us fash-gals are obsessed with all of his elegant, nature-inspired handmade pieces, so we were ecstatic to see his engagement collection. Retaining Alex’s signature gold design, all the rings are so simple and fine yet have such soul and attention to the finest detail. We’ve heard (through the grapevine) that many of his bespoke commissions are from brave grooms who have carefully researched their girlfriend’s taste; so give your guy a hint and let Alex work his magic.
How much? £2,280

The Ultimate Flower Power: Christian Dior
Flower: check. Colour: check. Diamond: check! When nothing less then fabulous will do, all hail Christian Dior, your jewellery knight in shining armour. You are full of personality and sass, so why shouldn’t your engagement ring be too? Like a bouquet of eternal roses, Rose Dior Pré Catalan is a tribute to Monsieur Dior’s favourite flower. With many different colours within the collection, there is a ring to fit every amazing personality.
In the words of the man himself, ‘What I want most of all is to make women completely desirable.’ Christian Dior. Yep, we’ve gone weak at the knees too!.
How much? £4,100

Modern And Minimal: Eva Fehren
For the modern, minimal bride-to-be, you will want to channel our latest on-trend style, the X. Designed by Eva Zuckerman of Eva Fehren, the X ring symbolises the union of two elipses intertwining to create a strong harmonious structure. Which lends itself perfectly to the sentiment behind marriage. We’re obsessed with the blackened white gold – the must-have colour for a strong, uber-cool look. There are many other gorgeous pieces in her collection – we’re already eyeing up the wedding rings to stack with it. 

How much? About £3,289

The Fashion Brand: Maison Margiela Fine Jewellery 
For loyal fashionistas, the last thing on your agenda is a trip to Hatton Garden to browse diamond stores you know nothing about. Instead, you want may one to stick to a designer you know and love, such as Margiela. Surprisingly different to the aesthetic of the label’s ready-to-wear collections, Maison Martin Margiela’s rings take the notion of heirloom jewellery but with a subversive twist: think pieces such as this 18-carat white gold ‘Pompadour’ ring. The separate sapphire and diamond stones symbolise modern love; independent and complementary of one another.
How much? £2,800

If You Are Vintage At Heart: Sabine G
Whether it’s the 1800s or the 1920s, the girl born out of her era will want nothing more then a vintage-inspired ring when her guy pops the question. Not everyone has a family heirloom ring that has been passed down through the decades: but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have your perfect vintage gem. Sabine G hand-crafts unique Art Deco-inspired rings that channel her core aesthetic and philosophy, which is jewellery with a story: stones that have been passed on through generations and collated to create a ring personal to every individual.
How much? About £1,661 

If Pearls Are Your Stone Of Choice: Noor Fares
For women who don’t want finger bling that blinds in the sun, it’s all about pearls. Before you head instantly to pearl classic Chanel, take a look at the cooler names out there. Noor Fares is a great go-to for a more subtle alternate engagement ring style that incorporates pearls – such as this 18-carat gold ring, which is set with an oval-shaped 3.28-carat moonstone between two diamond-encrusted bands. New Age pearls at their best! We also love Sophie Bille Brahe, queen of everything pearl, so take a look to find your perfect ring.
How much? £3,250

For Something Wordy: Rosa De La Cruz
No Carrie Bradshaw would say yes to a proposal without this fairytale Rosa De La Cruz ‘Love’ ring. The 18-carat yellow gold ring is inlaid with diamonds and is made to sit perfectly with a wedding band below. It’s modern and creative and perfect if you’re a girly girl. Imagine the flick of the hair, and a cheeky flash of the ring, there’s nothing more Sex and The City than this. We know you feel it, so why not spell it out!
How much? £960

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