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.
Every woman and every relationship is unique, and your symbolic sparkler should reflect exactly that. So whether you’re into baguette diamonds or pear-shaped emeralds, multi-stone rings or vintage pearls, there’s a bespoke style to suit every bride.
Alternative engagement ring ideas
Once you wrap your hear around the fact that you don’t have to go for a traditional ring (though there’s nothing wrong with a timeless solitaire), then the sky’s the limit. There is plenty of inspiration to be found on Instagram – like Emily Ratajkowski’s two-stone statement ring – as well as films – think Carrie’s black diamond – and even the catwalk.
Your ring should be an extension of your style, so have a think about what jewellery you like and take it from there. Many jewellery brands now let you design completely bespoke rings from scratch, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box a little.
Alternative stones for engagement rings
An engagement ring doesn’t have to include a diamond. The likes of Kate Middleton and Lady Gaga have sent the trend for colourful gems (sapphire and pink diamond respectively), and if your budget doesn’t stretch to that, then there are some gorgeous semi-precious stone and pearl styles around. In fact, your rings doesn’t even have to feature a stone, you could just go for an arty gold ring.
Ethical alternative engagement rings
Brides are more conscious about ethical jewellery these days, and that includes the provenance of the diamonds. Luckily, so many jewellery brands now adhere to the Kimberley process (which guarantees conflict-free diamonds), but if you’re unsure it’s always worth asking.
Cheap alternative engagement rings
Not every budget stretches to a diamond and platinum ring, but if you look to slightly more affordable brands, you’ll be surprised as to how many options you have.
Vintage style alternative engagement rings
And whilst you’re here, when it comes to wedding rings, we’ll let you in on a little secret: there are no rules either.
So gold, silver, rose gold, thick, thin, it’s totally up to you.