The Unexpected Engagement Ring Stone We're Seeing Everywhere


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When Mr. Big proposed to Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City 2, he did so with a five-carat black diamond Itay Malkin ring set in 18-karat white gold (to be exact) with the words, "Because you’re not like anyone else.” The truth is, Mr. Big nailed it—a bold, stylish, unconventional woman requires a ring that matches her in every measure. Though the trend began gaining influence in the late 20th century, Carrie fans catapulted the unique gemstone into pop culture, and now, six years later, we’re seeing black diamonds on the fingers of fashion girls and celebs alike.

Today’s brides are always looking to set themselves apart from the rest and convey their own sense of style, for which the alluring, glamorous black diamond is ideal. Whether set in a halo surrounded by smaller white diamonds or positioned as the main focus in a solitaire setting with a gold band, black diamonds are surprisingly versatile in nearly all cut, setting, and color variations. Not to mention, black diamonds often carry slightly lower price points than their white diamond counterparts. Finally, black diamonds symbolize eternal, flawless, and unchanging love, making them perfect for an engagement ring.

Completely sold on the trend or, alternatively, require a little more convincing? Continue on for 25 stunning black diamond engagement rings as unique as the bride herself.

Consider yourself more of a classic bride? This is the engagement ring style for you.