People Are Opting for These Unique Engagement Rings


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The options can seem endless when it comes to engagement ring designs, making it near impossible to choose a style you love. But if you're the type of person who's looking for something a little bit outside the traditional realm of engagement rings, you've come to the right place.

We spoke with independent jewelry brand Catbird, whose marketing manager, Sriya Karumanchi, shared, "For the past few years now, we’ve seen people really embrace rings with unexpected stones and cuts, a pretty significant departure from rings focused on the white diamond center stone. Opals, emeralds, deep sapphires, and gray diamonds in unconventional settings are some of our most popular this year."

We're noticing a major trend in ring designs that favor the unexpected and offbeat over the perfectly symmetrical. While design elements like clear diamonds and symmetrical settings have long been the standard for engagement rings, many people are shifting how they place value in an engagement ring. "I think the perspective has shifted. The value of a ring doesn’t have to solely come from a set of rules determined by the jewelry industry—cut, clarity, carat, and color being the common ones," Karumanchi explains. "The value is rooted in what you hold in the piece. It can be from the sentiment of a family heirloom or maybe a special stone and motif that really spoke to you when you tried the ring on."

Instead of simplistic placements, below you'll find ornate settings on vintage-inspired rings. Instead of regular diamonds, you'll see rich colors, and instead of round- or square-cut stones, it's the unexpected shapes you'll find on the following unique engagement rings.

Ornate Settings

From beautiful vintage-inspired settings to more modern diamond arrangements, people are opting for engagement rings with truly unique displays of stones.

Colorful Stones

Refreshing sapphire, warm yellow, and moody amethyst are all the unexpected colors that you'll find featured on many of the unique engagement rings trending right now. 

Celestial Designs

The night sky is a major source of inspiration for these beautifully whimsical designs. You'll find stars, the moon, and constellations as motifs in a number of these unique rings.

Unexpected Shapes

While round- and square-shaped stones are the classic designs that will always stand the test of time, stones with a less common shape are the delightfully unexpected engagement rings that more and more people are opting for.

Thicker Bands

Traditionally speaking, diamond engagement rings have consisted of a single stone perched atop a medium-weight band. However, thicker bands are the unique engagement ring trend quickly coming into favor for their more substantial look and feel, and they could be either an engagement ring or a wedding band.

Up next: What the Average Person Considers a Big Engagement Ring

This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.