We've entered that time of year. No, we're not talking about the holidays. We're referring to the start of engagement season. Statistically speaking, we see the largest number of proposals between November and February. And while everyone won't be getting engaged or even want to get married, that doesn't make the season any less overwhelming. There's the stress of planning a proposal (or awaiting one), and then there's the most trying aspect of all: finding the engagement ring.
First of all, you have to address a learning curb when it comes to shopping for diamond rings, from understanding the four Cs (cut, color, clarity, and carat) to researching what constitutes a conflict-free and ethically made piece. Once you know what to look for, you still have to consider your budget, the brand name, and your partner's personal preferences. All of this is to say that shopping for an engagement ring is not an easy task, and it can become even more challenging if you're shopping for someone picky. It may be engagement season, but we all know that any ultra-stylish soon-to-be fiancée won't settle for a basic cookie-cutter ring.
Unless they sent you precisely what they want or you already know what you want, we can guess that you clicked on this article because you're stressed looking for a ring. In order to make the process easier, we've done some research to find the 40 most unique engagement rings on the market right now. Whether you're hoping to find the perfect engagement ring for your partner, helping someone pick one for a loved one, or trying to drop hints that they need to hurry up and put a ring on it, there's something ahead for everyone.
You don't have to spend a fortune on a diamond ring to impress them. Don't be afraid to opt for lab-grown options (like the Pandora ring above), as they're not only more financially accessible but are also a guarantee that the stones are conflict-free.
Want to propose to them with a ring that's outside the box? Look no further than the Black-owned fine jewelry brand Harwell Godfrey. The brand has become beloved in the industry for its playful use of geometric shapes and precious gemstones.
You can't ever go wrong with an engagement ring from Tiffany & Co. But should you need some guidance, we recommend opting for colored diamonds because they're as rare as your love.
If you're looking to branch outside of the classic solitaire setting, then Spinelli Kilcollin's interlocking rings are a great alternative. Drawing inspiration from architecture, each piece features stacked rings made from ethically sourced materials.
What better way to make everyone green with envy over your love than with a tourmaline engagement ring from Yi Collection?
Engagement rings should surprise and delight, and none quite do it like Anna Sheffield's pieces do. The fine jewelry brand pairs classic settings and cuts with unconventional gemstones to create truly one-of-a-kind works.
Their ring should be a work of art, and if you buy it from Azlee, you'll be sure of that. Not only does the fine jewelry brand draw inspiration from art-deco design for each style, but it's also handmade in Los Angeles, ensuring the best possible quality.
While this ring may seem simple at first sight, De Beers's diamonds are far from that. The fine jewelry brand is meticulous about how it sources its diamonds, its selection process, and its cutting process to ensure that it's creating some of the best rings out there.
When in doubt, David Yurman is always a good idea. You can opt for one of its more traditional engagement ring settings or go the minimalist route and give them a diamond crossover band like the one above.
Bigger diamonds aren't always better. Sometimes, it really all boils down to the band and cut. Just look to this ring from The Clear Cut as proof. Sure, the diamonds are only 0.24 carats, but the pear-shaped cut and open wraparound ring band make them feel all the more outstanding.
Searching for a classic engagement ring with a twist? You'll want to look into Sophie Bille Brahe's offering, as each piece has an unexpected element (e.g., curved bands and floating diamonds) that makes it exquisite.
When it comes to engagement rings, you do get what you pay for. And there's no better example of that than the family-owned fine jewelry brand Gismondi 1754. It's been based out of Italy for seven generations, with a focus on handcrafting every single piece it makes.
PSA: You don't always have to shop from indie labels to find an unusual engagement ring. The key is to focus on the stone. Opting for precious gemstones and colorful diamonds on simple bands is a surefire way to make sure this ring stands out.
No one wants a cookie-cutter engagement ring. And one way to ensure you don't have one is to shop from the rising fine jewelry Milamore. While its offering isn't technically within the bridal space, it's made waves in the industry for its androgynous pieces that champion eclectic bands and unexpected gem cuts.