26 Non&Traditional Engagement Rings For The Modern Bride

26 Non&Traditional Engagement Rings For The Modern Bride

Welcome to Aisle Style, a week-long series that features the most untraditional engagement ring trends, coolest bridal designers to know, and brides who walk to the beat of their own “Canon In D.” Buck the tradition and say I do to personal style — the aisle is yours.While diamonds can be forever — specifically the sparkly white kind that instantly has you humming the first movement of “Palladio” — they’re not the only option for a ring on that finger. If your taste leans toward avant-garde, understated, or you simply don’t want a ring that looks like everyone else’s, turn to the best non-traditional engagement rings instead.From colored gemstones to unusual orientations and settings that look like genuine works of art, tons of unique engagement rings abound from brands ranging from indie to world-famous. Unique stone cuts make for a reinvigorated approach to white diamonds if you’re on the fence between something timeless and distinctive. Meanwhile, geometric shapes like shields, hexagons, and kites ensure your ring is stand-out. On the more affordable end of the engagement ring spectrum, there are portrait cuts, which are flat and transparent, and alternatives like moissanite, lab-grown, or trendy salt-and-pepper diamonds. There’s even the option to rock a fanciful band instead of a stone ring, which is not only more understated but also practical and durable for everyday wear. Even more, a band is super versatile for stacking and interchangeable on other fingers, should you choose to upgrade your ring for an anniversary down the road. Then there are the non-traditional settings to consider: East-West, off-kilter, and suspended or floating settings will give even the most classic cuts like emerald, round brilliant, pear, and oval shapes a uniquely modern look. At the same time, knife-edge bands, bolder prongs, and flush-mount settings appear decidedly edgier, whether you embrace a minimalist or elaborate design. Finally, mixed-metal choices always equates to cool.Of course, antique and vintage rings are the most sustainable and instantly gratifiable way to obtain a one-of-kind ring that no one else will have. Ahead, discover 26 non-traditional engagement rings guaranteed to make you forget all about diamond solitaires. This two-stone design featuring brilliant-cut shield diamonds is a modern take on the recently popular Toi et Moi ring.Mociun Alchemy Ring, $, available at MociunEva Fehren’s signature edge and eye for delicate, geometric shapes come through in this inverted white trillion diamond suspended from a beveled rose gold heptagon band. Eva Fehren White Diamond Trillion Queen Ring, $, available at 1st DibsNever before has an emerald appeared so enchanting as this pear-cut stone nestled within a pavé band. It’s a flawless choice for those seeking color in their engagement ring. KatKim Emerald Trace Pavé Ring, $, available at KatKimA floating marquise solitaire stone nestled within a delicate V-shaped band is incredibly eye-catching while simultaneously timeless. Vrai The Signature V Solitaire Ring, $, available at VraiWhat’s more striking than one Asscher-cut diamond? Two — set in an open-wrap design featuring two tapered baguettes and a rounded square band.Ashley Zhang Margaret Asscher Cut Engagement Ring, $, available at Ashley ZhangEmbrace the chunky engagement ring trend with Azlee’s East-West-set hexagon diamond enveloped in a weighty yellow gold staircase setting. Azlee Empress Diamond Staircase Ring, $, available at AzleeA spray of diamonds adds a modern touch to a vintage-inspired turquoise ring. Marrow Fine Turquoise & White Diamond Navette Ring, $, available at Marrow FineThis ring is a perfect example of how a classically cut stone, like a pear, immediately appears non-traditional when set off-kilter on a simple band. Bonus points for an eye-catching color, like tawny. Aaryah Nyoka Ring, $, available at AaryahA chunky, vintage-inspired signet setting in an East-West orientation modernizes a classic marquise diamond — the perfect durable non-traditional engagement ring.   Kinn The Eloise, $, available at KinnA black diamond is the ultimate non-traditional approach to a rose-cut round diamond set in a delicate recycled yellow gold setting. Catbird Odile, The Swan Supreme, $, available at CatbirdThis ring, showcasing a rare and exotic brilliant round-cut Cornflower Blue Ceylon sapphire, is a total showstopper. If the alternative center stone weren’t enough, the geometric octagonal setting adds to its unique allure with a durable feel.Marei Octavian Brilliant-Cut Cornflower Blue Sapphire Engagem, $, available at MareiAnother modern take on the storied Toi et Moi engagement ring that will appeal to demure tastes is this flush-mount design in a thick, but not overly chunky, band.Mejuri Toi et Moi Diamond Ring, $, available at MejuriAsscher- and radiant-cut stones never looked as bold as in this pink sapphire-and-diamond combo. The rose gold setting takes things a step further for non-tradition




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