Breaking from tradition seems to be the new norm for engagement rings lately. It’s 2018, what did we expect? The classic solitaire is still, and will probably always be, the most commonly seen type of engagement ring. But for the unconventional bride-to-be there are quite a few other options. Creativity and individuality are key components of finding the ring of your dreams. If you’re someone who knows a round-brilliant solitaire just won’t do for you, take a look at these 5 styles that are sure to capture your originality and unique fashion sense.
Unique Engagement Rings for the Modern Bride
Colored Gemstone Rings
Colorless diamonds aren’t the only gemstone that can be used for engagement rings. We’re sure you’ve seen fancy yellow diamonds and even blue sapphire engagement rings. They look just as stunning as a typical diamond, but are slightly different from what we’re traditionally used to seeing. But have you ever seen an amethyst engagement ring? What about a garnet engagement ring? That’s right-you can literally choose any type of gemstone for your engagement ring. Although, some gemstones will require more care and maintenance than others since they are more delicate. This style allows a bit more room for creativity and sentimentality since each gemstone has a different meaning and significance. For instance, if you met your significant other in January, this Beverley K garnet engagement ring is perfect for you since garnet is the January birthstone!
Mixed Metal Rings
Who says your engagement ring has to be one solid precious metal? Dare to be different by mixing and matching your metals! A combination of white with yellow gold is fairly common, but you have the freedom to combine any metals of your choosing. White gold, yellow gold, rose gold, platinum, even black rhodium…there are so many options so you can be as creative as you want. This style is commonly seen on halo rings, like this white and yellow gold halo engagement ring.
You can mix metals on any style of engagement ring. Check out this vintage bypass ring. It’s one of the most unique engagement rings in our collection. What’s a bypass ring, you ask? A bypass ring is characterized by bands that overlap and part; they don’t meet directly in the middle. Most of the band on this particular ring is yellow gold, while the design itself is set mainly in white gold. Both mixed metal rings create a beautiful, cohesive look.
If you desire a ring with a modernized vintage appearance, vintage-inspired engagement rings are a great choice. Geometric designs are popular for this style, like in this Art Deco-inspired Beverley K engagement ring. The combination of a diamond halo and finely detailed milgrain wire work gives the ring a very dramatic appearance. Vintage-inspired rings are a fantastic choice for future brides who truly want to catch the eyes of every person in the room.
We’ve all seen solitaires and three-stone engagement rings, but what about two stones? When one stone isn’t enough, and three stones is too many, choose a two-stone engagement ring. It certainly isn’t as common as other styles, but it’s just as dazzling. Feel free to get creative and play around with the positioning and pairing of the diamonds. This two-stone engagement ring features two dainty diamonds resting right next to each other. Other options for this style feature diamonds placed one on top of the other, stones set slightly askew for an asymmetrical look, and even gemstones on the two ends of an open band. You also have the option to combine different gemstone sizes, shapes, and colors.
With the stackable rings trend, multiple band engagement rings are becoming increasingly more popular. The first engagement ring actually combines two of our unconventional styles: multi-band and mixed metals. The twisted band on the inside is yellow and rose gold, while the outer bands are white gold. It may appear to be three separate bands, but it’s actually one complete design. This ring is perfect for any bride-to-be who desires a thicker band with a delicate design.
The second engagement ring shows how this look can also be achieved by using a ring guard. A ring guard, or ring enhancer, is used to enhance the appearance of an engagement ring. The engagement ring is inserted between the two bands of the ring guard. When worn together, the two rings appear to be a single, multi-band ring. Ring guards can be fun because they have the ability to give your ring two completely different looks.
The best part about engagement rings is that it’s entirely up to you to decide what to wear. You’re planning on wearing this ring for the rest of your life. Regardless of the many styles, pick a ring that makes you and your partner happy. What matters is that the ring is special to you.
The Best Place to Buy Engagement Rings in San Diego
At Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers you’ll find almost all styles of engagement rings imaginable. From unique and vintage to alternative and contemporary, we’re here to help you find the perfect engagement ring for your unconventional style. Can’t decide which style fits you best? Stop by our jewelry store on San Diego Avenue to talk with one of our experts today!