Thanks to Glamour, we’ve been able to learn some brief history behind the style evolution of the engagement ring, which became an accepted custom as far back as the 1900s.
For example, the 1920s were noted by geometric and Art Deco designs. In the 1950s, we saw the appearance of ornate and hand-engraved settings in white gold. Then in the 1970s, rings with colored gemstones came into fashion – and are reappearing on the scene today (i.e. The Princess Diana/Kate Middleton sapphire trend).
We personally love the cushion cut diamonds and white gold solitaires as much as any other couple, but we’re also on board with the latest trends in rose gold, colored gemstones and raw material rings.
After some digging on sites like Etsy, we found a whole section dedicated to alternative engagement rings, all of which are completely unique and often hand-made by the artist.
The site also allows couples to search through sections of bling based on their budget, or by the cut (pear, marquis, round, emerald) or the stone – everything from moonstone to onyx to emerald.
Some of our favorites, and Etsy Editor’s Picks, are shown in the list below:
With a selection of natural, gorgeous colors and shapes, along with several options for eco-sensitive and conflict-free diamonds or stones, the availability of alternative engagement rings is nearly endless. Not to mention, the use of morganite or moissanite stones (if you still like a clear diamond center) is a budget-friendly alternative to the price of the traditional diamond.
If you’ve been shopping for an alternative engagement ring, or if you have an amazing jeweler you’d like to recommend for unique and custom rings, leave a comment below!