There's absolutely nothing wrong with a traditional engagement ring. They're timeless and classic for a reason. But if your aesthetic veers more toward the nontraditional and you're seeking a unique ring style, we're here to recommend some ideal jewelry designers for that.
The beauty of an alternative engagement ring is that it has the potential to truly show the wearer's personality. Not a diamond person? There are countless colored gemstone rings or non-white diamonds (e.g., black, champagne, and yellow) that you might love. Not into traditional solitaire or halo settings? You're about to see some unique settings. Want a vintage ring or a starkly modern style? We found those too.
Scroll on to meet 11 of our favorite jewelry designers for nontraditional engagement rings, and shop a few of our favorite current styles from each (or just casually send this to your significant other).
If you're seeking an excellent curation of vintage and one-of-a-kind styles, NYC-based Love Adorned's selection will truly blow you away.
Wwake has long been one of our favorite jewelry brands for modern, delicate designs. It's really stepped up its engagement ring designs recently and the outside-the-box options repeatedly make our jaws drop.
It's not surprising that New Zealand–based Meadowlark has gained a celebrity following since it came on the scene in 2006. The modern twists on traditional settings the designers come up with will make your jaw drop.
Jacquie Aiche has long been known for its fine and costume jewelry, but were you aware she has plenty of stunning rings that could easily be worn as engagement rings. If your style is best described as California girl, you've found your match.
Ken & Dana Design's rings have a distinctive sculptural, organic feel to them, and many of them can be customized to your specifications. Once you see the options, you won't be surprised that it's been in the jewelry and gemstone business for over 40 years.