10 Best Non-Traditional Engagement Rings (2024)

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by Suzanne Sachs 5 min read



There are many amazing engagement ring designs, but the “classic” style of an engagement ring isn’t necessarily right for every couple. There are many reasons to consider a non-traditional engagement ring, and many unique and fashionable styles to choose from, no matter what your jewelry preferences.


In this guide, we will explain the following:

  • Traditional Engagement Ring Styles
  • Why Choose a Non-Traditional Design?
  • 10 Best Non-traditional Engagement Ring Styles
  • Stacking Rings
  • Colored Gold
  • Toi et Moi Rings
  • Oversized Rings
  • Unique Stones
  • East-West Orientations
  • Gemstone Band
  • Filigree Designs
  • Tattoos
  • A Word of Caution

Traditional Engagement Ring Styles

There are several engagement ring designs considered classic and traditional. The elegant solitaire diamond remains the most popular choice for brides-to-be, but three-stone rings representing a couple’s past, present, and future are also popular as engagement rings. Bridal sets that feature both engagement and wedding rings in coordinated pairs are also immensely popular.

These choices, however, aren’t always right for every couple. While a diamond-in-gold ring is instantly recognizable as an engagement ring, there are many beautiful non-traditional styles to choose from.

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Why Choose a Non-Traditional Design?

Stepping away from classic styles can be a great option for an edgy, modern, or alternative bride-to-be, or anyone with a more unique and distinctive style who doesn’t want to blend in with expected jewelry fashion. Non-traditional rings can be easier to personalize and may be designed with greater symbolism and significance for the couple, and can even be more budget conscious depending on the overall ring and what design elements it features.

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10 Best Non-Traditional Engagement Ring Styles

There are many gorgeous options for non-traditional engagement rings, each of which can be further customized to suit a couple’s design preferences.

• Stacking Rings

These thinner, more delicate rings are less bold than traditional rings, but can be further personalized by adding the wedding band, anniversary rings, or other special occasion rings to the overall stack to change its style over the years or to match different moods. 

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• Colored Gold

Rather than opting for traditional yellow or white gold, consider a more boldly colored gold for an engagement ring that will really pop. With different metals added to the gold alloy, shades of rose, green, red, blue, black, brown, or other shades can be stunning choices.

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• Toi et Moi Rings

Instead of the single center stone most often found in engagement rings, toi
et moi rings feature two equal center stones. These may be diamonds or gemstones, and can either be matching stones or completely different stones to represent both individuals.

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• Oversized Rings

Engagement rings are often carefully balanced for the finger, but an oversized
cocktail ring design can be a flamboyant and eye-catching choice. This is a great option for a bold and emphatic individual, with much more detail and drama than a traditional style.

non traditional engagement rings

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 Chloe G verified buyer

 Unique Stones

Moving beyond diamonds or birthstones can bring a non-traditional look to any engagement ring style. Consider raw, uncut stones or more unique options such as salt-and-pepper diamonds, watermelon tourmaline, bloodstones, or other unusual gems.

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 East-West Orientations

Most elongated stone shapes such as the baguette, emerald, marquise, oval, or pear are oriented parallel to the finger length, but choosing a perpendicular east-west orientation is a great way to instantly give any ring a non-traditional vibe. 

non traditional engagement rings

 Gemstone Band

Gemstone bands can feature a range of vibrant colors, allowing for personalization and the expression of individual style. Whether you choose opals, turquoise, sapphires, emeralds, rubies, or any other gemstone, the array of colors can make the ring truly unique. 

non traditional engagement rings

I've purchased two vintage rings from Suzanne over the past decade and my wife has loved both. Great service, communication and speedy delivery.”

 Lee S verified buyer

 Filigree Designs

Filigree designs often evoke a vintage or antique feel, making them perfect for those who appreciate classic and timeless aesthetics. The starburst pattern, in particular, can lend a retro, Art Deco vibe to the ring or other symbolic shapes can be a lovely non-traditional option for an engagement ring. 

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Couples more interested in ink rather than metal may opt for tattooed engagement or wedding rings. These customized body art pieces can be stunning and well-matched to the couple, without any fear of the “ring” becoming lost or damaged in the years to come. 


A Word of Caution

AWhile non-traditional engagement rings can be beautiful choices for any couple with a distinctive sense of style, it is important to be aware of the challenges these rings can present. If a couple’s friends and family members don’t share their alternative views, the ring may be mistaken or misinterpreted, which could lead to misunderstandings about the couple’s intentions or committment. Furthermore, the couple should consider their choice very carefully to be sure they won’t begin to regret the ring in years to come, when trends fade and their own preferences may change. vintage 

Regardless of the ring style, choosing a ring carefully to match the wearer’s style preferences, the overall ring budget, and suitable quality is critical to ensure the engagement ring is a fine piece that will be worn and enjoyed long past the proposal and wedding day for many happy anniversaries.

Antique Engagement Rings For Everyone:

No matter which gemstone is your favorite, these time-honored gemstones have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations. If you’re looking for a unique engagement ring that tells the world that you’re passionately in love, a vintage garnet ring is a stunning choice. Find your dream ring today!

Find The Perfect Antique Engagement Ring:

Vintage rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and design. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of Non-Traditional Engagement Rings today!

Suzanne Sachs

Suzanne has always believed vintage rings can change lives. She's been in the jewelry industry for over 35 years, working with vintage jewelers, diamond dealers, diamond cutters, and gemologists. Suzanne started Artdecodiamonds in 2000 and understood the demand for vintage rings throughout the world. She ultimately started VintageDiamondRing.com in 2014, and understands each vintage ring is a reflection of you – your history, your relationships, your style, your elegance and is honored to have the opportunity to help you showcase your flair in a unique and exquisite way.
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