Alternative Engagement Rings for Untraditional Couples

If the idea of a diamond solitaire leaves you feeling cold browse this list of alternative engagement rings - there's something for everyone


Are you shopping for the ideal engagement ring? If a classic princess cut diamond engagement ring isn’t for you, we’ve come up with some alternative engagement rings that will delight the untraditional person in your life! Once you've found your dream engagement ring, make sure you check out our guide to choosing your wedding rings.

Bea Arrow Ring - Anna Sheffield

This beautifully unusual engagement ring is a work of art! A gorgeous deep blue sapphire draws the eye, before you notice the elegant but untraditional black diamonds either side of it. We're obsessed.

Sapphire and black diamond ring

Diamond Bezel Engagement Ring – MichaelGabriels on Etsy

Traditionally you’d give an engagement ring with a diamond and it’s usually believed the sparklier the better – however if you now your partner would prefer something more dainty and delicate, this bezel engagement ring from MichaelGabriels on Etsy is a good alternative.

Rose gold bezel engagement ring

Curved Ring - Alba Rose

This curvy diamond ring from Alba Rose would look beautiful on an elegant hand! It comes in three metals and features three diamonds in a stunning swirly setting.

Curved engagement ring from Alba Rose

Til Death Do Us Part – Solange

This ring by Solange is definitely a winner for the quirky person in your life – if you know your partner is all about gothic wedding dresses and black themed weddings, she’ll love this rose cut diamond, which is held by bones made from 18ct white gold. It’s called ‘Til Death Do Us Part’, which we think is pretty apt!

Alternative engagement ring featuring bones

Vapour Skulls Ring – AdamFosterJewelry on Etsy

Maybe bones aren’t quirky enough…if so why not go all out with skulls? This unusual engagement ring features a half carat diamond in a 14ct rose gold setting, adorned with skulls. It’s different for sure!

Skull engagement ring in rose gold

Love is Enough Ring – Tatty Devine

If the idea of on an engagement ring doesn’t really appeal at all, why not give this pink ring from Tatty Devine as a token? The message on it says it all.

Alternative engagement ring from Tatty Devine

Diamond Dusted Hazeline Solitaire - Anna Sheffield

This elegant rose gold engagement ring definitely puts a twist on tradition! The diamonds are in the band, and the centre 'stone' is made from rose gold!

Rose gold engagement ring

Three Diamond Ring - Alba Rose

This unusual engagement ring from Alba Rose features three square diamonds, coming out of three stems on the ring. It's definitely non-traditional and people will comment on how unusual it is for years!

Three stemmed engagement ring from Alba Rose

Knot Ring – Sophie by Sophie

Seeing as you’re planning to tie the knot, why not make your intentions clear with this knotted ring from Sophie by Sophie. It comes in white gold, yellow gold and rose gold, and the knot is studded with diamonds.

Diamond studded knot ring

Claddagh Ring – TheJewelryGirlsPlace on Etsy

If you or your partner is Irish, you might want to include some of your heritage in the proposal by using a traditional Claddagh ring – you can find out how it should be worn according to your relationship status by reading about Irish wedding traditions.

Traditional claddagh ring

Deco Ring – Zoe & Morgan

Those who aren’t a fan of diamonds will love this Deco ring from Zoe & Morgan, which features a moonstone. Moonstones are thought to be a symbol of new beginnings, which is exactly what getting engaged signifies – a new journey together as husband and wife. It comes in 22ct gold plate or sterling silver.

Art deco style engagement ring

Legend of Zelda 8 Bit Hearts Ring – AllThingsGeekChic on Etsy

If the special person in your life is a huge fan of Zelda, treat them to this cute 14ct gold ring, which features three lab created rubies, shaped to loo lie the little hearts from the game!

Legend of Zelda inspired engagement ring

Crown of Hearts Ring – Tatty Devine

This 18ct gold plated ring with heart cut outs from Tatty Devine is so cute and the perfect choice for someone who isn’t a fan of stones and wants something subtle but super pretty.

Heart themed ring

Marquise Bea Ring (Black Diamond) - Anna Sheffield

A black diamond and a striking marquise cut makes this engagement ring truly elegant and unusual. We actually feel a bit faint looking at it. 

Black marquise diamond ring

Three Stone Rose Cut Diamond Ring – Alexis Dove

This 18ct gold ring is handmade by Alexis Dove and features a peach toned cinnamon diamond, rose cut, flanked by two grey diamonds. It’s the perfect choice for someone who doesn’t want a classic solitaire engagement ring, but doesn’t want anything too different!

Cinnamon diamond ring with grey side stones

Blanche Ring – Solange

This is definitely an untraditional choice! The diamond band features a pearl hanging from it, with briolette diamonds hanging from the pearl. It will definitely capture people’s attention! The pearl also comes in a pretty pink shade.

Pearl engagement ring

Heart Ring – Sophie by Sophie

Getting engaged is the ultimate way to prove you love someone, so why not present them with this beautiful heart shaped ring from Sophie by Sophie? It’s studded with diamonds so will still appeal to those who love a bit of sparkle, but is different enough to appeal to those who want an alternative engagement ring.

White gold heart ring

Turquoise and Diamond Ring – Capucinne on Etsy

Boho brides will love this turquoise and diamond ring available on Etsy. It comes in rose gold and has an unusual marquise shape with triangular diamonds either side.

Boho style engagement ring

Cinderella Ring – Solange

How can you not adore this rainbow ring from Solange? It is truly alternative – made with blackened white gold and set on three sides with diamonds, pin sapphires and various other precious stones. If your partner loves colour, this is the ring for them.

Rainbow engagement ring

Black Diamond Ring – RareEarth on Etsy

This vintage inspired engagement ring will appeal to brides who want something timeless with a twist. The centre stone is a black diamond – very Carrie Bradshaw! The side stones balance out the black diamond perfectly. It's the ideal ring to pair with a glamorous 1920s style wedding dress.

Black diamond engagement ring

Tie Me Up – Zoe & Morgan

Another ring that follows the ‘tying the knot’ theme. This rope textured ring has been designed to look lie it’s tied on to your finger, securing your love. It’s ideal for an engagement ring – even if you give it as a place holder. If you're without a ring at all and you're planning to propose, we've got a list of spontaneous engagement ring ideas!

Tie me up ring in gold

Twin Stars Ring – Zoe & Morgan

If you love someone more than all the moon and stars, why not give them this starry ring from Zoe & Morgan to remind them! It is set with white zircon which is believed to boost happiness in relationships – proposing with such a beautiful ring will do that too!

Star engagement ring in gold

Twin stars engagement ring in silver

White Gold and Black Diamond Skull Ring – IzandCo on Etsy

This alternative engagement ring has a 1ct black diamond as the centre stone – the ideal choice for someone who loves the idea of a diamond but doesn’t want to be traditional. The two skulls either side of the stone also have black diamonds for eyes!

Black diamond skull engagement ring

Written Rings – Solange

Say what you want to say with jewellery – these written rings from Solange will help to get the message across, whether you choose ‘love’ in rose gold, or yellow gold complete with a diamond in the ‘o’, or ‘marry me’ – an amazing choice for an alternative engagement ring!

Love engagement ring

Proposal ring reading 'marry me'

Lydia – Alexis Dove

If a crystal clear diamond isn’t for you, but you still want to involve a diamond in the proposal, check out the Lydia ring from Alexis Dove. It features a rose cut diamond in pale grey, lemon grey, charcoal, cinnamon or chocolate colours – ideal for putting a twist on tradition.

Grey diamond ring

Coral Black Pearl Ring – AroshaTaglia on Etsy

This unique ring features a black freshwater pearl – a very alternative choice for an engagement ring, and is set in a coral inspired ring. This version is gold plated but it also comes in rose gold too and with a variety of pearl centre stones.

Black pearl engagement ring

Raw Diamond Solitaire – AsecondTime on Etsy

Put a twist on the traditional diamond solitaire by giving your partner a raw, uncut diamond! It’s a natural beauty and is an alternative option to the traditional diamond solitaire engagement ring.

Raw diamond engagement ring

Nightmare Before Christmas Ring – SpiffingJewelry on Etsy

Couples who want to incorporate their love of film into their wedding will adore this engagement ring inspired by the Tim Burton classic. It’s even engraved with a quote from the film!

Nightmare Before Christmas engagement ring

If you've fallen in love with one of these alternative engagement rings and feel like your own ring doesn't quite live up to them, follow our advice on what to do when you hate your engagement ring.


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