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.

Gold and Grey Diamond Ring - Anna Sheffield £4,550

Anna Sheffield Grey Diamond Engagement Ring

We love how this gold and grey Anna Sheffield engagement ring - available at Liberty London - has a traditional shape and style but with a completely non-traditional grey diamond. This combination of the traditional and the unique makes for a really stunning engagement ring.

Atrium Diamond Halo and Baguette Sapphire Ring - Polly Wales £7,730

Anna Sheffield Sapphire Ring

This diamond and sapphire ring by Polly Wales - available at Liberty London - is simply stunning! Four baguette sapphires beautifully frame an inverse emerald cut diamond and we adore the beautifully hand-finished band.

Rose Gold Vermeil Diamond Ava Button Ring - Monica Vinader £250

Unusual Engagement Ring

If you are planning a wedding on a budget then this Monica Vinader ring from Liberty London will give you all the style and beauty of an unusual engagement ring but without the hefty price tag! We can’t quite believe this gorgeous rose gold and diamond wedding band is just £250.

Natural Ceylon Padparadscha Ring - Etsy £3,210

Unique engagement ring

This pretty white gold engagement ring from Etsy features an unusual ceylon padparadscha gemstone. The padparadscha name means "lotus blossom" and has a pretty pinkish orange colour which gives a really unique finish.

Pearl Engagement Ring - Etsy £300.20

Pearl and Diamond Engagement Ring

Vintage brides will love this pearl and rose gold engagement ring from Etsy. The delicate setting is super stylish and the central pearl is surrounded by six beautiful diamonds.

Personalised Gold Diamond Engagement Ring - Etsy £450

Unique engagement ring ideas

You can wear this pretty Etsy ring by itself or stack three rings on top of each other to make a bold statement. Available in yellow gold, white gold or rose gold, you can also have the rings personalised with phrases like ‘Marry Me’, ‘I love you’ or your loved one's initials.

Rose Gold and Emerald Twig Engagement Ring Set - Etsy £300

Unusual engagement ring

Cast in rose gold from a real twig, rustic brides will adore this pretty rose gold and emerald engagement ring from Etsy. You also won’t need to worry about where to find a wedding band to match as this ring as it comes with a beautiful coordinating wedding band.

Princess Cut Black Diamond Skull Bones Ring - Etsy £139.30

Skull engagement ring

If you are planning a gothic themed wedding day then this black diamond skull ring from Etsy is sure to suit your style. The princess cut black diamond is framed by 12 decorative skulls.

White Gold Diamond Aquamarine Ring - John Lewis £925

Unique engagement ring from John Lewis

If you are looking for a unique style of engagement ring but you still want something that will be timeless and classic then this white gold and aquamarine engagement ring from John Lewis could be just what you have been searching for. We adore the vintage style and the aquamarine is a perfect stone choice for March brides.

Gold Five Princess Cut Diamond Halo Ring - Polly Wales £4,535

Polly Wales Champagne Dismond Engagement Ring

Why have one diamond when you can have seven! How gorgeous are the champagne diamonds on this Polly Wales engagement ring? Five inverted princess cut diamonds are flanked by two glittering baguette cut diamonds to create a stunning and unusual engagement ring - available at Liberty London.

Rose Gold Heart Ring - Not on the Highstreet £175

Alternative engagement ring

For a sweet and simple engagement ring you can’t go wrong with this beautiful heart ring from Not on the Highstreet. Priced at just £175, it would also make a perfect placeholder ring to use for proposing.

Birks Rosée du Matin White Gold Flex Wrap Ring - Goldsmiths £1000

Unique engagement rings

World-renowned Canadian jewellers Maison Birks have launched in the UK and you can pick up your very own Birks diamond in Goldsmiths. This wrap style ring is the exact style that Prince Harry gifted to Meghan Markle so you will be in great company!

Birks Splash Diamond and Blue Sapphire Ring - £4,000

Spalsh ring from Birks

If a traditional stone on a simple band just isn’t you then how about swapping the traditional style for four bands of precious stones. The Splash ring - available at Goldsmiths - comes with three bands of diamonds and then you can choose from a band of blue sapphires, pink sapphires or stick with an additional band of diamonds.

Amethyst and White Sapphire Rose Gold Ring - Goldsmiths £430

Alternative engagement ring

This amethyst and white sapphire engagement ring from Goldsmiths is perfect for brides looking for some regal style that is a little bit different.

Le Vian Vanilla Gold Sapphire and Diamond Ring - Ernest Jones £1750 

Unique sapphire ring

If you want to embrace some of the Duchess of Cambridge's style then opt for a sapphire as your engagement ring centre stone. This diamond and sapphire ring from Ernest Jones is simply stunning and would look amazing teamed with a diamond wedding band.

Henrietta Ring - Swarovski £85

Swarovski ring

We think the Henrietta ring by Swarovski makes the perfect placeholder engagement ring - priced at just £85. It’s so quirky and beautiful that you probably won’t even want to replace it!

Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Ring - Not on the Highstreet £160

Blue topaz engagement ring

This blue topaz and sterling silver ring from Not on the Highstreet is an absolute bargain at just £160. It’s a striking and beautiful alternative to a traditional diamond engagement ring.

Pebble Solid Gold Diamond Engagement Ring - Not on the Highstreet £525 

Pebble engagement ring

This gold pebble engagement ring from Not on the Highstreet is so different and is available is white gold or yellow gold - we are obsessed with it!

Semilla Fairtrade Ethical Engagement Ring - Not on the Highstreet £699

Ethical engagement ring

This fairtrade engagement ring from Not on the Highstreet is the perfect choice for an ethically sourced design and we love the star shaped setting which has a nod back to the Victorian era.

Gold Engagement Ring - Not on the Highstreet £1970

Multi stone engagement ring

This beautiful cluster ring includes a ruby, blue sapphires and morganite and is the perfect option for brides that want something quirky and colourful and so different from your usual 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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