Bless the Internet for making the life of a #lazygirl so much easier than it was just a decade ago. You can order groceries and have them delivered to your house! You can move money from one bank to another! A car will show up at your front door with the push of a button on your phone! But the thing is, when it comes to weddings—and more specifically, to getting engaged and trying to find a unique engagement ring—there’s a lot of pressure to keep things traditional, often at the expense of practicality. Which, if tradition is what you want, then no shame. Do you. As for me? I will be the first to tell you that I am here for online engagement ring shopping, for a few simple reasons:
How To Shop For Unique Engagement Rings Online
have your cake and eat it: I am notoriously awful to shop for. I love being surprised, and wanted to maintain that aspect of getting engaged. But I also know what I like. And the best part of shopping online is being able to message your partner via Google Hangouts all casual like, “Hey, I’m into this cool engagement ring, just FYI.”
No bullshit shopping: The best part of shopping online is getting to do it by yourself. There’s no helpful salesperson following you around, no pressure to buy on the spot. Just you, some booze, and your couch. But since shopping online for a unique engagement ring can come with a healthy dose of skepticism (how will you know what you’re getting? What’s the quality like if you can’t see it for yourself?), online engagement ring companies have had to up the no-bullshit ante. Most companies offer real-time pricing, along with photos that are so high-res you can actually see the thing better than you could with your own eyeballs, and there’s usually a no-questions-asked return policy.
Options, y’all: Let’s be real, though. My favorite thing about shopping for an engagement ring online is that it’s a bottomless pit of options. When I got married, our choices for jewelry shopping were mostly big-box jewelry stores whose commercials make you want to throw something at your TV during the holidays. And my taste in vintage-inspired rings was considered out there in terms of design at the time. But these days, there are literally thousands upon thousands of options online, and you can choose anything from super minimal to really design-y, small, big, and all that’s in between.
James Allen is basically all the best parts of shopping for an engagement ring online. You can mix and match settings and gemstones (in case you don’t want a diamond), choose from a variety of metals, and even sort by where your jewelry is sourced (including Canadian certified diamonds). They also have super HD images that show every detail of your ring (in 360-degree format) way more up close and personal than you probably ever wanted. And their virtual try-on feature lets you take a picture of your hand and test out jewelry from the comfort of your couch.
25 Unique Engagement Rings You’ll Love
White Gold Two Stone Cushion Outline Ring ($1,130, setting price)
White Gold Crossover Trellis Pave Diamond Split Shank Engagement Ring ($1,270, setting price)
White Gold Hand Engraved Cathedral Engagement Ring by Martin Flyer ($1,560, setting price)
Yellow Gold Thin French-Cut Pave Set Diamond Engagement Ring ($670, setting price)
White Gold Lola Engagement Ring by Jeff Cooper ($1,380, setting price)
White Gold Livia Engagement Ring by Jeff Cooper ($1,750, setting price)
White Gold Three Stone Trillion Shaped Ruby Engagement Ring ($1,400, setting price)
White Gold Vintage Round Diamond and Marquise Sapphire Engagement Ring ($690, setting price)
Yellow Gold Fanciful Fluted Pear Pave Engagement Ring ($1,300, setting price)
White Gold Milgrain and Pave Accented Diamond Engagement Ring ($750, setting price)
Yellow Gold Twisted Pave Halo Engagement Ring ($2,300, setting price)
White Gold Three Stone Round Emerald Engagement Ring ($1,670, setting price)
White Gold Pave Vine Diamond Engagement Ring ($1,030, setting price)
Yellow Gold Pave Diamond Engagement Ring with Oval Center ($1,060, setting price)
White Gold Round and Marquise Shape Diamond Engagement Ring ($975, setting price)
White Gold Pave Halo and Shank Diamond Engagement Ring with Pear Center ($1,080, setting price)
White Gold Pave Halo Cabled Diamond Engagement Ring ($670, setting price)
White Gold Three Stone Pear Shaped Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring ($1,210, setting price)
Yellow Gold Pave Rope Engagement Ring ($1,050, setting price)
White Gold Art Deco Geometric Engagement Ring ($1,340, setting price)
Yellow Gold Tapered Baguette Emerald Halo Engagement Ring ($2,090, setting price)
Rose Gold Floral Engagement Ring ($1,020, setting price)
White Gold Baguette Milgrain Halo Engagement Ring ($2,190, setting price)
White Gold Engraved Basket Engagement Ring ($1,600, setting price)
White Gold Engraved Solitaire Engagement Ring ($410, setting price)
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