25 Unique Engagement Rings That You Will Love


And did we mention they're all certified conflict-free?

by Maddie Eisenhart, Chief Revenue Officer

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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:

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How To Shop For Unique Engagement Rings Online

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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.”

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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.

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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.

So today we’ve partnered with James Allen and rounded up twenty-five unique engagement rings that aren’t cookie cutter.

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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

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White Gold Two Stone Cushion Outline Ring ($1,130, setting price)

unique antique style engagement ring sitting on a pink book

White Gold Crossover Trellis Pave Diamond Split Shank Engagement Ring ($1,270, setting price)

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White Gold Hand Engraved Cathedral Engagement Ring by Martin Flyer ($1,560, setting price)

yellow gold french cut pave engagement ring nestled in roses

Yellow Gold Thin French-Cut Pave Set Diamond Engagement Ring ($670, setting price)

White Gold Lola Engagement Ring by Jeff Cooper

White Gold Lola Engagement Ring by Jeff Cooper ($1,380, setting price)

White Gold Livia Engagement Ring by Jeff Cooper

White Gold Livia Engagement Ring by Jeff Cooper ($1,750, setting price)

White Gold Three Stone Trillion Shaped Ruby Original Engagement Ring

White Gold Three Stone Trillion Shaped Ruby Engagement Ring ($1,400, setting price)

 

unique vintage style diamond and sapphire engagement ring

White Gold Vintage Round Diamond and Marquise Sapphire Engagement Ring ($690, setting price)

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Yellow Gold Fanciful Fluted Pear Pave Engagement Ring ($1,300, setting price)

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White Gold Milgrain and Pave Accented Diamond Engagement Ring ($750, setting price)

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Yellow Gold Twisted Pave Halo Engagement Ring ($2,300, setting price)

White Gold Three Stone Round Emerald Engagement Ring

White Gold Three Stone Round Emerald Engagement Ring ($1,670, setting price)

White Gold Pave Vine Diamond Engagement Ring

White Gold Pave Vine Diamond Engagement Ring ($1,030, setting price)

 

Yellow Gold Pave Diamond Engagement Ring with Oval Center

Yellow Gold Pave Diamond Engagement Ring with Oval Center ($1,060, setting price)

 

White Gold Round and Marquise Shape Diamond Engagement Ring

White Gold Round and Marquise Shape Diamond Engagement Ring ($975, setting price)

White Gold Pave Halo and Shank Diamond Engagement Ring with Pear Center

White Gold Pave Halo and Shank Diamond Engagement Ring with Pear Center ($1,080, setting price)

 

White Gold Pave Halo Cabled Diamond Engagement Ring

White Gold Pave Halo Cabled Diamond Engagement Ring ($670, setting price)

White Gold Three Stone Pear Shaped Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

White Gold Three Stone Pear Shaped Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring ($1,210, setting price)
Yellow Gold Pave Rope Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Pave Rope Engagement Ring ($1,050, setting price)

White Gold Art Deco Geometric Engagement Ring

White Gold Art Deco Geometric Engagement Ring ($1,340, setting price)

Yellow Gold Tapered Baguette Emerald Halo Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Tapered Baguette Emerald Halo Engagement Ring ($2,090, setting price)

Rose Gold Floral Engagement Ring

Rose Gold Floral Engagement Ring ($1,020, setting price)

White Gold Baguette Milgrain Halo Engagement Ring

White Gold Baguette Milgrain Halo Engagement Ring ($2,190, setting price)

White Gold Engraved Basket Unique Engagement Ring

White Gold Engraved Basket Engagement Ring ($1,600, setting price)

White Gold Engraved Solitaire Engagement Ring

White Gold Engraved Solitaire Engagement Ring ($410, setting price)

This post was sponsored by James Allen. If you’re thinking about engagement rings right now and don’t know where to start, it doesn’t get much more up close and personal than James Allen’s exclusive Diamond Display Technology, which allows you to interact with diamonds in 360 degrees from the comfort of your home to help create a unique engagement ring perfect for you. James Allen has hundreds of engagement ring settings and over 100,000 diamonds to choose from, all of which are certified conflict-free (you even have the option of selecting Canadian-sourced diamonds for extra measure) and personally inspected by the James Allen team before they ever end up online. Plus, all James Allen jewelry comes with a risk-free 30-day guarantee and a lifetime warranty. Need extra help? James Allen’s 24/7 non-commissioned customer service team will hook you up with all their best knowledge, and never pressure you into something you don’t need. Click here to learn more about James Allen and start building your unique engagement ring today!

Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is APW’s Chief Revenue Officer. She’s been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and whether flower crowns will be out next year. A Maine native, Maddie currently lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband, Michael and their mastiff puppy. Current hair color: Purple(ish).

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  • Elizabeth

    We got our rings from James Allen and it worked pretty well. They were delayed twice from what they originally said — which was irritating because we were waiting to have rings in order to announce it publically — but it was still overall not a terrible turnaround time and everything else was good. We sent in loose stones, rather than buying it through them, so I got to have a lab-created alexandrite marquise stone in their vintage fluted pear setting (looks a lot like the fanciful fluted pear above but doesn’t have the pave) in rose gold, which I adore and has been holding up with no issues in the six months since I got it, My fiancee has a lab-created pink sapphire in her much more sparkly/vintage setting. I did like that we could get the rings from the same place and still suit very different styles, which might well be less of a factor for you and yours.

    Side not that if you don’t feel weird about lab-created stones that are made by SCIENCE, I really adore ours and they’ve been an incredibly practical option for us. (It’s pretty close to impossible to get natural alexandrite that’s the quality of my lab-created one plus I like science plus price.)

    • CharlotteJ

      I am definitely interested in a lab-created stone! Where did you get yours?

      • Elizabeth

        Chatham created. I got mine online from africagems and their created gems section. The alexandrite has really good color change and looks good in any lighting I’ve seen it under (generally purple inside, green outside, but in some indoor or mixed lighting it has distinctly blue notes) and the pink sapphire has really great color, pretty much exactly the shade they have pictured. I think some other sites that sell chatham gems let you pick the shade.

    • James Allen Rings

      Hi Elizabeth – Shelly here from James Allen jewelers. Just wanted to say thank you so much for choosing us for such a special purchase! Congratulations!

  • Alyssa Andrews

    I would love some pointers on where to find men’s wedding bands that have stones besides diamonds (and also don’t have huge stones that look like HS class rings)? My fiance and I are playing with the idea of surprising each other with a wedding band and choosing a stone that has special meaning to us that we can give to the other, but I’m struggling to find anything sleek and classic but also with the ability to put a small stone in it. Any help is greatly appreciated!

  • Wanda

    Pave halo? Unique? Come on now….

  • Dlee

    We got my rings from Costco. Their platinum is less than white gold anywhere and diamonds are conflict free.

  • I believe that an engagement ring should be a custom designed ring as my jeweller http://www.gregoreandjennifer-rabe.com in Santa Barbara CA put it that an engagement ring should not be off the shelf that it should be designed just for you and your occasion to express who you are as individuals.

    Imagine walking down the street with new clothes and and everywhere you look everyone is wearing the same thing. We are unique and proud to be that is what makes us not clones.

    The ring be it a yellow diamond engagement ring or tourmaline, ruby or emerald or any other gemstone. You have choices from white gold to yellow gold rose gold or mix them that is the difference with custom. The most important, it unique like the person that is going to wearing it.