19 alternative engagement rings perfect for proposing to your offbeat beloved

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19 alternative engagement rings perfect for proposing to your offbeat beloved
Custom Blue Topaz and Diamond Engagement Ring

While Offbeat Brides don't always follow traditional wedding conventions, I do notice that lots of offbeat proposals happen during the traditional time between Thanksgiving and New Years. People like getting engaged during the holidays for all sorts of reasons — things already feel special, families are often all assembled, it's a dark time of year that can use some extra light, you're thinking about new beginnings with solstice and new years, etc.

Let's take a look at some of my very favorite offbeat engagement rings, giving you plenty of time to order your bling and scheme your proposal. Now, of course you don't need an engagement ring (we've featured lots of non-ring alternatives) but if you're into a little bling, I'm here to help. Oh and I'm including both women's AND men's rings, because I know that some of you ladies like proposing your mens and/or wearing masculine rings yourself.

As always with posts like these, CLICK THE PICTURES to learn more about each ring and where to buy it.

Diamonds: ethical, black, and otherwise

Custom Hammered Gold Engagement Ring
Custom Hammered Gold Engagement Ring

Organic and nature-inspired rings are our jam these days. This one totally rocks that look.

19 alternative engagement rings perfect for proposing to your offbeat beloved
Custom Black and White Diamond Engagement Ring

Edgy as hell and I'm so digging it.

19 alternative engagement rings perfect for proposing to your offbeat beloved
Custom Two-Tone Gold and Black Diamond Engagement Ring
Custom Diamond Engagement Ring
Custom Diamond Engagement Ring

So vintage-inspired and so stealing my heart!

Custom Two-Tone Emerald and Diamond Engagement Ring
Custom Two-Tone Emerald and Diamond Engagement Ring

For that sassy Slytherin in your life jonesing for emeralds!

Custom Diamond Engagement Ring
Custom Diamond Engagement Ring
Custom Vintage Diamond Engagement Ring
Custom Vintage Diamond Engagement Ring

This vintage engagement ring is like Gatsby come to life.

Non-diamond engagement rings: Rubies, sapphires, morganite, topaz, etc.

JosephJewelry-Blue-Sapphire-Flower-Engagement-Ring video game engagement ring

This video game-inspired blue sapphire engagement ring was custom designed for a client by Joseph Jeweler, a Bellevue-Redmond-Seattle (Greater Seattle area) jeweler… Seattle is home to many video game and tech businesses, and lots of amazing nerds. The ring features marquise blue sapphires bezel set into a flower with feathered wings and twisted rope accents along the shank that are inspired by the video game Kingdom Hearts.

19 alternative engagement rings perfect for proposing to your offbeat beloved
Custom Solitaire Blue Zircon Engagement Ring
19 alternative engagement rings perfect for proposing to your offbeat beloved
Custom Two-Tone Rose Gold Morganite and Diamond Engagement Ring
19 alternative engagement rings perfect for proposing to your offbeat beloved
Custom Two-Tone Pink Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring

Two-tone pink is exactly the amount of pinks that we need in our lives.

19 alternative engagement rings perfect for proposing to your offbeat beloved
Custom Green Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring

There's just something about a light colored gemstone that tickles my heartstrings.

Custom Sapphire and Diamond Halo Engagement Ring
Custom Sapphire and Diamond Halo Engagement Ring
Custom Rose Gold Amethyst Solitaire Engagement Ring
Custom Rose Gold Amethyst Solitaire Engagement Ring

Flower and nature-inspired engagement rings

I couldn't stop myself from showing off some rings inspired by flowers and nature. Swoon!

Custom Blue Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring
Custom Blue Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring
Custom Two-Tone Gold Organic Vines and Diamond Engagement Ring
Custom Two-Tone Gold Organic Vines and Diamond Engagement Ring
Custom Organic Flower Halo Diamond and Blue Topaz Engagement Ring
Custom Organic Flower Halo Diamond and Blue Topaz Engagement Ring

Masculine rings

Tungsten! Titanium! Platinum! For those who want to get down on one knee and propose to their male or masculine-identified partner or just aren't into diamonds for an engagement ring…

Custom Sandblasted Domed Mokume Men's Band
Custom Sandblasted Domed Mokume Men's Band
Tungsten and Silver Inlay Men's Wedding Band
Tungsten and Silver Inlay Men's Wedding Band
Men's Beveled White Tungsten Band
Men's Beveled White Tungsten Band

What rings did we miss? Share links to your awesome engagement ring findings in the comments!

Comments on 19 alternative engagement rings perfect for proposing to your offbeat beloved

  1. I’ve been lusting over some of the rings at Catbird lately. There are a few that I would LOVE to be getting this season.

  2. Love these art-deco, vintage inspired rings! Blue Topaz over here!

    One thing also to keep in mind, if all you care is that your ring is uber sparkly, then there are a lot of clear stones that can be alternatives to diamonds. I think most people can’t tell the difference between a genuine diamond and a non-diamond anyway.

    All they see is shiny, sparkly goodness!

  3. My engagement ring was a white Sapphire, sparkly like a diamond but much cheaper, I do love the vintage inspired rings as well. Found a shop on ebay that sells the settings, for those that might want to lust over them, also gives you an opportunity to find a setting for an existing stone you might already have (family heirloom)
    http://stores.ebay.com/BlufoxxCreations
    We ended up with a rings from Etsy–for both the engagement ring and the wedding bands
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/BendTheFish?section_id=5920553
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/59254137/lifetime-wedding-set-of-two-bands-wide
    I don’t work for any of these people, but I adore my rings!

  4. I have an Art Deco garnet ring from Janeliunas Jewelry which is fabulous! They make reproductions of actual antique rings. I contacted the company before I picked out my ring and they were really helpful, friendly, and quick to respond. Oh, and did I mention affordable? Plus you can pretty much choose any setting, metal, and stone combination that you want. I highly recommend them.
    http://www.jansjewells.com/item.php?item_id=664&category_id=127
    (You can also find them on Amazon, if that is your thing.)

  5. Anyone know where to find some dark-metal, vine-y or flowery rings? I like rings that don’t look like engagement rings and aren’t TOO ostentatious, but still have a personality.

  6. Beautiful rings! I have to say that I am a HUGE pusher of Moissanite, because they first created in my home state of North Carolina! My engagement ring is a moissanite stone, and I absolutely love it, it’s soooo sparkly.

    I was really excited when the dept store I worked at brought in moissanite jewelry, but unfortunately they stopped selling them after a year or so. Guess they weren’t making a profit. I think a lot of people are still really intent on diamond engagement rings.

    • When I get engaged I’d love to have a moissanite stone in my ring. My question has always been, though: how do you pronounce it?! Haha. I’ve never heard it spoken aloud.

  7. Ooooh, I LOVE them all! Especially the ones at Brilliant Earth (just checked out their site too).

    Please help though ladies (and gents!) – does anyone know any stores in the UK where they might have these sorts of more offbeat rings? I’m a lucky gal who’s getting to choose her own, but need to be able to try on first as lots of gorgeous ones online don’t work when actually put on my giantess’ hands!

    Really appreciate if you have any ideas!
    d x

  8. My engagement ring is the Brilliant Earth art deco one featured here and I love, love, love it! Obvi, I’m biased, but it is the prettiest ring I ever saw. Also, I can feel good about where it came from. I can’t recommend Brilliant Earth or this setting enough.

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