Jewellery

The 25 best alternative engagement rings

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, explore engagement ring styles that are anything but conventional, from prized pearls to organic shapes, and rainbow-coloured gemstones galore

By Joshua Hendren

Lovebird season is well and truly upon us, and so the hunt begins to track down the perfect engagement ring before February 14. But where to start? After all, selecting your dream gem in 2023 is no mean feat. And while the classic approach of a solitaire diamond on a gold band makes for a dazzling proposal, you might want to consider something a little different, a ring that best reflects your unique personality.

For some, this could mean switching up traditional diamonds for eye-catching coloured gemstones (look to the stop-and-stare sparklers of celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Emma Stone, and Halle Berry). Or perhaps you may wish to eschew embellishment altogether, like Kristen Stewart and her platinum signet that bends old-school rules.

Whether you’re after a contemporary cut, an off-kilter setting or simply something as individual as your own self, step outside the bridal norm and embrace the stunning unconventionality of these non-traditional engagement rings. Below are the styles we’re dreaming about.

Ara Vartanian

Yoko London

Shaun Leane

Patcharavipa

Fernando Jorge

Gucci

G by Glenn Spiro

Almasika

Lauren Addison

Elhanati

Suzanne Kalan

Fabergé x James Ganh

OUIE

Judith Peterhoff

Annoushka

Yvonne Léon

Rachel Jones

Tasaki

Pomellato

Deborah Pagani

Ruth Tomlinson

Bernard Delettrez

Tiffany & Co.

Kasun London

Maria Tash

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