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The most unusual engagement rings of 2022

The best alternative engagement rings currently available. Everything but the traditional diamond solitaire.from Ruth Tomlinson to Suzanne Kalan, Cartier to Tiffany

By Kim Parker

When it comes to engagement ring trends, it seems like just about anything goes right now. Except a traditional diamond solitaire. When musician Travis Barker proposed to Kourtney Kardashian, it was with a custom oval-cut diamond by American jeweller, Lorraine Schwartz. Lily Collins, who wed screenwriter Charlie McDowell last September, got engaged during a road trip in 2020 with a beautiful rose-cut diamond in a bezel setting by Irene Neuwirth. Meanwhile, when Brooklyn Beckham proposed to Nicola Peltz in 2020 with an emerald-cut stone, it caused a spike in online searches for the same style. And supermodel Emily Ratajkowski showcased an unusual ‘toi et moi’-style ring on her Instagram following her engagement in 2018. It comprised one pear-cut diamond nestled next to a princess-cut one. So named because it symbolises the coming together of two people in love.

Even diamonds aren’t necessarily de riguer anymore. Both Emma Stone and Ariana Grande received pretty pearl engagement rings when their partners proposed. And let’s not forget that the mere sight of Kate Middleton’s sapphire engagement ring over a decade ago (it had formerly belonged to Princess Diana) created a vogue for coloured gemstone engagement rings which still continues to this day.

In these post-Covid times, bright, unconventional, and boldly bespoke rings feel like the perfect way to celebrate a union that’s totally unique. Modern couples wishing to eschew the classic crowd-pleasers are totally spoilt for choice. Colourful eternity bands, eye-catching cocktail rings and delicate clusters of pavé stones (and other precious gems) all proving brilliant alternatives. The best news? Even if you can’t find what you’re looking for, there are plenty of wonderful jewellers who will happily help design your dream ring. They simply need enough notice – so don’t wait too long to say, ‘I do’.

Here, we round up 18 of the best alternative engagement rings for modern brides:
Unusual engagement rings Ruth Tomlinson
Ruth Tomlinson Encrustations collection, pearl and diamond cluster ring, from £1380
Unusual engagement rings Sophie Bulle Brahe
Sophie Bille Brahe 18k yellow gold and diamond ring, around £16,880
Unusual engagement rings Jessie Thomas
Jessie Thomas 18ct gold and 0.7ct oval diamond Cigar ring, £6,500
Unusual engagement rings Minka
Minka 18ct yellow gold 2ct mint green tourmaline diamond ring, £8,500
Unusual engagement rings Rachel Boston
Rachel Boston 18ct one-off yellow gold and grey diamond Hesperus ring, £2,585
Unusual engagement rings Suzanne Kalan
Suzanne Kalan 18k gold diamond and sapphire ring £2,540 at net-a-porter.com
Unusual engagement rings Mateo
Mateo New York 14kt yellow gold emerald and diamond ring, around £3,290
Unusual engagement rings Retrouvai
Retrouvai one-of-a-kind 14k yellow gold and unheated violet sapphire, about £4,133
Unusual engagement rings Tiffany
Tiffany & Co platinum and 18k yellow gold and diamond ring, POA
Cartier white gold and diamond band, £20,800
Unusual engagement rings Fernando Jorge
Fernando Jorge Orbit ring 18k yellow gold diamonds and tagua seed, £4,200
Unusual engagement rings Patcharavipa
Patcharavipa 18k yellow gold and pink spinel ring, one-of-a-kind, £12,500
Unusual engagement rings Kiki McDonough
Kiki McDonough 18k yellow gold and green amethyst ring, £1,700
Unusual engagement rings Alighieri
Alighieri yellow gold and salt and pepper diamond ring, £2,250
Unusual engagement rings Thelma West
Thelma West Rebel Rose rose gold and pear-cut diamond ring, POA

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