If a round, princess, oval, pear, cushion, or emerald-cut diamond does not appeal to you, chances are you’re an unconventional bride. With a taste level that often defies tradition, you’re drawn to engagement rings with a distinctive look such as cuts and settings that appear one-of-a-kind whether it’s a solitaire, cluster, or three-stone ring. Besides, there are plenty of brides who crave the classics, so choosing a rare engagement ring with a shield-cut diamond, geometric stone, or cluster of uniquely shaped gems will help you stand out in a sea of sparkle.
While a uniquely shaped engagement ring is all about an extreme wow factor, it’s not to say that every design necessitates a stone upwards of three carats. Sure, that would be #goals, but a range of sizes from half-carat diamonds and gemstones to one or two carats can be absolutely striking in a distinctive cut. Shield and portrait cuts—which are an angular alternative to pear and oval-shaped diamonds—are flatter but appear longer on the finger, giving the illusion of a bigger stone, especially with side baguettes or a pavé halo wrapping around. Unexpected shapes like a trapezoid, half-moon, or teardrop are especially exceptional and versatile—depending on your budget, you can opt for a bigger solitaire stone in one of these uncommon cuts, a two-stone ring with contrasting shapes (or stones!), or a cluster ring or band featuring a mix of smaller stones. Rest assured, even the smallest of stones are impactful whether you go for a diamond, gemstone, or a mix of both. Even antique rings like art deco and Edwardian styles come with uniquely shaped stones which is a perfect solution for the vintage bride craving something entirely unique.
Wherever you fall on the unconventional engagement ring spectrum, we culled 35 spectacular styles to inspire you from exceptional cuts to avant-garde shapes. For the bride eschewing tradition, these rings are perfect, no matter your budget.