20 Non-traditional Engagement Rings We Love

Words by Tamarin Morley
November 8, 2018

If, like us, you think an engagement ring should be an expression of individuality, then you’ll likely opt for a handcrafted piece. It’s not always easy to know where to start, so we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite jewellers for you to peruse.

For the record, going handmade isn’t necessarily a more expensive option. You pay for a brand with mainstream jewellers and you’re limited to their choice of stones and metals. Working with a jeweller opens up a world of lesser-known, possibly less expensive materials, like black or icy diamonds, precious stones and moissanite. More importantly, you’ll know exactly where those materials have come so you can make an informed, ethical choice.

A coloured gemstone – cut, sliced or raw – can be a stunning alternative if diamonds aren’t your (or your partner’s) best friend. Remember though, this will hopefully be worn til death do you part, so it should be a quality piece that’s comfortable to wear and will stand the test of time.

Here are some of our top pics for unique engagement rings. Most of these jewellers hail from Australia or New Zealand or are available online. Visit the Nouba Directory for talented jewellers in your neck of the woods.

rose gold engagement ring with aqua blue fair trade Malawi sapphire by Aide-memoire
Rose gold engagement ring with aqua blue fair trade Malawi sapphire by Aide-memoire.
natural rose cut grey diamond engagement ring set
Natural rose cut grey diamond engagement ring set by Minimal VS.
offset diamond engagement ring
Offset diamond engagement ring by Brad Bird for Melbourne's e.g.etal Jewellery.
raw diamond engagement ring
Solitaire raw diamond ring with tree branch setting by Minimal VS.
Diamond Turquoise Ring set
Pear-cut diamond and turquoise ring set by Artemer.
organically shaped sapphire ring
Organically shaped engagement and wedding ring set by Kim Victoria.
plum spinel stone ring
Plum spinel stone and yellow gold ring by Susan Ewington.
dainty mixed gold and diamond ring stack
Dainty mixed gold and diamond ring stack by Aide-memoire.
salt-pepper-black-diamond-ring
Salt & Pepper grey diamond ring by Grew & Co.
Citrine and tourmaline wrap ring
Dainty orange citrine and tourmaline wrap ring by Jewelry Mirta.
sapphire engagement ring stack
Bi-Colour sapphire and white diamond ring stack by Krista McRae.
Red garnet and yellow gold
Red garnet and yellow gold 'Garanatus' ring by Suzi Zutic.
Pink-Sapphire-ring
Pink sapphire Alex Louise ring by Julia deVille.
Morganite and diamond rose gold
Morganite and diamond pear cut engagement ring in rose gold by Lizunova.
Stacked rose gold rings with diamonds and rubies
Stacked rose gold rings with diamonds and rubies by Debra Fallowfield.
Dainty precious stone rings by Natalie Marie Jewellery
Dainty precious stone rings by Natalie Marie Jewellery.
grey-diamond-ring
Handcrafted grey diamond ring by Debra Fallowfield.
Raw diamond Art Deco engagement ring
Raw diamond Art Deco engagement ring by Avello.
Purple zircon ring by Susan Ewington
Australian purple zircon ring by Susan Ewington.
Sapphire sunset engagement and wedding ring set
'Sunset' sapphire engagement and wedding ring set by Minimal VS.

Credits

Header image Natalie Marie | Post images Various, as captioned |


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