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Non-Traditional Engagement Rings for the Modern Bride

From fabulous vintage-inspired diamonds to statement-making gemstones, here are contemporary alternatives for declaring your modern love.
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With weddings as one of the oldest traditions in society, it’s no wonder that people subscribe to what that tradition entails—perhaps even down to the engagement ring’s design. One often thinks of a single stone on a simple band, with more extravagant brides going for more ostentatious versions; however, as we’ve seen at weddings of late, what is “traditional” is out the window. Weddings are free game now, and so are engagement rings. That being said, brides shouldn’t limit themselves to the conventional ring, and instead, be open to designs that are as creative and adventurous as they deem suitable. There’s a wide variety of out-of-the-box designs for every personality. Here, we suggest a few from the metro’s most trusted fine jewelry designers:   

For the free spirit: a colorful mosaic-inspired ring from Sassi Fine Jewelry, available in Jul B Dizon boutiques

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These Tesserae rings from Sassi Fine Jewelry are inspired by centuries-old mosaic pieces. It’s decked with “sugarloaf” rotating gems that seem like jeweled candy bits, making it suitable for the sprightly, fun-loving woman. While it’s definitely far from the typical engagement ring, think of it as a versatile piece—it also works as a chunky cocktail ring. 

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For the laidback: Single stone rings from Sassi Fine Jewelry, available in Jul B Dizon boutiques

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These rings inject color without going overboard, which makes it the perfect engagement piece for simple brides who avoid being flashy. Like the previous ring, these single stone bands double as statement evening pieces, but they work best during the day when the light captures its subtle color. 

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For the primadonna: An emerald and tsavorite ring by Paul Syjuco

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Glamour and elegance wed in this two-stone ring that clasps the finger in a double hug. While such a design isn’t totally new in fine jewelry, sporting this as an engagement ring is—rarely do people flash two colorful stones at once. The colors of this design, however, are subtle, making a case for what may be an heirloom piece in the future.

For the future dame: Sapphire, diamond, and akoya pearl ring by Paul Syjuco

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Nothing embodies feminine allure quite like the pearl, and this ring features six, along with a slew of sapphires and diamonds to boot. Bold, vivacious, yet extremely timeless, this icy-white design is pure grandeur that’s waiting for its debut. Great love, big ring. 

For the old soul: A vintage-inspired ring by Nicole Whisenhunt

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There’s something very regal about this design, and it almost feels like it was passed down from grand women of generations past who have lived great lives. The sentimental old soul can capture that feeling and live her best life with this timeless ring set in white gold, featuring a dainty pear-shaped pink diamond surrounded by 12 smaller diamonds.  

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For the world-traveler: Lapis lazuli & turquoise ring from Riqueza Jewelry

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Blue seas, white sands, and the possibility of adventure—that’s what this audacious design pretty much calls to mind with its Mediterranean feel. The lapis lazuli and turquoise gemstones are set among golden vines and tiny diamonds, like a piece from a treasure trove. What’s a better way to symbolize precious love? 

For the daring: Triangle diamond ring by Janina Dizon

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This double triangle diamond ring is not for the faint of heart. A design that perhaps younger brides-to-be will find enticing, it represents a modern love that doesn’t let worldly matters hold itself down. The two triangles are bound by a thin band, symbolizing freedom and unity. It's a contemporary way to declare one’s engagement.

For the modern hippie: Moonstone ring by Kristine Dee

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Birthstones have recently seen a rise in popularity, with more women becoming aware of their properties and supposed effects upon the wearer. This design features June’s birthstone, moonstone, but the bride-to-be can have one custom made with her respective birthstone for a ring that truly embodies her spirit. Who wouldn’t want an engagement ring that also represents individuality? 

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