Unexpected Engagement Rings

As special occasion and statement baubles give way to wear-anytime heirlooms, stylish engagement bands are more "in" than ever. Shop a jewelry box's worth of gems we'd say yes to, wedding date or no.

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Shop a jewelry box's worth of gems we'd say yes to, wedding date or no. Here, a vertical bar of white diamonds and an 18-karat gold band come together in this Satomi Kawakita design of understated elegance. ($395 at Jumelle).
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Handmade in NYC, this Cave Canem design features two rows of mine cut white diamonds and a 14-karat brushed yellow gold band. The Victorian-era prong setting and stone cut adds a pulled-from-antiquities quality that looks as great with a slip as wedding dress. ($1,090 at Stuart and Wright).
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She’ll be sure to say “yes” with a poetic-yet-quirky gesture like this: Solange Azagury-Patridge’s unique 18-karat gold ring has the words “Marry Me” calligraphed to wrap around her finger. ($1,500 at Net-A-Porter).
Satomi Kawakita's perfectly imperfect band is the sort that we'd pair with a set of pave-dusted bangles or necklace charms. $1,450 at Matter).
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This .45-carat diamond stunner is a clear traditionalist choice. But blending it with a stack of stoneless gold bands — or a few stone-flecked ones if you can afford to splurge — is a great way to play it down. ($3,200 at Sarah Perlis).
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This 18-karat yellow gold and emerald style is unconventional by most standards, but just right for anyone looking to mix colored stones — or an all-black outfit — to up the style ante. ($1,700 at Stuart and Wright).
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Never have a dull moment in this diamond filled, 14-karat champagne colored ring from Sydney Evan. Whether you pair it with a rolled-cuff white tee or pale sheath dress wedding, it’s sure to stand out. ($1,529.50 at Aloha Rag).
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Go green, but stay chic with this white diamond Jennifer Dawes design. Handmade in Northern California with recycled gold and eco-friendly gems, this uniquely square-shaped ring is a fabulous way to dress up your finger. ($3,300 at Green With Glamour).
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The sleek contemporary Sarah Perlis design is simple, yet striking. Pair the minimalist white gold band with any color polish for a little dose of vibrance. ($1,400 at Sarah Perlis).
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This Erica Weiner design features an eye-catching herkimer—a six-sided, double terminated quartz stone — instead of a traditional diamond. The solitaire crystal dazzles in between four hand cast sterling silver wire prongs. Can you tell the difference? Neither can we. ($120 at Bona Drag).
Reminiscent of the Edwardian period, this Tiffany Legacy-cut piece showcases brilliant aquamarine and round cut diamonds in platinum that will leave a sparkle on her finger, and a twinkle in her eye. ($7,800 at Tiffany & Co.).
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She’ll feel like one of a kind in this 1950s vintage retro sapphire diamond. Two diamond studs sit on either side of the brilliant midnight blue stone, adding a touch of effortless elegance to the overall stunning piece. ($799 at Etsy).
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A picture-frame bezel setting takes center stage in this stunning 18-karat champagne gold Megan Thorne engagement ring. Two round cut diamonds sit on either side of the rectangular frame, adding a timeless elegance to the overall piece. ($1,050 at Greenwich Jewelers).
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Diamonds are a girl's best friend, and it shows in this 18-karat Elisa Solomon ring. The design features a center and two rose-cut stones set off by a band of pave diamonds. Opt to splurge on yourself, and pair it with similarly sparky, inset-stoned bands or bracelets. ($2,540 at Stuart and Wright).
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Romance her with this rare 14-karat square-shaped sunstone ring. A stunning diamond border offsets the auburn-colored design, adding even more dazzle to the overall design. ($2,140 at Greenwich Jewelers).
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Raw diamond detailing is the tough talking point in this hand fabricated original Todd Reed band. The design features contrasting single rows of 1mm princess and uncut diamonds. ($6,300 at Clay Pot).
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This Tiffany & Co. ring offers a triple threat — three rings of round diamonds set side by side on a platinum band. ($4,300 at Tiffany & Co.).
Barcelona-born jewelry designer Blanca Monros Gomez fashions custom ring creations out of her Brooklyn, New York studio. ($350-$6,000 at Blanca Monros Gomez).
Known to protect its wearer, a chrysoberyl cat's-eye stone steals the spotlight on this hand-carved antique ring. The rare design also features an ornate 18-karat solid yellow gold band for an added touch of heirloom appeal. ($4,499 at Dover Jewelry).
This old Euro-style ring blends understated beauty multi-carat charm. Play down the 27-diamond count with matte platinum jewelry pairings, or stringing it from a pendant chain. ($8.800 at Doyle & Doyle).
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