Uncommon engagement rings are no longer all that uncommon. We’re talking about the proliferation of bridal styles featuring colored gems, bands with open space, black and brown diamonds, and rough rocks, all in endless combinations and stone arrangements. Millennials and their insatiable appetite for custom looks and entry-level prices are driving this trend, which means jewelers need a wide offering of unconventional engagement rings. Think offbeat—and exceptional.
|Ring in 18k gold with a 1.37 ct. gray diamond and 0.04 ct. t.w. colorless diamonds; $5,200; Yasuko Azuma Jewelry, NYC; 917-716-4011; yasukoazuma.com||Double Arabesque engagement ring in 18k white gold with a 1 ct. morganite and 0.08 ct. t.w. diamonds; $2,790; Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry, Los Angeles; 323-954-7436; pamelafroman.com|
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Megan Thorne rules the market when it comes to pretty wedding bands. The designer interprets iconic motifs like tiaras and flowers, and festoons them with ultra-feminine details, such as her scalloped edges. Now that she’s adapted her signature looks to smaller bands with friendly price points, first-time brides or fashion buyers looking to stack styles are in for a treat.