Having a diamond as the main stone in an engagements ring became popular in the late 1940s and continues to be the most popular choice. However trends are still constantly changing, this is normally because an influential figure (or celebrity) choses a certain style and due to clever advertising and targeting many people follow suit.
A good example of this can be seen with the sapphire cluster ring after both Princess Diana’s engagement to Prince Charles followed and Kate Middleton to Prince William. However there are always people that choose to go against the trends and choose something more unique or unusual.
Join us as we look at some of our favourite unusual diamond engagement rings and what makes them so different!
I want to start buy looking at some diamond rings which have a rather unusual shape. The most popular shape at the moment is the very popular Modern Brilliant round cut. It’s very easy to see why!
The way the stone is faceted gives it an amazing sparkle that will catch with even the smallest amount of light. However as you can tell from the name it is a very ‘modern’ cut and hasn’t been around for very long.
This brings me to my unusually shaped ring, our 0.85 ct Diamond and yellow gold solitaire from circa 1900. As you can see from the image the shape of this stone is definitely not round and more like a chip that has been roughly cut! Personally I love this ring and feel it has so much character, it also has a beautifully subtle warm sparkle to it. The name of this cut is Old European pear as it is very close to the look of a pear cut, but from the age we know it would have been cut by hand and this accounts for the slightly odd shape. Remember the 4 C’s were not around in the 1900s!
This diamond has a brilliant grading, being an E colour and VVS2 clarity. It would be the perfect choice for a bride who is looking for something that is subtly unusual and most definitely unique!
When you think of an engagement ring most people will picture a diamonds solitaire or sometimes a cluster or trilogy ring. However one style that used to be incredibly popular, which you would now class as more unusual and unique are two stone rings or ’toi et moi’ rings. Personally I really can’t understand why this style is a more popular choice not only is it a gorgeous style, it also has a lovely meaning.
Toi et moi rings basically stand for the love and union of two people and the twining of their two souls; which I think makes it’s beautiful and symbolic choice as engagement ring. This style of ring was a first became a popular choice in 1776, when Napoléon gave Joséphine a beautiful sapphire and diamond engagement ring. Of course toi et moi rings don’t HAVE to be two diamonds they can be any gemstones. Or like Joséphine’s ring a mix of two.
Fancy coloured diamonds are becoming more and more popular, however I still think they are more of an unusual choice as an engagement ring, and not as popular as the classic colourless diamond. Coloured diamonds look beautiful; the only downside is often you have to pay a bit more for them.
Here at AC Silver we have a few fancy coloured diamonds but this Fancy yellow diamond and platinum ring, would make a gorgeous engagement ring for any bride that wants to add a bit of colour to her ring, but likes the idea of having a diamond ring rather than a gemstone.
Fancy diamonds like all other diamonds can vary in price depending on their carat weight, cut and clarity, but the colour is graded slightly different the naturally vibrant ones will be more expensive than a pale one in comparison.
I think this ring would be the most unusual and unique ring overall of the five I have selected. Of course, it is a celebrity engagement ring. You may have already guessed but I’m talking about the amazing diamond spider ring Nick Carpenter gave to Bridget Marquardt. I think this ring is amazing and as Bridget said she wanted something different she definitely got it!
Of course animals, particularly insects have been used in jewellery for hundreds of years. Queen Victoria herself was presented a snake ring from Prince Albert to mark their engagement. A ring similar to this that shows real thought and personality is a great choice for a bride that truly wants to stand out from the crowd. However for something this different it’s very unlikely you will be able to just stumble across one, it is likely that it would have to be specifically designed.
Finally my favourite ring of an unusual age! I have chosen our 0.76 ct Diamond ring made in circa 1820! This ring is nearly 200 years old now and would still be suitable to wear everyday as most women like to do with their engagement rings. It is also a very unique design that instantly looks aged and from a different era in time which I think makes it feel really special!
Like with other rings from this period the diamonds aren’t the highest quality when it comes to clarity and colour as back in these days the stones would have been chosen solely on their look and how they look as part of the ring, rather than their grading (which didn’t exist back then).
I think all of these rings are unusual and special in their own way and would suit a bride that is looking for something a bit more out of the ordinary! Which ring is you favourite unusual diamond engagement ring? Would you prefer something more on-trend and traditional or do you like to stand out from the crowd more?
Emma Wright – Website Content Contributor / Sales Professional
Emma joined AC Silver as a website content editor with an interest in luxury goods. Emma represents AC Silver on many social media outlets in addition to creating interesting blogs and articles.