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How to choose a unique engagement ring

How to choose a unique engagement ring

From non-diamond engagement rings in eye-catching colours to distinctive diamond designs with a modern twist, we’re here to help.

19 October 2020 EDITOR - H. SAMUEL

When it comes to popping the question, couples are increasingly choosing unique engagement rings that better reflect their personal style. From non-diamond engagement rings in eye-catching colours to distinctive diamond designs with a modern twist, at H.Samuel you’ll be sure to find the perfect ring to suit your taste and budget. We understand that for many of us, shopping for precious stones is totally out of our comfort zone, so whether you need a hand choosing the perfect surprise ring for your loved one, or you want to do a little research so you can drop some hints about your dream sparkler, we’re here to help.

Unique diamond engagement rings

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and for good reason. Not only are they one of the rarest and most valuable natural gemstones, but they are also incredibly durable and have a sparkle that’s second to none. There are many ways to put a unique spin on a traditional ring, but our favourite is through the band and style, or by using surrounding diamonds in distinctive ways to create an unusual setting. At H.Samuel, our collection of unique diamond engagement rings includes designs from leading brands such as Forever Diamond, Emmy London and Perfect Fit.

If your loved one has their heart set on a diamond engagement ring, but would like a modern twist on a classic design, then you’re in luck. Here are some of our favourite unique diamond engagement ring styles:

Diamond twist engagement rings

Twist rings feature shoulders that weave together, or shanks that curve to meet the centre stone and then twist around it. The twist design is symbolic of the entwining of two people’s lives and their never-ending bond, making these romantic rings especially meaningful.. You’ll have a choice of classic, twisted metal designs or more detailed rings with diamond set shoulders – perfect for those who love a bit of extra sparkle. No matter what style you go for, these chic, contemporary takes on traditional rings are sure to impress.

Split shank engagement rings

Timeless, beautifully elegant and oozing vintage vibes, a split shank engagement ring is always on-trend. The style is named after its unusual band that splits, creating a cut-out effect, and then joins to frame the centre stone perfectly. Split shank rings are great at creating the illusion of a larger centre stone, making them the perfect choice for someone who wants a ring with real wow-factor. Available in striking pavé designs or softer, more classic styles, split shank rings are undeniably stylish and are a great way to put an unusual twist on a traditional diamond ring. And if you need any more persuading, Beyoncé wears one too!

Unique engagement ring shapes

If you want to steer clear of the traditional, then it’s best to avoid brilliant round or solitaire rings. Instead, look for unusual engagement ring shapes such as a striking marquise, pear or baguette cut. Cluster rings are also an excellent choice for lovers of a less traditional look, and are available in a host of unusual shapes, from romantic heart and flowers designs, to glamorous princess and cushion-shaped centrepieces. Whether you love a vintage style or you’re after a modern, sparkly show-stopper, you’ll be sure to find the perfect design to fit your taste and budget in our collection.

Unique diamond bridal sets

Unique ring shapes are sometimes tricky to pair with a wedding band; therefore, opting for a bridal set is a great way to achieve a distinctive yet complimentary look. Often coming in cool shapes and designed to fit perfectly together, a bridal set includes the engagement ring and a coordinating wedding band which complements the design. Not only are bridal sets incredibly stylish, but they’re cost-effective and guarantee your rings will look fabulous together.

Non diamond engagement rings

Precious gemstones form some of the world’s most unique engagement rings - and after a little help from major celebrities and royals, they’re also responsible for some of the world’s most famous bling. From Katy Perry’s show-stopping ruby, to Victoria Beckham’s emerald sparkler and Kate Middleton’s swoon-worthy sapphire, it’s undeniable that gemstones are packing some major wow-factor. Not only do they look great, but with a lower cost per carat than diamonds, precious gemstones are an eye-catching, budget-friendly alternative to diamonds.

Available in a host of colours and styles, gemstones are a great choice for someone after a unique look. Many people are attracted to gemstones because of their deeper meaning and the hope that the stone will help to bring positive energies into their marriage. Whether you’re shopping on a budget, love the meaning behind gemstones, or are after a less traditional style, a gemstone engagement ring could be the one for you. Here we’ll take a look at some of the most popular unique stone engagement rings and their meanings:

Ruby engagement rings

Red is the colour of love, so it isn’t surprising that this striking gemstone is an eternally popular engagement ring choice. Symbolising passion, love and courage, these incredibly durable stones are the perfect choice for someone who likes to wear a pop of colour. For a fresh, modern look, choose a design with a white gold band, or for a more classic, vintage feel, pair with a yellow gold band. Many ruby rings in the H.Samuel collection also feature diamond detailing for that extra touch of glamour. For lovers of ruby, also consider rhodolite garnet rings.

Sapphire engagement rings

Sapphires have always been a popular choice, and it’s not hard to see why. Elegant, sophisticated and a stone fit for a princess, these timeless beauties are also incredibly scratch resistant and have long-term durability, meaning they’ll look just as fabulous in 20 years as they do on the day you get engaged. The H.Samuel collection of sapphire engagement rings includes stones in a range of classic deep blue hues, that are available in yellow gold or white gold settings. With a range of modern, classic and vintage designs by the likes of Emmy London, Le Vian and Enchanted Disney Fine Jewellery, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Emerald engagement rings

Emeralds symbolise good luck and are believed to bring a happy, successful marriage to their owner. Known for their deep green colour, they’ve been a much loved alternative to diamonds for decades and have real wow-factor. However, they aren’t the most durable of gemstones, so probably aren’t the best choice if you have a very active lifestyle. The H.Samuel collection includes diamond detailed designs with stunning yellow gold settings.

Morganite engagement rings

These trendy, super-feminine stones are perfect for lovers of all things pink. Symbolising unconditional love and coming in shades from a light peach to a deeper salmon tone, Morganite rings have been growing in popularity in recent years and are regularly seen on the hand of celebrities. Available in intricate styles with delicate diamond detailing and either white or rose gold bands, our morganite engagement rings by designers including Emmy London, Le Vian and Enchanted Disney Fine Jewellery, are real show-stoppers.

Aquamarine engagement rings

Symbolising courage, communication and happiness in marriage, these feminine, blue-green coloured gems are a popular alternative engagement stone. Beautifully enhanced when set alongside diamonds, and looking especially striking on a white gold band, these stylish and sophisticated rings will not disappoint.

Topaz engagement rings

Topaz is a naturally occurring mineral that in its original state has a golden brown shade. However, it can be treated with heat to produce a range of colours, so you often find topaz in striking shades – making it a great option for lovers of colour. To add to its intrigue, it also appears to change colour depending on the angle you are holding it at. Topaz is a symbol of loyalty, tranquillity and eternal love and is available in a range of unique shades quirky designs.

Amethyst engagement rings

This colourful stone can vary from a rich, deep purple to a soft lavender. Purple has been much loved by royalty for centuries, so amethysts can be found decorating many of the royal jewels. The stone is a symbol of purity of heart and integrity. Available on an on-trend rose gold band or a yellow or white gold band, these striking stones will help you to stand out for all the right reasons.

Chocolate diamonds

If you are after unique designed engagement rings, then look no further than Le Vian’s collection of Chocolate Diamonds. The Le Vian name has been associated with some of the world’s finest jewellery since the 15th century, with their designs having been worn by countless numbers of royals and Hollywood stars. The Le Vian collection at H.Samuel celebrates 20 years of their Chocolate Diamonds, with coloured stones ranging from beautiful browns to golden-hues. Incredibly rare and yet affordable, the stones are carefully selected for their rich deep colours. The Le Vian collection also includes stunning morganite, aquamarine, amethyst and topaz designs.

Engagement ring metals

There was once a time when mixing your metals was considered a fashion faux-pas, but thankfully, those days are long behind us. Nowadays, a mixed metal ring looks fresh and modern and allows you to show your individuality. If you want to dip your toe in the water, then yellow and white gold designs are beautiful and have a slightly more traditional feel. Whereas rose gold mixed into a platinum, yellow or white gold design is perfect for someone after a trendy, fashion-forward look. Mixing the metals in your engagement ring gives you a less matchy-matchy look and allows you to be super creative with your choice of wedding band too. However, when picking a wedding band to match a mixed metal engagement ring, we’d advise sticking with a theme. For example, if your engagement ring has a vintage-inspired feel, go for a wedding band with a complementary look to help unify the stack.

We’re here to help

Finding that perfect, unique engagement ring for your loved one can feel like a tricky task at first, but searching for a design that will reflect their style and personality is a sure way to be on to a winner. With a selection of exclusive brands and a wide range of designs to suit every style and budget, including a stunning collection of engagement rings under £1000, we’d love to help you find the perfect ring for your perfect person. Whether you want to find out about unique diamond or non-diamond engagement rings, or you simply want to have a browse, pop in and see us in-store or shop the collection online. You can even book a virtual appointment or an in-store appointment with one of our friendly experts, where they can show you the range and answer any questions.