Choosing an engagement ring could very well represent one of the most important decisions that you will ever have to make. While the size, cut, color, and clarity of the stone are obviously relevant, what about the design of the ring itself? Many experts feel that a bit of originality will go a long way towards making an indelible impression, so it is a good idea to take a quick look at five unique styles in order to appreciate the options at your disposal.

Spiral Shapes

This first option represents a classical design with a modern “twist”. Incorporating a spiral design into an engagement ring will provide a unique sense of depth while also offering a rather subdued appeal. This is also a great way to add extra stones within the band or around its periphery. 

Designs Inspired by Heirlooms

Many experts agree that one of the most predominant trends in 2021 involves designing rings around the styles of older heirlooms. Square and cushion cuts, deeper settings and thicker bands are therefor expected to gain prominence in the coming months. These can also represent ideal solutions if you have been looking to adopt a more traditional ambience. 

Compass Prongs

As the Gemological Institute of America points out, the step-cut nature of emerald designs is able to offer a bespoke sense of elegance. One interesting trend is for engagement rings to incorporate what is known as a “NSEW” setting (representing the directions of a compass). This is a unique take on more traditional settings and an excellent way to accentuate the cut of the stone itself. 

Black Gold

There are many different amalgams of gold and these will ultimately impact the color of this precious metal. While yellow gold is still popular, we are beginning to witness a trend towards “black gold”. The hue of this metal is said result from the presence of a chemical known as cobalt oxide. The end result is a rich and smoky undertone which can be used as an excellent backdrop against other precious stones. 

Linked Rings

This final option is certainly unique in its own right. As you might have already guessed, a growing number of couples are choosing to purchase one or more engagement rings which are permanently linked around one another. Not only does this configuration provide a sense of “motion”, but it can often be used to signify personal life events (such as the birth of a child or twins). The presence of multiple bands also provides space for additional diamonds. Be sure to check out this guide to diamond carat weight at Pricescope in order to appreciate what sizes might be the most suitable. 

Originality is key when choosing an engagement ring. As each style is intended to serve a bespoke purpose, never be afraid to experiment with the different options at your disposal. This is the best way to ensure that your ring will truly stand out from the crowd!

xoxo D.


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  2. Millie Hue says:

    I find it interesting when you said that there is a rise in trend these days where people are considering black gold aside from white gold for their rings. I will suggest this to my brother, because his partner seems to love black for her outfits and all. So he can get a women’s wedding engagement ring in that color and design when he proposes, because she might probably love it.

  3. Mia Evans says:

    I like that you talked about black gold rings which would create a rich and smoky undertone for the background of your stone. That made me intrigued and fascinated at the same time about that kind of design. And I would probably be thrilled if ever I receive a diamond engagement ring like that from my future partner if ever I will ever get married.

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  5. Tammie Houston says:

    I love your suggestion about using black gold as a material when designing an engagement ring. My brother has been asking me to help think of a custom-designed engagement ring for his girlfriend since he doesn’t know how to design one. I personally think that the smoky undertone that black gold gives will look perfect on his girlfriend as she loves wearing dark clothes and this sort of thing would fit right into her usual wardrobe. Thanks for letting me know that material exists, I’ll be sure to help my brother look for a jewelry store that can help make a ring with it in mind.


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