Gone are the days where wedding meant conformity. Weddings are about the couple - and that starts with the engagement ring. Whether you are looking for something unique, or you can't fathom spending that much on a diamond, here are 5 fun and funky engagement ring ideas.
If it's good enough for the Duchess of Cambridge, you know it's going to be gorgeous. Originally the late Princess Diana's ring, Kate Middelton's engagement ring is a 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire surrounded by diamonds. Okay, so 12-carat maybe a bit much for the average non-royal to afford. But you can find a high-quality 1.5 carat sapphire ring for around $5k (including a diamond halo).
Go for something that is totally different with this strawberry gold braided ring. With both diamonds and emeralds, it reminds me of the Irish Claddagh cross. Plus with smaller stones, this ring comes in at only $1600. There are plenty of more traditional settings you can find for emeralds as well.
My mother and grandmother love rubies, so I always think of them when I see rubies. You can find both natural and lab-made rubies, but I would go natural because rubies aren't that expensive to start with. The ring pictured above is just under $2k and has a natural ruby surrounded in diamonds in a 14k gold setting. You can even go simpler with this Natural Ruby Ring in white gold for only $500.
Pearls just scream vintage Hollywood to me. Sure, the 50's were not known for the progressive social ideologies, but damn did they have elegant style. Another affordable alternative to diamonds, the ring pictured above is only $500. You can also find settings with three pearls in a row, or go for a pearl surrounded by white sapphires.
Opal is my birthstone, so I'm a little bias on this one. With a multitude of colors and sparkle, opals are a flashy alternative. Often with a blue or pink hue, opals have a hidden rainbow in them. The ring above comes in right under $1300 and includes both vanilla and chocolate diamond accents.