Wedding season is in full tilt, and brides and grooms everywhere are searching for ways to make their day special. Unusual venues, over-the-top cocktail hours, and choreographed dance mobs are all changing up the traditional exchanging of vows. Consider making a one-of-a-kind choice that is truly everlasting by selecting a unique wedding ring. While a wedding only lasts for one day, your marriage—and a unique engagement ring or wedding band—will last a lifetime. Here are a few ideas about how to make your wedding ring extraordinary.
The wedding ring, the omnipresent representation of your loving union, is a great place to express your individual personality and style. If you think of wedding bands as simple bands, think again! As you’ll see, there are endless ways to create your dream unique wedding ring.
Add colored gemstones to your band. Sapphire wedding rings of any hue make an enduring and special choice that hold up well to everyday wear. They pair well with diamonds, work in a variety of settings, and also stack beautifully with other bands (think anniversaries!). Consider choosing a ring that features your partner’s birthstone as a heartfelt way to celebrate your love. Make a beautiful statement by choosing to live in color!
Focus on the details. Gone are the days when engagement and wedding rings must be perfectly matched. Many brides embrace the opportunity to marry two different but complementary styles when designing an overall wedding set. Instead of wearing them flush together on one finger, some brides decide to wear their rings on different hands, opening up a world of possibilities in terms of style. Some brides are drawn to wedding rings that showcase intricate design details, such as a floral- or nature-inspired motif, an elaborate pattern, dual tone precious metals, or special symbols that honor heritage. You can also explore one-of-a-kind antique wedding bands that truly stand out from the crowd.
Make it custom. Of course, one way to ensure uniqueness is to create a custom-designed wedding ring. Brilliant Earth works with many brides and grooms to design whatever their hearts desire—if you can imagine it, we can turn it into your own distinctive wedding ring. Our jewelry design experts have helped custom design thousands of wedding and engagement rings, and can work with you to bring your unique vision to life. Our simple step-by-step process makes it easy and stress-free to create even the most complex designs.
Create a twist on a classic style. If you find a ring you that you really like, make it “yours” by combining or changing style elements. Substitute the gem color or shape of your choice, change the finish (from high polish to matte, or vice versa), or add a fine detail like engraving or milgrain (microbeads).
Rose gold is a popular precious metal choice for brides seeking a distinctive, unique twist on a classic style. The alluring pink hue of rose gold helps any wedding ring to stand out from the crowd, but its soft warmth is particularly suited for sophisticated modern wedding rings or romantic, vintage inspired rings.
While many brides prefer the seamless look of matching a rose gold wedding ring with a rose gold engagement ring, mixing metals has become an increasingly popular trend. For a bold look, consider a white gold engagement ring paired with a rose gold wedding ring.
Wear a wedding band-engagement ring in one. Traditional Celtic claddagh rings can serve as both engagement and wedding ring, and provide a meaningful tribute to Irish or Scottish heritage. These rings feature a design of a heart (signifying love), between two hands (signifying friendship), topped with a crown (representing loyalty). You wear the claddagh ring on your left hand with the heart pointing out when you’re engaged, and pointing in once you’re married.
Personalize it. For a meaningful and personal touch, many wedding rings can be engraved. You can engrave your wedding band—inside or out—with your wedding date, a few lyrics from ‘your song,’ your new monogram, a special saying, or even a fingerprint. Creating a fingerprint ring is the best way to make a ring 100% unique. This is an amazing and stylish way to celebrate your partner’s individual identity. You can have a print on the inside of the ring as a secret message, a print on the outside of the ring as a unique design, or combine your prints as a representation of your union. There is no wrong way to personalize your unique wedding ring!
Add secret details. One fun and meaningful way to make a wedding ring unique is to add personal details to the inside rim of the ring—it could be an engraving, your beloved’s fingerprint or a hidden gemstone (like your new spouse’s birthstone, for example). Wearing these very personal details against your skin, where nobody can see them, might be the ultimate romantic gesture.
While a unique wedding band can make a fabulous statement on its own, many brides-to-be choose to pair their wedding rings with equally exceptional and unique engagement rings.
What’s old is new again. If you relish true vintage style, explore our antique and vintage ring gallery to find a one-of-a-kind unique engagement ring for your wedding. These rings come from romantic eras of the past and feature incredible artistry. Every piece from this collection embodies individuality.
Or, if you would like a new ring that has been fashioned in the vintage style, consider antique style engagement rings. These rings are inspired by the unique features of one-of-a-kind antique rings—such as milgrain, filigree, and unique diamond patterns—and deliver them in a style that is all their own.
Consider unique colored gemstones. Choosing an engagement ring with a vibrant sapphire center stone guarantees that it will stand out in a sea of diamond engagement rings, and will pair beautifully with a unique sapphire wedding ring. Or you can surround a center diamond with a sapphire halo (or a gorgeous green emerald halo, as in actress Olivia Wilde’s ring). You can set one of our beautiful unique colored gemstones into a wide variety of engagement ring settings, creating a ring that tells the world that you don’t play by the rules!
Fall for fancy shaped diamonds. If you are set on having a diamond ring, but you want don’t want the traditional round shape, consider fancy shaped diamonds, such as emerald, pearmarquise, heart, or asscher cut diamonds. These distinctive shapes lend a more eye-catching and unique look to even solitaires and other very traditional engagement ring settings.
Skip the center diamond. For a beautiful, unusual diamond engagement ring, try something truly bold and unique—forgo the big center diamond! Brilliant Earth offers wedding rings that showcase multiple diamonds and intricate designs on wide bands. Though they are categorized as wedding rings, each of these rings is a showstopper even when worn alone as an engagement ring. It’s common for vintage rings, especially those from the Art Deco and Retro eras, to feature many glittering diamonds but no large “center” gem.
Consider modern rings. Modern engagement rings are incredible statements on their own, but when they’re part of a matched set they are out of this world. Many modern styles feature clean, curving lines that fit together like puzzle pieces, bringing to mind celestial bodies moving in perfect harmony or endless waves rolling on the beach. A modern ring’s sleek look and brilliant diamond accents are the perfect combination for a unique wedding and engagement ring. Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie wears a unique modern engagement ring featuring a diamond surrounded by a starburst design and cognac diamonds on a thick metal band, with a more delicate, diamond-studded wedding ring that coordinates perfectly.
Custom engagement rings. There’s nothing as unique as a ring designed just for you. Some celebrities with custom-designed engagement rings include Angelina Jolie, whose ring features a center diamond with a one-of-a-kind cut, and smaller diamonds along the band (it reportedly took Brad Pitt a year to design the ring!), and Rebecca Romijn, who had the design of her yellow diamond engagement ring tweaked so that the diamond now dangles from the ring.
What do you think of these unique ideas? Whatever your style and budget, we would be delighted to help you select or create unforgettable rings as unique as your love.
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