Millenials are getting married. Take a look at this wedding announcement from the New York Times for one unique example. One common finding among the Millennial generation is that they are passing up diamond engagement rings in favor of more sustainable, ethical…and affordable options. But while these rings may be easier on the budget, they are anything but ordinary. In fact, these alternative, counter-culture engagement rings can be as unique as each love story. But how do you find a ring like this if you don’t have hours to explore tucked away boutiques and antique stores in the West Village or Portland?
Unique Alternative Engagement Rings
Lucky for you, I’ve unearthed some of the hippest, alternative engagement rings you can find – and they are all just a click away on Etsy! So forget about hours spent searching boutiques, workshops and the antique mart. Pull up a chair and shop these beauties!
Nature Motif Engagement Rings
Sparkle and nature combine in this branch motif engagement ring by Kristin Coffin who casts twigs in gold to form the bands for these unique moissanite and diamond engagement rings. Combine yellow and rose gold to form this glittering stack of engagement rings and wedding bands all available in her Etsy shop. Love nature motif engagement rings? Make sure to check out this designer’s extensive collection.
Traditional Style in More Affordable Mediums (Split Claw prongs and Morganite!!)
Looking for a sparkly jewel with high-end details? This morganite ring from Anye Jewelry on Etsy features a pave crown, split claw prongs and a 3-sided pave shank. But set with a 3.7ct natural, conflict-free morganite it also comes with a great price tag of $1599 for a lot of finger coverage.
Simple Band Styles with Modern Appeal
This truly unique engagement ring from Etsy seller By Jodi can be ordered in white, yellow or rose gold. The sleek design wraps your finger in luxury and would make a great wedding band or engagement ring. Click here to see what it looks like on finger.
Designer Knock-Offs with Handcrafted Appeal
|Hand Twisted Rope Engagement Ring with Moissanite Center Stone|
These hand twisted engagement rings and wedding bands by Etsy seller Mondi NYC are handmade for every order to your exact size specifications. Like the popular rope twist rings from designer David Yurman, these rings have a continuous twist and no flat edges but these have a far more handcrafted look than those designer rings turned out by the dozen. Click here to see it from all angles as well as in white and yellow gold.
Vintage and Conflict Free
|Art Deco 1930s Diamond and Sapphire Platinum Ring|
Something old and something blue combine in this vintage ring by Your Jewelry Finder on Etsy. While newly mined diamonds may be out of vogue with hipsters, diamonds mined before 1970 are considered conflict-free. This vintage ring from the 1930s with its old mine cut diamonds and synthetic sapphires pack a ton of sparkle in its delicate filigree setting. Click to see the listing and view a 360-degree video of this ring on Etsy.
See something you like? Continue your search on Etsy for unique rings by new designers!