Alternative Engagement Rings: Shake Up Tradition


Alternative doesn’t have to mean inferior. If you’re looking for something unique and different for your left hand, whatever you do: don’t skimp on craftsmanship and design! Ladies who want something other than the typical 4-prong diamond ring setting should look to luxurious statement rings; rings with unusual settings or gorgeous colors. If a sapphire is good enough for Kate Middleton, and an emerald for Halle Berry, what’s stopping you from shaking up tradition?

Take a minute to peruse the GIA Gem Encyclopedia to learn all about the different gems out there. Some of our most popular designs at Diana Vincent include stunning stones like, moonstone, sapphire, ruby, tourmaline… each more spectacular than the last! Keep in mind, the key to selecting a gemstone is choosing one that speaks volumes about who you are. If you’re vivacious and spirited, look to psychedelic opal. Those who are tranquil and down to earth might love the peaceful serenity of aquamarine.

And if stones are one way to set yourself apart, settings are another. Did you know that the most popular setting before the 1900’s was the bezel? Then from there came prongs. And while the Tiffany setting is ideal for Lilly Pulitzer dabblers, Reese Witherspoon, and anyone who had an Audrey Hepburn poster in college – modern day rings are evolving. Diana Vincent’s signature swirling style is ideal for the sparkling, modern multi-faceted woman.

Whichever stone or setting you decide to go with, remember that the ring you choose is one you will wear for the rest of your life. So keep in mind how your style might change over the next 50 years. What’s trendy now (rose gold, rough cut stones) might not be what you love later on in life. Pick one that reflects your personality to ensure it!