The best part of this process is that without expectation, you can get any kind of wedding band you want and not have to worry whether people are going to think your marriage is “real” enough (or whatever bullshit we’re being fed about engagement rings this month). You can keep it ultra simple with a plain band, find something non-traditional that speaks to your unique tastes, or you and your partner can choose bands that complement each other. In short, wedding ring shopping is the fun part of wedding jewelry. So today, we’ve rounded up thirty of the coolest non-traditional wedding rings we could find for under $500. Because if you’ve got free rein, might as well get something awesome, right?
Nice rings selection. I have already planned to purchase couple rings as we make the perfect couple. Therefore, without wasting enough time I ordered Rose Gold couple rings from elmajewellery.co.uk/his-hers-ring-sets-c-32.html within my range. Although, now days we can see variety of options in particular range but still I so wish that our engagement rings is really different and unique from others.
My rings are both very simple, classic plain gold bands (engagement is white gold with a solitaire, wedding band is rose gold). Most days I adore my rings, but other days I regret that I didn’t get something more interesting. I’ve seen so many neat rings since then. At least I’ve got the mismatched colors going for me!
There are a few open rings on here. I would steer away from an open ring if you are planning on wearing your wedding band every day. My fiance bought me a beautiful open engagement ring from Bliss Lau, and it snapped in half after a week of wearing it. When I took it in to be repaired and reinforced, the jeweler told me that open rings always break. I am getting a wedding band that will be made into part of the open ring and serve to reinforce it, so if you have your heart set on an open ring, that is an option.
Because the wedding industry is all about that bling, most of the effort behind jewelry marketing is for engagement rings (dolla dolla bills, y’all). Which you probably know all too well, unless you were hiding under a rock for the holidays. As a result of these marketing efforts (and society at large), the engagement ring process can be fraught with pressure and expectations (do you get to have input? Is it supposed to be a surprise? What if you don’t know what you want, but neither does your partner?) Wedding bands on the other hand are, for the most part, blissfully free of these complications. (Thanks for leaving that one alone, WIC!) With a wedding band, you usually figure out how much you want to spend, what style you like, and then you buy it. (Kind of like how shopping goes for basically everything else in your life.)
Oh wow I didn’t know about that! That is definitely good to know. My husband and I bought the rings, like 4 days before the wedding? We totally forgot about the rings, so I used my friend’s Prime account and had them 2 day shipped! My husband and I are big travelers, so we needed something that wouldn’t be too much of a monetary loss if they were lost or stolen. However when we do settle down I would like to invest in a better ring.
Catbird has really beautiful simple rings under their “Classic Wedding Bands” line, and Bittersweets NY also has their simple Thin Line and Not-So-Thin-Line rings. Bario Neal also has a bunch of simple bands in a range of metals. Also if a nearby jewelry store carries estate jewelry, there might be some great inexpensive finds there.
Not every bride in the world wants a round-cut halo diamond set in a pavé band. And that's OK! The fine jewelry industry offers more options than ever, with a variety of rough-cut stones, oxidized metals, and intricate, abstract design work in the setting that will make any non-traditional bride jump for joy.To make an engagement ring alternative, turn one traditional element on its head. Usually, this is done with the center stone, which is some cut of a shimmering white diamond. More and more jewelers opting to work with rough-cut or raw diamonds that create their own unique color and shape. Others may choose to go for a different gemstone entirely, with sapphires, emeralds, even moonstones popping up in popular designs. Black and gray diamonds, too, are a hit with the indie set.The setting, too, is a great place for off-beat brides to play. Leaf motifs, abstract waves, even claw-style prongs are fun features to make your ring standout. If you don't want one larger center stone, try a mosaic-like cluster ring, which features a number of stones coming together to create a work of art right on your finger.Your engagement ring should be a reflection of your personal style, which is why these alternative options are so great!Ready to find the non-traditional ring of your dreams? Click through to see all of our favorites!
Non-Traditional Engagement Rings Browse our alternative engagement ring designs to find the ideal option for your unique style. Beautifully detailed wide bands are a distinctive choice for those who wish to forgo the traditional center diamond. A rose cut diamond ring, a ring stack, or a ring featuring a cluster of diamonds instead of a single center stone, give a nod to tradition while ensuring your ring stands out.
Now You Can Foil ALL THE THINGS on Your Wedding InvitesMinted now offers custom foil for just $75 Amethyst Watercolor by Hooray Creative for Minted When it comes to wedding invites, I am always on the lookout for an easy way to add more sparkle. (I mean, pretty much everyone at APW is all in for shiny things. It’s basically our team color.) And while it may totally seem like a wonderful idea douse your invites in Elmer’s glue and glitter, it turns out that wedding guests don’t typically respond favorably to what happens when they open said invites (there’s a reason that glitter bombs are considered a form of punishment).…Keep Reading
Engagement rings are one of the pieces of jewelry that mean, well, EVERYTHING. And while we can never stop staring at our fave stars’ sparkling stunners, we secretly pine for a band o’ gold (or platinum) that feels as unique as our relationship. Below, check out twenty of the prettiest alternative rings currently making us swoon.
Amethyst Watercolor by Hooray Creative for Minted When it comes to wedding invites, I am always on the lookout for an easy way to add more sparkle. (I mean, pretty much everyone at APW is all in for shiny things. It’s basically our team color.) And while it may totally seem like a wonderful idea douse your invites in Elmer’s glue and glitter, it turns out that wedding guests don’t typically respond favorably to what happens when they open said invites (there’s a reason that glitter bombs are considered a form of punishment).…
Not every bride in the world wants a round-cut halo diamond set in a pavé band. And that's OK! The fine jewelry industry offers more options than ever, with a variety of rough-cut stones, oxidized metals, and intricate, abstract design work in the setting that will make any non-traditional bride jump for joy.
18. Gold Opal Ring ($895): For those that love a solitaire ring with a simple band, but aren’t necessarily diamond fans, you might enjoy this amazing opal ring. With a braided setting and golden band, this is an incredible non-diamond alternative for those that like the traditional with a twist.
I would also suggest Jennie Kwon for delicate, inexpensive rings. Or Bliss Lau, they have some that fit together, and it would be nice to get a set that could expand, adding an extra piece at, say, a 10th anniversary.
Hey, I totally feel you on this. We talked about cake toppers for ages, and about 10 days before the wedding, I realized we had never actually purchased anything! (We ended up making it in the living room a week before the day.)
Nope, go with whatever materials you want! I have a white gold engagement ring and a yellow gold wedding band. They look great together. FYI – in looking for bands, we went through several awful jewelers (none from this post!) who were hell-bent on convincing me that I did, in fact, need them to match and one said, “You think you want yellow gold, but you actually don’t.” STFU, I know exactly what I want, which is to take my business elsewhere. Good luck on the hunt!