Cart is empty Close mini cart

Your cart is empty

Browse our services

The Rise of Unique Wedding Bands: 10 Alternatives to the Classic Diamond Ring

Written by Anna Currell
June 13, 2023

For many couples, the traditional diamond engagement ring and wedding band no longer hold the appeal they once did. Instead, many Gen Z and millennial couples are turning to unconventional wedding bands that better reflect their personalities, values, and tastes. Here are ten different unique wedding bands and engagement rings that couples can explore instead of the classic diamond ring.

#1: Colorful Gemstone Rings

While diamonds may be the traditional choice, there are plenty of other gemstones that present unique and colorful alternatives. Sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are just a few of the beautiful gemstones that can be used in engagement rings and wedding bands.



#2: Wooden Rings

Wooden wedding bands are a popular choice for couples who appreciate nature and want to incorporate sustainable materials into their wedding jewelry. These rings are typically made from recycled or salvaged wood, and can be customized with different colors and patterns.

#3: Minimalist Bands


For couples who prefer a more understated look, minimalist wedding bands are a popular choice. These bands are simple and elegant, and only include the most subtle details like a hammered metal texture or a small diamond accent.

#4: Custom Engraved Rings

Custom engraving allows couples to add a personal touch to their wedding bands. You can etch messages, initials, important dates, or a special phrase onto the inside or outside of each ring to make it even more meaningful to both you and your partner. 


#5: Vintage Rings


For couples who love the look of antique jewelry, vintage rings offer a timeless option. Vintage wedding rings are typically made from long-lasting, durable materials like platinum or yellow gold, and may feature intricate designs and detailing. If the vintage ring in question comes from your own family or someone you love, even better! 

#6: Alternative Materials


While gold and platinum are common metals for wedding bands, alternatives like titanium, tungsten, and stainless steel are gaining popularity. They are all durable and scratch-resistant, making them ideal for couples with active lifestyles. Silicone rings are another great option for more athletic or outdoorsy couples, since silicone won’t tarnish the way many metals do.

#7: Birthstone Rings


Incorporating each partner's birthstone into your respective wedding bands creates jewelry that is both personalized and meaningful. A toi et moi ring is a great romantic option for an engagement or wedding ring, since it showcases both partners’ birthstones side by side. 

#8: Mismatched Sets


Just because you’re marrying your favorite person doesn’t necessarily mean your jewelry has to match exactly. Mismatched wedding bands allow couples to create personalized looks. Get bands made from different materials according to your preferences, or find rings that feature different designs or stones to suit your individual styles.

#9: Salt and Pepper Diamonds

For couples who still want the look of a diamond, salt and pepper diamonds offer a twist on tradition. They range from icy white to ashy gray and every shade in between, thanks to the natural inclusions (or blemishes) that form in the stones. In place of a crystal clear diamond, a salt and pepper stone can provide some more intrigue and mystery to your ring. 



#10: Non-Ring Jewelry

Some couples forgo wedding bands altogether in favor of other types of jewelry. If you work with your hands, aren’t especially fond of rings, or just prefer other pieces, why select a wedding or engagement ring at all? You can make any piece of jewelry a memorable celebration of your relationship; try customizing necklaces, bracelets, or even earrings to commemorate the special occasion instead. 

Breaking Away from Tradition

Why are so many couples turning away from traditional diamond rings and towards these alternative options? For many, it's a matter of personal taste and a desire for something more individualized. They want their wedding bands to reflect their personalities and values, rather than simply conforming to tradition. As such, many couples are picking out or designing their rings together, instead of keeping everything under wraps in a more classic engagement. 

Choosing unique wedding bands or engagement rings can also be a way to express personal values. Many couples are opting for rings made from sustainable materials or choosing to work with jewelers who prioritize ethical sourcing and production practices. By choosing a ring that reflects their values, couples can feel good about their purchase and wear their rings with pride. There are also practical considerations to take into account when choosing a wedding band. Couples with active lifestyles may prefer a more durable and scratch-resistant material, while those who work with their hands may prefer a minimalist band that won't get in the way.

Ultimately, the choice of wedding band is highly personal. Whether it's a wooden ring, a birthstone band, or a custom engraved set, you should find the unique wedding bands that truly represent your love and commitment as a couple. Ready to break away from tradition and design your own custom wedding band or engagement ring? Our custom jewelry experts are on hand to help bring your vision to life. Contact us today to start the design process and create a wedding band that truly reflects your unique love story.

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments