Let’s get real. For most women, picturing their dream wedding day and fantasizing over the perfect engagement ring came way before finding the right man. And like your ideal type of partner, your ideal type of ring is an extremely varied and personal thing. This being said, the number of women saying “I do” to an engagement ring with a difference is on the rise, which sees the classic cushion cut, halo setting, or white-gold band take a backseat.
The diamond ring became a commodity in the late 1930s, when fine-jewelry giants like De Beers, Harry Winston, and Tiffany & Co. began to design pieces specifically made to gift as a symbol of love and loyalty. Before the 20th century, however, diamonds were reserved solely for lords, ladies, and the elite. Interestingly, the piece (traditionally worn on the left hand because a vein runs directly from the fourth finger to the heart) has had a makeover for the modern woman, which looks to vastly different styles.
Colored stones, hammered bands, and even multiple stacking rings are replacing the traditional diamond for girls with an edge, meaning niche labels and vintage-inspired jewelers are becoming increasingly popular. From interesting construction to enamel bands, Savoir Flair rounds up a range of niche rings so beautiful that you’ll soon be re-thinking your “Aisle Style” board on Pinterest.