Engagement Rings for a Non-Traditional Bride to Be

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Your girl isn’t like other girls. No, sir. She’s tough, sharp as a razor, and she’s got more ink than you do. She can drink wine with the girls and beer with the boys, and she doesn’t do pink. A traditional white diamond engagement ring for this lady would be appreciated, but it wouldn’t woo her how you want to woo her. For all the guys here in love with a woman who doesn’t do “girly”, these engagement ring suggestions are for you. You can pretty much mix and match these suggestions, too.

Coloured Diamonds

While white diamonds are time-honoured and conventional, coloured diamonds have been trending in recent years. Coloured diamonds have become a fashion-forward accessory on the red carpet, with celebrities including Carrie Underwood, Halle Berry, and Jennifer Lopez sporting the coloured eye-candy.

Produced in every hue of the rainbow, red diamonds are the rarest of all coloured diamonds. The colour which graces these gemstones is produced from what the American Gem Society calls imperfections, however we don’t think many people view coloured diamonds that way.

For the extra-alternative diamond pick, black diamonds exist, too. And they’re cheaper to produce than white diamonds, probably because diamonds are valued based on their bright, vivid attributes.


Another diamond trend that’s popular with more contemporary couples is massive gemstones –that can be seen from across a crowded street with the capacity to blind innocent bystanders.

Yes, popularized on the red carpet and trending among both traditional and non-traditional diamond aficionados; big booty on the ring finger is becoming a mainstay.

Not only are they adored for their girth, they’re appreciated for their value as an asset. Giant chunky diamonds only make up a small percentage of the overall diamonds produced globally, annually. In other words, they’re kind of rare –and their rareness makes a statement all on its own.

Scrap the Diamond Altogether

Birth stones and rare gems are making a comeback, with many engagement rings opting for the striking look that only some alternative gemstones can provide. Sapphires, moissanite, sunstone, opals, pearls, rhodolite, and tourmaline all make the cut in terms of grace and style, and our sure to impress your contemporary lady.

Shapely Curves

Diamonds and other gemstones cut into geometrical shapes are most commonly cut into the following shapes;

  • Round – The most popular shape for a diamond, comprising 75% of all diamonds on the market. Round cut diamonds are also the brightest cuts, due to their shape and the way it reflects light.
  • Princess Cut – Popular for engagement rings and versatile enough for any kind of ring, the princess cut was first engineered in 1980 and has been widely appreciated ever since.
  • Oval – Oval diamonds are a brilliant cut that’s been tweaked to have a very unique brilliance about it, almost like fire-light.

Beyond the latter top three gem stone cuts, other popular cuts include; marquise, cushion-cut, emerald cut, asscher cut, radiant, heart and pear shaped as well.

Is The Love Of Your Life Non-traditional

Some Advice

While selecting the right engagement ring for your lady friend is a top priority, how you select your engagement ring is equally important. A diamond is also an asset, and a liability if it isn’t properly valued and protected and diamond retailers are still businesses trying to make a buck. No matter how relatable and pleasant; a diamond sales person is not your best friend.

Common Pitch

Jewellers will often show two or three diamonds of various cuts or quality in an effort to sell you the best of the options shown. But that’s the thing –the best of the options they selected. They could be good, bad, and ugly for all you know, so be sure to compare based on repeatable metrics such as how deep and fancy the cut is, the true GIA colour grade, and carat weight.

The carat weight is typically rounded up in a fraction from a decimal, and deeper poorly cut diamonds are worth a little less per carat than finer cut diamonds.


Ensure that your jeweller can provide you with a certificate which speaks to the diamond’s quality called a GIA grading report. If they can’t provide one, it’s best to pass on that jeweller.

Fine Print

It is important to do a little research and take into account other factors such as warranty, colour grading, symmetry, depth of each cut, and so on. There are a lot of really great resources online which thoroughly break down each and every factor you need to consider when looking for beautiful diamond rings for sale. Make yourself familiar with exactly what is covered under your warranty beyond the usual free cleanings and regular inspections.

It is quite common for diamond warranties to not include coverage for theft or loss, so it is also suggested an insurance policy is purchased for your engagement ring. They only cost a small percentage of the cost of an engagement ring annually, and are much more affordable than the cost of replacing a misplaced or stolen engagement ring.

Word play is also quite common; there is a difference between a diamond that’s been certified by a GIA trained gemmologist and a GIA certified diamond, with the latter being more likely to follow proper grading protocols, and therefore be more accurately graded and appraised.

As with any large purchase, also be sure to get a second appraisal on your diamond ring at some point to confirm its value.