Unexpected Engagement Rings

As special occasion and statement baubles give way to wear-anytime heirlooms, stylish engagement bands are more "in" than ever. Shop a jewelry box's worth of gems we'd say yes to, wedding date or no.

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Shop a jewelry box's worth of gems we'd say yes to, wedding date or no. Here, a vertical bar of white diamonds and an 18-karat gold band come together in this Satomi Kawakita design of understated elegance. ($395 at <a href="http://shopjumelle.com/index.php/accessories/jewelry/diamond-bar-ring.html">Jumelle</a>).
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Handmade in NYC, this Cave Canem design features two rows of mine cut white diamonds and a 14-karat brushed yellow gold band. The Victorian-era prong setting and stone cut adds a pulled-from-antiquities quality that looks as great with a slip as wedding dress. ($1,090 at <a href="http://www.stuartandwright.com/Cave_Canem_14K_2_Row_Diamond_Band_1195.html" target="_blank">Stuart and Wright</a>).
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She’ll be sure to say “yes” with a poetic-yet-quirky gesture like this: Solange Azagury-Patridge’s unique 18-karat gold ring has the words “Marry Me” calligraphed to wrap around her finger. ($1,500 at <a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/110080" target="_blank">Net-A-Porter</a>).
Satomi Kawakita's perfectly imperfect band is the sort that we'd pair with a set of pave-dusted bangles or necklace charms. $1,450 at <a href="http://www.mattermatters.com/product.asp?id=723">Matter</a>).
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This .45-carat diamond stunner is a clear traditionalist choice. But blending it with a stack of stoneless gold bands — or a few stone-flecked ones if you can afford to splurge — is a great way to play it down. ($3,200 at <a href="http://www.sarahperlis.com/collections/wedding/products/45-carat-brilliant-diamond-ring-1" target="_blank">Sarah Perlis</a>).
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This 18-karat yellow gold and emerald style is unconventional by most standards, but just right for anyone looking to mix colored stones — or an all-black outfit — to up the style ante. ($1,700 at <a href="http://www.stuartandwright.com/CONROY_&_WILCOX_18K_Emerald_Ring_1124.html" target="_blank">Stuart and Wright</a>).
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Never have a dull moment in this diamond filled, 14-karat champagne colored ring from Sydney Evan. Whether you pair it with a rolled-cuff white tee or pale sheath dress wedding, it’s sure to stand out. ($1,529.50 at <a href="http://www.aloharag.com/highseas/product.asp?s_id=0&dept_id=5297&pf_id=PAAAIAPIAINGLBEP" target="_blank">Aloha Rag</a>).
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Go green, but stay chic with this white diamond Jennifer Dawes design. Handmade in Northern California with recycled gold and eco-friendly gems, this uniquely square-shaped ring is a fabulous way to dress up your finger. ($3,300 at <a href="http://www.greenwithglamour.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_9_41&products_id=386" target="_blank">Green With Glamour</a>).
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The sleek contemporary Sarah Perlis design is simple, yet striking. Pair the minimalist white gold band with any color polish for a little dose of vibrance. ($1,400 at <a href="http://www.sarahperlis.com/products/copy-of-5-5-mm-wide-band" target="_blank">Sarah Perlis</a>).
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This Erica Weiner design features an eye-catching herkimer—a six-sided, double terminated quartz stone — instead of a traditional diamond. The solitaire crystal dazzles in between four hand cast sterling silver wire prongs. Can you tell the difference? Neither can we. ($120 at <a href="http://www.bonadrag.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=202" target="_blank">Bona Drag</a>).
Reminiscent of the Edwardian period, this Tiffany Legacy-cut piece showcases brilliant aquamarine and round cut diamonds in platinum that will leave a sparkle on her finger, and a twinkle in her eye. ($7,800 at <a href="http://www.tiffany.com/Shopping/Item.aspx?fromGrid=1&sku=27168051&mcat=148204&cid=287466&search_params=s+5-p+4-c+287466-r+-x+-n+6-ri+-ni+0-t+-k+" target="_blank">Tiffany & Co.</a>).
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She’ll feel like one of a kind in this 1950s vintage retro sapphire diamond. Two diamond studs sit on either side of the brilliant midnight blue stone, adding a touch of effortless elegance to the overall stunning piece. ($799 at <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/68173438/platinum-vintage-retro-1950s-sapphire?ref=sr_gallery_17&ga_search_query=sapphire%2Bring&ga_search_type=all" target="_blank">Etsy</a>).
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A picture-frame bezel setting takes center stage in this stunning 18-karat champagne gold Megan Thorne engagement ring. Two round cut diamonds sit on either side of the rectangular frame, adding a timeless elegance to the overall piece. ($1,050 at <a href="http://www.greenwichjewelers.com/store/category/rings/engagement/products/megan-thorne-picture-frame-engagement-ring" target="_blank">Greenwich Jewelers</a>).
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Diamonds are a girl's best friend, and it shows in this 18-karat Elisa Solomon ring. The design features a center and two rose-cut stones set off by a band of pave diamonds. Opt to splurge on yourself, and pair it with similarly sparky, inset-stoned bands or bracelets. ($2,540 at <a href="http://www.stuartandwright.com/Elisa_Solomon_18k_Faceted_Diamond_Ring_2103.html" target="_blank">Stuart and Wright</a>).
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Romance her with this rare 14-karat square-shaped sunstone ring. A stunning diamond border offsets the auburn-colored design, adding even more dazzle to the overall design. ($2,140 at <a href="http://www.greenwichjewelers.com/store/category/rings/gold/products/greenwich-collection-sunstone-diamond-ring" target="_blank">Greenwich Jewelers</a>).
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Raw diamond detailing is the tough talking point in this hand fabricated original Todd Reed band. The design features contrasting single rows of 1mm princess and uncut diamonds. ($6,300 at <a href="http://www.clay-pot.com/product.php?productid=4919&cat=46&page=1" target="_blank">Clay Pot</a>).
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This Tiffany & Co. ring offers a triple threat — three rings of round diamonds set side by side on a platinum band. ($4,300 at <a href="http://www.tiffany.com/Shopping/Item.aspx?fromGrid=1&sku=GRP00243&mcat=148204&cid=287466&search_params=s+5-p+51-c+287466-r+-x+-n+6-ri+-ni+0-t+-k+" target="_blank">Tiffany & Co.</a>).
Barcelona-born jewelry designer Blanca Monros Gomez fashions custom ring creations out of her Brooklyn, New York studio. ($350-$6,000 at <a href="http://www.blancamonrosgomez.com/#/Collections/Rings/custom_solitaire_rings">Blanca Monros Gomez</a>).
Known to protect its wearer, a chrysoberyl cat's-eye stone steals the spotlight on this hand-carved antique ring. The rare design also features an ornate 18-karat solid yellow gold band for an added touch of heirloom appeal. ($4,499 at <a href="http://www.doverjewelry.com/catalog/rings/vintage_tiffany_chrysoberyl_cats-eye_ring.html" target="_blank">Dover Jewelry</a>).
This old Euro-style ring blends understated beauty multi-carat charm. Play down the 27-diamond count with matte platinum jewelry pairings, or stringing it from a pendant chain. ($8.800 at <a href="http://www.doyledoyle.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=13252&itemtemplate=PDGCommTemplates/HTN/Item_ring_eng.html&sn=eng" target="_blank">Doyle & Doyle</a>).
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