As a Maine wedding photographer and videographer, one of the best parts of my job is getting to document and appreciate all the details that go into making each couple’s celebration uniquely them. One of the first things I do when I arrive on the wedding day is arrange some detail shots of the couples’ accessories, which means I get to spend a good bit of time looking at some stunning jewelry!
I love being able to see couples’ personalities reflected in their rings, and it always brings me back to how my husband and I picked our own engagement rings for each other. Late one night we were sitting in the car listening to music, buzzing with excitement. See, we don’t have a traditional love story. Cooper is from Maine and I’m a Southern transplant - originally from South Carolina. We met at a conference in California and I ended up coming up to Maine to spend a summer. I fell in love so hard - not only with Cooper - but with the beauty of Maine and its people - that I never left.
When we were ready to get married it was a mutual decision we came to at the same time. It was always more of a “when” than an “if” with us. So when we decided to mark the occasion with rings we knew we wanted it to feel as equitable as the rest of our relationship. We chose to look for small business jewelry designers who specialized in pieces that looked and felt less like the traditional engagement ring. We ended up with beautiful pieces that looked and felt like us.
These 21 alternative engagement rings are perfect for couples who are looking for something a little different. For pieces that look and feel like you!
Oore's shop is full of drool-worthy pear cut stones and this blue topaz number is no exception. The stones are simple and clean and the ring somehow manages to feel delicate and dark all at once. Starting at $845, you have your choice of yellow, rose, or white gold casts.
This ring feels like a warm summer afternoon. The gorgeous golden hue paired with the unique gem cut makes for an incredible option. From Mountain Spirit Jewels this ring starts at $165.
Something silver. Something blue. Something golden. Something new! This one of a kind mixed metal 18K gold blue sapphire ring from Artesan Jewlery is $369. This statement piece is only available in a size 6.5 so if that's your lucky number make sure you snatch it up while it's still available!
This eye catching ring from The Spiral Rive makes me want to head to a sandy beach and dive into bright blue waters. Starting at $349 this ring comes in a variety of metal band options.
Classic. Delicate. Bright. This raw crystal ring from Rough and Precious starts at $98 and offers a simply beautiful and affordable alternative.
Who doesn't love a rectangle cut ring? Simple and stunning this rose gold aquamarine ring from ARPELC is $270 and ready to be slipped onto your ring finger!
This blush colored, nature inspired rose cut diamond ring from A Second Time has me yearning for adventures in the woods! Starting at $450 this ring comes in band only and stone in band versions.
This ring is a beautiful blush stone dream come true! The ruby raw stone arrangement by Raw By Olivia Mar starts at $268.
How incredibly unique is this uncut sapphire titanium raw stone ring? Each is crafted by hand by Rob and Lean, so each ring has its own distinct style. Starting at $165 with a variety of width options, this ring would be perfect as an engagement ring or a wedding band.
This emerald stunner is perfect for adding a little vintage glam to your life. The vibrant green oval cut emerald by My Antonia Jewelry is encircled by a halo of diamonds, and runs $385.