Post # 1
There is a great book called "500 Wedding Rings", see
It features some wild ideas, including rings made with velcro, rings with attached locks and rings that fit together like puzzle pieces, along with ideas that have been commerically developed such as rings with your finger print on them, etc.
I am starting a wedding ring collection and wondered who would consider buying and wearing unconventional wedding rings: colored diamonds, gems other than diamonds, settings other than the usual solitaire prong settings, custom made rings, one of a kind rings, artisan jewelry made by metalsmith artists, etc.
Here is an example of a champagne diamond set in a cup bezel. What do you think?
Post # 3
To be honest I do not like the ring shown above at all. I’m not against unconventional wedding rings but, I also like the idea of keeping something on my finger that’s not just a trend but, classic and timeless. Sometimes these styles are nice to start but they loose their glam and look outdated when they get to carried away with uniqueness. Hope I’m not being harsh I just wanted to be honest in my opinion.
Post # 4
Not at all…to each her own opinion.
Post # 5
I honestly like this style of ring- to me it looks like it’s handmade and something that could have a story behind it (like it belonged to an ancient greek woman.) It’s also something you wouldn’t see many other people wearing. For some people that’s really important. I recently realized a lot of people dislike our wedding bands. They are plain white gold with a brushed finish (basically they aren’t polished and VERY simple.)
EVERYONE has different taste- I think this is a great idea and a lot of people would appreciate it.
Post # 6
You may want to try posting this on offbeatbrides.com – a lot of the brides there choose things based on their uniqueness, and have some of the most amazing weddings.
Post # 7
Thanks for the good ideas, Maureen. I did not know about offbeatbrides.com. Sounds just up my alley! I also think that this style appeals more to people over 30 or those having their second wedding. You need to have confidence in your own tastes. What do you think? We also have the plain white gold bands (bought many eons ago) that I now find quite boring and unimaginative.
Post # 8
I think a lot of people like traditional because they saw those rings on the fingers of their parents and grandparents, and connect that simple representation with generations of marriage in their family. The one above is very pretty, but to me (since you asked), it looks more like an engagement ring; I want people to look at my band and say, "Oh yes, she’s married." That won’t matter to everybody, but that’s the only reason I want a wedding band.
That being said, I think the idea of a wedding ring collection with a lot of variety is fantastic. I’m sure plenty of couples would get something different if they had more options, especially options that involve something other than additional gemstones.
Post # 9
McFarlandDesigns on Etsy has rings JUST like that, and I was totally tempted to get one. I think it is gorgeous (though I also go to offbeatbride,com, lol).
I have a totally traditional e-ring, round cut solitaire prong setting, which I love to death, but I’m doing an black opal wedding band, just as soemthing different. Not as a trend or anything but as my style.
I love the idea of unique rings, but I also the the idea of taking ‘traditional’ and putting my spin on it.
Bottom line, do what makes you happy!!
Post # 10
Thanks for your insights amysue. Even rings without gemstones can look different and unconventional. For example this simple ring: 2 pairs of 18 K gold wire and 2 pairs of twisted sterling silver wires:
Post # 11
I think that’s a beautiful ring. I, too, saw something very similar on Etsy and considered it. I have selected not to have an engagement ring at all (because I don’t like diamonds and because my mom and grandmother didn’t have them). And my wedding ring will be artist-made and very non-traditional as well. I go on offbeatbride all the time, as well as indiebride (when it isn’t broken).
Post # 12
I have a gorgeous right hand ring (aquamarine wldiamonds around it on shank too and it’s plat). I bought it myself for me, but although it’s on my rt hand, people thought and asked if it was an E ring..No I would reply.
These days colored stones are popular also. I like them too. But if you want to absolutely know a woman is married, the traditional type wedding ring screams that. Everybody is different, and there is no right or wrong, but I prefer traditional. I want there to be NONE of the asking "Is that an engagement ring?" stuff anymore. They will just know. 🙂
Post # 13
My personal opinion is that an engagement rinng and wedding band should suit the wearer. If the bride-to-be isn’t a diamond girl, or absolutely loves a different stone, or maybe no stone at all, more power to her. Im a tradition ring lover myself for the same reason that amysue states–no one mistakes my ring for anything other than an e-ring. But then, no one mistakes my BFF’s amythest ring for anything other than an e-ring, either, and the shiny purple stone fits her personality. Why spend a bunch of money on a traditional ring if the wearer isn’t a traditional-ring kind of girl? She’s the one wearing it for the rest of her life.
Second–yay for other Offbeat Bride Tribe readers. Some of it’s way too out there for me, but there are a lot of really great ideas for the not-so-conventional bride, and even some for the ultra-traditional bride who wants just a splash of something different.
Post # 14
One of the guys i went to college with and a very cool wedding band. Both him and his bride had four measures of "their song" as a ring. I like the ring. I think it’s just important that the person who wears the ring likes it. Mines slightly off the norm too , green sapphire .
Post # 15
Nathalietanya, thanks for your comment. You should get custom made rings with a jeweler whom you can work with. I love designing rings with lots of input from the couple. That way they get the ring of their dreams designed entirely according to their tastes.
Bellenga, I don’t know, but whats wrong with someone mistakenly thinking you are still available". You might feel flattered, no? But then again, I am a guy and I probably just don’t get it! I love colored gems and your aqua ring sounds gorgeous.
Catrelle, thanks for supporting the off-beat crowd. You should join!
BunnyBlue, I think you would enjoy the book I mentioned up top: 500 Wedding Rings. I too wear a very unique ring (like your guy friend): It is made from an antique nail (dated 1833) with 18 K gold inlay and a black diamond at the end
Post # 16
I love that ring! It’s a lot like the Tiffany’s bezel setting.
I’ve also attached another unconventional ring you might like 🙂