Diamonds might not be forever anymore. There’s nothing wrong with a diamond for your engagement or wedding ring, but many couples are opting for more non-traditional options. Simply put, diamonds are no longer the only option for declaring your love.

When it comes to custom designs for a ring, you can choose the stone, band, setting, and gem shape to create a one-of-a-kind ring that perfectly reflects the wearer’s style.

So if traditional diamonds just aren’t calling to you, try these non-traditional and unique designs to signify your love.

Non-Traditional Stones

There are so many more stones available than diamonds. But for a long time, diamonds were seen as the only gemstone that could be the centerpiece of an engagement or wedding ring.

But in recent years, you may have seen someone with a non-traditional wedding ring that features another gemstone. These are only a few of the non-traditional stones to use in a custom ring.

1. Salt and Pepper Diamond

When it comes to a traditional diamond, many people try to have as few inclusions as possible. Inclusions are small imperfections that affect clarity. Little to no inclusions are what give traditional diamonds the bright, colorless look.

But salt and pepper diamonds put the inclusions front and center. These inclusions make the gem appear black and white, with colors ranging from dark to bright to almost gray.

2. Moissanite

Moissanite is a stone that looks the most like a traditional diamond. This gemstone has the colorless look of a diamond and is almost as hard, which has made moissanite one of the most popular diamond alternatives for engagement and wedding rings.

One of the main reasons people choose moissanite over diamonds is the price. Moissanite is much less expensive than diamond, but with a similar look. Moissanite also has more sparkle than a traditional diamond, which has drawn people who want to see their ring shimmer more in the light.

3. Topaz

Versatile and beautiful, topaz is a great option if you’re looking for an engagement or wedding ring to feature a little color. You can find topaz in yellow, orange, pinkish and purplish red, blue, green, and even colorless.

Topaz is also the birthstone for those born in November, making a ring that features this stone even more personal. The blue topaz is the stone for a fourth anniversary, and the imperial topaz is the stone for a twenty-third anniversary. So if you’re nearing these milestones, a topaz ring might be a great idea.

4. Morganite

Many are drawn to morganite’s soft pink color, which makes this the perfect ring for those who are feminine and romantic. This is one gemstone that has become popular in recent years.

The color can range from a soft pink to an orange-pink, similar to salmon. Morganite also has tremendous sparkle, radiating and glimmering in the light.

5. Emerald

Vibrant emerald is a beautiful gemstone that is sure to catch the eyes of anyone who see it. Though emeralds are a more traditional stone, they’re still very uncommon for engagement and wedding rings. The deep verdant shade is the perfect ring for anyone who loves the color green.

Emeralds evoke a feeling of old-world luxury. They’re the perfect gemstone that bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary jewelry design. They glimmer like diamonds but add a bit of color to the finger.

Non-Traditional Settings and Bands

Jewelry trends are creating new engagement and wedding ring ideas that feel a little more contemporary. The traditional engagement band often features a solitary gem with a simple band or a pavé band that features small diamonds set into the band.

Though these traditional settings and bands are timeless and elegant, many people are now opting for more contemporary designs. These non-traditional settings and bands show off any gemstone in a new way.

6. East-West

Traditional engagement rings have the gem sitting perpendicular to the band, meaning the orientation is vertical. But with an east-west setting, the gem sits horizontally on the band. This orientation gives a fresh, contemporary perspective to the traditional ring.

East-west settings work best with elongated gemstones like oval, emerald, and marquise cuts. The traditional square and round cut are symmetrical, meaning it’ll look the same no matter which way you turn it. But these elongated shapes add an unexpected element to this important piece of jewelry.

7. Moi et Toi

One of the most popular non-traditional ring styles is the moi et toi. French for “you and me,” these rings feature two stones side by side, often meant to represent two people in love.

These are one of the best wedding ring ideas because they’re so fun to customize. You don’t have to choose the same stone for both settings. You could choose both of your birthstones or stones that feature the wearer’s favorite colors.

8. Cluster

Choose the unexpected with a cluster ring. The setting features an assortment of stones in various cuts, types, or sizes, all placed closely together. Unlike other multi-stone rings, the cluster setting doesn’t have a main center stone.

Cluster rings are great for anyone who wants to step outside the box and are especially great for customizing. You can choose the assortment of stones, choosing ones that are meaningful to create an even more customized ring.

9. Double Band

You can combine your engagement ring and wedding ring with a double band. A double band is just as it sounds: one ring that features two bands in the design. And there are plenty of ways to do it.

The bands can split, merge, curve, or run parallel to create a completely unique ring. And the stone can sit on one, both, or in between the two bands. Double bands are ideal for anyone who plans to stack their jewelry or only wants to wear one ring for both engagement and wedding jewelry.

10. Twist Shank

A modern wedding ring with a twist—literally. These bands have become increasingly popular because of the texture they provide. The two intertwined bands give off a feeling of whimsy and romance, representing intertwining your lives and love together.

Twist shank bands can have pavé stones set into them to give them a bit more shine and sparkle. They also look great with an added solitaire stone on them or stones adorned with a hidden halo.

Non-Traditional Stone Shapes and Cuts

The most popular shape for engagement and wedding rings is round. Many traditional rings feature a round diamond with smaller round diamonds set in the band. Other traditional shapes include square and emerald. And for cuts, brilliant cut has been popular for over one hundred years.

Though some of these shapes and cuts have been around for almost as long, they’ve only recently gained popularity. These unique shapes and cuts show off the beauty in new and exciting ways.

11. Elongated Diamond

The elongated diamond shape, also called a kite or shield shape, is a contemporary trend that many people love. But they originally rose to popularity in the 1920s and 1930s.

The kite shape evokes an Art Deco elegance, bridging the contemporary and antique into ring designs. Stones in this shape are sure to stand out and grab attention because of their rare cut.

12. Hexagon

Hexagon rings are a stylish and contemporary alternative to a classic round-cut diamond. This shape is geometric and feels fresh and modern, but also isn’t too out of the ordinary.

This shape is pretty rare in the ring world, which makes them perfect for anyone searching for a non-traditional wedding look. Be sure to use a hexagon-shaped setting to highlight the unique shape.

13. Trapezoid

One of the most unusual shapes for gemstones is the trapezoid. Resembling the geometric shape, trapezoid stones are traditionally set on either side of larger square- and emerald-cut stones.

But recent years have seen this stone shape stand alone on its own ring. Whether they’re small or large, trapezoid rings are sure to stand out because of their non-traditional shape.

14. Rough Cut

Most gemstones you’re familiar with are shaped and polished, giving the stone a sparkling appearance. But the rough cut goes completely against that. Rough cut, also called raw stones, are made into jewelry in the most natural state possible with little polishing and shaping.

A rough-cut gemstone will completely defy tradition but still provide a stunning option for an engagement or wedding ring. Most rough-cut gems have a subdued shimmer thanks to the uneven surface.

15. Rose Cut

A rose-cut stone features a flat bottom and a domed top. This means the stone doesn’t have a cone-shaped underside and can contain between three to twenty-four facets. You can think of the rose cut as a round brilliant diamond but only the top portion.

The rose cut gets its name from resembling the petals of a rose and initially gained popularity in the mid-1500s. This antique cut is coming back into style for its Old World charm and romanticism. They also appear larger than the traditional brilliant cut when viewed from above.

Show Off Your Love With Custom Designs for Engagement and Wedding Rings

There’s no one way to declare your love. Diamonds may have been the go-to choice for over a hundred years, but they aren’t the only gemstone for engagement and wedding rings. There are plenty of gemstones that are just as beautiful and will make stunning centerpieces for a ring.

When you choose custom designs, you’re creating a piece of jewelry that represents your one-of-a-kind love. Allow these non-traditional ring ideas to inspire you to create a stunning ring design.

Are you ready to declare your love with a unique piece of jewelry? Our design process is simple and led by artisan jewelers. Schedule an appointment today to start designing your dream ring.


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Harmony GreenHarmony Green
23:13 01 Apr 24
Shimon is absolutely amazing at what he does and such a pleasure to work with. We had a custom wedding band made to complement my center stone and the design is quite unique. My fiancé was very apprehensive and worried about not going with a classic wedding band but we both couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! Going to be hard not to wear this for the next few months! 😅
Dylan KuchanDylan Kuchan
21:42 19 Mar 24
Shimon was absolutely amazing. He not only was professional and courteous, but was understanding of my questions and made my visits very easy. Would highly recommend his services at Finer Custom Jewelry.
Alana VAlana V
22:15 18 Mar 24
We had a wonderful experience creating a custom engagment ring with Shimon. Shimon took the time to truly show us our options and helped shape our vision throughout the process.Shimon did a phenomenal job finding the perfect unique stone including similar stone options so we felt confident in our choice. It was such a fun process exploring our options and designing the perfect ring. Shimon is truly a master of his craft!
Ena DuriezEna Duriez
19:48 18 Mar 24
I absolutely love their jewelry, they have beautiful pieces. Highly recommend 👍
Monica J HairMonica J Hair
19:50 15 Mar 24
I had a custom bracelet made by Shimon and his team. From start to finish the process couldn’t have been more seamless. Genuinely a pleasure to work with Finer Custom Jewelry
Steven TocciSteven Tocci
02:32 07 Mar 24
Just got a new watch and needed a link removed. I found this store on Google and decided to stop in and see if they could help. Shimon doesn’t typically do watches, but he didn’t hesitate to stop what he was doing to help me. He took the time out of his day to help me and wouldn’t accept any payment. You can tell he takes extreme pride in his work and he will do whatever it takes to help his customers. I will absolutely be coming back and using him in the future!
Pamela SpearsPamela Spears
21:21 12 Feb 24
Shimon was very helpful, grand place finer jewelry sales. Would definitely recommend to everyone. Will definitely be back to this location
John HuntJohn Hunt
17:59 23 Jan 24
Great experience! Shimon helped me get a salt & pepper engagement ring. He understood exactly what I was looking for and the finished product greatly exceeded my expectations. Highly recommended!!
Sara TurnbullSara Turnbull
22:30 22 Jan 24
Shimon cleaned my wedding ring for me and made it look better than new. I couldn’t stop looking at it in the sun! I had forgotten its potential to shine like that. And Monica was a great help as well, they have an amazing and dedicated team 💍
01:24 05 Jan 24
My fiancé and I cannot say enough about Shimon and Finer Custom Jewelry. I had an heirloom ring from my mom, and two bands that I wanted to use to create a very specific ring, the ring of my dreams. After a lot of research, we found Shimon. Throughout the entire process, he was incredible. From our very first meeting where we went over my vision, to the final product. I feel so lucky to have found such a caring and talented jeweler. You can tell he takes such pride in his work, as he should because it is truly flawless. I would recommend Shimon to anyone I know. We are so thankful to have him to make our forever ring so incredibly special. It exceeded all our expectations and then some.
Laura VargasLaura Vargas
20:26 30 Dec 23
My fiance and I had a fantastic experience going through Finer Custom Jewelry for our wedding bands. Shimon and Monica both worked to create our dream rings within our budget. Would definitely recommend if you are looking for affordable, high quality, fast, and wonderful service.
Jacquie LymanJacquie Lyman
04:17 28 Dec 23
10/10 would recommend Finer Jewelery! I needed a repair on my wedding ring, and also wanted my engagement ring and wedding band soldered together. The service was incredible and the communication was as promised. Shimon is so kind and warm and friendly! My ring came back looking brand new!
Paige DimakosPaige Dimakos
23:15 04 Oct 23
Wonderful experience and customer service. Look forward to working with Shimon in the future.
Homa NikoHoma Niko
22:23 26 Sep 23
It was very nice meeting Shimon, he was very helpful on pricing my sister's ring. Very understanding and knowledgeable on jewelry. Thank you so much Shimon.
Kyle RootKyle Root
20:13 21 Sep 23
Shimon is a great guy super knowledgeable and I will definitely be coming to him again for my jewelry needs.
Lauren Van GyselLauren Van Gysel
18:18 18 Sep 23
Shimone was SO helpful and accommodating when I was selling jewelry! 10/10 experience and will be back!! :)
Roman MendezRoman Mendez
22:55 06 Sep 23
Great place. Shimon really helped me get a great offer on my diamond bracelet
Matthew RamirezMatthew Ramirez
18:25 01 Sep 23
Shimone was a pleasure to work with. He was both reasonable and fair when it came to selling a ring that I had been sitting on for a while. I would highly recommend Finer Custom Jewelry if you’re looking to sell any pieces. Shimone will treat you well.
denise drakedenise drake
22:23 29 Aug 23
Great experience working with Shimon. He had expert ideas about how to manage some antique jewelry and was super and helping us find the right rings!
Pure Air Service AZPure Air Service AZ
18:36 29 Aug 23
Thank you Shimon for your patience with me.I called finer custom jewelry to find a diamond ring to Propose my girlfriend and Shimon was really helpful and profesional.Really recommend.She said yessssss 😊
17:17 29 Aug 23
This place is absolutely amazing. The Jeweler Shimon did a wonderful job when pricing and inspecting the jewelry I brought in for sale. Extremely knowledgeable and very personable. recommend everyone comes here!!
Shelby KarrelsShelby Karrels
23:14 21 Aug 23
My experience with Finer Curation Jewelry was nothing short of phenomenal. Buying, selling, and creating custom jewelry can be a stressful and pressuring experience. However, from the moment I walked into Finer Custom Jewelry, I felt like a valued client. Shimon was patient, knowledgeable, and made the process so much easier than I had expected. If you are looking for a jeweler you can trust, you will find them here!
Sarah KanitschSarah Kanitsch
18:35 15 Aug 23
Amazing service! Helped immediately with the ring I had. Wonderful guy!!
Shane CsiszarShane Csiszar
23:49 07 Aug 23
Shimon was a pleasure to work with! Made the process very easy and enjoyable. We picked a beautiful emerald diamond, and I could not be happier with the quality of his work! I highly recommend Finer Jewelry!
Lauryn ScusselLauryn Scussel
03:27 20 Jul 23
Thanks to Shimon I was able to give my mom her dream Mother’s ring. It was done quickly and efficiently with great communication and a stunning product. A great company for your custom jewelry needs!!
Ryan BerryRyan Berry
17:19 11 Jul 23
Shimon was great to work with. We made a custom ring exactly how I drew it and my fianceé loved it. Will definitely come back for my ring!
Lisa HilchieLisa Hilchie
20:37 09 Jul 23
Shimon was very kind and professional. He responded quickly to my initial email, worked with my schedule to make an appointment, and took the time to answer any questions I had. I'm very happy with my decision to go to him.
Eli Garcia (ELI)Eli Garcia (ELI)
18:32 26 Jun 23
Ring came out perfect my Fiancé loved it, it fit perfect, I’d highly recommend this jeweler, also Shimon was very communicative and gave updates on the ring every chance he had, couldn’t have had a better experience.
Michael NedlerMichael Nedler
00:17 19 Jun 23
I had a big wedding anniversary coming and wanted to do something special for my wife. A friend suggested Finer so I contacted them. What a wonderful experience...Shimon led me through the process of picking an amazing diamonds as well as the perfect ring. My wife couldn't have been happier and I felt like a hero. I feel like a got an incredible ring for the money and will be back for the next occasion!
Arianna DohertyArianna Doherty
16:51 14 Jun 23
I needed to get two rings appraised and the process was easy and convenient. Shimon was able to meet with me the same week and got me the written appraisals within 3 days. I did not need to leave the items with him as some other jewelers require. I'm very pleased with the ease of working with Shimon.
Kayla ThurberKayla Thurber
02:32 16 Mar 23
I would give Shimon at Finer Custom Jewelry 10 stars if I could! He created an entirely custom ring for my fiancé just based on one Google image photo that she provided me. Before working with Shimon, I assumed I would not be able to afford a custom ring, but I was able to choose everything for the ring and stay perfectly within my budget. It was a very personal experience to create this ring and I felt heard by Shimon the entire time. (He even texted me to congratulate me on my engagement!) And he produced the most wonderful, amazing ring that will last for a lifetime! One final note: as a woman proposing to another woman, I was nervous to be judged when purchasing a non-traditional engagement ring. Shimon made me feel SO comfortable and validated. I could not recommend his services enough.
Daniel GoldbergDaniel Goldberg
00:55 03 Mar 23
My entire experience with Shimon was incredible start to finish. I came in with just an idea of what I wanted for an engagement ring. He took the time to explain the different options, settings and styles that would match my idea. Needless to say, the ring turned out beautifully and she loved it. Most importantly, Shimon was honest and fair. We will definitely be going back for all of our future needs.
Sarah RisiSarah Risi
18:47 14 Feb 23
Shimon helped me elevate my engagement diamond to a beautiful channel set band with my birthstone sapphires. I couldn’t be happier with the quality of his work!
Kyle BelskiKyle Belski
23:50 07 Feb 23
Shimon is the man! He took the time to help us design my fiancé’s ring just the way she wanted it. She now gets compliments on her ring on a daily basis. Shimon also got us a high quality diamond at a more than fair price. I recommend Finer Jewelry for all of your jewelry needs!
Aalia FuellerAalia Fueller
19:49 07 Feb 23
I’ve been working with Shimon for a year. I had all my mother’s diamonds reset. He helped me recreate a ring setting that joined my mom and dads diamonds so I have them with me at all times. He repaired many pieces and restrung my mom’s pearls. He’s a true professional and an amazing person. He and his wife have created an awesome business.If you want to design your own piece or buy one, Finer Jewelry is the place to go!
Lena GonzalezLena Gonzalez
17:10 25 Jun 22
Thank you to Shimon for this amazing diamond ring!! If you’re struggling looking for a jeweler in Arizona, you have to choose Finer Jewelry! He was very attentive to what I wanted and made me feel listened to throughout the entire process. He was truly a pleasure to work with, I could not recommend him enough!
Dania KassabDania Kassab
18:43 09 Jun 22
I’ve been looking for a yellow diamond ring for a while now and I’m so glad I foundation Finer Jewelry!!! Shimon showed me a variety of diamonds and made sure I was in love with the specific stone and shade of the diamond. Shimon made sure to educate me on my purchase which I really appreciated because I honestly didn’t know much about diamonds before meeting with him. I could not be more obsessed with this ring, so thank you so much Shimon for helping me find my dream ring!!!
Ashley BoldAshley Bold
07:24 29 Jan 22
If you are looking for a jeweler in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, look no further. As we began shopping for an engagement ring we went to a number of different jewelers in the area but no one offered the same level of customer service as Shimon at Finer Jewelry! He was so helpful and caring throughout the entire process of designing my dream ring. I get so many compliments on my ring and it’s all thanks to Finer Jewelry!!
22:48 24 Dec 21
I was gifted diamonds from my mother and both grandmother’s wedding rings and I wanted to make my own wedding ring with them. I was able to schedule an appointment the following day and began working on the ring design. They were so thorough in making sure the fit and design was just right by making 3D imaging and wax molds for you to see before the ring is actually made. The whole process took about a month from start to finish and you can’t beat the price! I’m beyond happy with what they made for me. It’s truly something special.
18:36 14 Dec 21
After sharing our diamond CCC wish list with Shimon we sat back and waited. Shimon took us seriously and carefully watched the exchanges for "our stone". He found us a nearly flawless diamond that presented 30% larger than its weight! We then asked Shimon to craft a setting that required specially cut supplemental diamonds. Shimon's relationships with diamond cutters and his goldsmith made it possible for him to deliver our dream setting with our own "hope" diamond! Shimon is personable, very fun to work with and completely transparent. He and his stones are priceless!
Deanna HuntDeanna Hunt
17:35 04 Nov 21
Amazing experience. My favorite diamond jeweler in Scottsdale. A custom experience, fair prices, honest, top quality. What more can I say!
Candace HagermanCandace Hagerman
00:03 08 Sep 21
Shimon did an amazing job understanding what I wanted in my ring. After picking out my main stone he found two that perfectly coordinated. It turned out so much more than I hoped. Will definitely recommend and return.
Robbie BurtonRobbie Burton
23:20 03 Aug 21
I found the staff to be more than happy to assist in the design and creation of a true family heirloom. The process of collaboration with this jeweler was such a joy. Me and my family will treasure this for a lifetime. Thank you so much. A truly happy customer.