Quick, think about symbols of marriage! If rings come to mind, they should. Nearly 1.7 million couples got married in 2020, and nearly every married person left the altar with a ring on their finger. This makes it hard to find truly unique engagement rings. Yet you shouldn’t panic. You have many different options for rings, some of which may not be obvious to you.

What can you put on your rings besides diamonds? How can you create interesting clashes of color, texture, and shape? How can you personalize your rings?

Get the facts and you can choose an engagement ring that speaks to you and your love. Here is your comprehensive guide.

Look at Diamond Alternatives

Many non-traditional rings forgo diamonds for a different kind of gem. You can put nearly any type of gem in your rings, but a few stand out as good choices.

Moissanite is a rare mineral with a metallic luster and a greenish gray color. If you want a ring that looks modern and classy, you should consider putting moissanite in your ring. You can cut the gem any way you want, allowing it to resemble a diamond.

You can find many different colors of cubic zirconia, including gems that resemble cut glass. The gems are very hard, so they will remain durable in your rings for years to come.

You can always go for a classic gem like rubies or sapphires. You can find rare versions of these gemstones to put in your rings. Star sapphires have star-like patterns on them, making them extremely eye-catching.

Change the Color of Your Diamonds

Engagement rings are traditionally gold, so an easy way to make your rings non-traditional is to change the colors. Rose red is a classic color for love, and you can make the diamonds and bands rose red. Pink is another traditional symbol of love, so pink diamond engagement rings are very popular.

You don’t have to select just one color. You can select multi-colored diamonds or diamonds that act like prisms, refracting the light to create rainbows.

If you want to call attention to the color of your diamond, you can select a different-colored band or setting. A blue diamond can pop out against a red or orange band.

Look at Opal Stones

Opal stones are famous for their play of colors. You can find an opal gem with bright yellows and oranges next to dark blues and browns. Opal’s luster is milky, and it can reflect a little light, creating a ghostly appearance.

Opal has many different symbolic meanings. In some cultures, opal gems bring out a person’s true self and protect the wearer in dangerous situations.

Other cultures associate opal with bad luck. Before you buy a ring with an opal stone, think about how your family and friends would perceive them.

Consider Dark Stones

Dark stones are bold choices for your rings. They can be too stark for some people’s tastes, so take a look at a few dark stones before you make your selection.

Black sapphire is one of the most popular choices for dark stones on engagement rings, in part because it is very cheap. The stone is almost opaque, so it absorbs nearly all light that enters it. You can find stones that look dark blue, which can be a little less imposing.

Onyx is similar in color and texture to black sapphire. It is a softer stone, so it is easier to cut into different shapes.

Select Birthstones

You can personalize your rings by putting your birthstones on your rings. Take a look at a birthstone chart and see what your choices are.

You can select the birthstone from your month, or you can make selections based on zodiac signs. Each day of the week also has its own birthstone, and these stones include unusual choices like cat’s eye and carnelian.

You can put your birthstone and your spouse’s birthstone on the same rings. This is a subtle way to suggest the bond with your partner, and it can create an unusual aesthetic. You can even cut your birthstones into the shapes of hearts and have them face each other.

Try a Fancy Shape

Round or square center stones can be effective, but other shapes can add style and interesting clashes in textures. A hexagon stone has six sides, which can make your stone seem larger.

A kite-shaped stone has four sides, two of which are longer than the other two. Very few people have stones like these, so they can be eye-catching, but some people may find them too unusual. If you want a similar and less jarring shape, you can get a stone with four sides of equal length.

A marquise-shaped stone is similar to an oval stone. But its tips are pointed and the stone is more elongated than an oval stone.

Add a Hidden Meaning to Your Rings

You can personalize your rings in other ways as well. You can slip a hidden gemstone into the band, including birthstones.

You can engrave a message inside the band. Most people engrave their names in their bands, but you can customize the message however you want. “I am beside you” and “My One and Only” are two great messages.

You can buy three-stone engagement rings. One stone can represent the past, one can represent the present, and the third can represent the future. You can select a classic gem like an opal stone for the past, your favorite gem for the present, and a diamond or piece of glass to represent the future.

Orient Your Stone to the East and West

Stones on standard rings run north and south, parallel to your fingers and perpendicular to the band. You can change how your stone is facing so it runs east and west.

This is a good idea if you want an oval gem on your ring. The east-west orientation gives your gem more room and allows it to stand out against your fingers.

You can select a rectangular gem as well for an east-west orientation. Make sure the gem is not too big so you can move your finger in all directions.

Get a Creative Ring Setting

Your ring setting determines the style of your ring as a whole. You can use your setting to call attention to your stone or enhance a particular component of your stone.

A channel setting relies on small diamonds inside a cut channel that runs through your band. These small diamonds can create an interesting clash with your largest diamond if you get diamonds of different colors or textures. Each diamond can fit inside of a small lip, protecting it from damage.

Pavé settings use several small gems or diamonds to accentuate the main gem. These small gems catch the light and create sparkles. Put some space in between each gem so each one is visible, as they can be hard to tell apart from a distance.

If you want to create a halo effect for your gem, you can select a halo setting. Several accent gems encircle your center gem and shine in the light.

If you want to have a few large gems or diamonds on your ring, you can get a side stone setting. One medium-size gem goes on each side of your largest gem. You can select three of the same gem or three different gems.

You can also go for the opposite approach. You can have a few small gems on your ring, calling attention to your band instead. This creates a low-profile ring you can wear with many outfits.

Select an Interesting Band

You are not required to have a circular or oval ring band. Your band can be square, rectangular, or any other shape you want, as long as you can fit your finger inside it.

You can also add design features like twists, which encircle your gem and symbolize you and your partner coming together in marriage. Swirls can have a similar effect, and putting gems or diamonds on the swirls allows them to create halos around your finger.

Traditional bands are gold, but you can select platinum or another material. The material you select should be durable and sturdy enough to hold your gem. Yet you can experiment with wood, palladium, and tungsten.

Purchase Unique Engagement Rings

Unique engagement rings can be very special. You should stay away from diamonds and opt for a bolder choice like birthstones or opal gems.

Cut your gemstones into different shapes, including hearts and kites. Select a setting that creates sparkles and draws attention to your ring as a whole.

You can even experiment with the shape of your ring and the material of your band. You can put your gem in an east-west orientation instead of a north-south one.

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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.