The ring - this small piece of jewelry can have a big impact on one's overall look. While the diamond solitaire is a timeless classic, making a big style statement often requires jewelry that is a bit more unconventional. It's about more than just choosing a rare colored gemstone or considering a retro setting. Modern twists on classic favorites and innovative design aesthetics can help a ring truly stand out. From elaborate settings and exquisite cuts to thoroughly modern designs, these unique rings are perfect for adding a wow-factor to your ensemble.
Whatever your particular style, we have assembled 11 unconventional and extraordinary rings for you to enjoy. From rarely seen cuts to highly modern designs, these antique rings are perfect for eschewing a little tradition and trying something daring. Continue reading to view this exceptional collection.
With its undulating curves and graceful design, this highly unique ring is the perfect piece to kick off our list of unique settings. The ring is part of Bulgari's celebrated "Diva" collection, which draws its inspiration from both notions of femininity and the mosaics of ancient Rome. Sixty-one round brilliant-cut diamonds totaling approximately 1.15 carats are embedded in the 18K rose gold setting.
This highly unique twin stone ring perfectly highlights two exceptional gemstones. A rare and impactful 4.12-carat Paraiba tourmaline makes a statement in and of itself with its brilliant aqua color - these gems are among the most vibrant gemstones in the world with their signature neon blue-green color. The dynamic pear-shaped jewel is paired with a 2.93-carat white diamond of D color with VS1 clarity, while an additional 1.05 carats of round brilliant-cut diamonds surround the jewels and travel down the entire band of its hand-crafted platinum mounting.
This monumental ring presents a whole different take on the Paraiba tourmaline. The highly unique 9.47-carat stone in this ring is a triangular cabochon Paraiba tourmaline, meaning it is polished but not faceted. The finish lends the gem a highly modern look, particularly when set into its bold, bombe-style 18K gold setting. Additional Paraiba tourmalines totaling 1.47 carats and white diamonds totaling 3.19 carats add even more sparkle along the band.
Now this ring is FIERCE! Part of the famed "Panthère de Cartier" Collection, this piece expresses a perfect blend of fearlessness and femininity. Black enamel “panther” spots Inspired by the hide of its namesake encircle the 18K gold setting, which supports a brilliant sugarloaf cabochon-cut citrine weighing approximately 4.30 carats. Round brilliant-cut diamond accents flank the golden gemstone, lending a hint of glamour to the exotic and bold design.
Burma Ruby Blue Steel Ring
Usually it's the stone that makes a ring truly pop, but this ruby and diamond ring proves the setting is just as important. The 4.61-carat Burma ruby at its center displays an unparalleled purplish-red color that is only enhanced by its stone-led setting. Formed from blue steel embedded by white diamond accents, it lends the ruby bezel-set at its center even more vivid intensity.
Heart-shaped diamonds are among the rarest shapes around, and this orangy-pink diamond is perfectly suited to the shape. The peachy-hued stone has an undeniable romantic appeal that is further enhanced by the impressive bombe-style setting. Green garnets and additional pink diamonds enhance the stone's natural hue, while the 18K yellow gold setting is engraved with a romantic, Art Nouveau-style design.
New York-based Fred Leighton is a famed jewelry designer to the stars, and this ring by the celebrated jeweler would certainly be at home on the red carpet. The piece brings together an exceptionally rare Colombian emerald with a daring and bold design. The sculptural setting is crafted of 18K yellow gold, and also features an array of brilliant yellow diamonds. This ring is all about high drama!
Both highly modern and timelessly romantic, this ring is perfect for the modern love affair. Two remarkably rare heart-shaped diamonds intersect in the bypass ring. The setting is crafted of 18K white gold combined with the highly unique choice of titanium, which, along with the sapphires accents, lends this one-of-a-kind ring its blue hue.
This one is really a throwback! Created during the Mughal Empire (14th to 17th century), the ring features a carved 11.85-carat Colombian emerald that is bezel set into a bold 22K yellow gold setting.
Not only does the 23.30-carat aquamarine make a BIG impact in this ring, but the setting is just as dramatic. Crafted in a rope-like design, the 18K gold setting appears to embrace the monumental stone and its brilliant diamond accents.
More than any other ring on our list, this one will truly set you apart from the crowd. Crafted of palladium and 18K gold, the macabre ring takes the form of a skull. White diamonds surround the macabre figure's dark spinel eyes, while brown and black diamonds add bold contrast to the skull's crown. One of our spookiest pieces, it's the perfect ring for the wild child.