Out Of The Box Engagement Ring Designers
Engagement rings are so synonymous to that happy ending most every girl fantasizes about that we don't even think twice when we come across those ring selfies on social media. Yet every tradition has a history and every history has a beginning.
Tradition of giving fiancée engagement ring was introduced by Maximilian of Austria in 1477. He gave his soon-to-be wife Mary of Burgundy masterfully crafted ring as a promise of marriage.
Giving your bride-to-be a ring was a custom that went back slightly further in that, though. In the 14th century a man might give his intended a ring engraved with both of their names, and she might offer him a stocking in return — because he was going to get to see her legs soon!
Today in modern times the tradition remains strong however options have gone far beyond the basic solitaire to accommodate the vastly unique personalities and tastes of future brides to be.
Here are some contemporary designers who are breaking the mold with their out of the box sparklers.
Sarahdigm Shifts Jewelry
Sculptural jewelry encasing fine gemstone specimens, wedding rings, wirework and fabrication. Sarahdigm has been honing her craft for the past 9 years.
Striking pieces by this Los Angeles designer elegantly play to the shape of the finger, with graceful styles that wrap, outline, and float. Most come in shiny rose, yellow, and white gold, accented with sparkly diamonds, from $1,500.
Blanca Monros Gomez
This Barcelona-born talent is focused on minimizing waste in production, so she crafts exclusively with recycled gold and recycled or conflict-free diamonds. Everything's made by hand in NYC with a number of very pretty rings for under $1,000 and some that will hit your wallet a little harder of course.
The Classics collection from this Greek jeweler include plenty of delicate pieces with little twists: two-finger styles, a flattened D shape with the option to conceal stones.
Sopie bille Brahe
Based in Copenhagen, this jeweler's work is elegant, architectural, and full of natural and historical references like constellations and ancient Egypt. A stunning mix of materials heightens the effect.
A pair of sisters who grew up in Mexico City but have since relocated to LA (where they produce the line) run this "everyday statement" jewelry company. They pack a ton of personality into barely-there bands, which feature details like two-tone stones and double finger fits.
The custom work by this Brooklyn jeweler might actually blow you out of your seat, it's that special. Vintage and ethically-sourced stones marry in cluster styles, and all scraps created in production are repurposed.