Unconventional Engagement Rings

You may have seen the disastrous engagement ring story that’s been making its way around the web recently—it’s about a woman who posted on Facebook asking her community what to do about the fact that she hates the ring her fiancé picked out. At first, most people’s reaction (mine included) would likely be along the lines of “oh come on, be grateful, it’s about the engagement, not the ring” but especially after seeing this ring, we beg to differ.

Engagement rings should be a reflection of your personality, individuality, and your relationship—your partnership with your soon-to-be spouse. That being said, we know how many different styles there are to choose from for this once-in-a-lifetime piece of jewelry, and we’re here to help make sure you have the perfect ring for your unique personality and lifestyle.

So you have a unique look, or you’re a sculptor whose hands are covered in clay on a regular basis, or maybe you just aren’t a big fan of diamonds—you’re going to want a ring that suits everything that is unique about you. We want you to be happy with every aspect of your engagement ring—material, color, practicality and all. Maybe you’re looking to stray as far away from the norm as possible, or maybe you just want something a little bit different, either way the jewelers at SHJ have what you’re looking for. Seriously though, whatever you want, we’ll help you find it or design it.

With custom jewelry, the possibilities are as endless and diverse as our customers are unique and stylish. Here are some options to keep in mind whether you’re on the hunt for a unique ring or looking for inspiration to design your very own one-of-a-kind engagement ring.

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Sometimes diamonds aren’t a girl's best friend

Which is totally fine because there are so many other types of gems to choose from! Add some color to your newly engaged life. Consider a sapphire or ruby instead of the traditional diamond.




Wood you marry me?

Maybe you’re allergic to silver, maybe you don’t like the way metal rings clink against your wine glass, or maybe your family owns an apple orchard and you want to utilize some wood from an old tree. Whatever the reason, wooden rings, while more popular for men, can also be elegant, durable, and detailed.



Get down to earth

Mother earth is the ultimate producer of beauty, and in the age of environmental awareness and the #nomakeup movement and you may want to go “au naturale.” No, we don’t mean getting married naked, we mean back to nature, where crystals and precious stones come from. Maybe you can even find a way to align your chakras with your engagement ring!


Step outside the box!

Or rather, the circle. More and more rings are being designed in fun, innovative shapes that you’d be hard pressed to find another person with has an engagement ring like yours. We love this ring from Levian. While stylistically fairly simple, it’s still unlike anything we’ve ever seen on a bride-to-be’s finger.

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Ring around the…Rubber?

One of the newer alternative options we’ve seen are Rubber rings — these are perfect for those who would have to take their rings off to live their day to day lives, like a chef, nurse, or sculptor. Rubber rings, made from silicone so it’s flexible, durable, and easy to clean. Maybe you tend you lose your jewelry often, some couples wear these as alternative rings for when wearing precious metals isn’t conducive to their lifestyle or their forgetfulness.

From the most traditional brides to the most unconventional, we’re here to encourage you to choose a ring that suits you, not the confines of what an engagement ring “should” be. The whole process of your search should boil down to finding a ring that you will be proud to wear for the rest of your life, just as you have chosen a partner you will be proud to stand by ‘til death do you part.