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Australian Brides Are Choosing Less Traditional Options For Rings
The image of our parents’ traditional gold or diamond engagement rings is far cry from the choices that are popular today. Australian women are leaning towards ethically sourced stones and are turning away from the typical iced-out diamond ring. There is also a rising demand for bespoke ring design, which has led to more jewellers to offer ring redesign and customisation.
Coloured gemstones and native stones like the opal and tourmaline are becoming more popular picks for tying the knot. The old philosophy of ‘the bigger, the better’ is no longer in vogue with brides. Now it’s about minimalist rings or stackable, dainty pieces that you can wear every day. This shift in engagement ring styles has been met by designers like ToniMay, Hannah Stewart’s HLSK and Fairina Cheng, who all focus on organic shapes inspired by nature and special stories.
Many of these new jewellers also cater to grooms, shaping unique men’s wedding rings with discreet stones and interesting finishes. Once a very expensive service, customising rings has now become much more accessible and affordable for happy couples in Australia!
7 Unique Engagement Rings You Can’t Say No To!
1. Peach Perfection: Goodbye Diamonds, Hello Morganites!
For The Woman Who Wants A Classic With A Twist
Based in Melbourne, James and Irisa make beautiful stackable rings and opal pieces. We love their dainty custom engagement rings that stand out from the usual sparklers. This emerald-cut peach morganite ring costs a reasonable $AUD2,100, is all-natural, and set in 9k rose gold. They also offer free resizing!
2. Not Your Traditional Diamond Ring
An Interesting Cut For Your Usual Icy Gems
Sydney jeweller Grew and Co. have some of our favourite diamond ring designs. Their in-house design crafts unique ring designs that are stackable and perfect for minimalist brides. This bespoke diamond ring caught our eye: a Step Cut diamond in a 14ct yellow gold bezel setting. Priced at $AUD2,250, it’s a more accessible but showy option among the many on their site.
3. A Halo Ring That Will Catch Anyone’s Eye
Handcrafted For A Bride Who Wants A Modern, But Luxe Ring
Halo settings are meant to enhance the brilliance and sparkle of the centre stone. The Annalise ring from HLSK is just one of many unique diamond rings on the Melbourne-based jeweller’s site. This white gold design combines a clear white sapphire with twelve white diamonds, creating full shimmer with a reasonable price tag of $AUD3,800.
4. This Scarlet Stunner Will Get Any Woman To Say Yes
There’s A Reason Why Red Is The Colour Of Romance
A quick peek at Melbourne jeweller Suzi Zutic’s site shows passion for exotic stones and handcrafted designs. Though we were intrigued by their signet designs and hammered gold rings, we fell in love immediately with the Garanatus ring, which is priced at $AUD2,750. Made with 18ct yellow gold and a princess cut garnet, the vibrant red stone is shown off to full brilliance in its simple prong setting.
5. A 1950s Ring That’s As Stylish As Ever
When Your Bride Wants Some Vintage Glam
Natalie Marie Jewellery has some of the prettiest classic diamond rings we’ve seen. While we love their traditional rings, their site features custom collections and curated pieces that make for unusual, one-of-a-kind engagement rings. This Estelle ring is a vintage piece made with a ruby, Victorian onyx, and round diamonds set in yellow gold. Priced at $AUD1,600, it combines history and romance into one dainty ring!
6. This Ring Will Make Every Other Bride Green With Envy
A Bold Choice For A Trendsetting Woman
Raffini Jewellers is known for its interesting diamond settings, but they also make engagement rings with coloured gemstones! This beautiful ring can be made of 18ct white or yellow gold, with a 2.27ct emerald-cut green tourmaline flanked by two round diamonds. It reminds us a lot of Michelle Yeoh’s famous emerald ring in Crazy Rich Asians, but this comes at a more reasonable price tag of $AUD3,750. You can also ask them to design engagement rings for you on their official website.
7. Get Closer To Nature With This Ethically-Made Ring
Water-Inspired Jewellery For The Bohemian Bride
This River Crossing ring by Mijatu features recycled 9ct or 14ct yellow gold for Australia, with nine ethically-sourced local diamonds meant to mimic the shapes of small pebbles and the sparkle of a moving river. As each diamond sourced by Mijatu varies in size, no two River Crossing rings will ever be exactly the same. The price for this ring starts at $AUD995, and they can provide authentication for the origin of all their stones. Find out more about them on their site!