Unique Engagement Rings

To finish up this month that has been jam-packed with engagement information, I thought it would be great to interview a jeweler to get an insider scoop on engagement rings! I sat down with Jenifer Thai of IO Collective, and she went over everything there is to know about unique rings. We go over what styles are great for what kind of bride and why, plus popular stones that aren’t diamonds!

Which stones are great for engagement rings and why?

Of course, diamonds are an excellent stone because of their hardness. This is why they’ve become so popular for an engagement ring – they last a long time without any chipping or cracking. I also love to recommend sapphires because of their unique colors. Emeralds and tourmalines are both beautifully understated stones as well. These stones are a great alternative to diamonds. If you’re dead set on a diamond though, consider looking into ‘rustic diamonds.’

Rustic diamonds are diamonds characterized by their number of inclusions. Inclusions are small “imperfections” inside the diamond caused by extreme heat and pressure while they are formed deep within the earth.

stunning diamond engagement ring on top of hand drawn wedding invitation, winter bridal bouquet Pantone color of the year ultra violet purple intimate Lake Como, Italy wedding elopement , photography by Jenny fu

What stones are most popular right now? Why do you think they have become popular?

Moissanite is on the rise as a unique engagement ring diamond replacement. While Moissanite isn’t a type of diamond, it’s also not a diamond imposter (like cubic zirconia). Moissanite is its own unique gemstone. Like the diamond, it’s also scarce. However, in recent years, the Moissanite has taken center stage in jewelry as a substitute to the diamond because of its lower price point.

What kinds of metals work best for engagement rings?

Gold and platinum are ideal for engagement rings. Gold is excellent for any jewelry because it does not react with atmospheric moisture, meaning it does not rust.


Platinum is a naturally white precious metal. Its strength and resistance to tarnishing make it the ideal setting for diamonds and other gemstones!

IO Collective engagement rings, shot by Jenny Fu Studio

What kinds of settings are most popular for engagement rings?

Four and six-prong solitaire engagement rings are the most popular, hands down. But even within these styles, there are so many options. Prongs are a small metal claw that holds the center diamond in place on the ring. Prongs vary—from rounded or flat to V-shaped—but the sole purpose is to keep the most crucial piece of your ring in place.

The number of prongs you pick can influence how your diamond engagement ring looks to the eye. A four-prong setting makes your diamond the center of attention. Plus, it allows for less metal on your ring. When it comes to four-prong versus six-prong, it all comes down to personal preference!

Close up view of diamond studded engagement ring and wedding band

What will never go out of style?

The most timeless and classic ring is the 18kt white gold solitaire setting with a diamond center.

What makes a great engagement ring? 

In all honesty, a diamond and gold band are great for longevity. But at the end of the day, your engagement ring should be as unique as you are!

diamone engagement ring in baby blue velvet ring box sitting on top of cherry blossoms

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