11 Stunning Alternative Engagement Rings

Every love story is unique: For the bride, an alternative engagement ring becomes her outward symbol of a one-of-a-kind love. Unusual rings are embraced by the bride who requires statement-making jewelry, and her choice of style runs the gamut from quietly minimalistic to exuberantly ornate.

Sure, the white round diamond has long been the classic engagement ring, but many gorgeous options exist beyond that typical style. Some are rendered unique due their setting design, be it modern or vintage-inspired. Others stand out due to their metal, ranging from rose gold to a highly-polished platinum band. A constellation of gemstones is there for one's choosing, including deeply red rubies, ink-toned sapphires, blushing morganites and opalescent pearls. Here, we've selected the most stunning alternative engagement rings from Nordstrom, Macy's, Neiman Marcus and more.

Carelle Whirl 18k Gold 2-Diamond Ring Neiman Marcus photo

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Carelle Whirl 18k Gold 2-Diamond Ring

Is he twirling around your heart? If so, then "whirl" is the word for your love story. Tell it with this impossibly chic ring from Carelle's Whirl Collection, which includes a variety of rings and necklaces frozen while "whirling" through the air. We love this ring's modern movement made perfect for the minimalist bride, complete with two found diamonds set in an 18-karat yellow gold band with a satin finish. Put this baby on your finger, then announce your engagement on Instagram! ($1,350; neimanmarcus.com)

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Annello by Kobelli 10k White Gold 1/4ct TDW Heart Cluster with Invisible Set Princess Center Diamond Engagement Ring Overstock photo

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Annello by Kobelli 10k White Gold 1/4ct TDW Heart Cluster with Invisible Set Princess Center Diamond Engagement Ring

You have your heart set on him, so wouldn't it be apropos if he got you a heart-shaped engagement ring? We think so, and this one is perfect. While there are many different diamond cuts, this ring's center is comprised of a cluster of diamonds that form a heart shape. Four princess-cut diamonds are tiled together at the center and surrounded by 15 round-cut diamonds. The ring is made of solid 10-karat white gold and is finished with a high polish. Bonus: The diamonds are all conflict-free. ($431; overstock.com)

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Mikimoto 18-karat-Gold Diamond Flower Ring Nordstrom photo

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Mikimoto 18-karat-Gold Diamond Flower Ring

Made by the Japanese jewelry firm Mikimoto, this ring is from the brand's Cherry Blossom collection that celebrates springtime in Japan, when the iconic trees bloom wildly. We love the details on this 18-karat-gold ring, which presents a modern take on the brand's historic motif. The petal metal work creates a floral bouquet, complete with a tiny butterfly, that sparkles with the strength of 62 pavé diamonds. How romantic! ($2,600; nordstrom.com)

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Mile Gem Pear-Shaped Emerald Engagement Ring in 14k Rose Gold Etsy photo

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Mile Gem Pear-Shaped Emerald Engagement Ring in 14k Rose Gold

An emerald ring is such a glamorous choice as the center stone for an engagement, whether or not you were born in May and it's your birthstone. The ring is made of solid 14 karat gold, although other metals are available. We love the drama of the pear-shaped lab-treated emerald that weights in at a whopping 1.30 carats. This stone is trimmed with round-cut natural conflict-free diamonds. Bonus: The emerald is gorgeous, but it can be replaced with other birthstones too. ($552; etsy.com)

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Mikimoto Japan Collections Diamond & Pearl Cluster Ring Nordstrom photo

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Mikimoto Japan Collections Diamond & Pearl Cluster Ring

Simultaneously modern and delicate, this 18-karat gold ring is topped by a cluster of Akoya pearls, produced by Japan's Akoya oysters and prized for their brilliant luster and rich color. We love this intricate setting, which is trimmed in bezel-set diamonds. It looks like a puffy white cloud pierced with rays of starlight. ($1,800; nordstrom.com)

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Morganite and Diamond Ring in 14k Rose Gold Macys photo

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Morganite (5/8 ct. t.w.) and Diamond (1/6 ct. t.w.) Ring in 14k Rose Gold

Morganite is a pink colored gemstone that is the perfect shade of blush. From the gemstone family called Beryl, which includes emeralds and aquamarines, the pale pink morganite stone is an affordable gem that looks similar to a white diamond. We love this delicate setting, accented by diamond round accents, because it includes tiny hearts designed subtly within the metal work. ($900; macys.com)

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Kabella 18kt yellow gold oval Ruby and Round Diamonds Vintage Ring overstock photo

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Kabella 18kt yellow gold oval Ruby and Round Diamonds Vintage Ring

If you want glamour, this ruby-and-diamond ring is it. Designed in a vintage-style setting, it is made of 18-karat yellow gold with a high gloss finish. Rubies, a classic favorite among royalty, range in color from pink to a deep red, a crimson hue that was first described by the English in 1839. The oval ruby on this ring is placed into an overall marquise setting that is perfect for a bride who loves a vintage retro look. ($1,190; overstock.com)

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Macy's Sapphire and Diamond Ring in 14k White Gold macys photo

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Macy's Sapphire and Diamond Ring in 14k White Gold

Blue sapphire rings became even more popular once Kate Middleton received her engagement heirloom from Prince William, whose mother, Princess Diana, had worn it. Sapphires are durable stones, so they make for a fine engagement ring. This oval sapphire is housed in a particularly intricate setting that enhances its beauty. Its beauty is further increased with brilliant diamond rounds and channel set sapphires. ($920 - $2300; macys.com)

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Opal Triplet & Diamond Ring in 14k Rose Gold macys photo

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Opal Triplet & Diamond Ring in 14k Rose Gold

The dramatic, mystical opal is so endlessly artful that it truly belongs to a colorful, creative, artsy or Bohemian bride. The myriad tones found within the round opal make for an unforgettable display. The stone is enhanced by the shimmery sparkle of round-shape diamonds. Made of glowing 14-karat rose gold, it is destined to become an heirloom. ($484.39 - $1,101; macys.com)

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Hueb Luminus 18k White Gold Diamond Stemmed Ring Hueb ring from the Luminus Collection Neiman Marcus photo

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Hueb Luminus 18k White Gold Diamond Stemmed Ring Hueb ring from the Luminus Collection

Check out the dramatic display of prong-set diamonds that sweep across this setting from the stemmed center. The polished 18-karat white gold hardware is the star of this production, creating a setting that is inspired by the Rio Carnival of Brazil, where this ring was made. The ring is finished with a shimmering punctuation of diamonds that leap forward like fireworks. Gorgeous! ($2,090; neimanmarcus.com)

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Macy's Pink Sapphire & Diamond Ring in 14k Rose Gold Macys photo

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Macy's Pink Sapphire (1 ct. t.w.) & Diamond (1/5 ct. t.w.) Ring in 14k Rose Gold

This fabulous, definitively decadent ring truly will command your attention when he proposes. The oval-shape sapphire in a deliciously rosy hue simply celebrates the glamour of pink. Not only is this impressive pink sapphire surrounded by diamond rounds, it is set in a pretty rose gold frame of more diamond rounds. ($2,549 ; macys.com)

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