Choosing a Nontraditional Engagement Ring

While the majority of men buying engagement rings in the Cary and Raleigh area still go for traditional colorless diamonds, nontraditional ring choices are on the rise. Men will sometimes consider the future bride’s favorite color when choosing a stone, or perhaps he wishes to feature her birthstone. Nontraditional rings are perfect for the girl who takes pride in her sense of individuality and isn’t afraid of making a bold fashion statement. Still not sure if you’re ready to take the plunge and go for something other than a colorless diamond? Here are some celebrities whose engagement rings are anything but ordinary.

Mark Zuckerberg

When Zuckerberg decided to tie the knot with his girlfriend of nine years, Priscilla Chan, he designed a simple band featuring a ruby instead of the traditional colorless diamond.  Considering Priscilla’s Chinese heritage, Zuckerberg likely chose the ruby with the cultural significance of the stone in mind.  In China, rubies represent wisdom and good fortune. Below is Chan’s ring (left) and our version of the perfect ruby engagement ring (right).



Kate Middleton

After becoming engaged to Charles Windsor in 1981, Princess Diana chose a stunning oval 18-carat blue sapphire and white diamond ring (left). When it came time for Prince William to propose to Kate Middleton in 2012, he chose his late mother’s engagement ring, ensuring that Diana “didn’t miss out” on the special day.  We think our Sapphire and Diamond Halo ring (right) comes pretty close to the iconic royal engagement ring.



Carrie Underwood

Hockey player Mike Fisher popped the question to Carrie Underwood with a stunning yellow diamond engagement ring (left), a choice that really compliments her classic, yet modern style. If you’re thinking about going for a nontraditional engagement ring, but you’re not quite ready to go for a bold ruby or sapphire, a yellow diamond may be just the right amount of color for you.  Consider our Ester Yellow Diamond Ring- it will take her breath away (right).


Unlike any other jewelry store in Cary or Raleigh, we specialize in custom making jewelry. As you’re choosing your nontraditional engagement ring, J.M. Edwards Jewelry will walk you through the custom design process from start to finish, so you can be sure you’re getting exactly what’s right for your one of a kind bride.