17 Unconventional Engagement Rings That Aren't Diamonds

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It’s the age of ‘anything goes’, and that means you should be able to wear whatever the hell makes you happy. Age-old tradition suggests that an engagement ring should cost the equivalent of three months’ salary. Who can even afford that, right? Couples all over the world, and from all walks of life, are opting for anything but traditional engagement rings.

An engagement ring doesn’t have to be a diamond, in a traditional setting. As a young couple, starting out, you may want to opt for a more unconventional ring approach that you can then replace with something a little more expensive over time.


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In South Africa, we have an abundance of local jewellers with very unique offerings at affordable prices. Franchise jewellery stores are also becoming more conscious of the ‘bride on a budget’. Diamonds may be ‘forever’, but so are other varieties of semi-precious stones. For example, if you want the diamond look but can’t afford it, Swarovski crystals are a great alternative. If you are into making a statement – look to bold gems like Emeralds or Tanzanites.

LBH though, at the end of the day, slipping a little reference pic to your groom-to-be could work in your favour, which is why we’ve put together an edit of 17 timeless and unconventional engagement rings that are all under R10 000.

Shop 17 Unconventional Engagement Rings Under R10 000:

1. The Blushin Bride

This 9ct rose gold ring with pink amethyst is the perfect purchase for the girl who loves a touch of pink.

R7 499 American Swiss SHOP NOW

2. Togetha 4 Eva

Sterling silver and diamond encrusted; this ‘together’ ring is a flawless purchase.

R9 950 Thomas Sabo SHOP NOW

3. Shades of Blue

This aquamarine and topaz cluster ring is made up of 7 shades of exquisite gems and set in solid gold.

R6 595 Kelly Jay Jewellery SHOP NOW

4. Star-Struck

Part of the Lucky collection, this stackable ring sees a 18kt gold ring and features a  0.03ct round brilliant cut white diamond.

R8 490 Kirsten Goss SHOP NOW

5. The Bling Ring

Make a statement with the Nirvana ring- a fully-cut Swarovski crystal and stainless steel ring.

R2 690 Swarovski SHOP NOW

6. Three Times the Charm

This 9ct yellow gold ring trilogy is adorned with cubic zirconias.   The gold hardware ensures that the zirconias can be replaced with diamonds over the years; if you wish so.

R3 299 American Swiss SHOP NOW

7. Aquamarine

This 9ct yellow gold, blue topaz ring makes a subtle statement and is a perfect option for dainty hands.

R2 500 Famke SHOP NOW

8. Frost Yourself

For the old soul, this sterling silver and moissanite (a rare mineral) ring is perfect for the more eclectic femme.

R6 999 Sterns SHOP NOW

9. Golden Globe

The Moselle ring is another statement piece that is super eye-catching, yet timeless.

R1 990 Swarovski SHOP NOW

10. Bands Make Her Dance

This diamond eternity band from Browns is one you will never want to replace.

R9 495 Browns SHOP NOW

11. Tanzanite Tales

This tanzanite and sterling silver ring, supported by  white sapphires, is an update on the traditional  engagement ring setting.

R3 799 American Swiss SHOP NOW

12. Green with Envy

This stunning 9ct yellow gold ring features an emerald stone that you will treasure forever.

R3 299 Sterns SHOP NOW

13. I See You

For the alternative bride; this rose-gold evil-eye ring adorned with Swarovski crystals is the perfect fit!

R1 490 Swarovski SHOP NOW

14. Princess Party

A 9ct yellow gold and cubic zirconia beauty for the bling lover!

R5 499 Sterns SHOP NOW

15. Smoke and Mirrors

A 9ct yellow gold ring with smokey quartz is a great alternative to an emerald or sapphire ring.


R4 500 Dear Rae SHOP NOW

16. Stacked

This ‘ring threesome’ comes in a set of white, cognac and black diamonds.

R8 100 Dear Rae SHOP NOW

17. 'Til Death

Another one for the alternative bride – this skull ring in solid gold is  both dainty and fab.

R6 305 Black Betty SHOP NOW

Read: 18 Celeb Engagement Rings That Give Us ALL the Feels

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