Unique Bride, Are You? Here's How to Make Sure Your Engagement Ring Is Too

Courtesy of Mociun
Courtesy of Mociun
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These days, when we talk about unique engagement rings, we aren't just referencing rose gold bands. The 2020 bride, especially when interested in fashion, seems to want more than a classic diamond. Believe it or not, it's way more "on trend" to search for something that resembles an eye-catching cocktail ring, because women desire to stand out, and there's nothing wrong with that.

We talked to Caitlin Mociun, founder of fine jewelry brand Mociun, about the interesting turn, mostly because she's one of the leaders in the "dare to be different" phase we're entering in the jewelry world. Caitlin's number one tip for being bold? Play around with sapphires:

"[Sapphires] come in almost every color of the rainbow. We seek out the most interesting shapes and colors, like bicolor or kaleidoscope. They're the most versatile stone type that's appropriate for engagement rings because they're almost as durable as diamonds, so a safe choice for daily wear. Plus, many of our sapphires are ethically mined in Montana's Rock Creek region and considered fair trade," Caitlin said, speaking about her own collection.

After scoping out the current market we found she wasn't wrong — there are a whole lot of interesting designs out there that center around sapphire stones. But there are plenty more nontraditional details to look for — and Caitlin's naming her favorite ahead. Take it from a pro, if you want to impress with your sparkler, look for all of the below, and none of what you've already seen before.

Tip 1: Play With and Source Sapphires

"These pear cut sapphires from Sri Lanka weren't matched originally, I just had them in my inventory and liked them paired together. I separated them with pave set diamonds for interest and sparkle."

Tip 2: Padparadscha Sapphires Are Interesting and Rare

"Padparadscha sapphires are rare and can be quite expensive, so it's awesome to be able to work with that stone. I feel it looks beautiful clustered with more sapphires in juicy, bold colors."

Tip 3: Art Deco Is In

"Recently I've been inspired by the Art Deco era – not just the jewelry, but the overall use of lines, geometry, and balance in art, design, and architecture at the time."

Canturi Stella Diamond Ring With Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond

Canturi Stella Diamond Ring With Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond

Tip 4: Catch Onto the Squiggle Trend

"I love the diamond fringe or halo, and I love the squiggle band. It's just different and unexpected and fresh. I'm waiting for the trend to catch on!"

Tip 5: Take Inspo From Cocktail Rings You Love

"This was inspired by a ring in our Trinity collection. Our client really loved it, so for her engagement ring, we used a similar open design. It has a 3.11 ct. light green Nigerian sapphire cut by Jean-Noel Soni of Top Notch Faceting. It's accented with a 0.23 ct. pear rose cut pink diamond and a round champagne diamond, and set in 18k yellow gold."