Engagement Rings Real Brides Said "Yes" To
You may not be the one choosing your engagement ring, but that doesn't mean that you can't give your significant other some hints about your future diamond. Before you start dropping clues, however, you'll want to consider everything out there (you'll wear this accessory forever, after all). So, pre-proposal research is a must—even if you think you know exactly what you want your engagement ring to look like. We're willing to bet there are more options available than you ever imagined.
The best way to explore all of your engagement ring options? Peruse diamonds the brides of today said "Yes!" to. To help you on your search, we rounded up some of our favorite engagement rings—all of which speak to the brides who accepted them. At the end of the day, your rock is a reflection of your specific tastes; you'll find that each of the following accessories is unique to its wearer, which is often the signifier of an incredible engagement ring. The fact that they all look different is also a benefit to you: You'll be able to better identify which shapes, carat sizes, and settings you prefer.
Depending on your personality, you may realize you want a round- or emerald-cut stone, especially if you're all about timeless jewelry. If you consider yourself a modern future bride-to-be, you might enjoy something even more unexpected, like an East-West orientation or a colorful stone. From the timelessly classic to the strikingly unique, get inspired by the following engagement rings before you decide on your own perfect stone and setting—and maybe leave your favorite option open on your phone or computer "accidentally."
This yellow, emerald-cut stone features a halo setting and thin, diamond-encrusted band.
Twisted White Gold
A twisted, white gold and diamond-filled band looks extra-chic when paired with a round-cut stone in a prong setting.
Vintage rings, like this gold, flower-shaped bauble, are always a timeless option.
Artsy, nontraditional brides-to-be will appreciate this abstract aqua stone set on a contrasting gold band.
Minimal Rose Gold
A round-cut diamond displayed on a rose gold band is perfect for the minimalist future bride.
Brides-to-be who want to maximize their stone's sparkle should bookmark this beauty. The oval-shaped, halo-set ring was covered in diamonds for a traditional, yet glamorous look.
Gold Solitaire Display
A gold band is a timeless choice, especially when it's studded with a round-cut solitaire diamond.
Pearl Focal Point
Who says diamonds have to be the focal point of your engagement ring? This intricate gold accessory features three pearls, surrounded by a beautiful display of smaller stones.
Pink and Gold
Marquise Double Band
A marquise rock as clear and big as this one is sure to wow—especially if it features a stone-encrusted double band, like this accessory.
It's not often you see a round-cut stone displayed on a square, halo setting. In addition to its unique shapes, this rose gold piece also features with a pavé band.
This heirloom bauble is unique, but still traditional. Its diamond-filled slip-knot setting has plenty of sparkle and shine.
Get inspired by this ring and flank the center stone of your own with tapered baguettes—they add even more dimension.
It's hard not to daydream about this large, emerald-cut stone—imagine how it looks when it catches the light.
Now here's a ring that's completely unlike all the rest. This Heidi Gibson engagement ring is divinely retro (note the Art Deco vibes!).
This stunner features a pink-orange stone, which sets it apart from more typical, white diamond jewelry.
We love how this large yellow-gold engagement ring and curved wedding band fit together like puzzle pieces.
If you love one-of-a-kind design, then this vintage-inspired ring, which features a unique setting and a pear-shaped stone, is one to note for your future groom.
We love the everlasting appeal of a solitaire engagement ring, like this one.
An emerald-and-diamond heirloom engagement ring is perfect for any elegant bride—and one she'll want to pass on to her own daughter someday.