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These celebrities are making a strong case for the non-traditional engagement ring.

Two women in my office have the same engagement ring. The classic: halo diamond, white gold, with a cluster of diamonds surrounding it. Beautiful. But the same.

Slowly, people are moving away from the traditional.

We’ve been seeing the trend in weddings; in 2016-17, ceremonies are all about the “informalities“. No seating arrangements, food trucks instead of sit-down dinners, mismatched bridesmaids dresses.

Now, we’re seeing the same thing with engagement rings.

This week, Lisa Origliasso of The Veronicas announced her engagement to Logan Huffman. Soon after, she shared a photo of her engagement ring on Instagram. It’s a triangular diamond in its “raw” form.

The caption reads:

“Only he who truly knows me, could design something that could so flawlessly capture the essence of who I am and what this means to me. A triangular macle ‘twin’ diamond— this stone is completely in its raw form,” she explains.

“It has ridges shaped like a mandala. Fine lines like stepping stones rising up to the peak of its pyramid shape. It symbolically represents a love that is ancient, indestructible and powerful. A love that never stops existing, reaching, climbing and growing. Transcending space and time, to the infinite and beyond.”

Listen: The concept of ’til death do us part is over. (Post continues after audio.) 

Before Origliasso, there was Australian actress Margot Robbie, who posted an image of her wedding and engagement bands on Instagram to announce her marriage to long-term beau Tom Ackerley.

Again, Robbie’s engagement ring is not classic. It’s rose gold – not the traditional white and sparkling – and one jeweller told The Daily Mail it’s unique in the way the diamond sits on her finger.

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“This is not worn in the most common way (which is where the point is facing down towards the fingernail),” Sydney-based diamond expert and jeweller Matthew Ely said. “The price range for this ring, based on a fine quality 1.5 carat pear shaped diamond, is approximately $30,000.”

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We saw a similar break in tradition when Orange Is The New Black actress Lauren Morelli proposed to her girlfriend and co-star Samira Wiley in October, 2016.

The announcement post on Instagram shows a triangle cut diamond on a gold band. Unusual in shape, simple in style and – most importantly – accompanied by two radiant smiles.

Yes.

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Thankfully, alongside the change in aesthetic we’ve also seen a trend towards less expensive, more minimal engagement and wedding rings.

Perhaps the most notable example of this was from Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher. The pair were married in 2015 and, Kunis revealed last year, brought their wedding bands off online store Etsy. She paid $190 for the both of them.

“I wanted the thinnest possible platinum band. I mean, you can see it, but it’s super, super thin” the 32-year-old actress told TBS’ Conan Wednesday.

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Following in the footsteps of Kunis and Kutcher, November 2016 saw the story of a $130 engagement ring from the jewellery chain Pandora go viral on social media.

A woman named Ariel Desiree McRae posted a picture of her sterling silver and pearl engagement ring to Facebook with a caption that reads:

“My husband doesn’t have a lot, neither of us do. We scrape and scrape to pay bills and put food in our bellies, but after almost 2 years of dating we decided that we couldn’t wait anymore, so we didn’t.”


“It isn’t the ring that matters, it is the love that goes into buying one that matters.”

No matter what your engagement ring looks like. No matter if it’s unique, or the same as another lady’s in the office. No matter how much it costs, that is the most important thing: “The love that goes into buying it.”

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