If there was ever a time to splurge on a unique piece of jewellery, your engagement ring is it. And while your other half may prefer to surprise you completely, it’s not uncommon for you to get involved in the process (or drop some helpful hints!). But where do you begin? You’ve got some big decisions ahead of you.
Simple, diamond-dazzled engagement rings are classics - and stunning, just take a look at JLo’s engagement ring and Hailey Bieber’s engagement ring. *Swoon*.
But more and more celebs are opting for something one-of-kind, making a strong case for unique engagement rings.
This with-you-for-a-lifetime piece of jewellery needs to reflect your personality and stand the test of time. And the best way to find ‘The One’ is the work with an amazing jewellery designer to design an engagement ring that’s perfect for you.
If you’re looking for something out-of-the-ordinary and Australian made, then check out our list of jewellery designers that create the most spectacular unique engagement rings in Australia.
If you’re looking to spoil her with bling that has that something extra special, Raffini’s unique diamond rings and gemstone designs are the perfect balance of classic with a twist. Their rings are bold, beautiful and sure to make a lasting impression. Also good to know: All their custom made rings come with a lifetime warranty.
Based in Sydney’s CBD
Boho brides-to-be will love the eclectic aesthetic of ToniMay, which is the jewellery brand by The Bachelor Australia contestant and newly-engaged Laura Byrne. Organic shapes, unique fragmented gems and untraditional designs set this brand apart, delivering handcrafted statement pieces that are as unique as the girl you’re about to marry.
Based in Paddington, Sydney
8. Julia deVille
Imperfectly perfect is the best way to sum up the raw metal meets stone-studded designs that Julia deVille creates. Quirky in their shapes and unique ring designs, but full of colourful gems and all the bling a bride-to-be deserves, this is the place to go for something that will forever be a talking piece among friends and strangers alike.
Based in Collingwood, Melbourne
7. James & Irisa
Jewellery designers and couple, James Feng and Irisa Jang hero the natural beauty of opals (among other stones) in their intricate ring designs that are modern yet enchanting. From textured hand-indented metals to pared-back designs that put the stone at the forefront, every little detail that goes into their jewellery is carefully considered and done with the utmost finesse.
Based in Melbourne
Inspired by nature, mijatu’s designs have an understated elegance perfect for the minimalist types who don’t wear a lot of jewellery, but truly treasure each piece they own because of their story and sentiment. The self-taught jewellery maker behind the brand, Michaela Drewe, uses the ancient technique of lost wax casting with every step meticulously made by hand. The result is organic lines, raw charm and engagement rings that are works of natural beauty.
Based in Sydney
5. Grew & Co
Edgy yet elegant, there’s beauty in the unexpected with Grew & Co’s custom engagement rings. Founded by gemmologists Simon and Gabrielle Grew, their love and appreciation for rare and precious stones translates into sophisticated engagement rings that capture the eye with their statement gemstone centrepieces. Grew & Co also design a range of unique men’s wedding rings in a range of gold, rose gold, platinum, tantalum and titanium options.
Based in Sydney CBD
4. Meg Maskell Fine Jewellery
If you love the idea of a timeless piece that you can pass down for generations, but also want something that has modern flair, Meg Maskell is your kindred jewellery maker. With classic foundations but contemporary details - like coloured gemstones, mixed metals and unexpected shapes - jewellery designer Meg Maskell, along with her team, hand-make each piece in their Sydney boutique using only ethically sourced gemstones and diamonds.
Based in Hornsby, Sydney
Delicate and romantic diamond ring designs are HLSK’s specialty. It’s not just their unique clusters of jewels and dainty settings that make their engagement rings covetable - they’re committed to using ethically sourced materials and only use conflict-free diamonds and gemstones. We also love their unique wedding rings that can be custom made to perfectly wrap around and complement your engagement ring.
Based in Armadale, Melbourne
2. Cushla Whiting
If you’re looking for an elegant splash of colour from your engagement ring, then Cushla Whiting are right up your alley. The family business consists of three siblings - Cushla, Anna and Hamish Whiting. The designer, Cushla, combines a background in architecture with jewellery making, which inspires clean, crisp lines and timeless designs that still have that special flair that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Working closely with you from design to finish, every piece is made locally in Melbourne.
Based in Melbourne’s CBD
1. Rose and Crown Jewellers
If you appreciate detail, craftsmanship and geometric Art Deco designs, you’ve found your match made in heaven at Rose and Crown. The man behind the brand is Terry Cockrem, and he has this old-world charm about him that translates into his heirloom-worthy pieces that stand the test of time - both in beauty and resilience.
Based in Northcote, Melbourne