Picking out a wedding ring is a big deal. It's an accessory you wear everyday for the rest of your life, and symbolizes your love and union as a married couple. While a diamond ring is traditional, there are several rings that buck tradition. Rubies, pearls and even sapphires for Princess Diana have been chosen over the diamond, but none of those options even come close to what you can buy your beau these days. Check out these nine wedding rings that certainly show that your love is one in a million:
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Thanks to the Kickstarter company campaign by Tubrobeads, you can wear your love's actual DNA around your pretty little finger. Or your own DNA, if you please. A cheek swab sample will be purified, then placed in a capsule in the ring's band and topped with a diamond. If a DNA ringisn't your style, opt for the DNA watch or gold pendant. "You'll always be with me" can now be a creepily accurate sentiment if you choose this wedding band.
The lyrics of the popular Lorde song "Royals" really come true with this unique ringoption. This most recent Halloween, one Canadian man proposed to his girlfriend with a pretty silver band, set with one of his own wisdom teeth nestled in the center in lieu of a diamond. Carlee Liefkes and Lucas Unger say that the ring really symbolizes the "weird, quirky, odd couple we are".
If you want a silent reminder of your partner's love with you constantly, this is the ring for you. This very unique ringsports a carving of the sound waves of your partner saying "I love you", "I do", or any other phrase you'd like. It's a cute and quirky reminder of your love and marriage.
I choose you, Pikachu
For the couples who really want to show some personality, you can purchase a plethora of themed rings from your favorite television shows, video games, board games, and movies. R2-D2 is a popular option, as are Tardis telephone box rings, these Pokemon bands, and wedding bands emulating the One Ring from the "Lord of the Ring" series. One ring to rule them all, I suppose.
USB and me
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One soon to be bride gave her groom a ring that hit husband's personality spot on. The Microsoft game developer received a custom made ring that looks just like a USB drive. The inside is engraved with the phrase "for a lifetime of memories", which is pretty adorable and rather techie.
A pun-filled proposal
One man promised his love a 12-carrot ring for their 30th anniversary…. and did just that. The ring has a bunch of carrots carved out of carnelian, and set against a frame of 14k yellow gold. You might want to get that promise in writing next anniversary, to make sure you get carats, not carrots. Unless vegetables really are your thing.
Biojewellery is a new British website looking for adventurous couples to make a donation…a donation of their own bone cells, that is.The cells will be bioengineered to create a wedding ring, a milky white bone ring made out of your own bone cells. Now, that's something you really won't be able to find anywhere else.
If you are concerned your love won't be wearing their ring all the time, you can get them this bandwhich leaves an imprint that stays on long after the ring has been taken off. A little extra cash lets you write a custom message on the inner band, but the two basic options will leave the word "always" on their skin while their ring is off. It's a cute idea that is also stalkerish; the perfect option for a wedding ring…right?
Always on my mind
Remember Ring heats up to 120 degrees to remind you of an Anniversary. Would you wear one?
For the forgetful partner, this is the perfect ring. In the inner band, there's a little chip you can program with you anniversary date. 24 hours before the special day, a little hot spot heats up, giving you a reminder you can't ignore. The spot continues to heat up each hour all day long, making sure you don't forget.
If the classic diamond ring seems too traditional, the internet is full of quirky, one-of-a-kind and frankly bizarre options to really tell you the world your love is something special.
Emily is putting her English and Humanities degree to use editing and writing all over the world. Trying to see all 7 world wonders (while visiting as many countries as she can in between), Emily loves wandering alleyways, beautifully photographed food, stumbling upon impromptu flea and food markets. She can usually be found camera in hand, munching on a street food and never has her headphones out of reach.