A custom engagement ring is becoming more and more common, and we are fascinated with the creative ideas our brides and grooms dream of. From added texture to a pop of color, Abby Sparks Jewelry designs custom engagement rings with the unique and non-traditional bride or groom in mind.

Whether the client is looking for a traditional diamond center stone, or they want to step outside the box with a stone like an emerald, here are the 5 most popular center stone options.

Mined Diamond

custom diamond ring

For centuries, a mined diamond has been the front runner for a center stone in an engagement ring. Sparkly, pure and luxurious, it’s easy to see why a bride would want a diamond. Plus, diamonds come in practically every size, shape and color.


unique blue sapphire engagement ring

Not everyone wants a diamond. Trust us, we meet many unconventional brides and they don’t want a 2-carat princess cut diamond on their finger. Sapphires are stones we suggest often, as they are a hard stone, they come in many different sizes, shapes and colors, and they still add a wow-factor to an engagement ring.

Lab-Grown Diamond

conflict free diamond ring

For the bride that wants a diamond, especially one that is over two carats, a lab grown diamond is a popular choice. Chemically and visually the same as a mined diamond, moissanite is increasingly becoming a popular choice that has a much lower price tag than a mined diamond.


emerald ring

Believe it or not, we’ve seen more emerald engagement rings than we can count! This stone, although a bit softer than a sapphire, offers a unique look and a high level of magic. This stone also comes in different levels of green, plus it comes in different sizes and shapes.


blue topaz ring janmarie

Not a fan of a green emerald or deep blue sapphire? Topaz is another option that we suggest to clients that want something a bit unique. Topaz stones come in a variety of colors, from navy blue to light blue, and even pink! The most common shapes of topaz are round and oval.