Although a perfect diamond is undeniably gorgeous, solitaires aren’t for everyone. Prospective brides are swapping traditional brilliant cuts for unexpected, character-filled gems like moonstones, sapphires and emeralds. Often, members of this new guard of engagement rings are procured post-proposal, since modern guys know a girl wants a ring that expresses her personal style (she’s going to wear it every day for the rest of her life, after all). The best part? These romantic stones are typically less expensive than diamonds, so they work for any budget. Here, 12 whimsical rings for the unconventional bride.