It may seem hard to believe, but when it comes to picking out an engagement ring, it's no longer about picking out the biggest sparkler in stock at Tiffany & Co.

Modern brides are getting super-selective about their most treasured piece of jewelry. After all, you're going to be wearing it for the rest of your life, so why not make sure no one else has the same one?

Indie artistans, vintage sellers and even major jewelry designers are hopping on the bandwagon, designing and selling rings meant to evoke the feel of an engagement ring without the hefty stone (and often times, price tag).

Click through the gallery to see our picks for the most unique, non-traditional engagement rings.