Engagement, Engagement Ring Trends

Throwback: Best Engagement Ring Trends from the 1960s

Looking to mimic some of the best engagement ring trends from the 1960s? The post-war economic boom of the 1950s and rise of celebrity stardom into the 60s catapulted so many trends across the globe, especially new and iconic engagement rings! Stars and fashion trendsetters like Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy, and Mia Farrow showed off their beautiful rings during this decade, inspiring envy and awe in all of us.

The return of the Art Deco movement of the 20s-30s was all the rage in the 60s, and Art Deco engagement and wedding rings came back with a vengeance. Their geometric and linear styles are artistic and unique: here are our favorite trends.

Asscher-Cut and Emerald-Cut Diamonds

In 1968, an asscher-cut diamond made headlines around the world. Richard Burton’s gift to Elizabeth Taylor was a massive 33.19 carat diamond. Extravagant gems became all the rage, and simple, streamlined shapes were seen as contemporary and sophisticated.

Colored Gems

First lady Jackie Kennedy’s unique diamond and emerald ring hugely raised demand for emeralds and other colored gems at the beginning of the decade. Though she married John F. Kennedy in 1953, her ring set the tone for the engagement ring trends of the 60s. She had a 2.84 carat emerald-cut emerald and 2.88 carat emerald-cut diamond with a diamond baguette band, which she customized in 1961 by adding a laurel wreath of marquise-cut diamonds around the two emerald cuts, with round diamonds paved along the band.⁠

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Platinum and White Metals 

The main metal used to make Art Deco rings was platinum, but white gold and sterling silver became popular in the 60s as well. Particularly used in simple silhouettes and beautiful lines to solidify its vintage elegance. Try creating your own ring here with a platinum or white gold setting! Check out our Classic Oval Ring set in platinum or white gold.

Pear-Shaped Diamonds

The pear-shaped diamond was made very popular in this decade too, worn by celebrities like Mia Farrow and again, Elizabeth Taylor (this time as a necklace). Mia Farrow received a gorgeous 9-carat pear-shaped diamond solitaire ring from Frank Sinatra in 1966. To recreate this style, try our Classic Pear Shaped Halo ring.

Richard Burton wowed the public again by purchasing a 69-carat pear-shaped diamond, later named the Taylor-Burton Diamond. At first, Taylor wore it as a ring but had it reset into a necklace due to its size.