Vintage diamond engagement rings have become wildly popular in recent years for their gorgeous designs and a reminder of times past. But what details set these rings apart, and what should you look for when buying one? In this post, we’ll cover what you need to know about vintage diamond engagement rings — what they are, the different kinds, and how to make them work for you! Plus, we’ll share some of our most popular vintage diamond engagement rings!
What Are Vintage Diamond Engagement Rings?
Although the term is used quite frequently, the definition of a vintage engagement ring isn’t exactly set in stone. More often than not, however, the term is used to describe a new ring that looks similar to one that you would see from a previous time period, such as the Georgian, Victorian, or Art Deco eras.
And while ‘vintage’ may be somewhat vague, there are a few similar terms you might hear that do have structured definitions:
- Antique Ring: A ring that is more than 50 years old.
- Estate Ring: A ring that was previously owned.
- Heirloom Ring: A ring that has been passed down in a family over generations.
A vintage diamond engagement ring, however, can often be a ‘reproduction’ of any of the above.
What Are Edwardian Diamond Engagement Rings?
This era, lasting from 1901 to around 1910, gets its name from English King Edward VII. With the invention of the oxyacetylene torch (the first tool that could reach high enough temperatures to work with platinum), platinum was now able to be molded into gorgeous and intricate designs. Millegrain, or small beaded detail, was widely popular, as well as mounted stones. The rings were large in size and set with diamond center stones of substantial carat weight. Ring stacking, similar to today, was favored and women were often seen with rings from knuckle to knuckle.
What Are Art Deco Diamond Engagement Rings?
The Art Deco period lasted from around 1920 to 1930 and reflected many of the social and artistic movements that were happening during this time. The biggest theme of the period was geometric patterns and lines. These were often combined with designs such as ribbon or flowers. Overall, vintage engagement rings of the 1920s are attention-grabbing and often featured larger than life center stones and metalwork.
Our Best-Selling Vintage Diamond Engagement Rings
From Art Deco to Mid Century, we offer 70 vintage diamond engagement rings of various cuts and styles. Here are a few of our favorites:
The Allegra Ring is unique in its gorgeous metal-work and stunning accent diamonds. Available in white, yellow, and rose gold, as well as platinum, this ring is sure to spark conversation!
The stunning Fifth Avenue Ring features tons of millegrain metalwork and a thick halo setting, reminding us of the Edwardian styles mentioned above. Buy it in platinum to truly bring this era to your ring finger!
If you’re looking for an engagement ring that brings you back to a historical time period that helped mold and shape the jewelry industry today, then a vintage or antique engagement ring may be the answer! With endless settings and diamond shapes available, you’ll be sure to find a ring that not only represents a previous era but also embodies your own personal style. Talk with one of our diamond experts about your vintage diamond engagement ring, today!