One of the biggest appeals about antiques and vintage items is the story they carry. When it comes to engagement rings, many individuals want to create their own unique story behind their ring. However, some yearn to continue the existing, passionate story some rings may have carried for centuries. Vintage engagement rings are known for their unique character and appeal to many individuals across the globe. Curious about the different styles and options available? The experts at The Diamond Broker have created this guide to give you the inside scoop on all the great aspects of vintage rings and other creative possibilities.
What Makes a Ring Vintage?
Technically, any ring that is over 20 years old will be considered vintage. However, the most sought after vintage rings on the market are over 50 years old. Vintage rings are not like today’s engagement rings that follow the newest trends; instead, these pieces are timeless and stand out among the crowd. They are hand-crafted with immaculate detail and use precious metals and stones that were widely popular the day they were made.
Types of Vintage Engagement Rings
Victorian Engagement Rings
Rings whose creation dates back between 1835-1901 are considered part of the Victorian collection. These rings are rare and are most often found in antique shops that specialize in jewelry. These rings are known for their intricate and decorative designs as most of them will have engravings on the side. These engravings vary but most often take the form of scrolls, flowers, crowns, and angels. Since diamonds were not as easily accessible during this period, Victorian rings often have a large central precious stone, such as a sapphire or ruby, that is surrounded by smaller stones. (They look like the popular halo setting that is used today.)
The bands for these rings are typically crafted in yellow gold or rose gold, as these metals were popular during the day. However, unlike jewelry today, many of them do not have a personalized stamp to tell individuals how many carats of gold are in the ring itself. You will need to get it appraised to truly estimate the value of the ring itself.
Edwardian Engagement Rings
From the early 1900s comes the gorgeous and ornate Edwardian engagement rings. During this era, it was popular to have a setting that looks like folded lace, also known as a ‘filigree.’ Unlike the earlier Victorian engagement rings whose bands were made primarily out of yellow gold and rose gold, platinum was the popular metal for Edwardian rings. Platinum helped increase the lifespan and durability of these rings, however yellow gold and rose gold are still found in these ring sets.
The stones used as the centerpiece are often sapphires, black opals, and aquamarines. Rings that had diamonds as the main stone were rare, as diamonds were still not readily available for individuals to use. However, among the wealthy, a few of these diamond Edwardian rings could be found.
Art Deco Engagement Rings
In the 1920s to the 1940s, the Edwardian style rings began to fade out for a more geometrical and symmetrical looking ring. Art Deco is a wide-arching term used to describe this style of engagement ring. It also refers to other items that had a strong sense of geometrical design, such as cars, buildings, and paintings.
Art Deco engagement rings made use of geometry in the cut of the diamond itself. The french cut, which is a square cut, and the popular trillion cut, a triangle cut, were extremely popular during this era. However, the trillion cut faded out of popularity shortly after World War II. The stones that were the centerpiece of these rings could be white diamonds, however using precious stones such as sapphires and emeralds weren’t uncommon either. Typically, two stones would be used as the contrasting colors brought an eye-catching visual aesthetic, such as a white diamond paired against an emerald.
New Vintage Style Engagement Rings
While owning an engagement ring from the olden days appeals to some individuals, it isn’t for everyone. New engagement rings can be hand-crafted to recreate the complex designs of traditional vintage engagement rings while allowing customization. This helps create a stunning piece of jewelry that has an elegant, timeless, and one-of-a-kind feel that your loved one is looking for.
At The Diamond Broker, our experts know diamonds, settings, and precious stones like the back of our hands. We can help you create a piece that is unique and tips a hat to the styles of vintage jewelry. However, if you are looking for a true estate piece, we can help you with that as well. When it comes to diamonds, no one knows them better than our team at The Diamond Brokers. Contact our team today to get started on finding the perfect diamond for your truly incredible journey.