A ring like this antique setting from the past could be the right choice for an engagement ring if you want something truly special and eye-catching. Unique vintage engagement rings can be customized to reflect the taste of the one you love, with a wide variety of design possibilities, from floral to cathedral settings. Read on for more information about our historical settings and what you should know before making a purchase.
What is A Vintage Engagement Ring?
Vintage rings are rings that have been around for a long time because of their unique design, high quality materials, and skilled craftsmanship. Vintage rings are sometimes considered to have a broader definition than “antique” rings, which are typically considered to be at least 50 years old.
Vintage Engagement Rings & Antique Engagement Rings
The term “vintage” refers to engagement rings that were made before the 1980s. All of the materials and techniques used to create these one-of-a-kind engagement rings are authentic to their respective eras. Engagement rings in the Victorian era (about 1837 to 1900) were typically made of yellow gold and included halo settings. Floral designs in intricate platinum filigree were popular for Edwardian engagement rings from 1901 to 1910. Art Deco engagement rings from the 1920s and 1930s were commonly embellished with colorful stones and included mil-grain, symmetrical, geometric, and architectural patterns. In the 1940s, during the era known as “Retro,” rings made of yellow and rose gold became popular again, while white gold began to compete with platinum. During the Mid Century era (roughly between the 1950s and the 1980s), engagement rings made from family heirlooms were increasingly popular. During this time period, many rings were given down through the generations or were remodeled to include historical family stones. A lot of formerly owned contemporary estate engagement rings can be found within our collection.
Vintage Style Engagement Rings for Your Inspiration
A vintage engagement ring will look lovely on her finger because of its charming, romantic shape and elegant, entrancing decorations. For your inspiration, we have gathered vintage rings in a variety of metals and cuts.
Art Deco Vintage Engagement Rings
Glamour and refinement were the two main themes of the Art Deco period. Geometric patterns and abstract motifs have long been hallmarks of jewelry. As part of the geometric theme, Art Deco engagement rings frequently pair colored gemstones like blue sapphire with rectangular and triangular diamonds. Vintage rings from the Art Deco era are perfect for you if you like that look! Fun, daring, and undoubtedly unique.
Prettiest Dazzling Halo Engagement Rings
On vintage engagement rings, halo and cluster rings are extremely prevalent. First of all, a pavé diamond setting that surrounds a core gemstone in a halo is called a halo. A cluster ring, on the other hand, is a setting in which tiny diamonds are positioned closely together to simulate a larger diamond. These two settings, which gained popularity during the Art Nouveau period, have size and glitter in common. The appearance of a greater size is a benefit of having a halo or cluster ring. By incorporating this kind of setting into your design, you can give your customized ring a wider appearance and more brilliance.
Antique Style Engagement Rings
An engagement ring made in the antique style is the most romantic thing ever. When you consider the level of craftsmanship and historical periods the ring has experienced, the significance of each piece assumes an importance that is greatly increased. An antique engagement ring will stand out from other options thanks to its elaborate bands, geometric patterns, halo settings, and vintage diamond cutting techniques.
Vintage Wedding Bands
Vintage wedding bands frequently feature milgrain or cluster patterns. This is the perfect approach to match your style if you enjoy the antique look but want a modern engagement ring! Consider a vintage-inspired wedding band.
Unique Engagement Rings
Each vintage engagement ring is distinctive in its own right, however some are more unusual than others. Therefore, you might want to think about the elaborate platinum filigree and floral motifs of Edwardian engagement rings if you don’t mind stepping outside the box and want truly distinctive vintage engagement rings.
Yellow And Rose Gold Rings
A lot of vintage engagement rings feature colored gemstones. To achieve a uniform appearance, metals were blended with light pink and yellow stones in numerous designs. Diamonds were strategically put to the setting to offer a flash of sparkle to the overall design with a hint of color in the metal and the stone. Rings made of rose and yellow gold are stunning because they are quite distinctive and frequently feature one-of-a-kind designs. Additionally, they offer a very delicate hue without detracting from the primary stones’ beauty, which is something that many women look for.
Top Unique Vintage Engagement Rings of 2023
Unique Vintage Engagement Rings Asscher Cut Cubic Zirconia Ring in Sterling Silver
A princess-worthy engagement ring with stunning Asscher-Cut stone encircled by an Infinite Elements Cubic Zirconia halo. These silver accessories are made to last, which has a metal plating, flashing, or electrocoating for a shiny appearance.
Unique Engagement Rings Vintage Black Onyx Black Onyx Women's Engagement Ring in Sterling Silver
This stunning ring guarantees a carefree and comfortable wear thanks to its elegant and sophisticated design. It’s style is intended to wonderfully highlight the fingers. This 2.56 Ct Oval Black Sapphire ring is made of real 925 sterling silver whose construction makes it incredibly durable and appropriate for daily usage.
Vintage Unique Engagement Rings 1.25 Ct Round Cut Moissanite Engagement Ring in 18k White Gold Over Silver
This is a gorgeous Moissanite engagement ring for women designed in the art deco style. The bridal wedding ring is composed of real, high-quality moissanites and is carved from 18k gold over silver. It can be a wonderful substitute for ring with diamonds because moissanites are virtually as durable and of comparable quality as diamonds, which will last a lifetime. The round cut moissanite in the center of the handcrafted engagement ring is surrounded by 0.25 carats of moissanites for a total carat weight of 1.25 carats.
Edwardian Engagement Ring Round Cut Diamond Engagement Rings Unique Vintage in 10K White Gold
This setting is unusual because of the distinctive and elaborate scrollwork that surrounds the central stone. Decadent diamonds placed in graduated columns within the reverse tapered shank create refined beauty. This setting has a total weight of 0.5 carats of diamonds and is topped with a halo.
Unique Vintage Engagement Rings Vintage 1970's Diamond Wedding Band 0.66ct in 14K 2 Tone Gold
Vintage 1970s five diamond wedding band made of 14k two-tone gold. The five diamonds total about .66ct in weight and are mounted in illusion heads made of white gold with four prongs. The diamonds have VS1-VS2 clarity and G-H color. The ring is made of yellow gold band as well as tapered, stands 4 mm tall and 4.8mm width when detached from the finger.
What Is A Vintage Diamond?
The first step in appreciating the allure of vintage diamonds is to comprehend the reasons why diamonds are so highly prized. But what exactly is a vintage diamond? In the diamond industry, a vintage diamond is defined as one that was mined at least 20 years ago.
Keep in mind that there is a distinction between antique diamonds and vintage diamonds. Many people mistakenly use these names interchangeably, yet they mean different things. At the very least, a century must have passed before they can be considered an antique diamond. And often, vintage diamonds are from the early 20th century through the 1960s.
Nearly all diamonds from that era were cut by hand, and that includes antique and vintage stones. Because these techniques were only used in the past, cut is the key to a diamond’s age. Now, let’s take a look at the most popular cuts for older diamonds.
Cushion Cut Diamond
One of the most popular antique cuts of diamonds today is the cushion cut. They are renowned for their elegance and exceptional level of brightness. They are very hard to keep their color, so H color or better is definitely your best bet.
A cushion cut diamond adds curved edges and mixes an old mine facet pattern with a contemporary round cut. Simply put, it has a square cutout with rounded sides. Due to its rather pillow-like appearance, it has that name.
This high level of brilliance is one benefit of purchasing a Cushion Cut. If you’re seeking for a particular shape, it also gives you more customizing options.
This classic cut is quite sturdy thanks to its rounded sides, making it ideal for an engagement ring. Additionally, they cost less per carat than other vintage cuts.
The biggest downside to choosing this antique cut is that the transparency of the cushion cut makes any flaws obvious.
Old European Cut Diamonds
If you have any interest in vintage diamonds, you may have heard of the Old European Cut. The demand for these gems peaked in the late 19th century and continues to this day.
An Old European Cut has a traditional appearance with a hint of softness. This is the most well-known diamond cut of the older styles. In the past, diamonds were cut and measured by hand.
Only the jeweler’s trained eye could produce the ideal form and symmetry. The Old European Cut has 58 facets and is round. Additionally, it features a slightly tiny table but a big, obvious culet.
There are many benefits to purchasing an Old European Cut antique diamond. This cut can be used in a variety of settings if you want to create a one-of-a-kind engagement ring.
If a diamond’s rarity determines its value, the Old European cut will only appreciate in value over time, making it the perfect heirloom.
There are certain drawbacks to the Old European Cut as well. First off, this cut does not have any GIA (Gemological Institute of America) grades. Additionally, a diamond’s quality might vary greatly. That means you can’t be too certain of the items you buy. t mostly depends on your personal opinion about diamonds.
Rose Cut Diamond
The history of the Rose Cut diamond spans several centuries, and it appears that this classic diamond is making a resurgence. The simplicity of the Rose Cut diamond appeals to many individuals.
It might be difficult to adequately describe the beauty and charm. But the appeal of its antique beauty is immediately apparent.
The Rose Cut Diamond has triangular facets that resemble the petals of a rose. This cut of diamond engagement ring will give the impression that you are wearing a tiny rose on your finger.
This old-fashioned diamond has a much larger appearance when compared to other cutters. But it doesn’t extend very far from the setting and has a low profile. The diamond’s longevity is ensured by its flat form. It is also a great option for an engagement ring because of this.
Its lack of the previous cuts’ brilliance might not be to everyone’s taste. Additionally, unlike the majority of antique diamonds, it will not have a GIA certificate. However, despite its flaws and asymmetries, this gem is precious and stunning.
Pros of Purchasing A Vintage Diamond
The main reason to buy a vintage diamond is that you like the design and cut of the diamond. But there are still additional factors to take into account. The old diamond’s workmanship might not be as flawless as the cut a machine creates.
But that is precisely what makes it so unique. All the faults and asymmetry that so many people can’t stand is what others will enjoy. A vintage diamond has a distinct character.
Additionally, an antique or vintage diamond is by nature eco-friendly. When purchasing a new diamond, you should also consider the mining, transporting, and processing processes.
Waste is generated by all of this. With an antique diamond, all of that has already taken happened.
You’ll be relieved to learn that vintage diamonds are frequently far less expensive than brand-new jewels if budget is an issue. Of course, that doesn’t include exceedingly rare stones with even rarest colors.
Cons of Purchasing A Vintage Diamond
It’s doubtful that you’ll ever regret choosing to purchase an antique diamond if you already have that mindset. But bear in mind that vintage will probably let you down if you’re seeking for the diamond with the most sparkle and the brightest color. That isn’t their main draw, though.
Additionally, although extremely uncommon, certain antique gems may have damage indications. If you’re shopping for a center stone to put on an engagement ring, for instance, this is not a good sign. This can be a severe issue if you purchase a vintage diamond from an unreliable vendor, but a good vendor will always inspect their diamonds before buying or selling.
Finally, maintaining an antique diamond may be difficult for you. Especially if you intend to utilize it to make a one-of-a-kind jewelry piece. It’s crucial to find a specialist who can guide your setting selection and explain how best to care for your stone.
Find Perfect Vintage Engagement Rings
These time-honored rings have a rich history, unique character, and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is a legacy to pass on to future generations, regardless of the era that you prefer. They also have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal. Explore our selection of vintage engagement rings today if you’re looking for a ring that exudes glitz, sophistication, and vintage charm.