Vintage Engagement Rings

Proposing to someone special becomes a lot more extraordinary with a vintage diamond engagement ring, than it would be with one of the modern styled selection. Most women prefer unique rings with some character and history as compared to any of the modern-day designs and styles.

Classic designs also tend to appeal more to couples who want something distinctive and elegant. Meant to be a lasting symbol of love, an engagement ring is supposed to make your proposal a joyous and meaningful occasion.

Diamonds found on most of the classical engagement bands are of a higher quality and because the style and design of most of them are difficult to duplicate they tend to have a higher value due to their uniqueness.

Purchasing a diamond ring is a big decision and requires a lot of planning. If you choose to purchase one of a retro engagement collection, you will find that you have a lot of options in terms of style, design and material. Most jewelers have a variety of selections from different eras such as the Art Deco, Victorian, Georgian and Renaissance periods.

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Vintage Engagement Rings

Knowing the differences between the types of classic rings can actually help a lot when you’re out shopping for one. Most people mistake old school inspired items to be part of an antique collection. Antique items are classified as those that are over 100 years old and have been used before.

Vintage collections are mostly 50 to 100 years old and also have been worn before, whereas vintage inspired collections are made to look like older ones when it comes to design. They are brand new and have never been used before.

Vintage Engagement Rings

There are several factors a buyer needs to consider before making a purchase. Classical collections come in many different settings, styles and stones that were considered valuable in the era it belonged to. For example, silver was considered to be one of the precious metals in the Victorian era; jewelry made in  that period is therefore made of silver.

Similarly diamonds have now become the standard stone for engagement bands, but that hasn’t always been the case. Different stones, including emeralds, rubies, pearls and sapphires, have been used over the years as stones in engagement bands.

References: Antique Diamond Rings Guide –

Stone Settings

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The type of setting depends on the number of stones a person wants. Some of the popular settings include pave, channel, bezel, solitaire and gypsy.

  • Gypsy: The stones are set with the band.
  • Pave: Three or more rows of stones are set flush with the band.
  • Channel: The stones connect two bands of the metal
  • Bezel: The stone is surrounded by a strip of metal that prevents the stone from external blemishes.


People looking to buy from an old time collection often find themselves with so many designs and styles to choose from, they get confused. Apart from the different designs, rings from the different eras have different stones and metals as opposed to the modern standard of gold and diamond. Some of the periods with popular designs include:

  • Renaissance Era: Made of gold or cast iron, two or three loops linked together to form a single band. These are very difficult to find today but replicas and other styles of Renaissance era items are produced today.
  • Georgian Era: Bands produced in this era are found to be very extravagant. With a lot of diamonds, the main focus in the jewelry was the symmetrical cut of the gemstones.
  • Victorian Era: Made with either rose or yellow gold, Victorian era bands were very complex in design. With the wealth people during that time had, most of the collection from this period had a lot of diamonds, although pearls were also a popular choice.