When you agree to marry someone, you are promising to love that person for eternity. Why not choose a ring that symbolizes this everlasting devotion? Vintage engagement rings have remained beautiful for decades or even centuries, and there is a wide range of antique styles from which to choose. Some models are elegantly ornate and others are more minimalist, so no matter your preferences there’s a look for you. Ziva Jewels can help you find the types that suit your unique tastes while also highlighting your enduring commitment. Learn more about the different vintage engagement ring eras here, and contact us to discover more.
Art Deco Rings
Known for its colorful, multi-stone settings, Art Deco engagement rings typically utilize several different types of fancy gemstones in smaller sizes to create dazzling geometric designs. The Art Deco era spanned the 1920s to the 1930s and brings to mind flapper dancers and prohibition-era gangsters. This is the time period when the round brilliant diamond was invented, and the many styles incorporate this superior cut in Pave halos and other bolder patterns. You can often find this style when seeking estate diamond rings.
Retro Engagement Rings
Following the hey-day of Art Deco jewelry, Retro engagement rings were known for their bold, eye-catching designs. This was the Golden Age of Hollywood, and many women wanted to showcase their individuality and glamour. Diamonds were more common than other gemstones during this period, but the styles were still highly ornamental and creative. You’ll likely find unique metals for the bands in this period, since the depression made gold and platinum harder to source (and afford). Love rose gold? You may enjoy retro engagement rings.
Edwardian Wedding Rings
From about 1900 to around 1920 Edwardian-style rings were all the rage. These pieces were characterized by their use of filigree—an elegant, detailed engraving on the setting. In addition to this delicate finery, Edwardian rings also feature a wide range of materials; however, diamonds, pearls and platinum are by far the most common and popular. Highly ornate, the complexity of the designs suited the lacey, feminine look of women’s fashions at the time. Though opulent, Edwardian rings have a versatility that remains stylish to this day.
Victorian Engagement Rings
One of the most popular eras for antique style wedding rings, the Victorian era for engagement rings occurred prior to Edwardian and resulted in a stunning selection of white gold, platinum and diamond rings. Named after Queen Victoria of Britain, the jewelry of this time complemented her changing tastes. Victorian engagement rings can range from romantic and playful to dark and mysterious to whimsical. There are even pieces with Japanese influences. Gold and diamonds take precedent.
If you would like additional information about the many design eras of engagement ring, or if you would like to hear more about how we can customize an antique-style ring to suit your desired outcome, please contact us today.