Prior to looking at the different styles of vintage engagement rings, it is important to define what exactly is classed as vintage. The term “vintage” can be widely used to describe an old item, yet to be vintage, a jewellery item would be anything from 20 to 99 years old, as any item that is more than 100 years old is classified an antique. Here are the various eras that have produced distinctive diamond ring designs.
- The Victorian Era (1830-1900) – This era is a very popular choice for the girl who loves fine design, and in general, the Victorian era can be classed as early, middle and late period styles. If you would rather something a little older, you can see antique style engagement rings at very affordable prices from an online antique and vintage jeweller. Victorian rings are generally made from rose gold, with rows, clusters and halos of diamonds, which is one of the reasons why this era is so popular.
- Edwardian Era (1900-1920) – This period symbolises intricate, lacy designs, with platinum bands, and you can often find very floral patterns from this period. Coloured diamonds began to appear in the Edwardian era, with pinks, yellows and greens often used. The Old Mine, European and Rose Cuts were popular in this short era, and there are some delightful designs that are still impressive to this day.
- The Art Deco Period (1920-1940) – If you are into bold and glitzy designs, the Art Deco period is for you, with bold geometric shapes and repeated patterns. Rather than flowing curves, the bold straight lines are really evident in Art Deco rings, with, of course, coloured diamonds used extensively. The Step Cut became very popular as it goes hand in hand with the bold style, and due to bad economic times, other stones were often used instead of diamonds, so don’t be surprised to come across amethyst, citrine and garnet when viewing engagement rings of this period.
- The Retro Period (1940-1960) – This was the time when the diamond giant DeBeers launched their very successful marketing campaign, which resulted in almost the exclusive use of diamonds in engagement rings. Simpler designs are more popular with the Retro period, and diamonds were generally centrally placed, and with platinum in great demand thanks to the Second World War, rose gold was the metal of choice.
- The Swinging Sixties – This was a glorious era and ring designs were heavily influenced by the Art Deco period, as flower power gripped the UK. Jaqueline Kennedy sported a coloured diamond engagement ring, which did wonders for the emergence of coloured stones, yet diamonds were still figuring highly in 60s designs.
Whatever the period that you prefer, an online search will help you to locate a reputable antique and vintage jeweller, and they can source any style and are very reasonably priced. Talk to a local dealer today and see what they have on offer.