Where To Buy Vintage Engagement Rings: A Guide to Styles From the Past
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Vintage rings symbolise timeless love and enduring commitment. So a vintage-style engagement ring is a unique and classic choice.
In this guide, we’ll consider some of the most popular vintage-style engagement ring designs available. And if you’re wondering where to buy vintage engagement rings, Secrets Shhh can help you find the perfect vintage-style engagement ring in any of our boutiques or our online store.
Timeless Vintage Styles
The Victorian era occurred from 1837 to 1901 and was characterised by romantic and ornate designs.
Features of Victorian-style engagement rings.
Stone Cuts. Stones cut in rose and old mine styles.
Stone Colours. Deep reds, blues, and greens.
Metals. Yellow gold, rose gold, and silver.
Designs. Delicate scrollwork, filigree, engraved designs, and motifs like flowers, hearts, and snakes.
Settings. Prong and bezel settings.
Our Secrets Shhh 14-carat white gold Round Brilliant Halo Engagement Ring beautifully embodies Victorian-era style. This ring features a round brilliant diamond simulant centre stone, with a halo of smaller round brilliant simulants creating a star shape outline for a dazzling effect.
From 1901 to 1915, the Edwardian era marked a shift towards more refined and ornamental jewellery styles.
Features of Edwardian-style engagement rings.
Stone Cuts. Stones cut in the old European and old mine styles, as well as marquise and pear shapes.
Stone Colours. Stones accented with cultured freshwater pearls and coloured gemstone simulants such as sapphires and emeralds.
Metals. Strong platinum showcasing diamond simulants and other gemstone simulants.
Designs. Intricate and lacy designs featuring filigree, milgrain (small metal beaded details), bow and ribbon motifs.
Settings. Bezel and pave settings.
We have a stunning 10-carat white gold ring that perfectly captures the look and feel of a gorgeous Edwarding-style engagement ring. It features an array of emerald, princess, and marquise cut diamond simulants. This ring makes a statement, being large in size and ornamental in design, without costing the earth.
A Secrets Shhh classic tennis bracelet consists of round brilliant diamond simulants, D – F in colour, near flawless clarity and crafted in solid 10ct white, yellow or rose gold. Over the year’s new designs of the tennis bracelet have appeared in various stone cuts and colours. The stunning row of beautiful stones provides the feeling of euphoria when wearing one
Art Deco Styles
The Art Deco movement originated in the 1920s and 1930s and is known for its geometric shapes, bold colours, and intricate designs.
Features of Art Deco-style engagement rings.
Stone Cuts. Stones cut in geometric shapes, including emerald, baguette, and triangle. Step and cabochon cuts are also popular.
Stone Colours. Coloured gemstone simulants such as sapphires, rubies, and emeralds paired with diamond simulants create a striking contrast.
Metals. Platinum, white gold and yellow gold.
Designs. Bold, geometric designs and contrasting colours. Centre stones can be set on black enamel.
Settings. Bezel and channel settings.
If you want a bold statement Art Deco-inspired engagement ring, our emerald simulant 10-carat white gold ring is for you. The captivating centre stone is emerald cut with a halo of baguette and round brilliant white diamond simulants.
The Retro era began in the late 1930s and continued into the early 1950s. This era is famous for dramatic and glamorous designs.
Features of Retro-style engagement rings.
Stone Cuts. Large, faceted stones cut in round, pear, or cushion shapes.
Stone Colours. Coloured gemstone simulants like aquamarine, morganite, pink tourmaline, citrine, and amethyst.
Metals. Yellow, white, rose gold, and platinum.
Designs. Distinct, sculptural designs with three-dimensional elements such as ribbons, bows, and flowers.
Settings: Prong and bezel settings.
For an alluring Retro-style engagement ring, our 10-carat Yellow Gold Cushion Cut ring is ideal. The cushion cut centre stone has four marquise stones on either side arranged in a flower shape.
FAQs About Vintage Engagement Rings
What Do Vintage Wedding Rings Say About the Giver?
Vintage-style engagement rings symbolise the unique and enduring love shared by you and your life partner.
The person giving you a vintage-style engagement ring values romance and nostalgia, as this ring style recalls a bygone era.
What Are the Most Popular Vintage Ring Styles?
Popular vintage ring styles include those this guide has discussed.
Other vintage styles that have influenced ring styles are the Art Nouveau and Georgian eras. Art Nouveau (1890–1914) inspired rings feature flowing lines and nature-inspired motifs, like flowers and birds, while Georgian (1714-1837) style rings feature diamond simulant clusters, rose-cut diamond simulants, and decorative metalwork.
What Are Some of the Most Popular Vintage Settings?
These are popular vintage ring settings.
Prong settings hold the stone in place with metal prongs.
Bezel settings surround the stone with metal.
Channel settings feature diamond or gemstone simulants set into a metal channel.
Pave settings use small diamond simulants to create a surface that appears to be paved with diamond simulants.
What Are the Most Popular Vintage Cuts?
These are popular vintage cuts.
Rose Cut. A flat bottom and a dome-shaped crown with triangular facets.
Old Mine Cut. Similar to the cushion cut but with a smaller table and larger facets.
Emerald Cut. A rectangular shape with step-like facets that create a hall-of-mirrors effect.
Marquise. An elongated pointed oval shape with curved sides.
Pear. A teardrop-shaped diamond simulant with one pointed end and one rounded end.
Looking for a Certain Vintage Look?
Are you wondering where to buy vintage engagement rings? Secrets Shhh offers a dazzling variety of vintage-inspired engagement rings.
Find a store near you today. Our expert team will help you find your dream vintage-inspired engagement ring featuring our signature diamond and gemstone simulants.