Vintage Engagement Rings
Vintage-Inspired Engagement Rings at Liori Diamonds
When it comes to purchasing an unforgettable engagement ring, you can’t go wrong when you choose the classic beauty of the vintage look. The engagement rings at Liori Diamonds include a wide selection of vintage diamond rings in numerous shapes, sizes and styles, including edgy black diamond engagement rings. When you shop at Liori Diamonds, we’ll take the time to help you choose the vintage engagement ring and diamond wedding bands that are right for your distinctive taste and specific budget — and that means you can shop with confidence.
Vintage-Style Engagement Rings From a Respected NYC Diamond District Dealer
The diamond district in New York City is home to many of the most elegant and valuable jewelry in the world. At Liori Diamonds, we’re committed to creating and selling high quality, vintage-inspired diamond bridal jewelry that meets your standards for beauty and value. You’ll find incredibly competitive pricing, stones certified by trusted labs such as the Gemological Institute of America and the American Gemological Institute, and a diverse collection of jewelry for every taste and budget. Whether you shop online and take advantage of free overnight shipping or you make an appointment in our New York City showroom, you’ll love shopping at Liori Diamonds.
History of the Vintage Engagement Ring
It’s tough to pinpoint when the exchanging of rings became a symbol of love and commitment, but some historians believe it could have started in the early years of Egyptian history. The Egyptians, like many other cultures, saw the ring as a symbol of something unending. In this case, the hole in the center of the ring was considered an entryway into something powerful and adventurous. The Egyptian people often wore jewelry, but grass and Nile reeds also were woven into braided rings that were worn on fingers, mostly by women.
Later, rings were made of leather and other metals that lasted a little longer. Eventually, the value of the material used to make the ring was seen as a representation of how much that person was loved. The first recorded diamond engagement ring was in 1477, when King Maximilian proposed to his betrothed, Mary of Burgundy.
The Difference Between Vintage, Antique and Estate Rings
While these terms are often tossed about when it comes to discussing engagement rings, their definitions are quite different.
Antique rings: An antique ring is at least 50 years old. That means anything made before 1960 is considered an antique-style engagement ring. In many cases, someone might use an antique engagement ring if it’s been passed down from one family member to another, often considered an heirloom engagement ring. Also, someone might just prefer the style of an older ring and choose to buy an antique over something brand new.
Estate rings: Estate rings have been pre-owned and are often purchased when someone passes away and their jewelry must be sold, either at auction or during a sale. These rings might not always hold personal significance to the buyer, and it can be tough to know the history of who owned the ring.
Vintage rings: This option is often considered a good way to get the best vintage engagement ring based on style and personality. Unlike estate- or antique-style engagement rings, a vintage engagement ring is often a brand new ring designed to look like an older style. Sometimes, this is known as a reproduction ring, as it didn’t come from that particular era but it matches the style.
What Are Vintage Engagement Rings?
Vintage engagement rings come in a variety of styles to fit many different personalities and tastes. Here, we will break down some of the more popular options to give you an example of what you might find when you buy vintage engagement rings online or in store.
Georgian-style engagement rings: Named after the four kings of England, George I to IV, these nature-inspired pieces were popular from the early 1700s to the late 1830s. Many vintage-style engagement rings from this period showcased flowers, birds and leaves.
Victorian-style engagement rings: The Victorian era became very popular in the mid-1800s and lasted until about 1901. Named after Queen Victoria, this style highlights the queen’s unique taste in exquisite jewelry. Because of the growing availability of gold and the discovery of diamonds in Africa, Victorian era vintage engagement rings are often set in yellow gold, and later styles showcase the solitaire diamond.
Edwardian-style engagement rings: Following the Victorian era, Edwardian-style vintage engagement rings remained popular until about 1920. While keeping some of the profiles of the Victorian-style ring, Edwardian engagement rings showcase the new use of platinum in jewelry, often used in popular lace designs. Women who dressed in this popular period of clothing often dolled up with bows, lace and other add-ons. The rings often showcased white on white — so either pearls or diamonds in a platinum setting. The style was often a symbol of high class during this time period.
Art Nouveau-style engagement rings: Squeezing in the popular ring timeline for a moment are Art Nouveau style engagement rings, an era that ranged from around 1890 to 1919. The Art Nouveau era celebrated the birth of the modern artist, often using gemstones and other colored jewels to create not only a beautiful looking piece of jewelry, but something that’s one-of-a-kind.
Art Deco-style engagement rings: While this style only lasted from about 1920 to 1935, Art Deco has remained an iconic symbol of fashion and vintage engagement rings. Many people who wore jewelry at the time did away with the delicate look of lace and grace and instead went for bold, geometric shapes. Straight lines also became a popular style of this era. White gold vintage engagement rings, which were more affordable than platinum rings, offered an alternative for those looking for cheap vintage engagement rings.
Retro-style engagement rings: From 1935 to 1950, jewelry of the retro era was largely pushed by the Great Depression and World War II. Because platinum was too costly for many jewelers to carry, synthetic gems, rubies and other colored jewels took over the market. Often larger in size than most rings, the size was meant to make up for the otherwise cheaper product. Although they were a cheaper vintage engagement ring, some of the world’s more famous jewelry makers were able to make their mark thanks to Hollywood’s most popular stars grabbing onto the trend of retro-style engagement rings.
Choosing the Right Diamond
A diamond can be a very complicated jewel, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Whether you’re looking for a black diamond, traditional white, fancy-color or colorless diamonds, we can help guide you through the process of choosing the right diamond for your antique-style engagement ring.
Black diamonds: Unlike other diamonds, which can reflect the light and different colors, black diamonds only show the color black. This diamond option has become popular thanks to Hollywood stars who showcase the unique color in many timeless pieces. The most famous black diamond is a 67.5 carat brooch called the Black Orlov.
Traditional white diamonds: Traditional white diamonds are timeless and classic in their appeal. They are a more popular choice when it comes to selecting an engagement ring diamond.
Fancy-color diamonds: In the past few years, fancy-color diamonds have become more popular. Some believe that people getting married at an older age means they are more aware of their unique style and aren’t afraid to expand beyond the traditional white diamond.
Colorless diamonds: Diamonds are often scaled on a colorless scale, starting at D for colorless and working all the way up to Z for light color. A truly colorless diamond can be tough to find, making a colorless diamond a more expensive option when choosing an engagement ring.
Natural and enhanced diamonds: Choosing a natural versus enhanced diamonds depends on the personality and taste of the person wearing the ring. Heated or clarity-enhanced stones can often provided a more affordable vintage-style engagement ring.
Choosing the Right Band
Thanks to the longevity of vintage engagement rings, there are plenty of options when it comes to choosing the right band. Whether yellow gold, white gold, platinum or rose gold seem to fit your significant other’s style, there is an era and a personality style.
Yellow gold often is seen as a more vintage style thanks to its color that reflects an older style. White gold or platinum, however, often showcase a certain sense of refinement and have a clean look. Rose gold, which has become popular in recent years as an alternative color, is a great way to add an extra element of uniqueness.
Choosing the Right Cut
Vintage rings come in all shapes, but perhaps the most popular diamond cuts are oval, cushion, round, pear and marquise. Not sure what any of those mean? Here are some examples to help you decide which antique-style engagement ring might be right for you.
Oval: While very similar to a round diamond, the oval diamond shape gives a unique look to a vintage-style engagement ring. The length of the oval often compliments long fingers, giving a very slender look to the hand. When choosing an oval ring, the biggest decisions are length and width, which can vary.
Princess: Nothing sounds quite as elegant as a princess-cut diamond ring. This classic square style has become popular in recent years as an alternative to the round or otherwise more traditional cuts. A princess-cut diamond is known for its straight edges and touch of romance.
Cushion: Perhaps one of the trusted examples of a vintage-style engagement ring, the cushion diamond cut, also sometimes called a pillow cut, has round corners and large facets that often highlight the diamond’s clarity. The shape can be square or more of a rectangle depending on the style you like best.
Round: Perhaps the most popular cut diamond is the round cut. Jewelers have practiced cutting round diamonds for centuries in order to perfect the way the light reflects off each unique edge. This cut also offers great versatility when it comes to choosing a wedding band later on in the planning process.
Pear: A pear-shaped diamond, also known as a tear drop diamond, is known for its noble look of refinement. It also helps to make the fingers appear longer, much like an oval-cut diamond. Many gems are cut into this popular shape, but diamonds of any color also look beautiful with this elegant cut.
Marquise: The marquise-cut diamond is known for appearing like a larger diamond, even if its weight is similar to other cuts. This cut often pairs well with other diamonds in the same setting, giving it a unique, one-of-a-kind look. It even looks nice next to a pair- or round-cut diamond that can highlight the length of the marquise.
Choosing the Right Setting
Maybe you’ve got all the other details picked out when it comes to choosing your vintage engagement ring, but it’s important not to forget the setting. Check out these examples of unique vintage engagement ring settings.
Prong: Another popular ring option is the prong or solitaire setting. These little metal claws secure the diamond in its setting to ensure it can be shown off yet remain secure. Typically found in four- or six-prong settings, the shape of the prong can also be flat, pointed, rounded or a V-shape. This setting is usually favored because more light can shine through the diamond, showing off its brilliance.
Bezel: The bezel setting is a more modern setting, favored by those who lead an active lifestyle and don’t like how a prong might snag on clothing or other items. A full bezel covers the entire edge of the diamond, while a partial leaves the sides open and exposed to more light.
Pave: This exquisite setting is “paved” in diamonds, meaning that smaller diamonds often surround a solitaire. Holes are often drilled into the ring so the tiny diamonds can be placed. While this ring can often give an added sense of brilliance to an otherwise single solitaire, it can be tough if the ring needs to be resized. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your jeweler before choosing a pave setting.
Halo: A very popular setting in vintage engagement rings, the halo setting is often a solitaire diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds in a circle or square. While the halo setting sometimes goes well with a pave band, it also can be used alone to help highlight a smaller solitaire diamond or bring an extra bit of elegance to an otherwise traditional setting.
Cathedral: A cathedral setting is a very classic setting with a touch of elegance. Named after the style found in cathedral arches, arches are often used to surround the diamond in this unique setting. It also adds a bit of height to the ring and gives the illusion of a larger diamond.
Tension: A tension setting is a unique and elegant way to help a vintage engagement ring stand out. Sometimes coupled with a bezel setting for security, the tension setting adds an extra dimension to the ring, giving it a unique look that’s often very different from other, more traditional vintage engagement ring settings.
Let Liori Diamonds Help You Find the Perfect Ring
Even when narrowing your search down to a vintage engagement ring, all of the options can seem overwhelming. Let the experts at Liori Diamonds help you choose the perfect engagement ring — from the era to the diamond cut to the unique setting. Liori Diamonds is committed to helping you find the perfect ring for this next phase in your relationship.
View the Liori Diamonds extensive line to find the best vintage engagement ring for you.
Our vast inventory of vintage diamond jewelry styles make it easy to find the diamond engagement and wedding jewelry you’ve been dreaming of. Our inventory includes:
Rare and exclusive styles that will set your vintage-style diamond ring apart from every other engagement setting in the room.
Vintage engagement and wedding rings with black diamonds, fancy color diamonds and traditional white and colorless diamonds.
Natural and enhanced diamonds. Whether you prefer to purchase an untreated diamond or you love the values you can find in our selection of heated or clarity-enhanced stones, Liori Diamonds has a look for you.
Vintage diamond rings in oval, cushion, round, pear and marquise shapes.
Black diamond engagement rings. What’s the latest diamond look sweeping the red carpet? Black diamond rings, and Liori Diamonds has dozens of styles from which to choose.
Engagement rings with prong settings, pave settings, halo settings, stones in hard-to-find shapes and more.
Discover the Liori Diamonds Difference
How often do you plan to purchase a vintage diamond engagement ring? If you’re like most people, only once or twice. You want to feel confident and secure in your choice, and Liori Diamonds is the perfect diamond district resource that can help you get the most value for your budget. You’ll learn the characteristics that give a diamond its value, and choose the ones that matter most — then select a setting that meets your needs.
Once you’ve made your choice, you’ll be glad you purchased your ring from Liori Diamonds. We provide a limited lifetime warranty with every purchase that protects against defects in manufacture and craftsmanship. Your loved one will love looking at her ring, and you can relax knowing it was a thoughtful, wise purchase — why shop anywhere else?
Browse our online collection of vintage diamond wedding jewelry, and make Liori Diamonds your diamond district destination today.
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