When you are about to pop the question to the one you love, you want to have a beautiful ring to present them as a token of your love. If you want something that is both beautiful and unique, consider a gorgeous vintage diamond ring. The craftsmanship is always superb, and it instantly becomes a family heirloom. Diamond engagement rings that are considered to be vintage or antique are at least 50 years old, but are often many years older.

Vintage Ring Styles

The settings are often described by the era of time in which they were popular. Here are some common vintage styles you will probably come across in your hunt for the perfect engagement ring.

Victorian Period (1835-1900)

Both simple elegance and intricate designs were common in either beautiful yellow or rose gold engagement ring settings, during the Victorian period. Rows of diamonds were common in engagement rings and were cut with an additional facet (referred to as a mine cut) on the bottom. In 1886, the elegant classic styling of the six-prong Tiffany diamond solitaire was introduced to the public and became a ring that has retained its popularity into a third century.

Edwardian Period (1901-1920)

If you look at the history of jewelry, along with advancements in technology came the invention of the oxyacetylene torch. In the Edwardian period, platinum became the popular precious metal used in engagement and wedding rings. Talented and artistic jewelers crafted elegant lacy patterns, pierced shapes, scrollwork, milgraining, and filigree detail on engagement ring settings. The workmanship was exquisite and stunning. Rose-cut diamonds were very popular during this period as were brilliant blue sapphires. Often a center sapphire (round, square, or rectangular) was surround by smaller diamonds creating a gorgeous display.

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Art Deco Period (1920-1930)

Jewelry manufactured during the Art Deco period is the result of the advancements of the machine age and new technology. Some pieces seem to flow with motion and others strictly adhere to geometric forms and grids. Cartier, along with Van Cleef and Arpels were the most famous designers of the Art Deco period and their creations incorporated diamonds, sapphires, black onyx and red coral. It was a period when people spent money with extravagance. According to leading jewelry stores, vintage engagements rings, the Art Deco style is very popular.

Give the woman you love a classic vintage engagement ring and create an instant family heirloom.