Reasons to Choose a Vintage Engagement Ring
Rêve Diamonds offer a wide range of contemporary jewelry, but in recent years, vintage engagement rings have enjoyed a sharp rise in popularity. Their quality craftsmanship and distinct characteristics make them a great source of fascination. Furthermore, classic styles can incorporate diamonds cut into popular shapes, including oval, emerald, round, cushions, princess, and more.
The tradition of giving a ring to your partner can be traced back thousands of years, while diamonds have been used since at least the 15th century. Vintage engagement rings instantly tap into that history, but there are a host of other reasons to select this style of ring for your engagement, including:
Vintage diamond rings are designed with durability in mind. Both solitaire and multi-diamond rings may feature gold, white gold, silver, or other elegant materials. This ensures their robust strength is coupled with truly stunning beauty that is certain to light up her face.
Engagement rings made in a vintage style find the perfect blend between modern and antique styles. This is the perfect metaphor for this stage of your relationship as you celebrate your history while simultaneously looking ahead to the future you will share together.
Easy to Match
Vintage engagement rings aren’t only perfect as a standalone product. They can also be matched to wedding rings and other jewelry with ease. So, you will be able to find the perfect gifts for future anniversaries and birthdays — as well as the big wedding day — without any hassle.
The History of Engagement Rings
Have you ever wondered where the tradition of giving an engagement ring came from? The practice dates back to ancient Egypt, where rings were worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was believed to contain a vein leading directly to the heart.
Throughout history, the gems and metals used in engagement rings have varied – Ancient Romans favored iron bands, while Renaissance Europeans preferred silver or gold.
In 1477, Archduke Maximilian of Austria presented his betrothed with a diamond ring, and this trend gradually spread throughout Europe and eventually to America.
Today, diamonds are still by far the most popular choice for engagement rings — but ultimately, the significance lies not in the material value of the ring but in its symbolism of eternal love and commitment.
Vintage Engagement Rings That Can Be Treasured Forever
When choosing an engagement ring, vintage styles offer timeless elegance and charm. Whether it's a 1920s Art Deco design or a 1960s retro-inspired statement piece, these rings mix classic beauty with individual character.
In addition to being visually stunning, vintage rings often feature higher quality materials such as platinum and durable gemstones like diamonds, sapphires, and rubies.
These rings are also unique, with one-of-a-kind designs that can't be found at mainstream jewelry stores. And since they've already stood the test of time, vintage engagement rings can be treasured forever by you and future generations.
Antique and Vintage Engagement Ring Eras
When looking at classic engagement ring styles, many people split them into two categories — vintage and antique. The latter usually describes anything over a century old, while the former term is used to describe rings with elaborate designs and/or interesting history. They can both feature a solitaire diamond or several diamonds.
While many people fall in love with antique and vintage engagement rings purely for their beautiful designs, it can be useful to learn about some of the different eras.
Old mine cuts were exceptionally popular during the Victorian era, which lasted from 1837 to 1901. Rubies and emeralds were frequently seen in rings during this time. Symbolism was big in this era, with snakes representing love and affection. Diamonds represented prosperity and love, with jewelers using rubies to symbolize devotion and passion.
Art Nouveau and Edwardian Eras
Although the Art Nouveau period was brief, it proved to be highly influential in the world of jewelry. This period was characterized by exotic designs centered around muted colors, femininity, and nature. During the Edwardian era, more platinum was used to create jewelry. Many pieces were inspired by embroidery and lace. Emeralds and rubies were popular, though diamonds were dominant during this era.
Art Deco Era
The Art Deco era spanned the 1920s and 1930s. Art Deco designs were typically centered around distinctive patterns, geometric shapes and contrasts between colors. Art Deco jewelry was heavily influenced by trends gathering pace in Egypt and India. Many Art Deco pieces had clean lines and sharp edges. There were many experimental combinations of natural materials with artificial glass and plastic.
The Retro Era
The Retro Era occurred in the 1940s and 1950s. During this era, jewelers blended trends from the past and present. There were many modern interpretations of styles popular during the Victorian period. Oversized pieces became more popular, with large gemstones accented by diamonds — and rubies, and sapphires. Warm yellow and rose golds were on-trend, whereas platinum had fallen out of favor.
Vintage Engagement Ring Cuts and Styles
A luxury vintage engagement ring makes a clear statement about the eternal nature of your love. However, the cut of the diamond can have a telling impact on the overall design and vibe it creates. You will keep the engagement ring for life, so it’s imperative that you make the right choice.
While the other aspects of the 4Cs will be vital too, the cut should have a huge influence on informing your decision.
Old European Cuts
Old European cuts featured heavily in the 19th century and are noted for their large triangular facets and rounded tables. As well as being seen in antique rings, they are regularly seen in vintage designs that replicate classical styles.
Victorian cuts often produce large diamonds with a classical shape, multifaceted top crown, small table, and step-cut bottom pavilion. In addition to rounded shapes, you may see ovals and cushions.
Carré cuts are a square shape and feature a large facet. They are popular because only high-quality gemstones are used. This is because any blemishes in inferior stones are easily seen.
Alongside being a popular choice for women, vintage engagement rings are a fantastic choice for men who wish to show off their engagement in style. Whether looking for his or her vintage engagement rings, Rêve Diamonds is the perfect place to find them.
Why Choose Rêve Diamonds for Your Vintage Engagement Ring?
When it comes to vintage engagement rings, selecting the right jewelry store is just as important as finding the perfect ring. At Rêve Diamonds, we offer an exquisite collection of antique and vintage rings inspired by all eras. Our expert gemologists handcraft each piece to ensure every ring we sell is truly one-of-a-kind. In addition, we offer on-site repair and restoration services for your vintage ring, so you can treasure it for years to come.
When you choose Rêve Diamonds for your vintage engagement ring, you'll not only find a stunning piece of jewelry but also exceptional service and expertise.
Our team of experienced and professional jewelers doesn’t only understand engagement rings; more importantly, we understand you. You’re about to make a lifelong commitment, which is why you need a traditional engagement ring that’s as robust and durable as stylish and beautiful.
Lifetime Production Guarantee
Each item we produce has a lifetime production guarantee to cover any manufacturing issues or problems. Our products come with substantial warranties, and we offer a 30-day return policy. If you want to return an item for any reason, just let us know, and we will process this return without asking any questions.
Free Insured Jewelry Shipping
We also offer insured shipping. From the moment your jewelry leaves our facility to the point it arrives at your address, you’re covered. Your return shipping will also be insured if you decide to return the item or items to us, as long as the free shipping label inside the package is used.
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Vintage Engagement Ring FAQs
HOW MUCH DO VINTAGE ENGAGEMENT RINGS COST?
Vintage engagement rings are a stunning and unique way to symbolize your everlasting love. However, when it comes to purchasing one, the cost can vary greatly. Many factors ``— such as the era in which the ring was made, the materials used, and any added features such as gemstones or engravings — will affect the price. Generally speaking, a simple solitaire can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $15,000. But when it comes to luxury vintage rings with precious stones or intricate designs, the sky is truly the limit.
While there is no set price range for vintage engagement rings, it's important to consider all your options before committing to a purchase — both financially and romantically. Your partner will be wearing this ring for eternity — make sure it's worth every dime.
DO VINTAGE RINGS REQUIRE MORE MAINTENANCE?
When it comes to vintage rings, the age-old question is often whether they require more maintenance and upkeep compared to their modern counterparts. While vintage rings may have slightly different cleaning needs due to their specific materials and designs, they do not necessarily require any more maintenance overall.
The most important thing is to handle them with care and consult a jewelry expert for any special cleaning or repair needs. In fact, many vintage materials, such as gold and platinum, are known for their durability and longevity. So you can enjoy the unique beauty of your antique ring — just be sure to treat it with the love and attention it deserves. It's truly a special piece that will only become more valuable with time.
WHAT TYPE OF WEDDING RING WILL MATCH MY VINTAGE ENGAGEMENT RING?
Finding the perfect wedding band to complement a vintage engagement ring can be tough, and there are a few options to consider. For a matching antique style, look for a band with intricate metalwork and gemstone accents in similar colors or cuts. On the other hand, if you're going for contrast, opting for a more minimalist band in a different metal (such as yellow gold to pair with a white gold or silver engagement ring) can create an eye-catching contrast.
It's also important to consider the shape of your engagement ring's setting — choosing a wedding band mimicking that shape (such as a curved band for a curved setting) will bring harmony to the overall look. Ultimately, the best wedding ring is one that brings out the beauty of your unique vintage engagement ring while still showcasing your personal style.
WHY SELECT A VINTAGE-STYLE ENGAGEMENT RING?
Are you looking for an engagement ring that stands out from the crowd? An antique or vintage-inspired design might be the way to go. Not only are these rings unique and special, but most also have a rich history and story behind them. Many vintage designs feature intricate detailing and craftsmanship that aren’t often replicated in today's mass-produced jewelry market.
Plus, vintage-style rings often use higher quality materials such as genuine gemstones and solid gold settings. So not only will your ring stand the test of time aesthetically, but it will also have lasting value.
Find the Perfect Vintage Engagement Ring Today
The appeal of vintage engagement rings is clear but finding the perfect piece of jewelry isn’t always easy. Here at Rêve Diamonds, we offer one of the largest and most varied collections available. We additionally appreciate your desire for a convenient purchase.
You can use a range of filters on this website to navigate your way to the perfect vintage engagement ring for you. Alternatively, you can visit our New York showroom or contact our team for assistance in narrowing your search and finding the perfect vintage engagement ring for popping the question.
Our comprehensive services are further supported by 30-day return policies for ONLINE orders, free delivery, and insurance that covers your product from the moment you place an order to when you receive the product. Whether you know exactly what type of vintage engagement ring you want or need a little support in finding the perfect ring, we’re here to help.
We are specialists in engagement rings and have helped hundreds of couples start their next chapter in the most magical way. Our reputation within the industry, along with a commitment to quality, transparency, and value for money, allows you to buy and propose with 100% confidence. It’s the least you deserve.
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