We’re enamored to say the least by antique and vintage engagement rings – Edwardian, Victorian, Art Deco, Retro… You name it, we’ve fawned over it. So when EraGem came into our lives, we were pretty stoked to see all these innovative eras represented and more! But what do all these styles actually mean? How do you know which era you’re attracted to the most? We figured we’d help you out a bit – at the very least to flood your vision with vintage engagement rings galore because hey, you may be addicted to every style like we are!
I mean… is this 4-carat engagement ring even real life?!
I know you’re ready to jump right in, so here’s some historical era 101 when it comes to antique engagement rings, sprinkled with a few of our favorites from EraGem in between just because!
Victorian Engagement Rings (1837-1900):
- Aligned with the 63 years of Queen Victoria’s reign
- Engagement rings characterized by expressive designs (I.e. birds, hearts, flowers) vs. standardized styles of the past
- Common for birthstones to be used instead of diamonds
- Cluster motifs, unique halos, nods to the Renaissance
Edwardian Engagement Rings (1901-1910):
- Aligned with King Edward VII’s reign in Great Britain
- Graceful designs with a sense of lightness and delicacy
- Floral patterns in ornate platinum filigree, giving a feathery or lacey appearance (which reflected the changes in fashion at the time too!)
- Flowy motifs like bows + scrolls popular too
- Inspired by architecture, symmetry and sharp geometric patterns
- Colored stone accents became more popular, as did having free, individualistic designs
- A sense of boldness and unapologetic luxury in jewelry designs
- Introduction of the brilliant cut
- Yellow and rose golds rings, with white gold on the rise in popularity
- Largely influenced by Hollywood glamour
- Bold designs that are larger than life
- Flowers, animals, flowy bows were popular motifs in this era
Transitional Cut Diamond Vintage Detailed Engagement Ring
If ya can’t tell, we love to know what we’re looking at. And now you’re equipped with all this important info that’ll make your own engagement ring shopping that much more intentional too. EraGem doesn’t just stop there though. They’ve got estate jewelry from brooches + pins (which might make the perfect mother-in-law gift) to necklaces and bracelets you can also sport on the wedding day. Plus… men’s jewelry!
Now if you’re ready for the motherload of antique and vintage jewelry, head straight to the source here. And come back to report your favorites, please and thank you!