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Picking an Antique or Vintage Engagement Ring for Your Timeless Love

Published date: April 4, 2018

Vintage Engagement Ring

Have a love that’s timeless? Attracted to things that evoke an Old World feel? You may find that, when searching for the perfect engagement ring, trendy styles don’t fit your look and your tastes. By expanding your search to include the many vintage and antique styles that have come back into vogue, you can find a timeless and striking ring that is the perfect expression of your love and identity.

What are some characteristics of a vintage or antique style ring?

The vintage aesthetic is captured in the delicate details of these classic rings. A few of the motifs and style details that give a ring an antique look and feel:

  • small, triple-set stones
  • hand-cut stones in place of more modern laser-cut styles
  • floral motifs and designs
  • etched metal bands and settings
  • cushion cut or rose-cut stones
  • yellow gold settings
  • mosaic-style micro pave

What are the advantages of choosing a vintage style over an antique ring?

Many people feel that the only way to get what they want is to seek out antique rings. However, there are a number of reasons to look for a replica ring instead. First, antique rings can be far more expensive than their replica counterparts. You are able to get far more for your money when you are open to the many beautiful new rings being made in vintage styles.

If her personal style of dress tends to include vintage-inspired clothing, jewelry and makeup, a vintage style ring will more closely complement her usual attire. No matter how her fashion choices change over time, this ring will continue to be a beloved part of what she wears each day.

You will also find a far greater selection. If there are specific motifs or details that you have fallen in love with, you can choose from many more examples than you would if you limited your search.

Finally, many antique rings are effectively one of a kind. It can be extremely disappointing to see a ring that looks perfect for you, only to discover that it has been sold to another couple. Choosing vintage style instead means that you are a lot more likely to find exactly what you want.

Which time periods suit you and your beloved best?

Those who are drawn to antique and vintage styles have many eras and fashions to choose from. Explore rings from a number of eras to choose the ones that are the best fit for you. A few of the types to include in your search:


During the period from 1714 to 1830, rings were typically fashioned to fit specific stones because of the more limited stone-cutting technology that was available. Georgian-inspired pieces will often feature stones of a number of sizes and shapes within a single ring. Scrolling, floral and bow motifs were common. When diamonds were used, table cut or rose cut were the most common shapes. However, you often see diamonds replaced by or accented with topaz, amethyst, sapphire or garnet in these rings.


Running from 1835 to 1900, the Victorian Era takes its name from England’s Queen Victoria. The first diamond solitaire rings were created during this era due to the discovery of diamonds in South Africa. Earlier in the Victorian era, however, it was more common to see emeralds and other precious stones in engagement rings.

Art Nouveau

The Art Nouveau era bridged the Victorian and Edwardian ages. The styles from this age were a rebellion against the rising technologies that characterized the modern, industrial age. Jewelry from this era placed an emphasis on hand-crafted designs, creativity and natural motifs and feels. Enameling was common. Opal, agate and moonstones were among the most popular choices, with diamonds used sparely.


During the Edwardian era, which ran from 1900 to 1915, engagement rings were opulent and elegant. Platinum became a popular metal choice. Jewelry from this era was feminine, light and delicate. In addition to diamonds, engagement rings would feature other light or bright stones that included aquamarine, green demantoid garnets or sapphires. Many rings featured a motif known as “milgraining,” which involves a small and delicate border of platinum beads surrounding a stone.

Art Deco

The Roaring Twenties ushered in a daring attitude in jewelry designs. During this era, bold, geometric designs were highly desired. The lines in jewelry were straight, dramatic and linear. Diamond rings often featured contrasting stones to add color. These stones would include onyx, red coral, rubies and emeralds. While platinum was the most popular choice for settings, white gold found favor, as well.

At Janviér Jewelers, we are dedicated to finding the ring that fits your style and expresses your timeless love. Our staff is knowledgeable about jewelry styles from a number of eras and can help you pinpoint the perfect combination of motifs, settings and more. Come visit us today or call us at 302-366-7448 to explore our selection of antique style rings.