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Modern Engagement Rings Inspired by Vintage Styles

25 September 2020
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Vintage has become trendy as many people reminisce over the styles and trends from years gone by. However, the word vintage is used so much we can forget that a lot of “vintage” items are actually modern designs. This is true of modern engagement rings, which have developed over centuries of skilled craftsmanship.


If your special someone loves vintage clothing, looks and styles, it’s perfect to pop the question with a ring that matches their tastes. Below you will find out everything you need to know about this trend and explore modern engagement rings inspired by vintage styles.


What is a Vintage Engagement Ring?

A vintage engagement ring typically means a piece that is at least 20 years old and is usually defined as belonging to a specific style or design aesthetic. These days, however, a vintage engagement ring is often a term used to describe pieces with a style belonging to past eras or trends. 


The Difference Between Antique Engagement Rings and Vintage Engagement Rings

With rings considered vintage by at least 20 years old, an antique engagement ring is usually at least 150 years old and thus carries extra value for its historical significance.


When choosing a vintage engagement ring today, it means you are getting a ring that features jewellery design elements from past eras, typically from the late 1800s up to the 1960s, however, the modern designs and gemstones keep them trendy and sparkly for longer.


What to look for in a Vintage Engagement Ring

The vintage design elements that you’ll find in modern engagement rings include diamond/gemstone halos, floral engraving, mil grain detailing or pavé diamond ring settings. You’ll also find organic engraving, geometric patterns, opulent embellishments and striking colours to create quite a statement. Modern vintage engagement rings can give you all the above, but with the highest quality materials so they can be treasured for a lifetime.



1. Round Diamond Vintage Engagement Ring 

Round Diamond Vintage Engagement Ring

We start with a Round Diamond Vintage Engagement Ring. This elegantly crafted vintage style diamond ring takes the modern round brilliant cut you know and love and combines it with art déco style mill-grain cut shoulders and weaving metal patterns typically found on rings in the Edwardian era - where rings favoured scrolling, ribbons and vines to give that feeling of everlasting love.


2. Asscher Diamond Single Halo Vintage Ring

Asscher Diamond Single Halo Vintage Ring

The very sophisticated and style design of the Asscher Diamond Single Halo Vintage Ring displays the white flash of the Asscher cut centre to ensure it has its best light. The Asscher cut was originally developed in 1902, but surged in popularity during the Art déco period. While usually found in a trilogy setting, this large cut is ideal for those who want a nod to vintage elegance in their engagement ring.


3. Round Diamond Single Halo Shoulder Set Ring

Round Diamond Single Halo Shoulder Set Ring

This beautifully created Round Diamond Single Halo Shoulder Set Engagement Ring comprises a central round brilliant cut diamond with more round diamonds placed on the shoulders. The shining halo that surrounds the round diamond became popular during the Art Nouveau period, designed to emphasise the soft, feminine or floral aesthetic.


4. Princess Diamond Vintage Ring

Princess Diamond Vintage Ring

The Princess Diamond Vintage ring is a beguiling designer piece that comprises round brilliant cut diamonds set on a triple shoulder set mount with a princess centre stone. The use of rows and a yellow gold metal finish was a popular trend during the Victorian era, especially in the latter part of the period. Arguably any vintage 18ct yellow gold engagement ring could be considered as being inspired by the Victorian era.



5. Knife Edge Blue Sapphire Emerald & Round Diamond Vintage Ring

Knife Edge Blue Sapphire Emerald & Round Diamond Vintage Ring


A real hidden treasure, this Knife Edge Blue Sapphire Emerald & Round Diamond Vintage Ring radiates the beguiling blue of the ocean while set with small diamonds hidden beneath the claw or setting. The striking size of the sapphire is reminiscent of the Art Deco era where engagement rings would often feature colourful gemstones including sapphires, emeralds, jades, rubies and mother-of-pearl.


These are just a few of our elegant collection of vintage-inspired engagement rings that create a subtle nod to a past era. With a range of styles to choose from, you can find the perfect engagement ring to suit the style and tastes of your loved one with a ring that will never go out of fashion.


If you’re unsure of the vintage engagement ring you want to buy, you can book a free appointment at one of our stores or online or you can call us on 0121 200 1300 to speak to one of our jewellery experts who can guide you through the process.