When browsing engagement rings, we are so often preoccupied with the “Four C’s” – color, cut, clarity and carat. But one of the biggest trends of late has been a shift toward antique sparklers – a cost-effective and ecological choice for those who want glamorous style and a set of gems that have a history of their own. One of the many benefits of choosing a vintage engagement ring: you’re ensured a one-of-a-kind design that has withstood the test of time. And antique rings boast a level of craftsmanship and attention to detail that the majority of their contemporary counterparts can’t offer.
Where to find vintage estate rings
The Internet is a veritable smorgasbord for sourcing antique estate rings. Of course, with online shopping you’re taking a gamble on sizing and quality, but most reputable shops and dealers offer insurance and verified appraisals. Etsy has a terrific selection of estate rings from the 1920s-1940s, and 66Mint offers some of the finest vintage and antique jewelry at exceptional prices. Whether you fancy Victorian era or the classic lines of Art Deco, you’re bound to discover a ring that speaks to your heart and fits within your budget constraints.
Another option is going with a “vintage-inspired” creation –one that is custom made to accommodate your favorite gemstone and style.
Our top ten antique engagement rings
This 1920’s ring (available on Etsy) is fabulous yet understated. Sometimes simplicity is better!
An Edwardian diamond sapphire Daisy Engagement Ring crafted in 18 carat gold from the 1910s. (Etsy -$328)
From the Art Deco era, this 1930s stunner features 14 carat gold and a sparkling round cut diamond (Marlene Harris Collection – $400)