Vintage Engagement Rings
People, and even jewelers, use the term “vintage” to describe a lot of things, but its meaning isn’t clear. What does vintage mean? Some people think a vintage ring is old. That is not the case. Vintage Engagement Rings are a idea without any defined meaning. Something that looks vintage to one person might not to another. We use the term “vintage” to mean a new ring styled to look like a ring from an older era.
When a couple gets engaged, it is almost expected of the groom to give the bride to be an engagement ring. In the West, it is almost unheard of not to happen. And westernization coupled with the marketing efforts of companies like DeBeers are making it more common in the rest of the world as well.
The ring to the left is one of our earliest Vintage Engagement Rings. It has an 8x6mm oval center stone surround by swirling bulbed arches leading to a halo of 26, 1.3mm stones. It is accented by 2, 3mm round stones as well.
Up until the last century, engagement rings were almost always constructed with a single stone mounted on a band. This eventually came to be known as the Solitaire Engagement Ring and has remained the most common style of engagement ring. Our Unique Solitaire Engagement Rings reflect the love of the bride and groom: pure, innocent and endless. But where does this idea come from?
Early Engagement Rings
The ancient Romans wore their wedding bands on the left ring finger because that finger supposedly had a vein in it that went to the heart. Because of this belief, the Romans called that vein the “vena amoris” or vein of love, a name which still is used today. Initially, gold, silver, and steel were used to create engagement rings, as these are solid materials which symbolize continuity and strength. Today, gold, silver and platinum are used more because steel doesn’t lend itself to today’s Unique Solitaire Engagement Rings.
Th Art Deco Halo Engagement Ring to the left isn’t your typical halo. It is inset into a v shape from the side view, but looking from the top, it appears to be a standard halo. The stones in the halo as well as beneath the center stone are bezel set, defining each stone. The band is elegantly adorned with floral scrollwork with some milgrain thrown in for good measure.
The ring to the right easily looks like it was manufactured in the 20’s, when engagement rings like this were fabricated bu hand in Platinum. Only master bench jewelers could make these Vintage Engagement Rings, of whom there are very few left. Unfortunately, hand fabrication is a dying art and could be lost.
The Significance of the Diamond in Engagement Rings
The giving of a diamond engagement ring was first recorded in the late 1400’s. Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg wowed his bride to be, Marie de Bourgogne, with a diamond engagement ring. It was a success! And for a few hundred years, this practice was only afforded by the ultra rich. However, the tradition eventually became more widespread after huge South African diamond mines were discovered in the early 1900’s. After that, it was up to the marketing minds of companies like DeBeers to make everyone feel compelled to spend 3 months salary on an engagement ring!
The ring to the left is another of our Vintage Engagement Rings that pays homage to the exquisite engagement rings created solely by hand in the early 1900’s. The stones in both the halo and band are accented with milgrain while the gallery beneath the center stone is artfully cut out with ballpark
According to those minds, diamonds are forever. This makes them an ideal vehicle to represent the love between a bride and groom. However, diamonds aren’t necessary to create our Vintage Engagement Rings. Colored gemstones such as Sapphire, Ruby, or Moissanite make excellent choices for Vintage Engagement Rings that symbolize the eternal union between lovers.
Please don’t forger the less precious stones like Opal or even Moonstone either! We want our Vintage Engagement Rings to symbolize this eternal union and so we won’t limit your vision by only offering a few stone choices.
The Bottom Line on Vintage Engagement Rings
Engagement Ring trends come and go, but there is no doubt that Vintage Engagement Rings, with their unique designs and feminine details, are here to stay!
Does the traditional solitaire engagement ring leave you with something to be desired? Do you want something different from what is at the mall? Then one of our Vintage Engagement Rings is for you. There are so many ways to customize any of our Vintage Engagement Rings. It almost makes it impossible to go wrong with having one made just for you.
The ring to the left is one of our most understated Vintage Engagement Rings. With its sweeping arches, this Vintage Cathedral Engagement Ring elegantly offers its center stone in this striking setting. This one was made with an Asscher cut stone, but any shape can be used. It is accented both on the band and underneath the center stone.
Creating Vintage Engagement Rings is all about the details. Luckily, we can help you traverse those details if it seems a daunting task. This will give you time to worry about other things as well. For brides looking for a versatile, yet still traditional diamond engagement ring, solitaire rings make an excellent choice.
Give us a Chance on Vintage Engagement Rings!
As you can see from the images in this post, the Vintage Engagement Rings can mean a very wide variety of styles and designs. To create Unique Vintage Engagement Rings on one else has, we take inspiration not just from the rings made 100 years ago. We combined those ideas new other style and design elements, creating something truly unique. We are in love with Vintage Engagement Rings. The provide countless possibilities in terms of making a ring that is just for you. Do you want to create a ring that is truly yours? Custom Vintage Engagement Rings give you one of the best chance to achieve that goal.
Want to start your own Unique Vintage Engagement Rings? Contact us with your idea today…It can cost less than you think to have your very own ring created just for you.
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