Today’s post is going to a DitL classic sort of post, where we round up a bunch of antique engagement rings and admire them together. I tried to come up with a theme, but really I’m just in the mood to admire the classic beauty of rings made 100 or so years ago.
The theme of this post shall be “these antique engagement rings are pretty, hooray!”
Let’s start things out with a bang. Several of these antique engagement rings are going to be from the Art Deco era, because that’s how I roll.
This magnificent beast is a spectacular 3.10 ct diamond Art Deco engagement ring with calibre sapphires. A huge, juicy diamond in an intricate setting with tiny, sparkling diamonds an vivid blue sapphires? What’s not to love.
This ring – and the others today – are all from perennial DitL favorite, Lang Antiques.
How freakin’ cool is this 1920’s ring? Its die-struck setting is ostensibly a straightforward solitaire, but the elegant, curving details beneath the diamond make it truly special. A unique beauty.
How about a perfect cushion cut diamond sandwiched between two luminous emeralds? Yes, please. I love antique engagement rings with colored stone details, and this one from 1915-1920 fits the bill.
This ring is from the Art Deco era, but there’s something about its design that strikes me as so contemporary. It’s a great low-profile ring (that means it doesn’t stick up far from your finger) with a bezel-setting and pretty, ribbon-like shoulders. The center diamond is just over a carat and a half.
This is actually the ring that made me want to do an antique engagement rings roundup today. A two stone ring with a side-by-side design, instead of the bypass moi-et-toi style, this double diamond ring with sapphire details is not only beautiful, it’s side-by-side center stones bring the most perfect symbolism for an engagement ring.
I love the juxtaposition of the clean lines of the center stone and the soft, almost floral accents of the shoulder details on this antique engagement ring. This dreamy Art Deco beauty dates to the 1920’s, with a lovely 2.03 carats emerald-cut center diamond.
This beauty is by a little company called Tiffany & Co., made in the early 1900’s. It features one of my very favorite diamonds shapes, a chubby moval (marquise/oval), clocking in at just over 3 carats and shining in a glorious platinum setting.
This 1950’s diamond bow would be an atypical choice for an engagement ring, but I think it could be fantastic. What a glamorous, dynamic piece. It doesn’t technically fit into the category of “antique engagement rings,” since from the 1950’s – which makes it vintage – but I couldn’t resist it.
This beauty is similar in theory to the first ring we looked at today – large center stone, sapphire accents, open work – but it has a completely different feeling. The 2.42 carat old mine cut center stone, framed with 8 royal blue triangular synthetic sapphires, feels like a glorious sunburst or a flower in its cloud of lacy geometric openwork. A joyful, dramatic ring.
You know what I’m to ask: which one do you love the most?
All of these lovely antique engagement rings are for sale at Lang Antiques. All images and info in this post are thanks to Lang Antiques.
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