What’s that? You think I post too many 1920s engagement rings? (Just kidding. Who would say anything so ridiculous?)
The two I have for you today don’t have anything really in common, they just both struck me as exceptional so I decided to lump them together. Plus, they look like they get along well, don’t you think?
Let’s take a look at this beauty first. Oh my goodness, do I love an East-West marquise. (“East-West” means that the center stone is set with the long ends pointing to the sides, instead of straight up and down.) This one was made in 1925 by none other than Tiffany & Co., so it’s no wonder it’s a beauty.
Oh, yes. You’re no average 1920s engagement ring, are you, my pretty? Just look at the twisting, ribbon-like details on the sides of the center stone, the engraving along the shank! Glorious. Let’s get even closer.
When it’s this close in, you can really see how the center stone is floating in its millegrained elliptical halo.
I couldn’t resist taking a last, full look. This ring is a queen of refined simplicity; a collection of tiny details and one remarkable stone that form a glorious whole.
Ring #2 reminds me of a peacock. The other one got all that florid prose, this one just gets “looks like a peacock.”
My favorite thing about this early Art Deco stunner – which dates to 1920 and only narrowly makes my cut for “1920s engagement rings” – is that the sapphire side stones vary in color. If that turns out to be a trick of the light in which this piece was photographed, I will be very sad.
You see what I mean about the color of the sapphires? Of course, the rest of the ring is magnificent on its own: just look at that engraving! And I love the shape of it; it has such presence. No one’s going to fail to notice this beauty on your finger.
Sigh. My heart goes pitter-patter.
You know what I’m going to ask, because it’s my favorite question: which of these would you choose if you could only choose one?
Both of these wonderful 1920s engagement rings are currently available at Erstwhile Jewelry Co – please see descriptions above for links. All images and info in this post are thanks to Erstwhile Jewelry Co.