Are you familiar with Victor Barbone, my darlings? They’re vintage engagement ring specialists: all vintage engagement rings, all the time.
In other words: they’re our kind of people.
There isn’t much I love more than a vintage engagement ring. The romance, the unique details, the soulful sense of history and individuality!
Another bonus of vintage engagement rings – and one that isn’t discussed enough, in my opinion – is the total clarity of conscience that they offer. If you want to make sure your engagement ring has as low an environmental impact as possible, why not choose one that already exists, instead of going for new production? It’s hard to make a more sustainable/ethical choice than recycling!
Now we’re going to look at a dozen of Victor Barbone’s vintage engagement rings one by one and drool happily all over our screens.
THIS is Mira. She requires occasional all caps, because HOLY MOLY.
Her vibe is Art Nouveau, but Mira is early Edwardian, from 1905. Are you a wood nymph who dreams of a shimmering antique diamond wreathed in golden flowers? If so: this is your perfect ring.
You’ll never see another vintage engagement ring like this one. If she feels right to you, you should buy her immediately.
Have we talked about my ruby feelings recently? I never used to appreciate rubies, but somehow they’ve become one of my favorite gems.
This ring – the fiery Everly – is a low-profile Art Deco platinum setting with a 1.06 carat transitional cut diamond and 17 rich, rosy rubies. An outwardly simple design made unforgettable by the glowing pop of color. Rubies represent passion, which couldn’t be more perfect for a proposal.
Oh hello, beautiful. This is September, a platinum seductress made in the same year as my own engagement ring: 1930.
Look at those elegant scrolling sides, nimble openwork, and of course that irresistible 2.18 carat old European cut diamond in its sleek bezel setting. This ring is quiet elegance personified, with a heavy dose of glamour on top of that.
Bezel settings are having a moment in contemporary design, but September is gorgeous proof that the concept is a classic, rather than a trend.
This is the luminous Catalina. That’s a 2.21 carat old European cut diamond in the center with another 1.75 carats of diamonds surrounding it.
There’s nothing like a diamond cluster ring for pure volume on the finger. From afar, every one of those facets will catch the light and this baby will blaze like a 5 carat stone.
The Janette ring! This one is so cool I can hardly stand it. It’s Art Deco, if you couldn’t guess by the geometric feel, circa 1925.
This beauty has a 2.25 carat Asscher cut center stone accented by rows of diamonds and rubies. That clean pop of color is so unique; I’ve never seen another ring exactly like this one. It’s a perfect pick for someone who likes the iconic feel of a classic Asscher but wants something special.
This stunner is Coco. If you took the Art Deco aesthetic, distilled it, and turned it into one ring, this is what it would look like.
Just feast your eyes upon that luscious old diamond in its frame of millgrain detailing and channel set baguette diamonds. Coco is both fabulously glamorous and sweetly low-profile. Whatever you wanted to do, this ring would roll right along with you.
This is the lovely Lavender.
A juicy 2.01 carat old European cut diamond flanked by two beautiful, curving, diamond-studded platinum shoulders. A voluptuous Art Deco beauty whose subtle but unique details set it apart. The silhouette is iconic but that shoulder detail makes it something special.
It’s a particularly perfect example of why I love vintage engagement rings so much: even when their design is classic, their disparate details give them such unique, individual personalities.
If you’re feeling daring in terms of shape, may I draw your attention to the thrice lovely Gianna?
This long, lean Edwardian era lovely dates to 1905 and features three chubby antique diamonds all in a row. The center stone is 0.98 carats and the two on either side each clock in around 0.54 carats, with four more rose cut diamonds on the shoulders.
I’m a huge fan of long, vertically oriented rings. There’s nothing more flattering to the finger.
This powerhouse is Cersei – named for the ruthless Lannister or not, this ring is a stunner.
The center stone makes me swoon. It’s a whopping 4.21 carat old mine cut diamond flanked by two 0.40 carat no-heat Basaltic blue sapphires. An iconic style unforgettably rendered with remarkable stones.
Here’s the wonderful Frances! Art Deco, circa 1925, with a wonderful 1.45 carat old European cut diamond in a simple but elegant setting.
This Art Deco beauty reminds me of the lovely Lavender from earlier in the post, except that Frances’ shoulders feature a twist detail rather than the simpler loop on Lavender. Just as gorgeous, but less soft and with a little bonus complexity.
The twist detail has echoes of an infinity symbol, if you’re looking for a design with more meaning than just attractive design.
This is the stunning Amara ring. This platinum and yellow gold beauty is Edwardian era, circa 1910. Amara stars a gleaming 1.98 carat rose cut center diamond within a halo of 18 old European cut diamonds.
I find this ring utterly bewitching. Look at how the facets of the rose cut center stone shimmer in the light and how elegantly that contrasts with the tighter sparkle of the old Euro halo and the delicacy of the negative space between the two.
The Florence ring is so simple, but so so so glorious. It centers a 1.57 carat antique pear cut diamond bezel set in platinum and surrounded by a halo of calibre cut emeralds.
This one didn’t actually start life as a ring: it used to be an Art Deco brooch, circa 1920. It makes a wonderful ring, doesn’t it? The central element is original, the platinum band is new.
I’m cutting myself off here, even though I could easily keep going (the Pinterest board I used to choose which 12 rings I wanted to feature started out at 56).
If you like what we’ve looked at here today, you should definitely follow Victor Barbone’s Instagram. Dreamy photography and vintage engagement rings, all the time. And this is only a small part of their current selection – you can find the rest on their website.
This sponsored post is brought to you by Victor Barbone. Images c/o Victor Barbone.
I recently bought a small diamond ring. 14 kt. yellow gold, with a tiny diamond, Transitional cut stone. GORGEOUS! Yellow band, silver topped with a bright .20 pt. diamond.Band is handmade with carved Acanthus leaves, and geo metrics on the band, just wonderful! Very easy to ear and so lovely. It pays to shop around and to be flexible with gem stones and smaller sizes.
Oh it sound so beautiful!!
Page Sargisson says
Love these! Vintage pieces are what have inspired a lot of my custom engagement rings. The subtle and straight forward design of the pieces you’ve mentioned are truly unique in today’s world. Handmade engagement rings to me have always had more emotional and monetary value, simply because of the rarity they bring with them. Not to forget the fact that they’re made for the client and the client alone.
James Tillerson says
Rubies are one of my favourite stones! It’s just a shame that they are becoming increasingly rare, especially the untreated, unheated ones. In addition, I really wish that the vintage style of rings would come back in a bigger way. Recently, i’ve seen a greater move towards the older Marquise style cut along with significant accents that is tending towards the vintage style but i would love to see a bigger move away from the standard solitaire settings which are so popular. That fiery everly is just beautiful and I love the Art Deco Style!!!!
Yes!! I’m obsessed with with Everly too. There are some contemporary designers who are heavily influenced by vintage style: Erika Winters, Single Stone, Jade Trau (sort of). But I agree with you: the jewelry of the past has so much to offer us!
Laura Kump says
I have a clear obsession with vintage rings and Victor Barbone. Andria is a master at finding original, beautiful rings. I have purchased more than 5!!! Clearly I have an addiction. I highly recommend working with her to find your ring. You won’t be disappointed in any way and may come back for more.
Oooh yes!! You know, every time I share anything from Victor Barbone, I get messages like this from people sharing their positive personal experiences. I think that’s so telling: they make people so happy they they just can’t help reaching out to tell me about it.
I bet your 5 rings are spectacular.
Laura Kump says
My home was robbed and I lost my ER and others. I’m slowly rebuilding my collection. The ER was the hardest to replace. I”m in love with my Olive ring which I bought from Andria. The others are wedding bands and right hand rings, each unique and stunning in their own right. I have fun playing with them.
Problem is, it’s addicting – lol. Since it’s not my original ER it makes it harder to have self control when you see another stunner. Wishing I had endless fingers and funds.
If anyone is looking to purchase vintage I’d say don’t bother looking elsewhere – she is the BEST.