3 Types of Vintage Rings You Should Know About
Vintage or antique rings are sentimental treasures from the past. However, you can also create an engagement ring today that is vintage-inspired, and pay homage to designs from another time. Vintage engagement rings in particular can draw on fond or nostalgic memories, and draw deeper connection between the wearer and his or her past. While there are many variations of vintage rings, they can be classified into three main categories: Victorian, Edwardian, and Art-Deco. We’re here to shed light on which characteristics of vintage engagement rings determine their classification. Let’s take a step back in time, shall we?
The essence of a vintage ring lies in its details and craftsmanship, the care and attentiveness with which it is fashioned. Most vintage engagement rings come etched with floral designs, colorful gemstones, and intricate shapes and patterns. All these details combined add an uncanny charm to the ring, and can arguably create sentimental feelings in the wearer.
1. The Victorian Era
The Victorian Era is marked by incredibly decorative and embellished engravings, like scrolls for example. Victorian engagement rings are difficult to come by since most were made more than over a century ago. Despite popular demand, very few jewelry shops carry them.
Most rings belonging to the Victorian Era have a large central stone that is often paired with several small-cut stones to form a halo. Since rubies and sapphires were more valued in that day and age, diamond engagement rings were not as common as they are today. Pearls and emeralds were also popular choices. Since these stones are more fragile than diamonds, it is important check for any damages before purchasing. As for metals, yellow gold and rose gold were quite popular among the masses, as both these colors were favorites of Queen Victoria.
2. The Edwardian Era
The Edwardian Era encompasses the ruling period of King Edward VII from 1901 to 1910. King Edward VII was famous for his fashionable taste in anything art-related, and this included jewelry.
The Edwardian Era featured light-weight jewelry that was easy to wear on a daily basis. It was also the time during which the filigree technique became popular. The filigree technique involves delicate threads of precious metals like platinum, and soldering them to create a look of tiny beads or twisted threads. This lends the metal a lacy and delicate appearance.
3. The Art Deco Era
Vintage rings stemming from the Art Deco Era possess a particular design applied to the jewels from the 1920s until after World War II. Like many things in this time period, jewelry also underwent rapid growth and changes in its sophistication. During this era, there was more focus on geometrical and symmetrical designs, rather than ultra-feminine or floral designs. The Art Deco Era is the most popular type of vintage rings requested by couples today.
White gold was the most popular choice of metal among the middle class, whereas platinum and gold were considered more luxurious metal choices for the elite. Many jewelry designers experimented with new techniques so that unique, ornate designs catered to a broader audience. It was also the era during which emphasis on the diamond’s brilliance gained popularity, and jewelers introduced new and innovative techniques for cutting diamonds.
Sylvie Collection offers a wide selection of beautiful and timeless vintage engagement rings. All rings can be customized so you can make your dream engagement ring a reality! Be sure to browse through our portfolio and get in touch with us with your inquiries and quote requests. We will be happy to guide you throughout your hunt for the ring of your dreams!