Georgia O’Keeffe Abstraction 1926 | Art Deco ring c. 1920
My recent visit to the new Whitney Museum Of American Art here in NYC inspired this new series of putting art in context with the engagement rings of the day. It was particularly striking how advanced fine artists are for their time when you think about it in terms of the dress, customs and jewelry of the time.
One of the most spectacular vintage Art Deco engagement rings in our collection, this stunner is simple and elegant, with delicate heart scrollwork along the basket making the ring interesting from every angle. The basket setting has four prongs that hold the diamond securely while leaving a lot of room for light to shine through this sizable diamond. See it in our shop here.
Are you looking for our archived jewelry?
Don’t worry we will continue to have a SOLD GALLERY! We are in the process of adding all of our archived rings to the new website. This will take a few days so please be patient with us.
In the meantime, you can view our current collection of vintage engagement rings on our new website or you can view our own new line of engagement rings made in New York City with estate diamonds and recycled metals.
You are cordially invited to experience our brand new website!
The history of antique diamond cuts officially began in the middle ages when diamonds became fashionable in Europe. This diagram illustrates the six most popular antique diamond cuts throughout history. There are others but we will focus on the most popular here.
Vintage engagement rings come in many styles. Like trends today, ring trends in the past changed and evolved with the fashions of the day. Certain ring styles were ubiquitous during particular eras. But most often the styles didn’t vanish rather they transformed and changed through the ages. As an example the cluster style which as been around for centuries but has had many variations progressing from one era to the next..
Clockwise: Victorian engagement ring made in silver on yellow gold with an old european cut diamond in a cluster c.1890 | Late Victorian engagement ring made in silver on gold with a .80 carat old european cut diamond, accented with rubies and diamonds c. 1900 | Victorian diamond carved half hoop engagement ring with five old european cut and old mine cut diamonds c. 1870 England | Victorian gold engagement ring made in a classic buttercup setting centered with a .70 carat old mine cut diamond and accented with black enamel c. 1870
1837 – 1901
Without a doubt, the personality of Queen Victoria dominated the style of the era that bears her name. Queen Victoria’s relationship with her husband, Albert, who died in 1861, defined much of the era’s views on marriage, relationships, jewelry, and fashion.
This Shreve & Co. vintage engagement ring was made in the 1920s during the height of the Art Deco period.
With just 24 facets, the subtle beauty of rose cut diamonds is that they impart a soft diffused light rather then the bright light of the modern brilliant cut.