Vintage Jewelry Eras

Georgian Engagement Rings

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1747 – 1837

Jewelry from the Georgian era is incredibly rare because most precious metals and stones were repurposed in later years to make way for newer trends. The rings that do survive, however, are very interesting. Settings were always made to accommodate the diamond or gem, not the other way around. So no two Georgian engagement rings are ever alike.

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Vintage Jewelry Eras

Victorian Engagement Rings

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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

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.

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Ring Guides

History of Engagement Rings

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Illustration by Lisel Jane Ashlock

Have you ever wondered where the tradition of the engagement ring comes from?

You might assume there would be a lot of sexist and unromantic traditions behind the “engagement ring”. But the ring as a symbol of unending love has been around since antiquity. A lot of poetry and writing can be found describing the holy and deeply meaningful nature of the act of giving or receiving a ring from a lover.

The actual exchange of rings in a marriage ceremony, though, did not become common practice until 860.

“THE RING AS A GIFT TO A LOVER HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE ANTIQUITY.”

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Behind The Scenes

A Note On Our Sold Gallery

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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.

 

** UPDATE OUR SOLD GALLERY IS LAUNCHED, LIVE AND CAN BE FOUND HERE **