Antique Engagement Rings
Brides-to-be, show your individuality by selecting antique engagement rings as a symbol of your love. Whether you're traditional or non-traditional, classic or chic, you'll find a one-of-a-kind ring to suit your personal style from Topazery's antique engagement rings collection.
Antique Engagement Rings and Antique Wedding Dresses
Ever wondered what brides in the early 20th century wore on their special day? Topazery takes you on a romantic stroll down memory lane with some antique engagement ring and antique wedding dress pairings that just might inspire your own early 1900s-themed wedding. Learn More »
Late Edwardian Antique Engagement Ring
Capture your queen with this antique Edwardian engagement ring. The diamonds in this engagement ring are laid out in a checkerboard pattern. Set in a pierced and hand engraved mounting, the accenting diamonds are bead set around an old style full cut diamond. The band of this antique engagement ring is made of platinum and has a carved wheat motif. Details: Antique, Edwardian. Circa 1920. Platinum. Old style full cut and single cut diamonds; 0.50 carats.
Edwardian Antique Engagement Ring
The Old Mine cut diamond in this Edwardian antique engagement glows with the soft color of candle light. This natural fancy colored diamond perches at the top of an elaborate filigree mounting. The platinum arched setting in which the diamond sits is pierced with a leaf design. This foliage pattern cascades down to the shoulders where it transforms into etched chevrons around the band. Details: Antique, Edwardian. Circa 1920. Platinum. Old mine cut diamond; 0.67 carats.
Art Deco Antique Engagement Ring
Single cut diamonds flirt with a fancy dark yellow-brown champagne diamond in this antique engagement ring. The platinum band of this Art Deco engagement ring architecturally showcases its champagne diamond. The pierced and engraved platinum mounting features bead set diamond teardrops at the shoulders. The East-West arrangement of the diamonds spreads sparkle and shimmer across the finger. Details: Antique. Circa 1930. Platinum. Single cut diamonds; 0.02 carats. Round Champagne diamond; 0.46 carats.
Floral and Filigree Antique Engagement Ring
Lovely apple blossoms dapple the sides of this floral and filigree antique engagement ring. Flowery blooms are carved into the shoulders of the 18k white gold filigree setting of this antique engagement ring. The top of this antique ring consists of a triple-tiered hexagon. Tucked in the midst of this three-dimensional geometry is an old European cut diamond. Circa 1920.
Art Deco Antique Engagement Ring
Rising majestically upwards, a pierced and engraved antique engagement ring holds a bead set diamond in a hexagonal top plate. A wheat motif on the shank and angular open cutwork on the shoulders and bezel make this antique engagement ring irresistible. The bead set diamond weighs 0.16 carats and is G in color with a clarity of VVS2. Circa 1920.
Filigree Antique Engagement Ring
A domed topsetting culminates in a hexagonal set old mine cut diamond in this filigree antique engagement ring. The diamond solitaire is this antique ring is bead set. Delicate open filigree work accentuates the dome. The 18k white gold band is carved at the shoulders. Details: 18k white gold. Old mine cut diamond; 0.09 carats. Circa 1930s or later.
Antique Engagement Ring with Scroll Design
Curlicues and beads wrap the bezel and shoulders of romantic antique engagement rings like this one. The lovely pierced mounting of this antique engagement ring rises to a hexagonal top setting. Trimmed in mille grain, the setting cradles a GIA-certified round brilliant transitional cut diamond. This diamond solitaire weighs 0.42 carats and is G in color and VVS2 in clarity. The 18k white gold construction of the band lends sophistication. Circa 1920.
1920's Antique Diamond Engagement Ring
This 1920's antique engagement ring is set in an architecturally stunning pierced filigree mounting in a curling sprig design. The hexagonal top of this antique ring cradles a GIA-certified old European cut diamond. This 0.80 carat diamond is K in color with VS1 clarity. This antique diamond engagement ring is made of platinum. Circa 1920.
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The 1900s Were All about the Curves
1900s wedding gowns like this one were designed to showcase the curves S-shaped corsets gave women of the Victorian era. Fitted, high waistlines were accentuated in all the right places. Frilled bodices enhanced the bosom. Puffy sleeves, known as gigot sleeves, tapered to fit tightly around the forearms. They, along with the era's hallmark high necklines, ensured no flash of the woman's skin was exposed--a no-no in Victorian times.
In quiet rebellion against the "keep it all covered" mindset of the Victorian era, antique engagement rings circa 1900 allowed a sliver of skin to peek through its diamond swirls. This hand-wrought antique ring features a classic mine-cut diamond, with twelve rose-cut diamonds surrounding it.
Circa 1910 Emphasized Free-Flowing Silhouettes and Tiers of Lace
During this decade, brides began to relax a little. Collars became a tad looser, and women dared to expose their necks a bit more. Gigot sleeves were still the rage, but waistlines dropped, allowing brides to breathe a bit more easily, and giving them a more relaxed, free-flowing silhouette.
Diamonds freely flow throughout this spectacular Edwardian era circa 1910 antique engagement ring. It has a GIA-certified, old European cut diamond at its center, highlighted by a collection of 62 round single and rectangular table-cut diamonds.
Tiered lace was also in fashion during this decade. Brides demanded elegance and soft romance. They often opted for wedding dresses and accessories featuring sheer lace with floral patterns. The bodice, hemline, veil, and bouquet runner in this wedding ensemble showcase that trend.
Hallmarks of the 1910s--straight lines and lacy adornments--are featured in this Edwardian antique engagement ring. Two bezel-set old European cut diamonds float among the lines, while accent diamonds flutter like airy lace around them.
Circa 1920 Highlighted Intricate Scrollwork
This 1920 antique Edwardian engagement ring features complex filigree surrounding an old European cut diamond. This decade also signaled the end of Edwardian influence, and the beginning of the Art Deco era.
In terms of headdresses, the 1920s were all about the cloche. French for "bell," the cloche hugged the wearer's head closely. So popular was the hat that 1920s brides adapted their veils to include a lacy version of the cloche, attaching their bridal veil layers to either the back or sides. Beautiful draping, simple cuts, and flowing fabrics defined the wedding dresses of this era.
Breaking Rules and Breaking Molds was the Motto in 1925
By the 1920s, brides were daring to show much more skin. Hemlines rose, allowing the decade's T-bar shoe craze to be seen. This Parisian bride lets her veil take center stage, with a floor-sweeping length and a beaded headband to give it lots of Great Gatsby appeal.
Triangular emeralds break the traditional engagement ring mold for flapper brides who dared to break the rules. A GIA-certified old mine-cut diamond draws attention, while single-cut diamond accents mingle with the emeralds.
Antique Engagement Rings in Pop Culture
Ever since a fascination with the rich and famous entered the human psyche, engagement rings have played starring roles in many facets of pop culture, gracing the world of movies, art, and Hollywood celebrities?
Antique Engagement Rings in Classic Hollywood
The oft-married Liz Taylor was known for, among other things, the engagement rings she wore. She also holds the record for the largest engagement ring.
A pear-shaped jaw-dropper, the ring was purchased by Richard Burton in 1969. The whopping 69.42-carat gemstone was sold to Burton by Cartier for a then-record of $1.1 million. By the time the couple divorced in 1978, Taylor was able to sell it for $5 million, which she donated to charity.
The engagement ring was so massive, Taylor wore it only for a short time before having it fashioned into a necklace. Before that, however, the engagement ring made an appearance on the Lucille Ball television series Here's Lucy, in an episode titled "Lucy Meets the Burtons," guest-starring none other than Taylor and Burton themselves. In her usual flighty and hilarious style, Lucy got the engagement ring stuck on her finger.
Of course, no discussion of iconic Hollywood actresses would be complete without mentioning Marilyn Monroe. The engagement ring Joe DiMaggio slipped on the blonde bombshell's finger when they said "I do" in 1954 doubled as a wedding band. An eternity band channel-set with baguette diamonds, this ring radiated shine befitting the effervescent star.
Another classic Hollywood starlet went on to become a genuine princess in real life. When Prince Ranier asked Grace Kelly to marry him, he presented her with an antique platinum and diamond engagement ring. That ring purportedly made an appearance on the big screen in 1956 when Kelly wore it in the movie High Society.
Antique Engagement Rings on the Big Screen
Grace Kelly may have lit up the screen with her real-life antique engagement ring, but many acted-out engagements have thrilled audiences as well. Arguably one of the greatest love stories ever to transform the big screen, Gone with the Wind 's proposal showed Rhett Butler asking Scarlett O'Hara what kind of ring she wanted, and him promising, "You shall have the biggest and the most vulgar ring in Atlanta."
According to the book that inspired the film, "The ring Rhett brought back from England was large indeed, so large it embarrassed Scarlett to wear it. She loved gaudy and expensive jewelry but she had an uneasy feeling that everyone was saying, with perfect truth, that this ring was vulgar. The central stone was a four-carat diamond and, surrounding it, were a number of emeralds. It reached to the knuckle of her finger and gave her hand the appearance of being weighted down."
Size aside, these characteristics would have made the antique engagement ring a nice example of the Victorian period during which the novel and movie were set. In that era, Empress Eugenie's passion for emeralds caused a sensation in France, elevating the gemstones to near diamond level in desirability.
Antique Engagement Rings in the World of Art
Although antique rings in general are fairly common in famous paintings, engagement rings are not. There is one major exception, however. The 1962 pop art rendering by artist Roy Lichtenstein is a comic-book-esque drawing showcasing a closeup portrayal of a man slipping a diamond solitaire engagement ring on the red-fingernailed hand of his betrothed.