When Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton, he gave Kate his mother's 30-year-old engagement ring. This gesture lent private, personal meaning to the impending nuptials that would all-too-soon become a very public affair. Brides-to-be and their husbands-to-be who are seeking to lend that same nostalgic romance to their betrothals will find an unusual and unique selection of vintage engagement rings at Topazery.
You'll find rings in platinum and gold with unusual settings and adorned with diamonds and gemstones. Choose from a spectacular selection of traditional and non-traditional vintage engagement rings with diamonds or from an eclectic and chic collection of colored stone vintage engagement rings.
Illusion Settings in Vintage Engagement Rings
Want more diamond size and sparkle for your money? Then a vintage engagement ring with an illusion setting might be the perfect choice.
When it comes to purchasing a diamond, you've probably heard the 4 Cs mentioned over and over again: cut, color, clarity and carat. In combination, these are the four features of a diamond that determine its value. But what if you desire a quality diamond on a limited budget? Do you have to sacrifice all these value-adding aspects?
Not necessarily. One way you can still have your diamond dream and keep your bank account too is with an illusion setting. The term is just as it sounds-a magical sleight of hand that makes something (in this case a diamond) appear to be more that it actually is.
According to "The Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry," an illusion setting is one "in which the stone is placed in a collet of reflective and brightly burnished metal, and then the metal edges are cut or shaped so that, when bent around the stone, they create the illusion of being a part of the stone."
The idea is the brainchild of the French jeweler Oscar Massin, who in the 1860s during the height of the Victorian era, invented what he referred to as the 'monture illusion,' which is frequently found in vintage engagement rings. You may also hear an illusion setting referred to as a 'deceptive setting' or a 'mirage setting.'
Why has the setting earned such monikers? It's because the metallic trickery it employs renders a small diamond appear much larger than it actually is. As such, discerning diamond buyers who are on a budget don't have to sacrifice the near-flawless color and clarity they yearn for. Plus, they can still choose their preferred diamond cut as well.
A trellis design filigree mounting in 14k white gold teams up with a round brilliant cut diamond in this vintage engagement ring. Curlicues accent the shoulders of this sophisticated filigree vintage ring. Circa 1930.