Antique and Vintage Engagement Rings

Since Roman times, men have been giving engagement rings to their blushing brides-to-be. Cultural practices vary, but the tradition of wearing an engagement ring on the fourth digit of the left hand stems from the ancient Egyptian belief that the vena amoris (Latin for vein of love) runs directly from this finger to the heart.

In the Victorian era, platinum or gold engagement rings, crowned with a diamond or amethyst, were common. Both types of stones were sometimes paired with seed pearls, while small diamonds were often used to frame a center stone of aquamarine or a sapphire. The antique engagement rings from this era also featured bands with detailed filigree.

Edwardian rings from the early years of the 20th century fairly shimmered with diamonds. Some especially stunning examples boasted pairs of large-carat stones set in platinum and surrounded by rows of smaller sparklers. In the 1920s, firms such as Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels became the jewelers of choice for young men with deep pockets looking to express their boundless love.

The Art Deco era was especially good for diamond engagement rings, and the vintage bands from that time period are prized by men wishing to purchase a ring that will become a future family heirloom. A large diamond set in a platinum filigree dome studded with smaller jewels was typical of the era. Other vintage engagement Art Deco rings had geometric step-down settings. And when diamonds were not enough, rectangular sapphire baguettes were often used to highlight a ring’s hexagonal center design.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

All About Jewels Dictionary

All About Jewels Dictionary

This incredible reference dictionary on jewelry, from Enchantedlearning.com, is both beautiful and comprehensive. S… [read review or visit site]

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Jewelry collectors, feast your eyes on this internet gem! It's a goldmine of jewelry information featuring all styl… [read review or visit site]

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

With its vast galleries featuring clear images of jewelry and style, this site really covers it all! Divided up by … [read review or visit site]

Jewel History

Jewel History

Since March of 2007, readers of Lori Ettlinger Gross’s Jewel History blog have been treated to her weekly (someti… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Egl 6.13ct Diamond Round Brilliant Platinum Engagement Ring $109,970.00 NrEgl 1.47ct H Color Emerald Cut Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring $14,550.00 NrGia Fcolor 1.16ct Certified Tacori Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring 6.8 Grams NrEstate Platinum Classic Engagement Thin Band Ring Nr18 Ct Gold .25 Diamond & Ruby Ring. Vintage / Antique / Engagement. Size M - N.Genuine Gia D Color Diamond Vintage Deco Platinum Marquise Engagement RingFine Estate Antique 14k White Yellow Gold 3-stone Diamond Engagement Ring HeartsApprox 1/2ct Center Old European Diamond F Si2 Platinum Vintage Engagement RingStunning 18ct Gold Vintage Style Diamond Ring Hallmarked Engagement SpecialTiffany & Co. Round Brilliant Three Stone Diamond Platinum Engagement RingTiffany & Co. Certified .50ct G/vs2 Diamond Platinum Engagement Solitaire RingVintage Antique 14k Gold Genuine Diamond Miracle Head Setting Engagement RingVintage Diamond Heart Estate Engagement Ring 14k Yellow Gold White GoldSamuel B Behnam Bjc 18k Gold Sterling Silver 925 Engagement Band Ring Vintage$3,099 Vintage Platinum .85ctw G-si1 Brilliant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring 5.5gVintage Solid 14k Gold Multi Diamiond Engagement Wedding Band Ring 5.2 GramArt Deco Natural Cobalt Blue Ceylon Sapphire 18k Gold Filigree Engagement RingAmazing Platinum And 1.30 Ct Diamond Cluster Cocktail Daisy Engagement Ring 5.6 Beautiful Estate 10k White Gold Diamond Engagement Ring Estate~14k Yw ��gold .25ct Beautiful Diamond�� Solitaire Engagement Ring Sz 5.25$1700 Vintage Antique Art Deco Diamond Bypass Engagement Ring With Appraisal9k Gold 9ct Gold 0.25ct Diamond Cluster Engagement Vintage Ring Size LVintage Antique Estate Diamond Engagement Ring 14k White Gold .33ct Ex Condition.65 Ct. Diamond 3 Stone 14k White Gold Ring~engagement~wedding~estate Heirloom375 9k Gold 9ct Gold Vintage Amethyst & Diamond Engagement Ring Size M.60 Ct Round Diamond Engagement Ring 14k White Gold Vintage Rose Cut MountingEstate Diamond 10k White Gold Floral 3-stone Engagement Ring 2.39ct White Gold Diamond & Sapphire Ring. Vintage / Antique Engagement Size I / JVintage 14k Gold Diamond & Ruby Princess Engagement/cocktail Ring Size 6 1/4 Vintage 14k Yellow Gold Diamond Flower Halo Engagement Ring Size 6.5Rare Chinese 20k Solid Yellow Gold Natural Jadeite Jade Ring Sz 6-6.5 EngagementDeco Sterling 2.72ct Ceylon Sapphire & H-si Mine Cut Diamond Engagement RingAntique 14k Gold Signed Psco Diamond Engagement Ring 14 K Gold Victorian Antique Vintage 1920 Deco 18k Gold .12 C Diamond Wedding Engagement Ring! Sz 6.5Antique Old European Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring 14k Rose Gold EstateVintage G Vs Diamond Two Tone 14k Gold Engagement Estate RingEstate 0.23ct Diamond 14k Yellow Gold Engagement Ring NrDesigner Natural 1.55c Aaa Blue Ceylon Sapphire Diamond 18k Gold Engagement RingVtg Opal Halo Engagement Ring 10k Solid Yellow Gold October Birthday 2.9g Size 5Platinum .30ctw Diamond Marquise Baguette Solitaire Engagement Wedding Band RingAntique Platinum 0.30 Ctw Diamond Petite Solitaire Art Deco Engagement Ring 5.5Estate .67ct Marquise Diamond Engagement Ring 14k White Gold $2200Vintage Antique 5 Mm Pearl 10k White Gold Fashion Engagement Ring 2.8 GramsEstate Diamond 14k Gold Two Tone 3-stone Engagement Ring NrAntique 14k Two Tone Gold Art Deco Blue Zircon Diamond Engagement Ring EstateLadies Vintage Engagement Diamond Ring 1/4ctw Sz 7.75 14k 2.1gSilver Engagement Ring Traditional 3 Stone .50ctw Natural Marquise & Round Cut Si-3/hi Diamond 14k Yg Engagement Ring 2.5gEstate Diamond 10k Yellow Gold Engagement Ring NrNatural Estate Colombian Green Emerald Diiamond Engagement Ring 18k White GoldAntique Engagement 4.22ct Natural Tanzanite Solid 14k Yellow Gold Diamond Ring 8Estate 14k White Gold .35 Ct Vs G Diamond & Sapphire Engagement Ring Size 8 D391Granat Brothers Bros Antique Art Deco Engagement Diamond Ring 18k 18ct GoldEstate 1.65ct Diamond Cut White Sapphire 925 Sterling Silver Engagement Ring Set14k White Gold Diamond Engagement Ring .33+ Ctw. No ReserveArt Deco 1920s 10k Violet Blue Spinel Laurel Crown Solitaire Engagement Ring 6.514k White Gold Fn 1 Carat Antique Engraved Diamond Engagement Ring .925 Sterling14k Diamond Engagement-type Band6.5mm To 7mm Round 10k White Gold Semi Mount Vintage Engagement Solitaire RingAntique Jewelry Engagement 14k Yellow Gold Gf Yellow Citrine Lady Ring #8 B9