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]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Antique Art Deco 1.50 Ct G-vs1 Old European Cut Marquise Diamond Engagement RingAntique Art Deco Platinum 1 Ct Euro Diamond Engagement Flower Ring 4.8 Gr 750Antique Vintage Deco 9k 10k Gold English Sapphire Diamond Engagement Ring S 6.25Designer Jabel Signed .45ctw Ideal Colorless Diamond 18k Gold Engagement RingThe Leo Schachter Certified 2.03c Ideal Diamond 14k Gold Engagement Wedding RingEgl D-e Color 3.85ct Marquise Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring $46,420.00 NrVintage 14k 1/2 Ctw Diamond Engagement Ring - Size 6 3/4Vintage Orange Blossom Platinum Diamond Engagement Ring Size Amazing Art Deco 18k Gold Platinum And 0.50 Ct Diamonds Engagement Ring 2.6 GrVintage 18k White Gold Art Deco Diamond Engagement Ring Women's Size 7.75Natural 3.00ctw Natural Ceylon Sapphire Diamond 14k Gold Engagement RingArt Deco Old European Cut Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring Antique Solitaire 6Art Deco Fiiligree 18k White Gold Engagement Ring Mounting For Diamond Size 7Art Deco 14k White Gold Diamond Semi-mount Engagement Setting For .40ct DiamondEuropean Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Solid White Gold Size 5.25 Art Nouveau DecoAntique Vintage Nouveau 18k Gold Almandine Garnet Diamond Engagement Ring S 9.75Vintage 1970 18 Ct Gold Diamond & Ruby Engagement Ring Dia 20 Pts Ruby 24 Size KDesigner Deco 9k 10k Gold Colombian Emerald Diamond Engagement Ring Band Sz 5.75Vintage 1962 18 Ct Gold Diamond Single Stone Engagement Ring Dia 10 Pts Size 0Antique 10k Gold Diamond Art Deco Wedding Engagement Ring Victorian Filigree1920's Antique Natural G-vs Diamond Solid 14k Yellow Gold Engagement RingAntique Old European Cut Diamond Filigree Engagement Ring 14k Yellow Gold EstateAntique Vintage Nouveau 18k Gold Platinum English Diamond Engagement Ring! S 6.5Antique Vintage Art Deco 14k Gold Star Ruby Sapphire Engagement Ring Band S 8.75Vintage .20ct Genuine H-si Natural Diamond 10k Solid Yellow Gold Engagement RingVintage Good Art-deco 18 Ct & Plat Diamond 3 Stone Engagement Ring 10 Pts Size PAntique 14k White Gold .25ctw Natural Diamond Engagement Ladies Ring 2.2gRare Natural 2.40ctw Green Grossular Garnet Diamond 18k Gold Engagement RingVintage 14k Gold Old Euro Diamond Solitaire With Accents Engagement Ring Size 7Estate Diamond 1.38ct Emerald Platinum Engagement Ring 7.4 Grams NrAntique Wedding/engagement Platinum & 18k Yellow Gold Band RingAntique Vintage Deco Retro 14k Gold .50 Ct Diamond Engagement Ring Set! Sz 4.5Antique Art Deco 18k Gold 0.15 Ct Diamond And Sapphires Engagement Ring 1.8 GrAntique Art Deco 18k Gold And 0.25 Ct Diamonds Filigree Engagement Ring 3.1 GrAntique Vintage Deco .900 Platinum Diamond Engagement Ring Band Mount! Sz 6.75Vintage .15ct Genuine H-si Natural Diamond 10k Solid Yellow Gold Engagement RingAntique Vintage Deco 14k White Gold Diamond Sapphire Engagement Ring Band! Sz 7Antique 18k W. Gold Edwardian .56 Ct Diamond Engagement Ring Sz 4.75Antique Engagement Natural 3.47ct Diamond 14k Yellow Solid Gold Lady Ring Size 9Vintage Art Deco 1c Diamond Cut If D White Sapphire 18k Engagement Wedding RingVtg Estate Sgd Keepsake 1/2 Carat Diamond Solitaire 14k Gold Engagement RingVintage Real Green Emerald Engagement Ladies Black Gold Silver Bracelet 7.0 " Custom Estate 2.20ctw White Sapphire Sterling Silver Engagement Ring 4.4g Sz 7.5Vintage Blood Ruby Woman's Engagement Ladies Gold Silver Pendant Gift Bridesmaid Pendant 14k Yellow Gold Bride Wedding Engagment Fine Great Finish Lovely Vtg Estate Gold Diamond Ring 14kg Plumb Cid Clyde Duneier Engagement FineDesigner 1.75ctw Natural Ceylon Sapphire Diamond 18k Gold Engagement RingSterling Silver 925 White & Blue Stone Engagement Ring Set Sz 8 (11.1g) - 565235Vintage Amethyst Shecrown Woman's Engagement Black Gold Silver Ring Us 7.5# Vintage Real Red Ruby Woman's Engagement Black Gold Silver Gift Vintage White Pearl Woman's Engagement Black Gold Silver Earrings Gift Vintage Golden Citrine, Woman's Engagement Black Gold Silver Earrings Gift Antique Natural 1.01ct Diamond In 14k Yellow Solid Gold Engagement Ring 7Estate 10k White Gold Natural 10pt Diamond Ladies Engagement Ring 1.8gVintage Golden Citrine Woman's Engagement Black Gold Silver Ring Us 7.5# Unique Estate 1.74ctw White Sapphire Sterling Silver Engagement Ring 4.2g Sz 9Estate 1.50ct Diamond 14k Gold Cluster Engagement Ring 6.9 Grams NrVintage Blood Ruby Woman's Engagement Black Gold Silver Pendant Gift Vintage Green Peridot Woman's Engagement Gold Silver Ring 8.0#Vintage Golden Citrine Ladies Engagement Black Gold Silver Ring Us 6.5#