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.
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For love of things that stood the test of timeKhaleej Times, November 15th
He talks of the man who walked into his shop and wanted to buy an antique engagement ring as he was about to propose to a lady. “I did not have an engagement ring, but I showed him a silver scroll used by the Sultan of Turkey and sent to the ruler of...Read more
Engagement Ring Flushed Down The Toilet Miraculously Found By Kind ...Yahoo Lifestyle UK (blog), October 23rd
When her daughter accidentally flushed her antique engagement ring down the toilet, Cindy Vriens was distraught. But with a lot of help from her local sewer workers, and an incredible lucky break, the mum from Boiling Springs in Pennsylvania is...Read more
Love: Dierdre McKee & Douglas SmithPhilly.com, October 19th
Back in Pennsylvania, Dierdre swooned over an antique engagement ring. When Doug's mother, Marie, heard of their plans, she offered the couple her ring. Her diamond made the antique setting more meaningful. Doug didn't tell Dierdre when the ring was ...Read more
15 Unique Engagement Rings For You To Gawk AtTheGloss, October 14th
Ever since that summer vacation when I was thirteen and Jennifer Lopez's The Wedding Planner played over and over again on daytime TV, I've been a little bit obsessed with engagement rings. I'm more interested in looking at them online than I am with...Read more
Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy: Married?!The Hollywood Gossip, September 29th
The change in MK's bling would've been particularly easy to spot, as she had previously been wearing an $81,000 antique engagement ring that featured a giant rock. Mary-Kate has reportedly now switched the ring out for an understated band, and various ...Read more
See Jessica Simpson's Wedding Band, Earrings and More! (Exclusive Photos)PEOPLE StyleWatch, July 11th
Since her custom Carolina Herrera wedding gown had lots of breathtaking embellishment (and was plenty attention-getting on its own), Jessica Simpson decided to stick to understated classics when it came to her bridal jewelry. “My dress had a lot of...Read more
Topazery Announces December Showcase: an Edwardian Antique Ring Similar ...PR Web (press release), November 26th
For more information on how to make a holiday marriage proposal an occasion to remember with a celebrity-inspired vintage or antique engagement ring, contact Jan Walden at (678) 528-8901. To browse Topazery Jewelry's full collection of vintage, antique ...Read more
Wait, We Really Love Miley Cyrus's Fancy Engagement RingStyleite, June 7th
We're still feeling rather dismissive of soon-to-be-teenage bride Miley Cyrus, who got engaged to Gale Liam Hemsworth this week. But her ring! It's great! The gold Neil Lane design features an antique 3.5-carat cushion-cut diamond, as well as diamonds ...Read more