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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Smith said he met Carter Johnson when she came into Smithworks to have an antique engagement ring resized. During the past year, some estate and antique pieces had come into the store, and he was seeking a way to grow that business segment, he said ...Read more
Love Lives: Sean Penn and Charlize Theron going the distanceBoston Herald, March 2nd
Just before debuting her antique engagement ring at the Global Green USA benefit, Maggie Grace shared her joy on Instagram. "I could not feel more grateful to share my life with this incredible man," the Taken saga star, 31, posted of Matthew Cooke, 42...Read more
Maggie Grace Is Engaged, Gushes About Antique Engagement RingAceShowbiz, February 19th
Maggie Grace Is Engaged, Gushes About Antique Engagement Ring. February 20, 2015 05:52:07 GMT. The actress announced her engagement on Instagram posts and says that her engagement ring was an antique from 1810. Google + ...Read more
A good jeweler/jewelry artist?alloveralbany, January 15th
I received a lovely bracelet for Christmas, but it is a little too big. I'm looking for someone in the area who can not only shorted the bracelet, but make some nice earrings from the removed stones. Does anyone have a great jewelry artist they can...Read more
Engagement Ring Ideas From Instagram Just In Time For Engagement SeasonHuffington Post Canada, November 26th
Forget the holidays—engagement season is right around the corner, meaning if you're thinking about getting engaged soon, you should be looking at some ring ideas (a.k.a. hints) to give to your significant other. What better way to find the perfect...Read more
Toys for Tots receives a major holiday donationWNYT, November 12th
Members of the U.S. Marines went on a shopping spree this morning, not for themselves but for the annual Toys for Tots campaign. The $30,000 shopping spree happened at Toys "R" Us in Clifton Park, with the money being donated by Dunkin' Donuts...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
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