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1970s Engagement Ring with Center Emerald and Diamonds Ring
Located in New York, NY
The ring is finely crafted in 18k yellow gold with center emerald weighing approximately total of 0.60 carat and diamonds weighing approximately total of 0.70 carat. Circa 1970
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold

1970s Engagement Ring with Center Ruby and Side Diamonds
Located in New York, NY
The ring is finely crafted in 14k white gold with center ruby weighing approximately total of 0.90 carat and two side diamonds weighing approximately total of 1.60 carat. Circa 1970.
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Ruby, 14k Gold

1970s Sapphire Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful deep sky blue well saturated oval sapphire weighing 1.51 carats is the center piece of this lovely 1970s ring. Masterfully hand-crafted in platinum, the center gem is emb...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

1970s Sapphire Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful deep sky blue well saturated oval sapphire weighing 1.51 carats is the center piece of this lovely 1970s ring. Masterfully hand-crafted in platinum, the center gem is emb...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

1970s Van Cleef & Arpels Paris Diamond Emerald-Cut Engagement Ring
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in London, GB
Van Cleef & Arpels diamond emerald-cut ring. Set to centre with a rectangular emerald-cut diamond, F colour, VS1 clarity, with a weight of 3.41 carats in an open back claw setting, f...
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1970s French 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Vintage 1970s 1.21 Carat Diamond and Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A stunning, fine and impressive vintage 1.21 carat diamond and platinum dress ring; part of our diverse range of engagement rings. This stunning, fine and impressive vintage diamond...
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1970s Unknown 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

MAUBOUSSIN Diamond Engagement Ring
By Mauboussin
Located in New York, NY
Brilliant Engagement ring, signed MAUBOUSSIN. Center stone is 1ct, D Color, VS2 Clarity. With baguettes and round diamonds on the sides.GIA Certificate. Set in 18K white gold. Size 6...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

Sapphire White Gold Engagement Ring
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Sapphire and white gold solitaire engagement ring. The petite 14-karat white gold solitaire ring centers upon a round, blue sapphire weighing approximately 0.68 carat, on a simple si...
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1970s Modern 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Blue Sapphire, Sapphire, 14k Gold, White Gold

1970s, Diamond and White Gold Twist Ring
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive 0.43 carat Diamond and 18k white gold twist ring / dress ring; part of our diverse vintage jewelry and estate jewelry collections This fine and impressive diam...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

One Lady's Opal and Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
One lady's opal and engagement ring in platinum. Black opal has multicolor fire color with average saturation scale. Bright PinFire patter with round cabochon shape. Measurements ...
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1970s Art Deco 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Opal

Estate Diamond and Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in San Francisco, CA
A classic estate ring that will always be in style! Featuring a round brilliant-cut diamond weighing 0.87-ct., accented by two tapered baguette-cut diamonds, for a total weight of 1....
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

French 1970s Diamonds 18 Karat White Gold Petals Ring
Located in Poitiers, FR
Ring in 18 karat white gold, eagle's head hallmark. Lovely retro ring, it represents a flower whose heart is set with a modern brilliant-cut diamond with claws, and the petals made o...
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1970s Retro 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

Sapphire Diamond .60ctw Engagement Ring, Platinum, Ring, Three Stone
Located in McLeansville, NC
A vintage platinum sapphire and diamond engagement ring. This three stone ring features a prong set round cut sapphire weighing approximately .40 carat with a tapered baguette cut di...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

Platinum Marquise Diamond Three-Stone Engagement Ring
Located in Coral Gables, FL
Platinum Three Stone Diamond Ring Featuring A 1.10 Carat Marquise Cut Diamond GIA Graded (Report #6214393306) As E Color & VS2 Clarity. 2 Tapered Baguette Diamonds Accent The Center ...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

1970s Platinum Cushion or Oval Sapphire Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Beautiful Ring with a Cornflower Blue/Purplish Color Sapphire Features a Cushion/Oval Shape, giving it plenty of sparkle from all angles and allows an elongated look for a slender lo...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Blue Sapphire, Platinum

Vintage 14kt Gold & Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in McLeansville, NC
A retro 14 karat yellow and white gold diamond engagement ring. This ring features a transitional cut round diamond weighing approximately .11 carat set in the center with a foliate...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Gold, 14k Gold

14 Karat Diamond Pear Shaped Engagement Ring
Located in Wallkill, NY
Lovely Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement ring set in 14K Gold. Measuring a size 7. This can be resized by us or your jeweler. Diamond is .65 carats G/H color SI2. This is out of a mas...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

1970s Oscar Heyman Brothers Ruby Diamond Platinum Cluster Ring
By Oscar Heyman
Located in London, GB
Diamond and ruby cluster ring by Oscar Heyman Brothers. Set with a round old cut diamond, E colour, SI1 clarity, with an approximate weight of 2.52 carats, in an open back four claw ...
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1970s American 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Ruby, Platinum

1970s Mauboussin France Natural Unenhanced Ceylon Sapphire Diamond Ring
By Mauboussin
Located in London, GB
Mauboussin sapphire and diamond ring. Set to centre with one oval double brilliant cut natural unenhanced Ceylon sapphire in an open back rubover setting with an approximate weight o...
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1970s French 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Blue Sapphire, Diamond, Yellow Gold

Oval Cabochon Tanzanite Diamond Gold Engagement Ring
Located in Stamford, CT
Bright blue oval cabochon Tanzanite engagement ring with excellent translucent glow. 1970-1980. White gold diamond set “X” design ring. 1 oval cabochon bluish purple Tanzanite, appr...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Tanzanite, 14k Gold, White Gold

Vintage Flower Diamond Cluster Ring, circa 1970s
Located in London, GB
A wonderful floral ring featuring a total weight of 2.00 carat in dazzling diamonds. They are estimated I in colour and VS in clarity and they are all claw set within 18 carat white ...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Vintage Ruby and Diamond Ring, circa 1970s
Located in London, GB
This vintage 1970s era ring is set in hand-engraved 18 carat yellow gold with an enticing combination rubies and diamonds. A deep red, faceted, oval-shaped ruby set at the ring’s cen...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold

Padparadscha Sapphire-Colored No-Heat Spinel Engagement or Fashion Ring
Located in Southbury, CT
Spinel gemstones have been owned by royal families for centuries but they were always assumed to be rubies. It was only in the 1800s that mineralogists differentiated spinel and ruby...
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1970s Modern 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Spinel, Silver

Vintage 1970s Sapphire Diamond White Gold Cluster Ring
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A stunning 4.40 carat Ceylon sapphire and 0.96 carat diamond , 18 karat white gold cluster style cocktail ring; part of our diverse vintage jewelry and estate jewelry collections Th...
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20th Century 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold

Vintage Diamond Flanked Solitaire Ring, circa 1970
Located in London, GB
Vintage Diamond flanked solitaire ring. Set to centre with an octagonal emerald-cut diamond, E colour, VVS2 clarity with a weight of 1.91 carats in an open back claw setting, flank...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Gold

White Gold Vintage Engagement Diamond Cluster Flower Ring
Located in Lisbon, PT
This gorgeous white gold ring with 7 diamonds like a flower perfect to say Yes! Or just for everyday. Top of the ring measures 13mm by 11mm and shank measures 2mm. Size ring- US 8...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Gold

Cartier 2 Carat Engagement Platinum Diamond Ring Vintage 70s
By Cartier
Located in Rome, IT
An exquisite authentic Cartier diamond ring with a 2 carat round brilliant cut diamond set in solid platinum from 1970
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1970s French 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

1970s Diamond and White Gold Full Eternity Ring
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive 0.45 carat diamond and 18 karat white gold full eternity ring; part of our diverse vintage jewelry collections This fine and impressive vintage full eternity r...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

French 1970s Diamonds 18 Karat White Gold Ring
Located in Poitiers, FR
Ring in 18 karat white gold, eagle's head hallmark. Retro diamond ring, it has the shape of a dome made of interlacing, gold cord and drop patterns set with rose- cut diamonds. On th...
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1970s Retro 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

1970s German Diamond and White Gold Cocktail Ring
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive vintage 0.86 carat diamond (total) twist ring in 14 karat white gold; part of our diverse diamond jewelry and estate jewelry collections. This fine and impress...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold

Vintage Diamond and Ruby Cluster Ring, circa 1970s
Located in London, GB
This fabulous diamond and ruby ring will definitely be turning some heads. It has a classic 1970s design, and screams vintage. The high setting and claw set stones make it a prominen...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Ruby, Platinum

Vintage Sapphire Ring, 18 Carat Gold, 1970s, London
Located in London, GB
A 1976 emerald cut sapphire ring suspended deep into an architecturally pleasing 18ct white gold design. The oval gold casement is decorated with geometric grooved lines creating in...
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1970s Modern 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Sapphire, Gold

French 1970s Diamonds 18 Karat White Gold Ring
Located in Poitiers, FR
Ring in 18 karat white gold, eagle's head hallmark. Original retro ring, it is asymmetrically set with 5 brilliant-cut diamonds in an openwork decor and presenting 2 intertwined drap...
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1970s Retro 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

Platinum Cabochon Star Sapphire Ring 1970s
Located in Towson, MD
One platinum ring set with one 7mm round cabochon star sapphire. The ring is a finger size 6.5 and can be resized.
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20th Century Modern 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Star Sapphire, Platinum

Vintage Diamond Engagement Ring and Band 14k Gold
Located in beverly hills, CA
A vintage diamond engagement ring highlighting a round brilliant diamond weighing approximately .25 carats H color, SI clarity, flanked on either side by two boldly set round diamond...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage Marquise-Shaped Diamond Cluster Ring, circa 1970s
Located in London, GB
This 1970s era diamond cluster ring is comprised of round brilliant cut diamonds in varying sizes set within a marquise-shaped bezel. The ring is set in 18 carat white gold, which a...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Vintage 1970s Diamond and White Gold Half Eternity Ring
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive 0.75 carat diamond and 18 karat white gold half eternity ring; part of our diverse vintage jewelry and estate jewelry collections This fine and impressive seve...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Vintage 2.50 Carat Diamonds Engagement Ring 14k Gold
Located in Miami, FL
Very elegant engagement ring featuring a center round diamond weighting approx 0.70 carat and approx 1.80 carat surrounding the center diamond. Heavy ring weights 11 grams and a size...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold

Vintage .91 Carat and Pave Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Woodland Hills, CA
This is a beautiful vintage engagement ring set with a .91 transitional cut diamond. The setting has an intricate design with 56 pave diamonds I color VS-2 clarity total diamond wei...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

1.20ctw Platinum Sapphire Diamond Halo Engagement Ring
Located in McLeansville, NC
A vintage platinum sapphire and diamond halo engagement ring. This alternative engagement ring features a prong set, round cut sapphire weighing approximately .70 carat surrounded by...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

Bvlgari 18 Karat Yellow Gold Engagement Ring with Diamonds
Located in New York, NY
The ring is finely crafted in 18k yellow gold with center stone weighing approximately total of 0.70 carat. color F/G clarity VS. With diamonds around weighing approximately total of...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Tiffany & Co. 1.20 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Sparkling oval brilliant cut engagement ring. Made and signed by TIFFANY & CO. The center stone is 1.20 cts. H-I color, VS1, very good symmetry, no fluorescence. One tapered di...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Lady's Opal and Engagement Ring in 18k White Gold
Located in New York, NY
One lady's black opal with blue fire color. Saturation scale is average with a bright flash fire pattern. Cabochon, oval shape measuring 17.5 x 13.0 mm. Weight is 9 carats. 22 ro...
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1970s Art Deco 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Opal, White Gold

Vintage Sapphire and Diamond Three-Stone Ring, circa 1970s
Located in London, GB
This three stone ring features a sapphire in the centre which is a a dark blue. It is set in between two round brilliant diamonds, each weighing 0.35 carat. The sapphire weighs 0.70 ...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold

Vintage Sapphire and Diamond Flower Cluster Ring, circa 1970s
Located in London, GB
A bright blue natural 0.50ct sapphire in an 18 carat white gold rubover mounting is the centre to eight 0.10ct round brilliant cut diamond ‘petals’ totalling to 0.80ct in this milleg...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold

Vintage 1970s Ruby Diamond and White Gold Eternity Ring
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An impressive vintage 1970s 0.20 carat ruby and 0.16 carat diamond, 18 karat white gold full eternity ring; part of our diverse gemstone jewelry and estate jewelry collections. This...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold, White Gold

Vintage 0.20 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring 14 Karat
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage 0.20 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring. The ring features a total of 0.20 carats VS Clarity diamonds. The ring is a size 6.5 and weights 2.3 grams 14k white gold.
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold

1970s Sapphire Diamonds 18 Karat White Gold Daisy Ring
Located in Poitiers, FR
Ring in 18 karat white gold. Charming retro ring, it is set with claws on its top of a deep blue sapphire cushion- cut and surrounded by brilliant- cut diamonds. Weight of the sapphi...
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1970s Retro 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Sapphire, Blue Sapphire, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

Vintage 1970s 1.42 Carat Sapphire and Diamond White Gold Cocktail Ring
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An impressive 1.42 carat blue sapphire and 0.22 carat diamond, 18 karat white gold cluster ring; part of our diverse vintage jewelry and estate jewelry collections. This fine and im...
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1970s Romantic 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Sapphire, Blue Sapphire, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

0.72ctw Sapphire Diamond Engagement Ring, 14KWhiteGold, Past Present Future Ring
Located in McLeansville, NC
A vintage 14 karat white gold sapphire and diamond engagement ring. This ring features a three stone design with a prong set oval cut sapphire weighing approximately .50 carat with a...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Sapphire, Gold, 14k Gold, White Gold

1970s Vintage 1 Carat Diamond and White Gold Full Eternity Ring
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive 1 carat diamond and 14 karat white gold full eternity ring; part of our vintage jewelry and estate jewelry collections This impressive vintage eternity ring ha...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Gold

.65 Carat Oval Emerald Diamond Gold Cluster Engagement Ring
Located in Stamford, CT
Emerald and diamond engagement ring. .65cts center oval emerald with triangle of 6 clustered diamonds on each side, in a 14k yellow gold setting. 1 oval emerald .65cts, 6.2 x 4.9mm...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Emerald, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold, Gold

French, 1970s, White Sapphires 18 Karat White Gold Retro Ring
Located in Poitiers, FR
Ring in 18 karat white gold, eagle head hallmark. Retro ring it is decorated on its top of a brilliant- cut white sapphire on a decoration made of bars of gold and shouldered on both...
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1970s Retro 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Sapphire, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

French 1970s Aquamarine Diamonds 18 Karat White Gold Marquise Ring
Located in Poitiers, FR
Ring in 18 karat white gold, eagle head hallmark. Important marquise ring, it is decorated with an aquamarine shuttle- cut and retained in claws in a surround of modern brilliant- cu...
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1970s Retro 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Aquamarine, Diamond, White Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

Stunning 2.36 Carat GIA Cert Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
This stunning platinum engagement ring is centered with a sparkling GIA certified round brilliant cut diamond that weighs 2.36ct. graded I color with SI2 clarity. The center diamond...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

Cartier GIA Certified 5 Carat D IF Type 2A Diamond Engagement Ring.
By Cartier
Located in Hong Kong, HK
PLEASE CHECK OUT THE HD VIDEO! Here is a classic oversized diamond engagement ring by Cartier. The "CARTIER" hallmark along with other stampings can be clearly seen but we blurred o...
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1970s Contemporary 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Sterle of Paris Diamond Cocktail Ring, circa 1970
Located in London, GB
Sterle of Paris diamond cocktail ring. Set to centre with a round old cut diamond in an open back claw setting with a weight of 0.80 carats, encircled by thirty one round old cut dia...
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1970s French 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

1970s Diamond with Yellow Gold and White Gold Set Cocktail Ring
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive vintage 0.60 carat diamond and 14 karat yellow gold, 14 karat white gold set cocktail ring; part of our diverse diamond jewelry and estate jewelry collections ...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Burmese Sapphire and Diamond Coronet Cluster Ring, French, circa 1970
Located in London, GB
Burmese sapphire and diamond coronet cluster ring. Set to centre with a cushion shape old cut natural unenhanced Burmese sapphire in an open back claw setting with an approximate wei...
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1970s French 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

Vintage 2.46 Carat Tanzanite and Diamond Cocktail Ring, circa 1970s
Located in London, GB
This captivating 1970s cocktail ring is destined to become a signature piece! This vintage ring stars a 2.46 carat, electric blue, marquise-shaped tanzanite claw set at the centre o...
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1970s 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Tanzanite, Platinum

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1970S Vintage Engagement Rings For Sale on 1stDibs

Browse a vast assortment of 1970s vintage engagement rings for sale on 1stDibs. All of the items for sale were constructed with extraordinary care, often using Gold, 18k Gold and Platinum. Our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and pieces in stock date back to the 20th Century while others were produced as recently as the 20th Century. Pieces in our collection of 1970s vintage engagement rings made by Retro jewelers — as well as those associated with Modern — are very popular. There have been many well-made iterations of these items over the years, but those made by Tiffany & Co., Bvlgari and Cartier are often thought to be among the most beautiful. Today, if you’re looking for round cut 1970s vintage engagement rings and are unable to find the perfect match, our selection also includes emerald cut and oval cut alternatives. When shopping our range of 1970s vintage engagement rings, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for men today than there are for women.

How Much are 1970S Vintage Engagement Rings?

Prices for 1970s vintage engagement rings can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $310 and can go as high as $800,000, while 1970s vintage engagement rings, on average, fetch $4,850.

Finding the Right Engagement Rings for You

Shopping for the right antique, new or vintage engagement ring can prove daunting.

Whether you’re looking for that perfect Art Deco engagement ring, an antique Edwardian period engagement ring or a fashionable contemporary alternative, it’s important to choose a style that speaks to you.

Rings have long been signifiers of marriage and committed relationships. The modern diamond engagement ring can be traced back to 1477, when Archduke Maximilian of Austria commissioned an expensive diamond ring for his betrothed. Diamond rings subsequently became extremely popular among the European aristocracy. Later, during the Victorian era, the popularity of diamond engagement rings had filtered down to the middle class, owing to the increasing accessibility — and affordability — of gold and diamonds. 

Victorian-era engagement rings were simple, frequently set in rose or yellow gold. The diamonds were five-set in a band or solitaire. In 1886, Tiffany debuted its innovative six-prong diamond solitaire engagement ring, while Cartier’s Solitaire 1895 engagement ring resembled delicate lace. Victorian-era engagement rings also saw other gemstones accompanying diamonds — small seed pearls and moonstones were popular. Other sentimental and romantic motifs such as hearts and stars took hold as well.

Edwardian and, afterward, Art Deco engagement rings that followed in the wake of Queen Victoria’s death in 1901 would be characterized by complex, geometric designs and platinum settings. Owing to the Art Nouveau movement, nature was a major theme for Edwardian jewelry, while the diamond ring designs of the Art Deco period were inspired by Cubism as well as ancient Egypt. Art Deco engagement rings are bold and colorful and feature gems cut in nontraditional ways. 

Engagement rings designed after World War II were intended to be simpler and focused on the beauty of the diamond. In 1947, De Beers Consolidated Mines, with the support of Philadelphia agency N.W. Ayer & Son, introduced the slogan “A diamond is forever” in a marketing campaign that emphasized a connection between diamonds and romance. Diamond sales skyrocketed, and diamond engagement rings became intertwined with the post–World War II marriage boom — which coincided with the ascension of specific diamond cuts. The round brilliant cut, which consists of an astounding 58 facets, continues to be the most popular cut to this day. Jewelers such as Harry Winston had already gained a reputation for his talents by the time the De Beers campaign debuted, and he is said to have favored emerald-cut diamonds

For everything from understanding the 4Cs to choosing between antique, vintage, contemporary and custom styles, get expert tips to help you find just the right ring — see our engagement ring buying guide.

When you're ready to mark your momentous occasion, find a vast collection of engagement rings on 1stDibs.