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Midcentury 0.95 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering an old European cut diamond weighing 0.85 carat, I color and SI clarity Shoulders accented with six channel set single cut diamonds weighing 0.10 carat, eye-clean and whit...
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Mid-20th Century Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

20th Century Amethyst Turquoise 20 Karat Yellow Gold Ring
Located in Poitiers, FR
Ring in 20 karats yellow gold. This charming antique ring is set on its top of an amethyst briolette. The stone is set with claws each adorned with a fleur- de- lys pattern and set w...
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Antique Early 1900s Belle Époque Engagement Rings

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Turquoise, Amethyst, Gold, Yellow Gold

3.20 Carat Cushion Cut Apatite Diamond 14 Karat Yellow Gold Engagement Ring
By Roshe Jewels
Located in San Dimas, CA
An amazingly deep and beautiful Apatite set in a gorgeous 14 Karat Yellow Gold setting with Diamonds! Apatites are found in various places around the world including Myanmar, Kenya...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Yellow Gold, 14k Gold

Cartier Ballerine .45 Carat F VVS1 Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Classic diamond and platinum engagement ring from the Ballerine collection, by Cartier. It features high grade round brilliant cut diamonds with a 0.45 .ct central stone, along with ...
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Late 20th Century Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Oval Pink Tourmaline Diamond Engagement Ring Gemstone Vintage Rubellite 18K Gold
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
A most intriguing and vibrant, vintage pink tourmaline engagement ring set within a bezel is accompanied by a symphony of glimmering white diamonds in the crossover band. Lovingly cr...
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Late 20th Century Modern Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Rubelite, Tourmaline, 18k Gold, White Gold

Harry Winston 2.02 Carat E Color VS1 Round Diamond Engagement Ring
By Harry Winston
Located in New York, NY
Impressive diamond and platinum engagement ring by Harry Winston. Features very high grade central stone, E color, VS1 clarity, 2.02cts total weight, accented by equally high grade b...
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Late 20th Century Engagement Rings

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Diamond

EGL Certified 1.20 Carat Engagement Ring
By Antinori Fine Jewels
Located in Rome, IT
1.20 Carat certified by EGL-USA The center stone is a 0.75 carat round diamond with wonderful light performance. The diamond looks gorgeous in person as the brilliance and fire is re...
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2010s Modern Engagement Rings

Platinum and Oval Diamond 1.20 CT, Engagement Ring GIA Report DVS2
By Peter Atman
Located in New York, NY
Our signature 3-stone Oval Diamond ring, handmade in Platinum, set with a center Oval diamond 1.20 carats,with a GIA report DVS2, and a pair of matching side Oval diamonds 0.58 carat...
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2010s Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

.20 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Item Details: Ring Size: 7.5 Metal Type: Platinum Weight: 2.5 grams Center Diamond Details: Shape: Old European Brilliant Carat Weight: .20 carat Color: E Clarity: VS1 Finger to T...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Engagement Rings

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White Diamond, Platinum

1.20 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Miami, FL
18 karat white gold ring containing a 1.20 carat prong set cushion brilliant natural diamond center stone with 34 prong set natural diamond side stones. The total weight of the diamo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Yellow Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

.20 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Ring Size: 6 Metal Type: Platinum [Hallmarked, and Tested] Weight: 3 grams Center Diamond Details: Weight: .20 carat Cut: Old European Brilliant Color: G Clarity: VS Side Diamond ...
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Vintage 1920s Art Deco Engagement Rings

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White Diamond, Platinum

20 Carat Colombian Emerald Engagement Ring
Located in Lakewood, NJ
A remarkable fine Colombian emerald set in an 18k and platinum two diamond side-stone ring. The 22.54 carat emerald shows very good color being deep green and highly transparent. Sli...
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2010s Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Emerald, 18k Gold, Platinum

EGL Certified 4.20 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
This is a gorgeous platinum engagement ring. The ring is centered with a sparkling EGL certified old European cut diamond that weighs 4.20ct. The color of the diamond is I with SI1 c...
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20th Century Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

.20 Carat Diamond White Gold Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Item Details: Ring Size: 6.25 Metal Type: 18 Karat White Gold Weight: 2.2 grams Center Diamond Details: Shape: Old European Carat Weight: .20 carat Color: L Clarity: SI1 Side Ston...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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White Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

.20 Carat Sapphire Yellow Gold Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Ring Size: 4 Metal Type: 18 karat Yellow Gold Weight: 2.0 grams Diamond Details Shape: Antique Cushion Carat Weight: .25 carat, total weight Color: J Clarity: SI Color Stone Detail...
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Antique Early 1900s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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

Edwardian GIA Certified 1.20ct Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
This is an amazing platinum engagement ring from the Edwardian era. The ring is centered with a sparkling GIA certified old mine cut diamond that weighs 1.20ct. The color of the diam...
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20th Century Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

GIA Certified 3.20 Carat Solitaire Engagement Ring
By Antinori Fine Jewels
Located in Rome, IT
GIA Certified 2.60 Carat Solitaire Engagement Ring I Color white faced VS1 Clarity Triple excellent cut and polish
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2010s Modern Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

3.20 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring with a Halo
Located in Tel Aviv, IL
3.20 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring with a Halo Gorgeous 3.20 center round cut diamond. Impressive engagement ring that your significant other would love. Side diamonds are 0.30 cara...
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21st Century and Contemporary Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Gold, White Gold

Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Bangkok, TH
Art Deco Design for Beautiful Engagement Ring Center Diamond (Round 4.7 mm., G Color VS Clarity) is 0.36 Carat. Surrounding with Diamonds 14 pieces 0.23 Carat. Side Diamonds 2 piece...
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Mid-20th Century Art Deco Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

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W 0.44 in. Dm 0.67 in. L 0.4 in.
9.29 Carat Sapphire 1.20 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
This is an elegant platinum engagement ring. The ring is centered with a lovely oval cut sapphire that weighs approximately 9.29ct. The sapphire is accentuated by sparkling trapezoid...
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20th Century Engagement Rings

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Sapphire, Platinum

Tiffany & Co. Platinum and .20 Carat Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Brandford, CT
Tiffany & Co. Platinum and .20ct Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring Size 5 Condition: Excellent Condition, Professionally Cleaned and Polished Metal: Platinum Weight: 4.6g Diamond...
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Late 20th Century Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

1.20 Carat Emerald Cut Diamond 3-Stone Engagement Ring
Located in Tel Aviv, IL
1.20 Carat Emerald Cut Diamond 3-Stone Engagement Ring Incredible white gold engagement ring, center diamond is a gorgeous Emerald cut G VS1 1.20 carat. The ring has 2 side baguette...
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2010s Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 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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Vintage 1970s Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold

Retro 2.20 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring GIA
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering a transitional cut diamond weighing 2.02 carats with H color and SI2 clarity Basket set and flanked by bead set diamond shoulders Accent old European cut diamonds weigh a...
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Vintage 1930s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

3.20 Carat Brilliant Cut Diamond Gold Solitaire Engagement Ring
Located in Newcastle Upon Tyne, GB
A fabulous golden yellow tinted large diamond solitaire ring. The round, brilliant-cut diamond of approximately 6.20 carats mounted in a simple, elegant 18-carat yellow gold basket s...
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Late 20th Century Modern Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Gold

Art Deco GIA Certified 1.20 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
This stunning platinum ring from the Art Deco era, is centered with a sparkling GIA certified old mine cut diamond that weighs 1.20ct. graded J color with VVS2 clarity. Accentuating ...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

1930s 1.20 Carat Total Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Item Details: Metal type: Platinum Weight: 5.53 grams Ring Size: 7 (Resizable, currently has 3 indentations inside the shank for sizing purposes, easily removable) Center Diamond ...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

GIA 1.20 Carat Montana Sapphire Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Stamford, CT
Light purple gray natural sapphire and diamond engagement ring. GIA certified round center sapphire in a handmade platinum setting with 14 round accent diamonds. circa 1940's. GIA ce...
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Early 20th Century Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

GIA Certified 1.20 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Ring Size: 4 Metal Type: Platinum Weight: 6.0 grams Center Diamond Details GIA CERTIFIED Center Diamond - Certificate # 110210093954 Shape: Old Mine Brilliant Carat Weight: 1.20 c...
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Vintage 1940s Art Deco Engagement Rings

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White Diamond, Platinum

GIA 1.20 Carat I/VS1 Emerald Cut Engagement Ring
Located in San Francisco, CA
Classic yet with a modern twist, this 18k rose gold solitaire ring appeals to contemporary tastes! Featuring a GIA emerald-cut diamond, I color and VS1 clarity, with beautiful flash,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern 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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Vintage 1970s Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

2.20 Carat White Gold Diamond Sapphire Engagement Ring
By Hana Or
Located in Antwerp, BE
Gold: 18 carat white gold Weight: 3,62gr. Diamonds: 0,70ct. colour: G clarity VS Sapphire: 1,50ct. Origine: Sri Lanka Width: 1,60cm. Ring size: free adjustment of ring up to size...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Sapphire, Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Diamond Engagement Ring Set
Located in New York, NY
14K W/gold RBC diamonds weighing approx. 1.20 cts., J-K SI-I1 ring size 5 1/4, weight 4.1 dwt.
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20th Century Engagement Rings

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Diamond

Oval Diamond Pave Engagement Ring 1.20 Carat GIA
By Concierge Diamonds Inc.
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This 1.20 carat GIA certified oval diamond engagement ring is set in yellow gold with diamond pave on the shank with a head on shank setting and diamond pave on the band. Each piec...
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2010s Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

GIA Certified 1.20 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Item Details: Ring Size: 6.5 Metal Type: Platinum Weight: 3.6 grams Center Diamond Details GIA CERTIFIED Center Diamond - Certificate # 1196266432 Shape: Old European Cut Carat ...
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Vintage 1920s Art Deco Engagement Rings

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White Diamond, Platinum

2.20ct. Old European Cut Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
Made of platinum, this ring centers a sparkling GIA certified old European cut diamond that weighs 2.20ct.and is graded K color with VS2 clarity. The center stone is accentuated by d...
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Mid-20th Century Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Edwardian GIA Cert 2.20 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
This breathtaking platinum engagement ring from the Edwardian era, centers a GIA certified round brilliant diamond that weighs 2.20 carats. The color of the diamond is I with VVS2 cl...
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Platinum Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Towson, MD
One estate platinum (stamped PT950) diamond engagement ring set with one 0.77 carat emerald cut diamond with G color and SI1 clarity, according to GIA report number 5201519230, flank...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

3.05 Carat Ceylon Sapphire 1.20 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
This is a fabulous platinum engagement ring. The ring is centered with a lovely emerald cut Ceylon sapphire that weighs approximately 3.05ct. The sapphire is accentuated by sparkling...
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20th Century Engagement Rings

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Sapphire, Platinum

Diamond Gold Engagement Ring
Located in Lexington, KY
This is a great two tone engagement ring! Made of both 14K white and 14K yellow gold, this ring will compliment any skin tone and any outfit! The center diamond is 0.15 carat, and th...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold, Gold

GIA Certified 2.20 Carat Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
By Roman Malakov
Located in New York, NY
Features a 2.20 carat cushion cut diamond certified by GIA as G color, SI2 clarity, set in a diamond encrusted band made in 18k white gold. Accent diamonds weigh 0.47 carats total. S...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Contemporary Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Towson, MD
14 karat yellow and white gold contemporary diamond engagement ring set with one 4.08mm center round brilliant diamond, approximately 0.25 carat with K/L color and SI1/SI2 clarity se...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold

Sapphire Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
18K Y/gold Sapphire Diamond Engagement Ring, sapphire weighing approx. 3.00 cts, flanked by two trillon cut diamonds weighing approx. 0.65 cts, GH VS, stamps 750, ring size 7, weight...
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20th Century Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold

20.16 Carat Heart Shape Tanzanite and Diamond Engagement Ring
By Royaal Stones Ltd
Located in Bangkok, Thailand
A beautiful 20.16 carat heart-shape Tanzanite engagement cocktail ring, with 1.26 carats of VS quality White Diamonds. The Tanzanite is absolutely transparent with no inclusions and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Engagement Rings

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

Victorian 1.20 Carat Old Mine Cushion Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Item Details: Metal Type: Rose Gold 9 Karat Weight: 1.44 grams Size: 10 (sizable) Diamond Details: Cut: Cushion Old Mine Carat: 1.20 Carat Color: G Clarity: SI2 GIA Certified Report...
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Vintage 1910s Victorian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 9k Gold

Vintage European Cut 2.20 Carat Diamond Target Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
A stunning 2.20 ct vintage European cut diamond target engagement ring set in platinum surrounded by 24 smaller European cut diamonds. The center diamond is a VS 1 G color . UGL app...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

4.20 Carat Ceylon Sapphire 0.70 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
This is a stunning platinum engagement ring. The ring is centered with a lovely cushion cut Ceylon sapphire that weighs approximately 4.20ct. The sapphire is accentuated by sparkling...
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20th Century Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

2.20 Carat 14 Karat White Gold Cushion Engagement Ring
By Diamonds Mine
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful double halo style fancy yellow diamonds ring with accents, diamond engagement ring made of 14K white and yellow gold set with white and yellow natural diamonds. The cente...
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2010s Art Deco Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Gold

Tiffany & Co. Engagement Ring
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Signed Tiffany & Co. engagement ring finely crafted in platinum. Round brilliant cut diamond E color VS1 clarity, weighing a total of 1.50 carat.
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20th Century Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

GIA Certified 3.20 Carat Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Material: Platinum Center Diamond Details: GIA certified 3.20ct asscher cut diamond. Diamond is J in color and VVS1 in clarity. GIA certificate #5101769256 Additional Diamond Details...
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21st Century and Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

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Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
This stunning platinum ring centers a sparkling old mine cut diamond that weighs 0.77ct. graded K-L color with VS1 clarity. The center stone is accentuated by dazzling round cut diam...
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Early 20th Century Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

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Mark Broumand 1.20 Carat Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
By Mark Broumand
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Custom created in 18k white gold, this unique diamond engagement ring features a lovely 0.70ct marquise center diamond graded at F-VS2.It is accented by a matching halo of round bril...
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2010s Modern Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

1.20 Carat Cabochon Chrysoberyl Cat's Eye Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Stamford, CT
Chrysoberyl cat’s eye and diamond Art Deco engagement ring. Chrysoberyl cabochon oval center stone with 12 round accent diamonds in a Platinum setting. Circa 1929. 12 round diamonds...
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Early 20th Century Engagement Rings

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Chrysoberyl, Diamond, 18k Gold, Platinum, White Gold

1940s Art Deco .20 Carat Diamond White Gold Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Item Details: Ring Size: 8.25 Metal Type: 18 Karat White Gold Weight: 2.0 grams Center Diamond Details Shape: Old European Transitional Cut Carat Weight: .20 carat Color: G Clarity...
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Vintage 1940s Art Deco Engagement Rings

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White Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Edwardian Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
A sweet early 20th century Edwardian Diamond Engagement Ring. Centrally set with 0.45 point old European-cut diamond in a traditional galleried setting, I colour and SI 2 clarity. Fl...
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Platinum

Mark Broumand 2.20 Carat Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
By Mark Broumand
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Handcrafted to perfection in 18k rose gold, this ravishing diamond engagement ring showcases a 1.80ct oval cut center diamond, GIA certified at J-VS2. It is poised atop a dainty micr...
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2010s Engagement Rings

2.20 Carat GIA Engagement Ring, 3-Stone Diamond Ring, Emerald and Trillion Cut
By Diamonds Mine
Located in New York, NY
Stunning three-stone style GIA certified diamond engagement ring. Ring features a 1.5 carat emerald cut natural diamond of F-G color and VS2-SI1 clarity and it is accompanied by 2 sm...
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2010s Art Deco Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Emerald Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
An elegant engagement ring, set with a beautiful natural 4.32 ct. No Oil Emerald with 12 round, brilliant-cut diamonds, mounted in 18kt White Gold. The emerald, measures approximatel...
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20th Century Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold, White Gold

.20 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Set
Located in Hicksville, NY
Item Details: Ring Size: 7 Metal Type: Platinum Weight: 5.5 grams Center Diamond Details Shape: Old European Cut Brilliant Carat Weight: .20 carat Color: F Clarity: VS1 Side Ston...
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Vintage 1920s Art Deco Engagement Rings

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White Diamond, Platinum

Platinum 3.20Ct. F VS1 Crisscut Diamond Engagement Ring GIA Certified
By Christopher Designs
Located in New York, NY
The Crisscut® Emerald diamond has an elongated shape with cut corners that emphasize clarity. The Crisscut diamond has patented crisscross faceting. The elegance and beauty of a clas...
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Early 2000s Modern Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

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20s Engagement Rings For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a broad range of 20s engagement rings for sale on 1stDibs. These distinct designs — crafted with great care and often made from Platinum, Gold and White Gold — can elevate any look. Our collection of these items for sale includes 1762 vintage editions and 118 modern creations to choose from as well. Our inventory has long been popular, and it includes earlier versions that date to the 19th Century and newer variations that were made as recently as the 21st Century. The designs in our inventory of 20s engagement rings bearing Art Deco or Modern hallmarks are very popular. Versions of these items have been a part of the life’s work for many jewelers, but those produced by Tiffany & Co., Cartier and J. Birnbach are consistently popular. Today, if you’re looking for round cut 20s engagement rings and are unable to find the perfect match, our selection also includes old european cut and oval cut alternatives. Most of our 20s engagement rings for sale are for women, but there are 536 pieces available to browse for men.

Finding the Right Engagement Rings for You

Shopping for the right engagement ring can prove daunting. Whether you’re looking for that perfect vintage 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.