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Edwardian Old Mine Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Bethesda, MD
From Edwardian period and antique diamond engagement ring featuring a 1.14 carat Old mine cut diamond ♦ Metal: Platinum ♦ Old Mine cut diamond=1.14 carats J color, VS1 clarity GIA r...
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Vintage 1920s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond

Revivalist Edwardian Old European Diamond Engagement Ring Platinum 3/4 Carat
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
A most wearable revivalist Edwardian old European diamond engagement ring. Centered by a sparkling, antique cut diamond weighing 0.63 carats of juicy brilliance together with a plati...
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2010s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Edwardian Old Mine Cushion Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
Beautifully designed and masterfully hand-crafted in platinum this Edwardian three stone ring from ca 1915 exhibits an amazing detail of ajoure work and hand engraving throughout th...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Edwardian Era Old Mine Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in NEW ORLEANS, LA
A striking piece from the Edwardian era, or the turn of the 20th century, this ring features a stunning 0.80 carat old mine cut diamond set preciously in a platinum bezel. Surroundin...
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Early 20th Century Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Yellow Gold, Platinum

Edwardian .93 Carat Old European Cut Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Addison, TX
This is an excellent example of an early 1900's Edwardian era engagement ring. This ring is one of the most detailed and "intact" pieces I've ever had the privilege of owning. Having...
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Antique Cushion Diamond Engagement Ring Old Mine Cut Edwardian Style Halo
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
This antique cushion diamond engagement ring with the unmistakable charm of an old mine cut has those chunky facets that glimmer with light. Only 2% of diamonds are these "Romance St...
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2010s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Edwardian Old European Cut Diamond Solitaire Yellow Gold Engagement Ring
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edwardian old European-cut diamond solitaire and yellow gold engagement ring circa 1910. Clear and concise information you want to know is listed below. Contact us right away if yo...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow 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

Edwardian 0.82ct Old Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring, c.1910s
Located in London, GB
This hand crafted Edwardian ring, features a beautiful 0.82 carat old cut diamond in in its centre. The stone is graded H in colour and VS2 in clarity. Claw mounted in a unique stepp...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Platinum

Edwardian 1.36 Carat Old Mine Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring GIA
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pierced latticework mounting designed with spirals at gallery and scalloped shoulders Centering an old mine cut diamond weighing 1.08 carats with J color and SI2 clarity Claw set b...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

Edwardian Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Bethesda, MD
From the Edwardian period, this graceful platinum diamond engagement ring. The ring features a center old Europe cut diamond weighing 1.50 carat. The G.I.A. report states the diamon...
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Vintage 1910s Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Edwardian 2 Old Mine Cut Diamond Pearl Platinum Trinity Antique Engagement Ring
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
An original Edwardian wedding ring centering on a creamy natural pearl (not cultured!) with the most alluring, glowing, golden luster ever. Embraced by a pair of matching old mine cu...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Natural Pearl, Platinum

Edwardian Old European Cut Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Ring Set in Platinum
Located in London, GB
A beautiful Edwardian inspired old European cut diamond and sapphire engagement ring set in platinum. This unique style of engagement ring is centrally set with an old European cut ...
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2010s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

Edwardian Old European Cut Diamond 18 Karat White Gold Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering an old European cut diamond weighing approximately 0.44 carat; I color with SI clarity Set low in an octagonal head of a pierced bombè style mounting with striated details...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Edwardian Diamond and Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
Lovely antique diamond engagement ring, set in platinum. A softly rounded shape contours the low-set starburst of diamonds, with a shimmering old mine cut in the center. Openwork g...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Edwardian Old Mine Cut Diamond White Gold Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
Made of 18K white gold, this ring is centered with a sparkling old mine cut diamond that weighs 0.53ct. and is graded G color with VS1 clarity. The ring is stamped 18K and weighs 2...
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Antique Edwardian 1.15 Carat Old Cut Diamond Engagement Ring, circa 1910
Located in London, GB
Antique engagement ring set with an old Victorian cut diamond weighing 1.15 carats set in an eight claw open back elevated setting with step baguette diamond shoulders. Each shoulder...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Edwardian Diamond Platinum Floral Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering an old European cut diamond weighing approximately 0.25 carat; G color with VS clarity Set low in an octagonal head in an intricately pierced mounting with milgrain and fl...
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Vintage 1920s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Edwardian Diamond Engagement Ring 'GIA Certified'
Located in NEW ORLEANS, LA
A gleaming white, 0.59 carat old European diamond sits in a unique hexagon shaped setting in this Edwardian engagement ring. Detailed engraving and fine millegrain adorn the platinum...
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Antique Early 1900s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

1.07 Old European Cut Diamond Set in an Edwardian Engagement Ring, Platinum
Located in New York, NY
Diamond and platinum ring, featuring 1.07 carat L Si2 old European cut. Diamond Details Shape Old European Brilliant Color L Clarity Si2 Weight 1.07 Ring Details Dimension ...
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

1900s Edwardian .32 Carat Old Miner Diamond 9 Karat Rose Gold Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
1900s Edwardian .32 Carat Old Miner Diamond 9 Karat Rose Gold Engagement Ring. Solitaire style old miner diamond set in 6-prong style Diamond measures 0.32 carats, old miner cut, H ...
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 9k Gold, Rose Gold

Antique Edwardian, Platinum, Old-Cut Diamond 'Toi et Moi' Engagement Ring
Located in Rochford, Essex
Diamond ring, early 20th century. This diamond ring is claw-set with two circular-cut diamonds, the shoulders set with charmingly irregular cushion-shaped diamonds. This arrangement ...
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Early 20th Century Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Edwardian Platinum and GIA Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in NEW ORLEANS, LA
A gleaming white 0.59 carat old European diamond sits in a unique hexagon-shaped inset bezel in this Edwardian engagement ring. Detailed engraving and fine millegrain adorn the plati...
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Antique Early 1900s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

1.17 Carat Old European Cut Diamond Edwardian Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Stamford, CT
1900-1910 Edwardian Diamond Platinum engagement ring. 1 original old European cut, approx. total weight 1.17ct, G, VS1, 7.03 x 6.83 x 3.67mm, Depth: 52.9% Table: 51.0%, good polis...
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Vintage 1910s Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Antique Edwardian Engagement Ring Cluster Old Mine Cut Diamonds 1.30 Ctw 2 Tone
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
A most charming and genuine antique Edwardian engagement ring in an eminently wearable cluster of 9 old mine cut diamonds. The unmistakable allure of these old "Romance Stones" that ...
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Antique Early 1900s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum, Gold

5.50 Carat Antique Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring Old Mine Cut Edwardian Style
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
Centering on a massive, 5.51 Carat antique yellow diamond, this Edwardian style engagement ring was hand fabricated in platinum using the original gems from a well-loved but worn ant...
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2010s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Yellow Diamond, Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum

GIA Certified Edwardian Old European Rose Cut Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Stamford, CT
Original vintage 1910 Edwardian handmade Diamond platinum filigree dome engagement ring. Set with an old European cut GIA certified center diamond. The delicate open work is hand set...
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Early 20th Century Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

1910 Edwardian Platinum .40 Carat Old European Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Item Details: Ring Size: 5.25 Metal Type: Platinum Weight: 2.2 grams Center Diamond Details: Shape: Old European Brilliant Carat Weight: .40 carat Color: I Clarity: SI2 Side St...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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White Diamond, Platinum

1.31 Carat Old European Diamond Platinum Dome Edwardian Engagement Ring
Located in Stamford, CT
1.31ct diamond engagement ring. Packed with bright white sparkly old European cut diamonds. 5 old European cut diamonds, approx. total weight .65cts, G-H, VS2 22 old European cut d...
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Early 20th Century Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Edwardian GIA Cert 1.41 Carat Old European Cut Diamond Gold Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
This stunning 14k white gold ring centers a sparkling GIA certified old European cut diamond that weighs 1.41ct. graded K color with VS2 clarity. The top of the ring measures 8.5mm b...
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold

Antique Edwardian Burmese Ruby Sapphire Old Diamond Engagement Ring Gold, 1910s
Located in Lisbon, PT
Antique Edwardian Sapphire, Ruby and Old Cut Diamond Ring in Gold, c. 1915. This jewel consists of a central cruciform motif composed by two Old European brilliant-cut diamonds and t...
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Antique Early 1900s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Edwardian 1.05 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edwardian 1.05 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring Edwardian 1.05 carat diamond and platinum engagement ring circa 1910. The design centers upon an old European-cut diamond weigh...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

GIA Edwardian 1.60 Carat Old Miner Cushion Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Here we have a classic and timeless style. The center stone is a 1.60ct Old Cushion Brilliant Cut diamond with an amazing fire. The old cushion center stone has an amazing look, with...
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Antique Early 1900s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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White Diamond

1.05 Carat Edwardian Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Item Details: Ring Size: 7.5 Metal Type: Platinum [Hallmarked, and Tested] Weight: 2.9 grams Center Diamond Details: Weight: 1.05 Carat Cut: Old European Brilliant Color: M Clarity...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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White Diamond, Platinum

Edwardian 1.04 Carat Old European Brilliant Cut Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Item Details: Ring Size: 7 Metal Type: Platinum Weight: 2.2 grams Center Diamond Details Shape: Old European Brilliant Cut Carat Weight: 1.04 Carat Color: K Clarity: VS1 Side Ston...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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White Diamond, Platinum

Edwardian 1.04 Carat Antique Solitaire Engagement Ring
Located in Montgomery, AL
We just love this lovely antique solitaire setting! Dating back to 1910 - 1920, this beautiful ring features a stunning 1.04 Carat Old Mine Cut Diamond, J Color, Si2 Clarity. The wh...
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Edwardian Old Cut Diamond Cluster Ring, circa 1910
Located in London, GB
In the centre of this hand made cluster ring are three old cut stones, each weighing 0.10 carat. They are rub over set within platinum and are estimated as H in colour and SI in clar...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Platinum

Edwardian 0.40 Carat Diamond Engagement Platinum Ring
Located in beverly hills, CA
A dazzling white G colored, VS1 European cut diamond of approximately. 40 carats shines forth from this finely detailed Edwardian era platinum engagement ring. The center diamond is ...
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

1915 Edwardian .63 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering an old European cut diamond weighing approximately 0.63 carat, I color and VS clarity Prong set in a hexagonal mount with engraved floral gallery and pierced details With...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

1910 Edwardian GIA 1.23 Carat Old European Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Item Details: Ring Size: 9.25 Metal Type: Platinum Weight: 2.7 grams Center Diamond Details GIA CERTIFIED Center Diamond - Certificate # 1186258367 Shape: Old European Brilliant Ca...
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Engagement Rings

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White Diamond, Platinum

Edwardian GIA 1.19 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
Handcrafted from the early 20th century, this platinum ring is centered with a sparkling GIA certified old European cut diamond that weighs 1.19ct. graded I color with VS2 clarity. I...
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Edwardian 1 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
Handcrafted from the Edwardian era, this platinum ring centers a sparkling GIA certified old European cut diamond that weighs 1ct. and is graded G color with SI1 clarity. The top of ...
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Early 20th Century Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

GIA Certified .60 Carat Edwardian Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Item Details: Ring Size: 7 Metal Type: Platinum [Hallmarked, and Tested] Weight: 3.0 grams Center Diamond Details: GIA REPORT #: 6197854523 Weight: .60 Carat Cut: Old European bril...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Edwardian Antique Diamond Engagement Ring Filigree Platinum Estate Heirloom
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
The elegance, romance and beauty of the Edwardian era shows through in this heirloom engagement ring. Meticulously crafted of platinum in a low setting and embellished with a sparkli...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

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

.50 Carat Edwardian Diamond 9 Karat Rose Gold Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Item Details: Ring Size: 7 Metal Type: 9 karat Rose Gold [Hallmarked, and Tested] Weight: 2.5 grams Center Diamond Details: Weight: .50 Cut: Old Mine Brilliant (Antique Cushion) Co...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Rose Gold

GIA Certified .90 Carat Edwardian Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Item Details: Ring Size: 4.5 Metal Type: Platinum [Hallmarked, and Tested] Weight: 2.5 grams Center Diamond Details: GIA REPORT#: 5171846519 Weight: .90 Carat Cut: Old European Bri...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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White Diamond, Platinum

GIA Certified .90 Carat Edwardian Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Ring Size: 6.25 Metal Type: Platinum [Hallmarked, and Tested] Weight: 3.0 grams Center Diamond Details: GIA REPORT #: 2215527843 Weight: .90 carat Cut: Old European brilliant Color:...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Set in Platinum
Located in London, GB
A beautiful Edwardian inspired diamond solitaire engagement ring set in platinum. The central stone is an old European cut diamond, a cut seen predominately in the Victorian, Edwardi...
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Early 2000s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

GIA Certified 1.15 Carat Edwardian Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Ring Size: 5.75 Metal Type: Platinum [Hallmarked, and Tested] Weight: 2.5 grams Center Diamond Details: GIA REPORT #: 6213439568 Weight: 1.15 Cut: Old European brilliant Color: K Cl...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

GIA Certified 1.04 Carat Edwardian Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Item Details: Ring Size: 6.5 Metal Type: Platinum [Hallmarked, and Tested] Weight: 2.0 grams Center Diamond Details: GIA REPORT #:5211512053 Weight: 1.04 Cut: Old European brillian...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

GCS Certified 1.95 Carat Edwardian Old-Cut Diamond Ring
Located in London, GB
An Edwardian single-stone diamond ring, the old European-cut diamond weighing 1.95 carats, accompanied by GCS report stating to be of J colour and SI1 clarity, claw-set to an openwor...
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Antique Early 1900s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

GIA Certified 1.09 Carat Edwardian Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Ring Size: 5.5 Metal Type: Platinum [Hallmarked, and Tested] Weight: 2.9 grams Center Diamond Details: GIA REPORT #: 6372846114 Weight: 1.09 carat Cut: Old European brilliant Color:...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Edwardian Platinum 1.0 Carat Solitaire Diamond Cathedral Shank Engagement Ring
Located in Addison, TX
Here we have a simple elegant Edwardian solitaire engagement ring. The old European cut diamond sits in a cathedral setting. The gallery has gorgeous designed open work surrounded by...
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Antique Early 1900s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Edwardian Sapphire Old European Cut Diamond Three-Stone Platinum Ring
Located in Los Angeles, CA
DETAILS: Edwardian diamond and sapphire three-stone platinum ring circa 1910. DIAMONDS: two old European-cut diamonds totaling 2.02 carats, accompanied by a reports from EGL-USA st...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

GIA Certified 1.03 Carat Edwardian Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Ring Size: 6.75 Metal Type: Platinum [Hallmarked, and Tested] Weight: 3.0 grams Center Diamond Details: GIA REPORT #: 1216552059 Weight: 1.03 carat Cut: Old European brilliant Color...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

.70 Carat Edwardian Diamond 14 Karat Yellow Gold Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Ring Size: 5 Metal Type: 14 Karat Yellow Gold [Hallmarked, and Tested] Weight: 3.0 grams Center Diamond Details: Weight: .70 carat Cut: Old European brilliant Color: K Clarity: VS2 ...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Yellow Gold

.56 Carat Edwardian Diamond 14 Karat Yellow Gold Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Item Details: Ring Size: 7.25 Metal Type: 14 Karat Yellow Gold [Hallmarked, and Tested] Weight: 2.0 grams Center Diamond Details: Weight: .56 carat Cut: Old European brilliant Colo...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Yellow Gold

Edwardian Era 1.54 Carat Platinum Filigree Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Montgomery, AL
This stunning antique piece was handcrafted sometime during the Edwardian design period ( 1900-1920 ). Antique hand engravings on the inside of the shank indicate the ring was dedica...
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Edwardian 2.05 Carat Diamond Platinum Filigree Engagement Ring GIA
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering a bezel set old European cut diamond weighing 1.73 carats; K color with SI1 clarity With a cushioned surround, filigree gallery, and pointed shoulders Accented by old Euro...
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Vintage 1910s Edwardian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

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Old Edwardian Engagement Ring For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate old edwardian engagement ring for your needs in our varied inventory. Each design created in this style — which was crafted with great care and often made from Platinum, Gold and 18k Gold — can elevate any look. You can easily find a 317 antique edition and 27 modern creations to choose from as well. Finding the perfect old edwardian engagement ring may mean sifting through those created during different time periods — you can find an early version that dates to the 19th Century and a newer variation that were made as recently as the 21st Century. For this particular accessory, there are many different carat weights to choose from, but .5 Carat and 1 Carat versions are of considerable interest. Creating an old edwardian engagement ring has been a part of the legacy of many jewelers, but those produced by Mark Broumand, Neil Lane and Single Stone are consistently popular. See these pages for an old european cut iteration of this accessory, while there are also old mine cut cut and cushion cut cut versions available here, too. If you’re browsing our inventory for an old edwardian engagement ring, you’ll find that many are available today for women, but there are still pieces to choose from for unisex and 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.