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1970s Retro Brilliant Diamonds Baguette Diamonds Platinum Ring
Located in Poitiers, FR
Platinum ring. Bright and so vintage, this retro ring is set with diamonds of different sizes: large brilliant in the center, smaller brilliant and baguette around. The head made of ...
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Vintage 1970s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

Retro 2.71 Carats Emerald Cut Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring GIA
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering a basket set emerald cut diamond weighing 2.11 carats, I color with VS1 clarity Flanked by stepped shoulders featuring bezel set baguette cut diamonds weighing approximate...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

French 1970s Retro Diamond 18 Karat White Gold Marquise Ring
Located in Poitiers, FR
Ring in 18 karats white gold, eagle's head hallmark Marquise shape ring, this authentic vintage ring is set with claws of a modern brilliant cut diamond in an entourage of 14 diamond...
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Vintage 1970s Retro Engagement Rings

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

Retro Diamond two-color Gold Ring
Located in Napoli, Italy
A fine vintage 0.30 carat diamond 18 karat rose and white gold dress ring. The European cut Diamond is graded H/I color Vvs clarity The interior of the shank is hallmarked with the m...
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Vintage 1950s Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

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

French 1950s Natural Cushion Cut Ceylon Sapphire Diamonds Platinum Ring
Located in Poitiers, FR
Ring in platinum, dog's head hallmark. Rectangular, this sublime retro ring is set with 4 claws of a cushion- cut blue sapphire surrounded by 16 diamonds, all lined with a twist. The...
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Vintage 1950s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Sapphire, Blue Sapphire, Platinum

Antique 1.80 Carat Diamonds 18 Karat Yellow White Gold Marquise Ring
Located in Poitiers, FR
Ring in 18 karat yellow and white gold. In marquise shape, the top of this ring is entirely paved with antique- cut diamonds. On both sides of the head, on the departure of the ring,...
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Vintage 1980s Retro Engagement Rings

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

Platinum Retro Art Deco Inspired Diamond Engagement Ring
By Gregory Mikaelian & Sons, Inc.
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Specifications: MAIN stone: Brilliant cut Diamond .47pts. SIDE STONE: 4 PCS single cut diamonds .28pts. COLOR/clarity: H/SI2 brand: UNBRANDED metal: Platinum ...
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Late 20th Century Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Retro 0.88 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering a transitional cut diamond weighing approximately 0.73 carat; H color with VS clarity Set with tri-bead prongs in a stylized square form head and flanked by navette forms ...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

Retro 0.75 Carat Diamond Solitaire Palladium Engagement Ring
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Retro 0.75 carat transitional-cut diamond and palladium solitaire engagement ring circa 1940. It is time to pop the question and present that special lady in your life with this imp...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Palladium

Retro GIA Emerald Cut Diamond Gold Engagement Ring
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Does this say I Love You? Retro GIA 0.61 carat, E color, VS2 clarity emerald cut diamond 14k gold ring. With 2 single cut diamonds graded F-G color, VS clarity. Circa 1940s. Size 6 ...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Gold, 14k Gold

Retro 0.75 Carat Diamond Platinum Geometric Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering a transitional cut diamond weighing approximately 0.60 carat; I color with VS clarity Set by tri-bead prongs in a stylized square form head that is flanked by geometric fo...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Retro 0.40 Carat Diamond Platinum Buckle Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering a transitional cut diamond weighing approximately 0.40 carat; J color with VS clarity Set low in a stylized square form head featuring a lotus flower motif Flanked by loo...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

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

Retro 0.68 Carat Diamond Platinum Fishtail Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Engagement ring is designed with a stylized square form head, fishtail set shoulders, and a knife edge shank Centering a transitional cut diamond weighing approximately 0.60 carat; ...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

Retro 1.21 Carats Diamond Platinum Floral Engagement Ring GIA
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering an old European cut diamond, set securely with decorative prongs, weighing 1.10 carats; L color with VS1 clarity Flanked by floral motif shoulders accented by single cut d...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Retro 0.63 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring, circa 1940
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering a round brilliant cut diamond weighing approximately 0.51 carat; H color with VS clarity Set by tri-bead prongs in a stylized square form head and flanked by cinched cathe...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

Retro 0.33 Carat Diamond Platinum Cathedral Basket Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering a transitional cut diamond weighing approximately 0.33 carat; G color with VS clarity Set in a stylized basket head with tri-bead prongs and a fishtail motif profile Comp...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

1940's Retro 0.78 Carat Diamond Platinum Fishtail Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering a transitional cut diamond weighing approximately 0.60 carat; I color with VS clarity Set with tri-bead prongs in a stylized basket and flanked by fishtail motif shoulders...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

Retro 0.90 Carat Diamond Platinum Fishtail Cluster Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering a transitional cut diamond weighing approximately 0.65 carat; J color with VS clarity Set in a square form head with stylized tri-bead prongs and flanked by diamond cluste...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

1940 Retro 1.35 Carat Asscher Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering in a low profile square form head, with an asscher cut diamond weighing approximately 1.25 carats, J color and SI1 clarity Flanked by two transitional cut diamonds weighin...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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White Diamond, Platinum

Retro 1.10 Carat Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Ring GIA
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering a marquise cut diamond weighing 0.85 carat; I color with VS1 clarity Flanked by two tapered baguette cut diamonds weighing in total approximately 0.25 carat; well-matched ...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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White Diamond, Platinum

.55 Carat Retro 1940s Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Litchfield, CT
Circa 1940s, platinum, American. This stylish American engagement ring features a .55 carat brilliant white diamond (G color, VS2 clarity). Replete with subtle notes of Art Deco, t...
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Vintage 1940s Engagement Rings

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White Diamond, Platinum

Retro 1.09 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Alternative Ring GIA
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering a round modified brilliant cut diamond weighing 0.94 carats, I color and VS2 clarity Flanked by round brilliant cut diamonds, weighing 0.15 carats total G/H color and VS c...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Retro 3.58 Carat Round Brilliant Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Washington, DC
Do not the grading deter you from owning this gorgeous 3.58 carat Diamond ring! The center Diamond is set in eight prongs, with 0.12 carats in baguette Diamonds on the sides, and a ...
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Late 20th Century Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Retro 0.48 CTW Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring Circa 1940
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering a square form head set with an old European cut diamond weighing approximately 0.40 total; G color and SI clarity Flanked by pierced triangular shoulders bead set with sin...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Retro 0.90 Carat Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Montgomery, AL
This timeless piece was crafted sometime during the Mid Century design period ( 1940-1960 ). This simply beautiful diamond solitaire style features a center diamond measuring approxi...
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Mid-20th Century Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Retro 2.08 Carat Diamond Platinum Trillion Engagement Ring GIA
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering an old European cut diamond, set in a square form head, weighing 1.68 carats; K color with SI1 clarity Flanked by triangular shoulders bezel set by trillion cut and baguet...
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Mid-20th Century Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Retro GIA 1.00 Carat Emerald Cut Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
When you're looking for an engagement ring you want something that's timeless and classic, but also unique; something that's attractive today and will be for years to come. Consider ...
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Vintage 1950s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Retro 1.49 CTW Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring GIA Circa 1940's
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering a basket set old European cut diamond weighing 1.37 carats, L color with SI1 clarity Flanked by round brilliant cut diamonds, bead set in a pointed shoulder motif, weighin...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Retro .55 Carat Diamond 14 Karat White Gold Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering a round brilliant cut diamond, weighing approximately 0.45 carat, E color and VVS clarity Flanked by tapered baguette cut diamonds, weighing approximately 0.10 carat total...
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Mid-20th Century Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold

Retro 2.47 Carat Emerald Cut Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring GIA
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Cathedral basket style engagement ring with a rounded knife edged shank Centering an emerald cut diamond weighing 2.02 carats; E color with VS2 Flanked by four bar set tapered bagu...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

Retro Forties Diamond set Gold Engagement Ring
Located in Litchfield, CT
Circa 1940s, 14k, American. This classic late Deco engagement ring is set with a brilliant white .37 carat center diamond (H-I color, VS2 clarity) and four fine quality accent ston...
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Vintage 1940s Art Deco Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

1940s Retro 3.23 Carat Round Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring GIA
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Cathedral style mounting centering a prong set transitional cut diamond weighing 2.93 carats; I color and SI2 Flanked by bar set tapered baguette cut diamonds weighing approximately...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

Vintage 1940s Diamond Engagement Ring Cluster Retro Swirling Openwork Milgrain
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
A simply sublime, vintage 1940s diamond engagement ring in an alluring, swirling cluster. Centered by a fiery, brilliant 1/3 carat center and embraced in an openwork design kissed wi...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold

Early Retro 0.35 Carat Diamond Platinum Square Form Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering a round brilliant cut diamond weighing approximately 0.23 carat, K color with SI1 clarity Set low in a square form head pierced with a geometric motif Flanked by stylized...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

Retro 0.54 Carat 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 a milgrain square form head and flanked by stylized criss-crossed cathedr...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

William B. Ogush Inc. Retro 2.05 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering an old European cut diamond weighing approximately 1.65 carats, M+ color and SI1 clarity Flanked by six marquise cut diamonds, surrounded by single cut diamonds, weighing...
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Mid-20th Century Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Retro 0.46 CTW Old European Cut Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering an old European cut diamond, set with decorative triple prongs, weighing approximately 0.40 carat; F/G color and VVS clarity Flanked by belcher set single cut diamonds wei...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Retro 0.71 Carat Diamond Platinum Five Stone Engagement Ring GIA
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering an old European cut diamond weighing 0.54 carat, G color and VS1 clarity Flanked by bezel set round brilliant cut diamonds, four total, weighing approximately 0.17 carat t...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Retro 1.66 Carat Old European Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring GIA
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Cathedral style ring centering an old European cut diamond weighing 1.51 carats, J color and VS1 clarity Flanked by two bar set, tapered baguette diamonds weighing approximately 0.1...
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Mid-20th Century Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Retro 2.34 Carats Old European Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring GIA
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering an old European cut diamond weighing 1.94 carats, L color with VS1 clarity Set in a decoratively pierced square form head then flanked by straight baguette cut diamonds an...
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Mid-20th Century Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Retro 0.40 Carat Diamond 14 Karat White Gold Blossom Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering a transitional cut diamond weighing approximately 0.40 carat; H color with VS clarity Set by tri-bead prongs in a stylized square form head with a floral motif at its gall...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold

Retro 0.64 Carat Diamond 14 Karat White Gold Engagement Ring GIA
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering an old European cut diamond weighing 0.64 carat total, J color and SI1 clarity Square form head with engraved gold details Unusual solitaire style ring Stamped 14K Ring...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold

Early Retro 0.65 Carat Diamond 18 Karat White Gold Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering in a square form head a transitional cut diamond weighing approximately 0.50 carat; J color with VS clarity Flanked by old single cut diamonds weighing in total approximat...
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Vintage 1930s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Vintage Retro 2.01 Carat I, VS1 Diamond Halo Engagement 18 Karat Ring
Located in Honolulu, HI
Stunning vintage retro Diamond halo ring from the 1950s. This magnificent ring features an approximately 0.81 carat round brilliant cut Diamond in the center surrounded by a diamond ...
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Mid-20th Century Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Retro 0.60 Carat Orange-Yellow and White Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring GIA
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Retro mounting centers an old European cut fancy colored diamond weighing 0.47 carat With natural fancy intense orange-yellow color and VS clarity Set in a square form head and fla...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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White Diamond, Yellow Diamond, Platinum

Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Towson, MD
One 18 karat gold Retro diamond engagement ring set with one 0.55 carat round brilliant diamond with H/I color and S1/SI2 clarity and 0.26 carat total weight of single cut diamonds w...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Jabel 0.75 CTW Diamond 14 Karat Tri-Colored Gold Retro Engagement Ring
By Jabel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering an old European cut diamond weighing approximately 0.75 carats, H color and VS clarity Bezel set in a circular surround featuring rose gold fluer-de-lis motif and white go...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold

1950s Retro 1.00 Carat Aquamarine and .60 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
1950s Retro 1.00 Carat Aquamarine and .60 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring Item Details: Ring Size: 8.50 Metal Type: Platinum Weight: 9.5 grams Side Stone Details: Shape: S...
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Mid-20th Century Retro Engagement Rings

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Aquamarine, Diamond, Platinum

White Gold Diamond Retro Bypass Ring -14k European Cut .66ctw Vintage Engagement
Located in Greensboro, NC
Size: 6 Sizing Fee: Can be sized down 2 sizes for $20 or sized up 2 sizes for $25 Era: Retro 1940s - 1950s Metal Content: 14k White Gold Stone Information: Natural Diamonds (main...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold

W.J. Harbor Co. Retro 0.64 Carat Diamond 18 Karat White Gold Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Ring is designed with three stylized square form heads pierced with a circle motif Centering an old European cut diamond weighing approximately 0.50 carat; Q/R color with SI1 clarit...
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Vintage 1950s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Retro 1.69 Carat Diamond Platinum Geometric Engagement Ring GIA
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering a basket set old European cut diamond weighing 1.49 carats, N color with VS1 clarity Set by decorative tri-bead prongs in a tapered geometric mounting featuring bezel set ...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Retro 0.40 CTW Old European Cut Diamond Platinum 14 Karat Gold Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering an old European cut diamond, basket set in platinum, weighing approximately 0.40 carat; H color with SI1 clarity Flanked by tapered platinum shoulders with milgrain edges ...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold, Platinum

Retro Diamond Gold Solitaire Ring
Located in Napoli, Italy
An exquisite example of Retro jewel, simple and elegant. This ring is hand-crafted in 18k white gold, authentic from 1950', featuring in the center a large and sparkling Old mine-cu...
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Mid-20th Century Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold

Retro 1.54 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring GIA, circa 1940
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering in a square form head a transitional cut diamond weighing 1.42 carats, H in color with VS2 clarity Flanked by French cut diamond accents weighing 0.12 carat, eye-clean and...
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Vintage 1940s Art Deco Engagement Rings

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Diamond

Retro 1.30 Carat Emerald Step Cut Diamond 14 Karat Two-Tone Gold Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering an emerald step cut diamond weighing 0.98 carat with F color and SI1 clarity Basket set in platinum and flanked by platinum bar set tapered baguette cut diamonds weighing ...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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

Platinum and Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Towson, MD
One platinum (stamped 900PT-4T) Retro diamond engagement ring featuring one 0.38 carat Old European cut center diamond with H/I color and SI1/SI2 clarity and six single cut diamonds ...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Early Retro 1.76 CTW Old European Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring GIA
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering an old European cut diamond weighing 1.54 carats, K color with VS2 clarity Set low by double prongs in an subtly engraved mounting accented throughout by single cut diamon...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Engagement Rings

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Diamond

1940s Retro Platinum Ruby and Diamond Ring
Located in Towson, MD
One platinum (stamped PLAT) retro ring, cathedral set with one 7 x 5.3mm oval cut natural ruby. The ruby is surrounded by ten straight baguette diamonds approximately 0.30 carat tot...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Ruby, Platinum

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Retro Diamond Engagement For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the retro diamond engagement you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Frequently made of Gold, Platinum and 18k Gold, this item was constructed with great care. Our collection of these items for sale includes 342 vintage editions and 13 modern creations to choose from as well. Finding the perfect retro diamond engagement 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 piece, .5 Carat and 1 Carat are consistently popular carat weights. Finding an appealing retro diamond engagement — no matter the origin — is easy, but Tiffany & Co., Birks and carpenter and sons each produced a popular version that is worth a look. Today, if you’re looking for a round cut version of this piece and are unable to find the perfect match, our selection also includes old european cut and oval cut alternatives. If you’re browsing our inventory for a retro diamond engagement, 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.