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1.60 Carat Vintage Natural Emerald Ring Diamond Accents 14 Karat Yellow Gold
Located in Brunswick, ME
Natural Colombian emerald emerald cut vintage solitaire ring 14K yellow gold with diamond accents. Emerald approx. weight 1.40 carats, the emerald measurements are 7.69x5.83x4.35mm. ...
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Mid-20th Century Contemporary Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, Emerald, 14k Gold

Vintage Colombian Emerald Solitaire Ring with Accents 18 Karat
Located in Brunswick, ME
Vintage Stunning Colombian Emerald Solitaire Ring with Accents Colombian Emerald and Diamond Ring prong set in White and Yellow solid 18K gold. Feature one Genuine and natural Colo...
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Late 20th Century Art Deco Fashion Rings

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Diamond, Emerald, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

.15ct Vintage Solitaire Ring 14kt
Located in New York, NY
Rope Twist Cluster .15ct Natural Round Cut Diamonds. Vs-2 clarity I color. 14kt yellow gold 1.9 Grams Overall ring: 6.2mm Depth: 6.8mm Current ring size: 5 May professional...
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2010s Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring, Circa 1950s/1960s
Located in Yorkshire, West Yorkshire
A neat and petite vintage diamond ring from the mid-20th century era. Featuring a single diamond approx. 0.54ct held in a white rex coronet setting. To either side of the main diao...
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Mid-20th Century Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Platinum

Vintage Diamond Solitaire Ring
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
A stunning vintage diamond solitaire ring. The beautiful central old European cut diamond measures 80 points , H colour and VS2 clarity. The shoulders are each set with a trio of dia...
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Late 20th Century Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Antique Victorian 14 Karat Yellow Gold Ceylon Sapphire Vintage Solitaire
Located in Addison, TX
Item Details Style: Vintage Materials: 14K Yellow Gold Hallmarks: 14K Total Weight: 0.77 ct Center Stone Type: Ceylon Sapphire Center Stone Shape: Round Cabochon Center Stone Cou...
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Vintage 1970s Victorian Solitaire Rings

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Sapphire, Yellow Gold, 14k Gold

Cartier Vintage Solitaire Diamond Silverium 18 Karat Yellow Gold Ring
By Cartier
Located in Boca Raton, FL
This rare vintage ring, by designer Cartier, features a solitaire .40 carat round brilliant cut diamond. The diamond is graded E color and VS1 clarity, and is surrounded by silverium...
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Late 20th Century Modern Solitaire Rings

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

Luscious Vintage Peridot Solitaire Ring
Located in Stamford, CT
To look into the late spring green or this 1.80 ct peridot is to see what we hope for all year, a sign of the time renewal, fertility and rejuvenation that the season brings to our e...
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Vintage 1970s Modern Solitaire Rings

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Peridot, 14k Gold

Vintage Pearl Solitaire Gold Ring
Located in Napoli, Italy
Classy solitaire pearl ring set in 18k white gold. It features a center 9 mm Great Quality South Sea Pearl Origin Italy, circa 1960 CONDITION: Pre-owned - Excellent METAL: 18k gold...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Solitaire Rings

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Pearl, 18k Gold, Gold

Vintage Solitaire Cushion Shape Old Mine Diamond Ring, French, circa 1950
Located in London, GB
Vintage solitaire cushion shape old mine diamond ring. Set with one central cushion shape old mine diamond, M colour, VS2 clarity, with an approximate weight of 3.01 carats, in an op...
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Vintage 1950s Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Art Deco 14K White Gold Turquoise Cabochon Vintage Solitaire Fashion Ring
Located in Addison, TX
Here we have a petite Art Deco beauty. Crafted in 14K white gold, a small sky blue turquoise cabochon sits in the middle of a hexagonal shaped center with a star engraving surroundin...
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Vintage 1920s Art Deco Solitaire Rings

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Turquoise, 14k Gold, White Gold

Art Deco Platinum 1.25Ct Diamond Vintage Solitaire Engagement Ring
Located in Addison, TX
This art deco solitaire ring is a beauty. Crafted in platinum, the simple and classic cathedral shanks hold six bright single cut accent diamonds. Leading to the center diamond set i...
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Vintage 1920s Art Deco Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Antique Victorian 14 Karat Yellow Gold Common Opal Vintage Solitaire Alternative
Located in Addison, TX
Item Details Style: Victorian Materials: 14K Yellow Gold Hallmarks: 14K Total Weight: 2.40 dwt Center Stone Type: Opal Center Stone Shape: Round Cabochon Center Stone Count: 1 Cente...
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Early 20th Century Late Victorian Solitaire Rings

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Opal, 14k Gold

Vintage Diamond and Platinum Solitaire Ring
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
This simple solitaire ring has a central brilliant cut diamond measuring 45pts and is a G colour VVS I. The shoulders have diamonds running through on to the band. The diamonds on th...
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Vintage 1950s Modern Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Vintage Diamond White Gold Solitaire Ring
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An impressive vintage 0.25 carat diamond and 18 karat white gold solitaire style engagement ring; part of our diverse diamond jewellery and estate jewelry collections. This fine and...
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Vintage 1950s Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

5.70 Carat Green Sapphire and Pave Diamond Platinum Vintage Solitaire Ring
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Ring size: 6.75 Gorgeous vintage green sapphire solitaire ring with pave diamond accents. This stunning high profile ring beautifully showcases the rare, dark green sapphire, allow...
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20th Century Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, Green Sapphire, Platinum

Art Deco Platinum Old European Cut 2.52Ct Vintage Solitaire Engagement Ring
Located in Addison, TX
Here we have a bold and beautiful warm colored vintage solitaire engagement ring. This ring is crafted in platinum, the simple classic shank holds two perfectly cut baguette diamonds...
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Vintage 1920s Art Deco Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Vintage Emerald 22 Karat Gold Solitaire Ring
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Vintage Emerald 22 Karat Gold Solitaire Ring. The ring features a rectangular emerald, approximately 1.70 carats. Circa 2000s. Size 6 1/4. About The Piece: Feel yourself like an Am...
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Early 2000s Solitaire Rings

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Emerald, 22k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage 1950s Diamond Yellow Gold Solitaire Ring
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive 0.28 carat diamond and 18 karat yellow gold solitaire ring; part of our diverse vintage jewelry and estate jewelry collections. This fine and impressive solit...
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Vintage 1960s Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage Aqua and 9 Carat Gold Solitaire Ring
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
This stunning aqua is pale in colour and has a cut which gives a hall of mirrors effect. The shoulders, setting and band is modelled in 18ct white gold and is very simple in design. ...
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Vintage 1970s Modern Solitaire Rings

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Aquamarine, Gold

Vintage Diamond and 9 Carat Gold Solitaire Ring
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
The design of the ring is so simple and beautiful. The central diamond measures 30pts and the shoulders hold diamonds which total 8pts per shoulder. Modelled in 9ct gold and made in ...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, Gold

Vintage Opal and 9 Carat Gold Solitaire Ring
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
The opal set up high in a crown style setting is so glossy and throws so much colour! There is an inscription on the inside of the band which is rather worn so the letters 'H P R' is...
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Vintage 1960s Modern Solitaire Rings

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Opal, Gold

Henry Griffith and Sons 18 Carat Gold Vintage Solitaire Diamond Claw Set Ring
Located in GB
Wimbledon-Furniture Wimbledon-Furniture is delighted to offer for sale this lovely vintage Henry Griffith & sons 18ct Rose gold 0.20ct diamond ring A lovely piece in excellent vin...
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20th Century Modern Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

Vintage Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring, circa 1950s
Located in London, GB
This ring is a classic diamond solitaire engagement ring dating back to the 1950s. The round brilliant diamond weighs 0.22 carat and is illusion set within a platinum collet. The dia...
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Vintage 1950s Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Platinum

Vintage Emerald and Diamond Platinum Solitaire Ring
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
A wonderful vintage emerald and diamond solitaire ring. Boasting a beautiful emerald in a classic four-claw setting, and complemented by elegant diamond shoulders. Modelled in platin...
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20th Century Solitaire Rings

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Black Diamond, Emerald, Platinum

Vintage Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring, circa 1980s, Platinum
Located in Yorkshire, West Yorkshire
A classic vintage solitaire diamond engagement ring featuring a brilliant cut diamond approx. 0.33ct, claw set to a D shaped cross sectioned band with knife edge shoulders to the set...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Vintage Green Tourmaline 22 Karat Gold Solitaire Ring
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Vintage Green Tourmaline 22 Karat Gold Solitaire Ring. The ring features a rectangular tourmaline approximately 1.45 carat. Circa 2000s. Size 7 1/4 and may re-sized to fit. About Th...
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Early 2000s Solitaire Rings

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Tourmaline, 22k Gold

Vintage Diamond and 18 Carat Gold Solitaire Ring
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
The design of the ring is so simple and beautiful. The diamond measures 50pts and is set in simple claws. Fully hallmarked London 1978. Ring Size:L 1/2 or 6 Height Off Finger: 6mm ...
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Vintage 1970s Modern Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, Gold

Vintage 1990s Diamond and White Gold Solitaire Ring
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive vintage 0.48 carat diamond and 18 karat white gold solitaire style engagement ring; part of our diverse vintage diamond jewelry collections This fine and impre...
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20th Century Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Vintage Natural Colombian Emerald Solitaire Ring, circa 1970
Located in London, GB
Vintage Colombian emerald solitaire ring. Centrally set with an octagonal emerald-cut natural Colombian emerald with no colour enhancement and minor clarity enhancement in an open ba...
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Vintage 1970s Solitaire Rings

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Emerald, Yellow Gold

Vintage 1940s Diamond and White Gold Solitaire Ring
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive 0.33 carat diamond and 18 karat white gold solitaire ring; part of our diverse vintage jewelry and estate jewelry collections. This fine and impressive vintage...
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Vintage 1940s Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Vintage Diopside and Diamond 9 Carat Gold Solitaire Ring
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
The deep green diopside sits perched up high on a simple claw setting with an open work gallery. The shoulders have diamonds which total approx 10pts. Modelled in 9ct gold. Ring Si...
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Vintage 1960s Modern Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, Gold

Vintage Solid 9 Carat Gold and Blue Zircon Solitaire Ring
Located in St Helens, GB
A fine vintage solitaire ring. Claw set blue zircon. Solid 9 carat gold. 6.9mm diameter zircon to centre. 1.7 grams. Size Q UK, 8 US. Clean shank. Securely set stone, some claws ...
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20th Century Edwardian Solitaire Rings

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Zircon, Gold

Vintage 1980s Diamond and Platinum Solitaire Engagement Ring
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive vintage 0.25 carat diamond and platinum solitaire ring; part of our diverse diamond jewelry and estate jewelry collections This fine and impressive vintage dia...
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Vintage 1940s Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

Vintage Pink Tourmaline and 18 Carat Gold Solitaire
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
This striking solitaire holds a deep pink tourmaline stone measuring 2carats. The stone is held in a simple claw setting modelled in platinum. Ring Size: M 1/2 or 6 1/2 Weight: 3....
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Vintage 1950s Modern Solitaire Rings

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Tourmaline, Gold

Vintage 1970s Diamond and White Gold Solitaire Engagement Ring
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive vintage 0.78 carat diamond and 18k white gold solitaire ring; part of our collection of vintage diamond rings This fine vintage diamond solitaire ring has been...
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Vintage 1970s Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Vintage 1940s French Diamond and Yellow Gold Solitaire Ring
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive vintage French 0.49 carat diamond and 18k yellow gold, platinum set solitaire ring; part our vintage jewelry/estate jewelry collections This impressive vintage...
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Vintage 1940s Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage 1960s Diamond and White Gold Solitaire Ring
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A very good vintage 0.37 carat diamond and 18k white gold solitaire ring; part of our diverse vintage jewelry / estate jewelry collections. This vintage diamond solitaire ring has b...
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Vintage 1960s Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Vintage 1960s Diamond and White Gold Solitaire Engagement Ring
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive 0.81 carat diamond and 18k white gold solitaire ring; part of our diverse diamond jewelry and estate jewelry collections. This impressive vintage diamond (circ...
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Vintage 1960s Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Vintage 0.50 Carat Diamond Solitaire, circa 1950s
Located in London, GB
Although this ring dates to the 1950s, it does centre an old cut diamond. The stone will date back to the 1900s, however it has been reset within a vintage mount. The diamond is hand...
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Vintage 1950s Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Vintage 1950s Diamond Solitaire Ring, 1.31 Carat
Located in Yorkshire, West Yorkshire
What an exquisite solitaire ring this is; a round diamond set in a square mount. The diamond is set with four claws within a millegrain border. The mount is open allowing the light...
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Vintage 1950s Retro Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Platinum

Vintage 18 Carat Gold and Platinum Diamond Solitaire Ring
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
A superb vintage solitaire ring set with a beautiful round cut diamond, measuring approximately 35 points. The stone sits in a fine platinum claw setting. Modelled in 18 carat yello...
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Vintage 1970s Modern Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum

Vintage 1975 Diamond and Yellow Gold Solitaire Engagement Ring
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine vintage 0.40 carat diamond and 18 karat yellow gold, 18 karat white gold set solitaire ring; part of our diamond jewelry and estate jewelry collections This fine and impressi...
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Vintage 1970s Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage 14 Carat Gold and Natural Diamond Solitaire Ring
Located in St Helens, GB
A superb diamond solitaire engagement ring. Made in solid 14 carat yellow gold with platinum sides. 3.2mm diameter natural diamond. Vs clarity. Bright and sparkly. Protruding 5.7mm o...
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20th Century Art Deco Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, Gold

Art Deco Vintage 1 Carat Old Cut Diamond Solitaire Ring
Located in Rome, IT
Art Deco Vintage 1 Carat Old Cut Diamond Solitaire Ring
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, 14k Gold

Vintage Diamond and White Gold Solitaire Ring Circa 1950
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An impressive 0.35 carat diamond and 18 karat white gold solitaire style engagement ring; part of our diverse antique jewelry and estate jewelry collections. This fine and impressiv...
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Vintage 1950s Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

Vintage c1940s Pearl Solitaire Ring, 9 Karat Yellow Gold
Located in NEWARK, GB
A gorgeous vintage 9 karat yellow gold pearl solitaire ring. A mid century beauty, c1940s this ring has a nice substantial 9 karat gold band with geometric upswept shoulders that hu...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Solitaire Rings

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Pearl, 9k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage 18 Carat Gold and Malachite Solitaire Statement Ring
Located in St Helens, GB
A superb Malachite ring in 18 carat gold. 14ct yellow gold shank and setting. Designed with a large malachite to the centre 14mm x 20mm, in bezel setting. Protruding 9mm off the fing...
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20th Century Retro Solitaire Rings

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Malachite, Gold

Vintage 2 Carat Diamond and Platinum Solitaire with Diamond Shoulders
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
This exquisite 2 carat diamond is a fabulous bright and sparkling stone. The setting of this ring is absolutely gorgeous as it is diamond encrusted and holds a total of 40pts worth o...
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Vintage 1950s Modern Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Antique and Vintage Diamond and Yellow Gold Solitaire Ring
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive antique 0.42 carat diamond and 18 karat yellow gold, 18 karat white gold set solitaire engagement ring; part of our diamond jewelry and estate jewelry collectio...
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Early 20th Century Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage Aquamarine and Diamond 9 Carat White Gold Solitaire Ring
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
This stunning aqua is pale in colour and has a cut which gives such sparkle. The shoulders, setting and band is modelled in 9ct gold and is very simple in design. The shoulders hold ...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Solitaire Rings

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Aquamarine, Diamond, White Gold

Vintage Diamond and 18 Carat White Gold Solitaire Ring
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
This simple solitaire ring has a central brilliant cut diamond measuring 35cts. The shoulders have diamonds running through on to the band. The diamonds on the shoulders each and sit...
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Vintage 1960s Modern Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Vintage Old European Cut Diamond and Platinum Solitaire Ring
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
This gorgeous ring holds a 90pt old European cut diamond which is G/H colour VS I. The diamond is very bright snd has wonderful sparkle and is held in a simple double claw setting. ...
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Vintage 1950s Modern Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Diamond and White Gold Solitaire Ring Vintage Circa 1970
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A very good vintage 0.22 carat diamond and contemporary 18k white gold, platinum set solitaire ring; part of our diamond jewelry/estate jewelry collections This vintage diamond soli...
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Vintage 1970s Contemporary Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Vintage Aquamarine and Diamond 18 Carat Gold Solitaire Ring
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
Set high in simple claws and gallery modelled in 18ct gold is the most stunning aqua stone. The aqua is a pale blue and is emerald cut which reflects the light beautifully. Either si...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Solitaire Rings

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Aquamarine, Diamond, Gold

Vintage 0.40 Carat Diamond Solitaire Ring, circa 1980s
Located in London, GB
A classic solitaire engagement ring which highlights a beautiful round brilliant diamond. It weighs 0.40 carat and and is graded I in colour, VS2 in clarity. It is claw set within an...
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Vintage 1980s Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Vintage Art Deco Blue Zircon Solitaire Ring, 9 Karat Yellow Gold
Located in NEWARK, GB
A Gorgeous vintage, Art Deco blue Zircon solitaire ring. A beautiful and vibrant blue Zircon with a cushion cut, the stone takes centre stage and the knife edge shoulders show it of...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Solitaire Rings

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Zircon, Blue Zircon, 9k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage Art Deco Diamond Solitaire, Crossover, 18 Karat Yellow Gold
Located in NEWARK, GB
A beautiful vintage Art Deco diamond, crossover solitaire ring. A decadent beauty, it would make for a beautiful Art engagement ring or perhaps just a treat for yourself or somebody...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum

14K Yellow Gold Vintage Diamond Solitaire Ring, .25ct, 2.3g
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Ladies vintage diamond solitaire ring in 14k yellow gold setting. The diamond is an old-Euro cut, .25 carats, J color, VS clarity, very good proportions. The ring size is 6 3/4 and s...
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Mid-20th Century Solitaire Rings

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Diamond, Yellow Gold

Vivid Purple Oval Amethyst 9 Carat Yellow Gold Solitaire Vintage Ring
Located in Hamilton, AU
Carefully crafted in 9 carat yellow gold is this charming vintage ring featuring a glorious bright vivid purple oval Amethyst in a bezel setting flanked with patterned sides. We have...
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20th Century Modern Solitaire Rings

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Amethyst, Diamond, 9k Gold, Yellow Gold

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Vintage Solitaire For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the vintage solitaire you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Every item for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using Gold, 18k Gold and Platinum. You can easily find a 594 antique edition and 44 modern creations to choose from as well. Finding the perfect vintage solitaire 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. As it relates to this specific piece, our collection includes designs that are universally popular, but .5 Carat and 1 Carat carat weights, specifically, are sought with frequency. A vintage solitaire from Cartier, Antinori Fine Jewels and Mary Gallagher — each of whom created a beautiful version of this treasured accessory — is worth considering. Take a look at a vintage solitaire featuring Diamond from our inventory today to add the perfect touch to your look. See these pages for a round cut iteration of this accessory, while there are also old european cut cut and oval cut cut versions available here, too. If you’re browsing our inventory for a vintage solitaire, you’ll find that many are available today for women, but there are still pieces to choose from for unisex and men.

How Much is a Vintage Solitaire?

On average, a vintage solitaire at 1stDibs sells for $2,058, while they’re typically $200 on the low end and $501,407 for the highest priced versions of this item.

Finding the Right Rings for You

Antique and vintage rings have long held a special place in the hearts of fine jewelry lovers all over the world.

No matter their origin or specific characteristics, rings are timeless, versatile accessories. They’ve carried deep meaning since at least the Middle Ages, when diamond rings symbolized strength and other kinds of rings were worn to signify romantic feelings or to denote an affiliation with a religious order. Rings have also forever been emblematic of eternity.

Over time, rings have frequently taken the form of serpents, which have long been associated with eternal life, health and renewal. Italian luxury jewelry house Bvlgari has become famous for its widely loved Serpenti motif, for example, and its Serpenti ring, like the other accessories in the collection, began as an homage to jewelry of the Roman and Hellenistic eras. The serpent is now a popular motif in fine jewelry. Jewelry devotees have long pined for rings adorned with reptiles, thanks to antique Victorian rings — well, specifically, Queen Victoria’s illustrious engagement ring, which took the form of a gold snake set with rubies, diamonds and an emerald (her birthstone). Designs for Victorian-era engagement rings often featured repoussé work and chasing, in which patterns are hammered into the metal.

Engagement rings, which are reliably intimidating to shop for, are still widely recognized as symbols of love and commitment. The most collectible engagement rings are those from the Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco eras. Named for the monarchies of the four King Georges, who in succession ruled England starting in 1714 (plus King William’s reign), antique Georgian rings, be they engagement rings or otherwise, are also coveted by collectors. Pearls, along with colored gemstones like garnets, rubies and sapphires, were widely used in Georgian jewelry. The late-1700s paste jewelry was a predecessor to what we now call fashion or costume jewelry.

The Art Nouveau movement (1880–1910) brought with it rings inspired by the natural world. Antique Art Nouveau rings might feature depictions of winged insects and fauna as well as women, who were simultaneously eroticized and romanticized, frequently with long flowing hair. Art Deco jewelry, on the other hand, which originated during the 1920s and ’30s, is by and large “white jewelry.” White metals, primarily platinum, were favored over yellow gold in the design of antique Art Deco rings and other accessories as well as geometric motifs, with women drawn to the era’s dazzling cocktail rings in particular.

Whether you’re hunting down a chunky classic for a Prohibition-themed cocktail party or seeking a clean contemporary design to complement your casual ensemble, find an exquisite collection of antique, new and vintage rings on 1stDibs.