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French 1930s Art Deco 1.62 Carat Diamonds Round Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Poitiers, FR
Ring in platinum, dog's head hallmark. Round shaped, this sublime and timeless art deco ring is claws set in the center of its mounting of a brilliant-cut diamond, surrounded by 14 b...
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1930s Art Deco Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

French 1950s No Heat 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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1950s Retro Vintage Engagement

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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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1980s Retro Vintage Engagement

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

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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1970s Retro Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

French 1930s Platinum 1.25 Carat Diamonds Art Deco Ring
Located in Poitiers, FR
Ring in platinum, mascaron hallmark. Curved shape, this voluminous antique ring is adorned with 2 antique brilliant- cut diamonds, separated by a kind of knot set with diamonds. On e...
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1930s Art Deco Vintage Engagement

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White Diamond, Diamond, Platinum

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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1950s Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, 18k Gold

"The Picnic" Large Serene G. Harvey painting. 54 x 50 Framed
By G. Harvey
Located in San Antonio, TX
G. Harvey (Gerald Harvey Jones) (1933-2017) San Antonio, Austin, and Fredericksburg Artist Image Size: 40 x 36 Frame Size: 54 x 50 Medium: Oil Dated 1988 "The Picnic" Known for pain...
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1980s Impressionist Vintage Engagement

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Oil

3.01 Carat Diamond G SI1 GIA White Gold Ring
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Lovely engagement ring featuring a 3.01-carat round brilliant cut diamond set in a diamond halo. The setting is made of 14 karat (tested) white gold and encrusted with round brillian...
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1990s Vintage Engagement

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White Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold

  • 3.01 Carat Diamond G SI1 GIA White Gold Ring
  • Vintage 3.01 Carat Diamond G SI1 GIA White Gold Ring
  • 3.01 Carat Diamond G SI1 GIA White Gold Ring
  • Vintage 3.01 Carat Diamond G SI1 GIA White Gold Ring
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On the Rocks - Contemporary, Figurative, Woman, Polaroid, Photograph, Landscape
By Stefanie Schneider
Located in Morongo Valley, CA
On the Rocks II (Long Way Home), 1999 58x56cm, Edition of 10 plus 2 Artist Proofs, this is Edition 2/10 Analog C-Print, hand-printed by the artist, based on an original expired Po...
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1990s Pop Art Vintage Engagement

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Photographic Paper, C Print, Color, Polaroid, Archival Paper

On the Rocks - Contemporary, Figurative, Woman, Polaroid, Photograph, Landscape
By Stefanie Schneider
Located in Morongo Valley, CA
On the Rocks (Long Way Home), 1999 Edition 10/10, (last print of the edition!) Digital C-Print based on a Stefanie Schneider expired Polaroid photograph Certificate and Signature la...
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1990s Pop Art Vintage Engagement

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Photographic Paper, C Print, Color, Polaroid

"Bluebonnet Ranch" TEXAS HILL COUNTRY PAINTING Windmill, Shack, Fenceline
By G. Harvey
Located in San Antonio, TX
G. Harvey (Gerald Harvey Jones) Bluebonnet Ranch. Texas Wildflowers. Texas State Flower. Hill Country (1933-2017) San Antonio, Austin, and Fredericksburg Artist Image Size: 24 x ...
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1960s Impressionist Vintage Engagement

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Oil

On the Rocks (Long Way Home), sold out Edition of 10, AP 2/2
By Stefanie Schneider
Located in Morongo Valley, CA
On the Rocks (Long Way Home), 1999, sold out Edition of 10, Artist Proof 2/2, digital C-Print based on an original Polaroid, Certificate and Signature label, artist Inventory No. 253...
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1990s Pop Art Vintage Engagement

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Photographic Paper, C Print, Color, Polaroid

Mind Screen (Last Picture Show)
By Stefanie Schneider
Located in Morongo Valley, CA
Mind Screen (Last Picture Show), 2005, Edition 2/10, digital C-Print based on a Polaroid photograph, Certificate and Signature label included artist Inventory Nr. 1043.11 not moun...
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1990s Pop Art Vintage Engagement

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Polaroid, Photographic Paper, C Print, Color

Mind Screen (Last Picture Show)
By Stefanie Schneider
Located in Morongo Valley, CA
Mind Screen (Last Picture Show), 2005, Edition 2/10, digital C-Print based on a Polaroid, Certificate and Signature label, artist Inventory Nr. 1043.11 not mounted LIFE’S A DREAM ...
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1990s Pop Art Vintage Engagement

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Photographic Paper, C Print, Color, Polaroid

On the Rocks (Long Way Home), sold out Edition of 10, AP 1/2
By Stefanie Schneider
Located in Morongo Valley, CA
On the Rocks (Long Way Home), 1999, sold out Edition of 10, Artist Proof 1/2, digital C-Print based on a Polaroid, Certificate and Signature label, artist Inventory Nr. 253.24 not mo...
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1990s Pop Art Vintage Engagement

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Photographic Paper, C Print, Color, Polaroid

Vintage Engagement Ring Platinum 0.63 Carat Emerald Cut G-VS1, circa 1950s
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Classic 1950s platinum engagement ring featuring a bright and lively EGL certified 0.63ct emerald cut, G-VS1. A softly curved knife edge shank is accented by open scroll motiff ga...
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1950s Vintage Engagement

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18k Gold, White Gold

Vintage Buccellati Italy Ruby Diamond Platinum Starburst Engagement Ring
By Buccellati
Located in Miami, FL
Perfection is the word to describe this detailed Vintage Buccellati Ruby and Diamond  Ring with an approx. total weight of 5.5 grams. Master crafted in solid Platinum, adorned with...
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1960s Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, Ruby, Platinum

Round 1.02 Carat E Color Diamond White Gold Engagement Ring
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A round E color, 1.02-carat diamond, and white gold engagement ring circa 1960. The facts you want to know are listed below. Read on. It is all remarkably simple and clear. Contact...
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1960s Contemporary Vintage Engagement

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White Diamond, Diamond, White Gold, 14k Gold

Tiffany & Co. GIA Certified .58 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Stamford, CT
Tiffany & Co Platinum oval engagement ring. GIA certified oval center stone in a platinum three-stone setting with two trilliant cut side diamonds. Diamond removed and reset for GIA ...
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Late 20th Century Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, Platinum

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

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

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

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Diamond

White Gold Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring, 14k European Cut .10ct Vintage
Located in Greensboro, NC
Size: 10 1/4 Sizing Fee: Up 2 sizes $25 or Down 3 sizes for $20 Era: Art Deco 1920s - 1930s Metal Content: 14k White Gold Stone Information: Natural Diamond Carat: .1...
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Late 20th Century Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, White Gold

GIA 2.54 Carat Vintage Emerald cut Diamond Engagement Wedding Platinum Ring
Located in New York, NY
A Breathtaking Vintage HANDMADE PLATINUM (stamped) Emerald Diamond Three-Stone Engagement ring. The Prong Set Emerald Diamond is estimated 2.02CT with measurements of 8.24X6.10X4.19m...
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1990s Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, Platinum

Jade Ring in Platinum with Diamonds GIA Certified Untreated Midcentury
Located in Southbury, CT
A beautifully simple and classic jade solitaire ring from the 1950s. Featuring a lush emerald-green cabochon of jadeite jade that has been GIA certified natural and untreated, this s...
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1930s Art Deco Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, Jade, Platinum

1930s French Platinum Art Deco Emerald Diamond "You and Me" Ring
Located in Poitiers, FR
Ring in platinum, dog's head hallmark. Called "you and me", this ring is set with a brilliant- cut diamond and a round emerald. On both sides, on the departure of the ring is set a l...
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1930s Art Deco Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, White Diamond, Emerald, Platinum

Approximately 0.6 Ct Solitaire Round Center Diamond 14 Kt White Gold Ring & Band
Located in New York, NY
Approximately 0.6 Ct Solitaire Round Center Diamond 14 Kt White Gold Ring & Band Total Diamond Weight is approximately 1 ct By Measurements only as we did not take the Center stone ...
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1990s Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, Gold, 14k Gold, White Gold

Columbus, Ohio State Artist Judaica Wedding Engagement Lithograph
By Sid Chafetz
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Description: Medium: Lithograph. Hand signed Print Image Size: 23 3/8 x 18 1/8 inches. Print Edition: no edition. this is marked B.A.T. Alternate Medium: Lithograph. Ink(s): black. ...
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1990s Modern Vintage Engagement

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Lithograph, Archival Paper

Purple Sapphire Engagement Ring 3-Stone Trinity Platinum Estate Gemstone Bridal
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
A passionately beautiful purple sapphire engagement ring in an elegant 3 stone setting. Taking center stage is a 3.23 carat captivating, brilliant and lively natural sapphire of a sh...
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1980s Contemporary Vintage Engagement

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Purple Sapphire, Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

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 Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, Emerald, 14k Gold

Art Deco Diamond Wedding Gold Engraved Band Ring
Located in Napoli, Italy
Diamond Half Eternity Band set in 18k gold. 13 Old Round cut diamonds are G color VVS2-VS2 . Carat weight = 0.35 ct. Total ring weight 2.2 grams. Suitable with your engagement ring o...
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1930s Art Deco Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Raymond Pettibon for Black Flag (Raymond Pettibon prints)
By Raymond Pettibon
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Raymond Pettibon: Rare early Black Flag punk flyer: Black Flag Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Jun 11, 1983. Santa Monica, CA. Flyer / handbill for gig by Black Flag, Misfits, Vand...
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1980s Pop Art Vintage Engagement

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Offset

Raymond Pettibon: A set of two early 1980s punk flyers (Raymond Pettibon prints)
By Raymond Pettibon
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Raymond Pettibon Illustrated Punk Flyers c. 1982 A set of two incredibly rare early 1980s Pettibon Punk flyers: Gigs for Saccharine Trust at Monte Carlo II (Scream "Fire" in a Crowde...
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1980s Pop Art Vintage Engagement

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Offset

Femme qui crie, Contemporary, Late 20th Century
By Raymond Debieve
Located in Lempzours, Dordogne
This is a Chinese ink drawing, made in 1967. In the foreground, the artist gives all her space to a grieving woman who shouts her despair to the sky: it is war, a plane, like a mosqu...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Vintage Engagement

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Printer's Ink

Retro Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Towson, MD
One 14 karat and 18 karat yellow and white gold diamond engagement ring set with one center Old European cut diamond, approximately 0.25 carat total weight, flanked by six single cut...
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1940s Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, 14k Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

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

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Diamond, Platinum

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

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Diamond, 14k Gold

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

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Diamond, Platinum

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

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

TIFFANY & CO. Engagement Ring
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Classic, elegant diamond engagement ring by Tiffany&CO. Set in platinum. Center stone .96ct., D color, VVS 2 clarity. A perfect ring. Size 6 and may be sized.
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1990s Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, Platinum

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

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Diamond

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

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

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Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold, White Gold

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

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Blue Sapphire, Sapphire, 14k Gold, White Gold

Vintage 3 Stone Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Total Carat Weight:1.02 Diamond Clarity Grade:Slightly Included (SI2) Setting Style:Three-Stone Type:Engagement Ring Metal Purity:14k Main Stone:Diamond Metal:White Gold Brand:Antiqu...
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1950s Retro Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold

Sapphire Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Sapphire and diamond platinum engagement ring circa 1950. DETAILS: GEMSTONES: one round, faceted blue sapphire weighing approximately 1.11 carats. DIAMONDS: two tapered baguettes t...
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1950s Modern Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

Retro Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
One Retro Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring. Featuring one transitional cut diamond weighing approximately 0.65 carat, graded I color, SI1 clarity. Accented by 20 single cut diamonds ...
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1950s Retro Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, Platinum

Pearl Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Item Details: Ring Size: 8 Metal Type: Platinum Weight: 5.5 grams Center Details Shape: Cultured Pearl Millimeters: 6mm Side Stone Details: Shape: Antique Cut Total Carat Weigh...
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1940s Art Deco Vintage Engagement

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Cultured Pearl, Platinum

Delicate Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Riverdale, NY
Delicate Diamond Ring, simply elegant 14k gold, 6 prong setting with beautiful, clean white diamond of almost a half carat (.45 points). Modern brilliant cut stone, (H color, VS2 qua...
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1960s Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, 14k Gold

Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Towson, MD
One 14 karat white gold (stamped 14K SPM 4/4) estate diamond engagement ring set with three round brilliant cut diamonds, approximately 1.00 carat total weight with matching H/I colo...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold

Platinum Diamond Engagement/Anniversary Ring
Located in Washington Depot, CT
Vintage Platinum Diamond Engagement/Anniversary Ring Size 4.75- This elegant anniversary/engagement ring features three round brilliant cut diamonds (.29 ct., .36 ct., .28 ct.) set ...
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20th Century Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, Platinum

Art Deco Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Denver, CO
Crafted in the 1920s from platinum and 18kt yellow gold, this Art Deco gem features an Old European cut center stone totaling approximately 1.75 carats, K color, VS clarity and measu...
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Mid-20th Century Art Deco Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, Platinum

14 Karat Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Palm Desert, CA
14 Karat White Gold Diamond Engagement Ring. Simple and elegant illusion-set diamond, 4-prong set with four side diamonds. The center brilliant-cut diamond is SI1 (G.I.A.) in clarity...
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1980s Retro Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold, Gold

  • 14 Karat Diamond Engagement Ring
  • 14 Karat Diamond Engagement Ring
  • 14 Karat Diamond Engagement Ring
  • 14 Karat Diamond Engagement Ring
H 0.27 in. W 0.83 in. D 1 in.
Beautiful Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
Brilliant emerald step- cut diamond engagement ring. Center stone is 1.62 cts (and looks larger in person). G color, VS1 clarity. EGL certificate. Set with two trillions, 0.50 ct...
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Late 20th Century Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, Platinum

Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring, c.1940
Located in London, GB
Solitaire diamond engagement ring from the 1940s, set to centre with a round brilliant cut diamond weighing 2.16 carat. Light is brilliantly captured in the open back six claw settin...
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1940s Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, Platinum

Platinum and Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Washington Depot, CT
Vintage Platinum and Diamond Engagement Ring Size 4.5 This sparkling ring features one round brilliant cut diamond (.50 ct.) surrounded by 12 single cut diamonds (.02 ct. each) and ...
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20th Century Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, Platinum

Diamond and Ruby Engagement Ring
Located in San Francisco, CA
Featuring the details of classic hand engraved rings, this engagement ring centers a European-cut diamond weighing approximately 1.00-ct., with I color and VS2 clarity. The 18k white...
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Mid-20th Century Art Deco Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold

Diamond Gold Filigree Engagement Ring
Located in Stamford, CT
1940 18k white gold filigree engagement ring with a transitional old European cut diamond in its original setting. 1 round diamond¸ approx. total weight .25cts, H, VS2 18k white gol...
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1940s Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

1950s Sapphire Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
By Jabel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Sapphire and diamond platinum engagement ring circa 1950. DETAILS: GEMSTONES: one round, faceted blue sapphire weighing approximately 1.0 carat. DIAMONDS: six graduating, round ...
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1950s Modern Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

Tiffany & Co Platinum Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Washington Depot, CT
Tiffany & Co Platinum and Diamond Engagement Ring Size 7- This sparkling engagement ring by Tiffany & Co. features one round brilliant cut diamond set in classic platinum. Total di...
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20th Century Vintage Engagement

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Diamond, Platinum

Art Deco Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Hicksville, NY
Ring Size: 4.25 Metal Type: Platinum [Hallmarked, and Tested] Weight: 1.4 grams Finger to Top of Stone Measurement: 1.5mm Condition: Excellent
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1930s Art Deco Vintage Engagement

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Platinum

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Vintage Engagement For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact vintage engagement you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. Frequently made of Platinum, Gold and 18k Gold, this item was constructed with great care. Find an antique version now, or shop for 16534 vintage or 4 modern creation for a more contemporary example of these cherished accessories. Finding the perfect vintage 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. A vintage engagement from Tiffany & Co., Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels — each of whom created a beautiful version of this treasured accessory — is worth considering. Today, if you’re looking for an old european cut version of this piece and are unable to find the perfect match, our selection also includes round cut and emerald cut alternatives. If you’re browsing our inventory for a vintage engagement, 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 Engagement?

The price for a vintage engagement starts at $1 and tops out at $4,450,000 with these rings, on average, selling for $5,248.

Finding the Right Engagement Rings for You

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions About Vintage Engagement
  • 1stDibs ExpertAugust 17, 2021
    A vintage engagement ring is generally defined as an engagement ring that is 20 to 80 years old. By definition, “antique” applies to anything that is 100 years or older. The most popular vintage styles for engagement rings are Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco. Vintage engagement rings could feature traditional diamonds or colored gemstones. Find a wide variety of vintage engagement rings on 1stDibs.