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Engagement Rings For Sale
Period: 20th Century
Period: 1960s
Period: 1970s
Period: 1950s
Period: 1980s
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Princess and Round-Cut 2.15 Carat Diamond Unisex Eternity Band in 18K Gold
Located in New York, NY
Looking for an unforgettable way to show your special someone how much you care? This exquisite 2.15-carat princess and round-cut diamond band, set in stunning 18-karat white gold, i...
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Late 20th Century American Contemporary Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Mid-Century GIA Certified 3.87 Carat European Diamond Halo Ring
Located in METAIRIE, LA
From our New Orleans Estate Collection: Featuring a focal GIA Certified 3.87 carat Old Round European cut Diamond at approximately 10.2mm in diameter x 5.9mm in depth - ranking a K ...
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1960s Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

2.41ct Old European Cut Diamond Complemented by a Richly Detailed Diamond Ring
Located in Rome, IT
2.41ct old European cut diamond complemented by a richly detailed diamond encrusted platinum setting. Fiery, beautifully white, and exceptionally clean, the certified G-H VS2 diamon...
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1920s Italian Art Deco Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

French 1930s Baguette and Brilliant Diamonds Platinum White Gold Art Deco Ring
Located in Poitiers, FR
Ring in platinum, dog head hallmark, and 18 karat white gold, rhinoceros head hallmark. Authentic Art Deco ring, it is adorned with diamonds on the whole of its setting: antique bril...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

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

Vintage Tiffany & Co. Star Sapphire Diamond Palladium Three Stone Ring
Located in Miami, FL
This Classic  Vintage Tiffany & Co. diamond sapphire ring Ring,   crafted in solid Palladium, the center is adorned by Natural Star Sapphire, weighing approximately 2.00 carats. Wit...
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1960s Art Deco Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Star Sapphire, Palladium

Art Deco 2.15 Carats Sapphire Diamond Platinum Ring
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
One Art Deco 2.15 Carats Sapphire Diamond Platinum Ring. Featuring one blue rectangular step cut sapphire weighing 2.15 carats. Accented by two baguette cut diamonds with a total wei...
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1930s Art Deco Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

Estate GIA Certified 4 Carat Sapphire & Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
This emerald cut 4.15 carat blue sapphire and diamond engagement ring embodies the reason why we love estate jewelry. The diamond baguettes subtly accentuate the marvelous, captivati...
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1980s Retro Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, Blue Sapphire, Platinum

Chopard Happy Diamonds 18K White Gold Ring
Located in Geneva, CH
Chopard Happy Diamond ring. At the center of the 18K White Gold setting, a transparent compartment that houses a single round-cut floating diamond. Signed Chopard. Numbered: 82/29...
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1990s Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Engagement Vintage Round Diamond 1.32 Ct 18 Kt Yellow Gold Ring
Located in Roma, IT
This elegant yellow gold engagement ring is centered with a sparkling round brilliant cut diamond that weights 1.32 Kt ; graded I color with VVS2 clarity. The center diamond is acc...
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1960s Italian Modern Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Vintage Fred Paris Diamond Emerald 18 Karat Yellow Gold Bypass Engagement Ring
Located in London, GB
A vintage Fred Paris diamond and emerald 18 karat yellow gold bypass engagement ring. Inspired by the Toi et Moi style this gently curving solid bombé style ring is bezel set in 18 ...
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1980s European Retro Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Impressive 18 Carat Gold and 2.00 Carat Old Cut Diamond Toi Et Moi Ring
Located in St Helens, GB
A very fine toi et moi ring. Circa 1900. Solid 18 carat yellow gold shank and platinum claw settings. Designed with two natural old European cut diamonds set on a twist. 6.2mm diamet...
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20th Century Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Gold

0.43 Carat Pear-Cut Ruby with Diamond Accents 14K Yellow Gold Ring
Located in New York, NY
Stunning, timeless and classy eternity Unique Ring. Decorate yourself in luxury with this Gin & Grace Ring. The 14K Yellow Gold jewelry boasts 6x4 mm (1 pcs) 0.43 carat Pear-Cut Pron...
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20th Century Chinese Art Deco Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Art Deco 18k Gold GIA 0.94ctw European Diamond Filigree Engagement Ring
Located in Montclair, NJ
You are looking at a truly magnificent and gorgeous art deco period engagement ring that is crafted in solid 18k white gold, featuring a stunning old European cut diamond solitaire n...
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1920s Art Deco Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Ceylon No-Heat Sapphire and Half-Moon Diamond Ring
Located in New York, NY
In this elegant, minimalist ring, a seven-carat Ceylon no-heat bright blue sapphire is paired with beautifully-cut half moon diamonds, faceted to showcase their brilliance and spectr...
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Late 20th Century Modern Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Blue Sapphire, White Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

Oval Blue Sapphire and Diamond 18 Carat Gold Cluster Engagement Ring
Located in London, GB
Reminiscent of the Princess Diana cluster engagement ring, this beautiful piece features a dark blue oval sapphire in the centre weighing approximately 2.50 carats mounted in a 12 cl...
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1970s English Romantic Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

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

1920s Art Deco Sapphire Diamond Platinum Ring
Located in Geneva, CH
A cushion sapphire (1.01 carat) mounted in platinum 850 ring surrounded by rose cut diamond and calibrated sapphire, circa 1920. Ring size: 6. Swiss Laboratory GemTechLab Certifica...
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1920s Art Deco Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Sapphire, Diamond, Blue Sapphire, Platinum

Antique Old European Cut Diamond 18 Karat Rose Gold Solitaire Ring
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
One Antique Old European Cut Diamond 18 Karat Rose Gold Solitaire Ring. Featuring one old European cut diamond with a total weight of approximately 0.70 carat, graded in the mounting...
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Early 1900s Victorian Antique Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

David Yurman Estate Diamond Onyx Ring Silver 1.67 TCW
Located in Brooklyn, NY
David Yurman Estate Diamond Onyx Ring Silver 1.67 TCW Size 6.5 DY70 Ring from ALBION COLLECTION This elegant Authentic David Yurman ring is made of sterling silver and has a weight...
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1990s American Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Onyx, Silver

Authentic Art Deco 5 Carat Champagne Diamond Solitaire Platinum Ring Vintage
Located in Rome, IT
timelessly designed original vintage ring showcases a stunning 5.02ct champagne diamond in an intricate diamond studded platinum setting. The 5.02ct diamond is jaw dropping in size a...
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1940s Italian Art Deco Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Emerald, Platinum

Belais 1.39 Carats Old European Cut Diamond 18 Karat White Gold Engagement Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering an old European cut diamond weighing approximately 1.19 carat - G color with SI2 clarity Set by stylized split prongs engraved with a foliate motif Shoulders are set with...
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1930s Retro Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

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

David Yurman Sterling Silver Blue Topaz Diamond Albion Ring
Located in McLeansville, NC
A vintage David Yurman sterling silver blue topaz and diamond albion ring. This November birthstone ring features a bezel set, cushion checkerboard blue topaz weighing approximately ...
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1990s Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Topaz, Blue Topaz, Sterling Silver

Art Deco GIA 0.90 Carat Cushion Cut Diamond Platinum Ring
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
One Art Deco GIA 0.90 Carat Cushion Cut Diamond Platinum Ring. Featuring one GIA certified antique cushion cut diamond of 0.90 carat, accompanied with certificate #2406621815 stating...
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1920s American Art Deco Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

Antique Solitaire Diamond and Yellow Gold Engagement Ring, Circa 1925
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive antique 0.69 carat diamond and 18 karat yellow gold, platinum gold cocktail ring; part of our diverse antique jewelry and estate jewelry collections This fine ...
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1920s Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum

GIA Certified 1.59 Carat Art Deco Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Atlanta, GA
Ring Size: 6.25 Metal Type: Platinum [Hallmarked, and Tested] Weight: 3.0 grams Center Diamond Details: GIA REPORT #: 2225336056 Weight: 1.59ct Cut: Old European brilliant Color: K ...
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1920s Unknown Art Deco Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

Vintage Platinum 2.63ct GIA Burma No Heat Cushion Ruby & Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Montclair, NJ
You are looking at a classically styled ruby and diamond vintage engagement ring crafted in solid platinum. The ring features a gorgeous, GIA certified, ruby solitaire neatly prong s...
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1960s Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Platinum

Mid Century 3.36 Carats Oval Cut Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
One Mid Century 3.36 Carats Oval Cut Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring. Featuring one GIA certified oval cut diamond of 3.36 carats, accompanied with certificate #2225624782 stating t...
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1960s Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

LeVian Sapphire & Diamond Ring in 18k Yellow Gold
Located in Surfside, FL
Sapphire & diamond ring in 18k yellow gold signed by LeVian with appoximately 2 carat Sapphire and approximately 1 carat in G-H color, VS clarity diamonds. Size 11This Diamond/Sapphi...
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20th Century Engagement Rings

Materials

Yellow Gold

6.64cttw Two Stone Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
Vintage two-stone diamond ring set with two old European-cut diamonds weighing 6.64 cttw. Each diamond is accompanied by a GIA certificate. Center diamonds are 3.30ct and 3.34ct resp...
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20th Century Unknown Edwardian Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

Vintage French GIA 2.80 Carat Old European Cut Diamond Platinum Ring
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
One Vintage French GIA 2.80 Carat Old European Cut Diamond Platinum Ring. Featuring one GIA certified old European cut diamond of 2.80 carats, accompanied with certificate #22256120...
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1980s French Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

Vintage 14 Karat Gold 830 Silver Synthetic Ruby Emerald S-Shaped Ring
Located in Vilnius, LT
It is an interesting Art Nouveau style vintage S-shaped ring crafted in 14K yellow gold and 830 hallmark silver. It features round synthetic ruby and synthetic emerald. Weight: 7.81...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Engagement Rings

Materials

Emerald, Ruby, 14k Gold, Silver

1.40 Carat Morganite Cushion Cut and Diamond 10K Rose Gold Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
Stunning, timeless and classy eternity Vintage ring. Decorate yourself in luxury with this Gin & Grace ring. This ring is made up of 9x7 MM Cushion-Cut Prong Setting Morganite (1 pcs...
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20th Century Chinese Art Deco Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Morganite, 10k Gold, Rose Gold

Sapphire Diamond 18K White gold Ring
Located in Geneva, CH
18K white gold ring set with diamonds and centered by an oval Sapphire. Sapphire dimensions 5.60 x 5.05 x 2.96 mm. Central pattern dimensions: 17.80 x 12.98 x 7.98 mm. Finger size...
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Late 20th Century Art Deco Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold

GIA Report Certified F Color 0.85 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Los Angeles, CA
GIA report certified F color 0.85 carat diamond and fancy pink diamond engagement ring circa 1990. Clear and concise information you want to know is listed below. Contact us right a...
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1990s Contemporary Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

0.35 Carat Pear Cut Emerald Diamond Accents 14K Yellow Gold Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
Stunning, timeless and classy eternity Unique Ring. Decorate yourself in luxury with this Gin & Grace Ring. The 14k Yellow Gold jewelry boasts Pear-Cut Prong Setting Natural Emerald ...
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20th Century Chinese Art Deco Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage Platinum GIA Near Round Burma No Heat Red Spinel & Baguette Diamond Ring
Located in Montclair, NJ
This outstanding vintage ring was hand crafted from solid 950 platinum and features a gorgeous, 2.78 carat, GIA certified red spinel prong set at its center. This magnificent deep re...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Spinel, Platinum

Diamond and Jade Ring in 14k White Gold
Located in Surfside, FL
Beautifull 14k white gold diamond and jade stone ring. Ring size 7.25, head measures 10mm, shank 0.7mm. This Diamond ring is currently size 7.25 and some items can be sized up or do...
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20th Century Engagement Rings

Materials

White Gold

2.15 Carat Oval Cut Tanzanite Diamond Accents 14K White Gold Engagement Ring
Located in New York, NY
Stunning, timeless and classy eternity Unique Ring. Decorate yourself in luxury with this Gin & Grace Ring. The 14k White Gold jewelry boasts Oval-Cut Prong Setting Genuine Tanzanite...
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20th Century Chinese Art Deco Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Tanzanite, 14k Gold, White Gold

Antique Art Deco Diamond Blue Sapphire Filigree Engagement Ring
Located in Miami, FL
A Genuine Art Deco piece, with a center high-quality diamond surrounded by handmade filigree design, Crafted in solid Platinum, the center is adorned by (1) Old Cut, prong-set, genu...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Blue Sapphire, Platinum

Grey "Moonstone" Ring Set in 18k Yellow Ribbed Gold
Located in Surfside, FL
Beautiful gray "Moonstone" ring set in 18k yellow ribbed gold. Size 3, width at head of ring 12mm, width at base of ring 3mm. This Moonstone ring is currently size 3 and some items ...
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20th Century Engagement Rings

Materials

Gold, Yellow Gold

1920s Art Deco 1.90 Carat Total Diamond Engagement Ring, Platinum
Located in Atlanta, GA
Item Description: Metal Type: Platinum Weight: 4 grams Size: 5 (Resizable) Diamond Details: Cut: Old European Carat: .75 carat each x 2 = 1.50 carat total weight Color: E-F Clarity:...
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1920s Unknown Art Deco Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

1.83 Carat Classic Morganite Cushion Cut and Diamond 10K Rose Gold Ring
Located in New York, NY
Stunning, timeless and classy eternity Vintage ring. Decorate yourself in luxury with this Gin & Grace ring. This ring is made up of 9x7 MM Cushion-Cut Prong Setting Morganite (1 pcs...
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20th Century Chinese Art Deco Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Morganite, 10k Gold, Rose Gold

Vintage 1920s 1.25 Carat European Cut Diamond Platinum Filigree Ring
Located in Boston, MA
Vintage 1920's European Cut Diamond Platinum Filigree Ring - The center European Cut diamond weighs approximately 1.25ct and has I color and SI1 clarity, and is set low in a platinum...
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1920s American Art Deco Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

French 1900s 18 Karat Rose and Green Gold Pearls Ring
Located in Poitiers, FR
Ring in 18 karat rose and green gold, horse head hallmark. Sober antique ring, it is set with two gold pearls with a tulip and its foliage. Height : 7,5 mm, width : 16,6 mm, thicknes...
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Early 1900s French Belle Époque Antique Engagement Rings

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

Art Deco 18k White Gold Men's 1/2ct Genuine Natural Diamond Ring '#J4498'
Located in Big Bend, WI
Art Deco 18k White Gold Men's 1/2ct Genuine Natural Diamond Ring (#J4498) Art Deco 18k white gold diamond ring featuring a .53ct round brilliant cut diamond. The diamond has I-1 clar...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Ever Us Diamond Two-Stone Bypass Ring White Gold, 14k Round .50ctw Engagement
Located in Greensboro, NC
Originally retailing for $1200, this elegant designer ring is being offered here for a much more wallet-friendly price. Size: 7 Sizing Fee: Down 1 size or Up 2 sizes for $30 Brand:...
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Late 20th Century Unknown Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, White Gold

1925s Art Deco Sapphire Diamonds 18 Karat White Gold Round Shape Ring
Located in Poitiers, FR
Ring in 18 karat white gold, owl hallmark. Art Deco ring, it presents a round shape mounting, decorated in the center, in closed setting, of a round sapphire surrounded by synthesis ...
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1920s French Art Deco Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

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

EGL Certified .63 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Stamford, CT
1950's diamond cluster engagement ring. EGL certified round center diamond set in a platinum flower design with single and baguette cut accent diamonds. 1 round brilliant cut diamo...
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Mid-20th Century Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

.15 Carat Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Atlanta, GA
Item Details: Ring Size: 6.5 Metal Type: PLATINUM [Hallmarked, and Tested] Weight: 3.3 grams Center Diamond Details Shape: Old European Carat Weight: .15 carat Color: G Clarity: V...
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1920s Unknown Art Deco Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Blue Sapphire, White Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

Antique Ruby Sapphire and Diamond 18ct Gold Toi Et Moi Ring
Located in St Helens, GB
A very fine toi et moi ring. Circa 1900. Solid 18 carat yellow gold. Designed with a round cut natural sapphire and ruby in multi claw setting with eight natural diamonds to the band...
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20th Century Victorian Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, Gold

18k White Gold Art Deco 1/2ct Genuine Natural Diamond Men's Ring '#J4636'
Located in Big Bend, WI
18k White Gold Art Deco 1/2ct Genuine Natural Diamond Men's Ring (#J4636) Art Deco 18k diamond ring featuring a mine cut diamond weighing .51cts. The diamond has SI2 clarity and J c...
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20th Century Contemporary Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

1.44 Carat Oval Cab Ethiopian Opal Blue Sapphire and Diamond 10K White Gold Ring
Located in New York, NY
Stunning, timeless and classy eternity Unique Ring. Decorate yourself in luxury with this Gin & Grace Ring. The 10k White Gold jewelry boasts Oval Cab Prong Setting Genuine Ethiopian...
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20th Century Chinese Art Deco Engagement Rings

Materials

Blue Sapphire, Diamond, Opal, 10k Gold, White Gold

1 Carat Oval Ruby and Diamond Ring in 14 Karat Gold
Located in Atlanta, GA
Circa: 1960 Metal Type: 14 Karat Yellow Gold Weight: 3.4 grams Size: US 5.75, resizable Diamond Details: Carat: 0.30 carat total weight Shape: Round Color: H Clarity: VS/SI Ruby ...
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1960s Unknown Retro Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Gold, 14k Gold

Vintage Diamond and Ruby Halo Ring Engagement Ring in 18K Yellow Gold, 1.72ct
Located in San Francisco, CA
I have seen a lot of Halo Design rings, but never one like this Antique Diamond and Ruby Ring Engagement Ring! It's a One of a Kind, totally Unique, well made, amazing ring! Crafte...
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Yellow Gold

Art Deco 18ct Gold and Platinum Sapphire and Diamond Panel Cluster Ring
Located in St Helens, GB
A superb true Art Deco period cluster panel ring. c1920/30. 18 carat yellow gold shank with platinum head setting. Designed with four princess cut blue sapphires and five rose cut di...
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20th Century British Art Deco Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, Gold, Platinum

Quality 18 Carat Gold Ruby and Diamond Toi Et Moi Cluster Ring
Located in St Helens, GB
A beautiful Ruby and Diamond cluster ring. Solid 18 carat yellow gold example. Designed with two pear cut rubies and five round brilliant cut diamonds set in between on a diagonal. 1...
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20th Century British Contemporary Engagement Rings

Materials

Ruby, Diamond, Gold

.50 Carat Art Deco Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
Located in Atlanta, GA
Ring Size: 6.5 Metal Type: Platinum [Hallmarked, and Tested] Weight: 2.0 grams Diamond Details: Weight: .50carat Cut: Old European brilliant Color: F-G Clarity: VS Finger to Top of...
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1930s Unknown Art Deco Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

Natural Fire Opal and Diamond 18ct Gold Cluster Ring
Located in St Helens, GB
A superb Fire Opal and Diamond ring. 18 carat yellow gold example. 5.1mm x 7.1mm oval fire opal to centre in four claw setting surrounded by 12 natural diamonds. 9.8mm x 11.3mm clust...
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20th Century British Contemporary Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Fire Opal, Gold

French 1950s 1.10 Carat Diamonds 18 Karat White Gold Jean Eté Ring
Located in Poitiers, FR
Ring in 18 karat white gold, eagle's head hallmark, and platinum, dog's head hallmark. The head of this antique ring is made of openwork stepped gold threads, set with brilliant-cut ...
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1950s French Retro Vintage Engagement Rings

Materials

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

Antique, New and Vintage Engagement Rings

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.

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