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Georgian Engagement Rings

GEORGIAN STYLE

Antique Georgian engagement rings are often set in silver over gold with rose-cut diamonds. The rose cut is circular like its namesake flower, with a flat top and a domed crown with either 12 or 24 facets, and is an uncommon cut in modern jewelry. Rose-cut diamonds are more frequently associated with antique styles such as Victorian or Georgian. The gems in Georgian engagement rings are backed with reflective foil in a closed-back setting, which gives them some sparkle.

Most dealers will suggest that you are careful with rings from this period as their age makes them particularly fragile. Consider an antique Georgian engagement ring to be a truly special occasion piece, and not for everyday wear.

Georgian jewelry is named for the monarchies of the four King Georges, who in succession ruled England starting in 1714 (plus King William’s reign, which lasted until 1837). A slew of beautiful pieces were produced during the period, and today antique Georgian rings, necklaces and other accessories are coveted by fine jewelry collectors.

There are certain features that distinguish jewelry from this era, including the fact that pieces from the 18th and early 19th centuries were handmade (so don’t let the absence of a maker’s mark lead you to believe otherwise). Antique Georgian jewelry also has a certain “look.” It’s a bit gray because stones were often set in silver, and because stonecutting techniques were not as advanced as they are today, the gems do not possess the level of sparkle to which we have become accustomed.

Pearls, along with colored gemstones like garnets, rubies and sapphires, were widely used in Georgian jewelry. These were often cut in the shape of a cabochon or teardrop. It was fashionable to combine garnets or rubies with seed pearls. In Georgian diamond rings, popular cuts for diamonds included rose, old mine and table. Around the 1780s, paste jewelry, or hand-cut glass on foil, was used to imitate diamonds.

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Style: Georgian
Signature Old Mine Diamond Three Stone Ring
Located in PARKDALE, VIC
Forming a part of our Signature collection. This expertly crafted setting is an ode to the classic Georgian period three stone ring. The ring pictured is set with a 1.93 carat old mine diamond (N/O colour, VS clarity, 7.7mm x 6.5 x 5.3mm). The setting features Georgian style cut down collets, a fluted closed back with a secret rose cut diamond and two old mine cut diamonds (approx. 0.2 carats each). Ring is resizable. Message us for more pictures of the ring or if you would like to learn more about the jewel. This setting is also available as semi bespoke, meaning you can let your imagination run wild with coloured gems...
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2010s Australian Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Georgian Cupid's Heart and Arrow Ring
Located in Hummelstown, PA
The most ubiquitous symbol of Georgian love was the heart, and still is even today. This romantic Georgian ring centers on a glinting rose-cut diamond heart, struck by Cupid's arrow,...
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1820s Unknown Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond

Rose Cut Diamond Georgian Revival Ring
Located in PARKDALE, VIC
A beautiful Georgian revival jewel, featuring a collet set 0.8 carat natural rose cut diamond, blue glass and a halo of diamond petals. Perfect for the ...
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19th Century Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold, Silver

Georgian Yellow Sapphire Ring
Located in PARKDALE, VIC
A curated antique jewel: She is old, beautiful, exceptionally rare and will take your breath away. This Georgian yellow sapphire ring is dated between 1800 - 1815. The untreated yellow sapphire is 5.97 carats set in a buttery 18k yellow gold. The centre stone is set in a closed back collet setting and the shoulders feature the classic Georgian twisted...
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Early 1800s British Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Yellow Sapphire, 18k Gold

Georgian 18k 1ct Emerald and Diamond Ring
Located in Narberth, PA
A stunning emerald ring from the Georgian (ca1750s) era! Crafted in 18kt yellow gold, this ring centers on an incredible approximately 1ctw table cut emerald. The brilliant green eme...
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Mid-18th Century Unknown Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold

Antique Georgian Early 19th Century Rose Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring
Located in London, GB
This beautiful antique diamond solitaire ring was made in France and dates from the very early 19th century, circa 1820. The ring is set with a fantastic domed rose cut diamond in...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond

Georgian Rectangular Miniature Ring "L'Amitié”
Located in Firenze, IT
Rectangular MINIATURE depicting a putto under a tree and near a brazer with the inscription L’amitie’ The inscription "d'amitié" underlines the sentimental value of such gifts. Top s...
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Late 18th Century French Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique 0.50ct Rose Cut Diamond Cluster Engagement Ring, 18k Yellow Gold
Located in New York, NY
This exquisite antique engagement ring hails from the Georgian era, circa 1810. It showcases a central round rose-cut diamond, weighing around 0.50 carats, with a charming J color an...
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1810s Unknown Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Gold, Yellow Gold, Silver

Antique Rose Cut Diamond Cluster Ring 18K Gold Georgian Engagement
Located in London, GB
A superb antique early 19th century rose cut diamond cluster ring. The silver-topped gold bezel exhibits a gorgeous central domed rose cut diamond of fantastic clarity and a subtle...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Antique 19th Century Emerald and Diamond Ring Pear Shaped Heart Ring Rose Cut
Located in London, GB
A gorgeous antique emerald and diamond ring dating to the 19th century. The central prong-set 0.3ct pear cut natural emerald displays a gorgeous lush green hue and great saturation. ...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold

Georgian 13.01 CTW No Heat Burma Sapphire Diamond Antique 14 Karat Gold Ring
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Centering an oval cut sapphire weighing 11.63 carats total - transparent light to medium blue Natural Burmese in origin with no indications of heat treatment - set in foil backed be...
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19th Century Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Blue Sapphire, Sapphire, Diamond, Silver, Yellow Gold, 14k Gold, Gold

Old Mine Cut Diamond Engagement Ring - Original Georgian Diamond & Setting
Located in Danvers, MA
One of a kind, this elegant Georgian style engagement ring was custom made to highlight the original Georgian period old mine cut diamond I found in an antique French brooch. As the old brooch was damaged, I rescued the suite of antique diamonds in their original cut down collet silver settings, of which this diamond was the centerpiece, and the largest. (the smaller diamonds are being made into multi stone bands...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Sterling Silver

Georgian 14k Gold Fede Ring with Locket Compartment & Pearl & Turquoise Flower
Located in Danvers, MA
Crafted of 14K gold with a lovely bloomed finish, the ring features a classic design of two cuffed hands holding a flower (a pansy or forget-me-not, most likely, in friendship, love ...
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1840s British Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Pearl, Turquoise, 14k Gold

Georgian Crowned Heart Diamond Engagement ring
Located in Napoli, IT
Passion and Endurance Meaningful and symbolic 1780 ca Georgian crowned heart ring, rare love token or engagement ring quite touching concep...
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1780s European Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Silver

Scarce 18th Century Georgian Rococo Diamond Cluster Ring c. 1760 Rose Cut
Located in London, GB
A superb 18th century Rococo diamond cluster ring made in Western Europe (Germany or Holland), circa 1760. Three concentric rows of foil-backed rose cut...
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Mid-18th Century Dutch Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

15K Georgian Period Diamond Solitaire Ring with Engraved Shoulders
Located in Baltimore, MD
This Georgian diamond solitaire ring is set in 15K gold and has lovely engraved chased shoulders . The old mine cut diamond, chased should...
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1820s English Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 15k Gold

5.8 Carat Burma Blue Sapphire & Diamond Ring in 14K White Gold
Located in Bangkok, TH
Presenting a masterpiece of a ring that perfectly combines the deep blue elegance of a meticulously cut sapphire with the brilliance of sparkling round Diamonds. Originating from th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Blue Sapphire, 14k Gold, White Gold

GIA Report Certified 1 Carat Old Cut Diamond Yellow Gold Engagement Ring
Located in London, GB
With a stunning round old cut diamond traditionally set by hand in a "cut down" setting, this ring is a nod to classic Georgian design. The platinum around the diamond shows it off perfectly and gives the ring a modern twist while making it incredibly durable for everyday wear. We love the gorgeous hidden star detail at the side.The ring is also wedding band friendly, meaning a traditional wedding band will slot perfectly along aside. The antique diamond offers so much more character than a modern diamond and is an ethical choice as it has been recycled from an old piece of jewellery. This particular diamond is very rare due to its high quality as many diamonds of this quality were re-cut into modern brilliant cuts. 1.01 carat old European cut diamond E colour...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Platinum

Georgian Double Heart Diamond Burmese Ruby 18 KT Ring
Located in Napoli, IT
Double hearts set side by side meant “bound together” and were traditionally set with gemstones and used for betrothal in the 1800s Some of the gems that appear in combination in the...
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1820s European Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold

Rose Gold Georgian Style Solitaire Engagement Ring with Rose Cut Diamond
Located in Old Tappan, NJ
Rose gold antique Georgian style solitaire ring with hand engraving. The ring features in the center one rose cut salt and pepper diamond weighing approximately 0.55 carats. * Fing...
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Early 19th Century Unknown Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold, Rose Gold

Antique 18th Century Mourning Ring Karat Gold Hair Dated 1795 K. + R. Burnaby
Located in Munich, Bavaria
This fine and simple morning ring was made in 1795 out of 9 karat gold, glas and hair. The ring is inscribed on the reverse with the date September 12 17...
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1790s English Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Gold, 9k Gold

Georgian Old Mine Cut Diamond and 14k Gold Ring
Located in Joelton, TN
Georgian Old Mine Cut Diamond and 14k Gold Ring Cross and Rosette Ring with Lattice band.
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Early 19th Century Dutch Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold

Antique 1.00 Carat Bezel-Set Rose Cut Diamond Ring, 18k Yellow Gold, circa 1800
Located in New York, NY
This antique Georgian era ring boasts a 1.00 carat rose cut diamond with J color and VS2 clarity, surrounded by a floral motif of rose cut diamonds. The ring is silver on 18k yellow ...
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Early 1800s Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Yellow Gold

9K Yellow Gold Natural Pink Tourmaline and Opal Engagement Ring Customizable
Located in Chesham, GB
This ring is made from 375 9K (9ct 9Kt) Yellow Gold with Genuine Natural Semi-precious Pink Tourmaline & Opals. A beautiful Pink Tourmaline & Opal Ring set with a center 7x5mm (0.28"x0.20") Pink Tourmaline & eight 3.25mm (0.13" inches) Fiery Opals in a stylish Victorian Style cluster setting in solid 9K Yellow Gold. *Total Height 5mm, Width 15mm, Length 15mm Like all my jewelry pieces, this ring is made in my own workshop. This is a delightful piece to wear, comfortable and easy to wear everyday. It's a beautiful ring for those who want something large enough to be noticed but not too overpowering - Just the perfect size. All the Pink Tourmaline and Opals...
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2010s British Georgian Engagement Rings

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Opal, Tourmaline, 9k Gold, Yellow Gold

Antique Georgian Rose Diamond and Enamel Ring
Located in New York, NY
Antique Rose Diamond and Enamel Gold Ring. An exceptional quality rose diamond small loss to the enamel. 0.65 Carat
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1840s European Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Gold, Enamel

Antique Georgian Rose Cut Diamond Cluster Ring in 1.5ct Total
Located in Kendal, GB
A grand antique Georgian diamond cluster ring beautifully preserved from the early 1800s. It features a glittering rose cut diamond in th...
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19th Century European Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Gold

Antique Turquoise Clasped Hands Friendship Ring
Located in Baltimore, MD
Georgian 18K gold cannetille work ring set with a carved turquoise in the shape of a pair of clasped hands, a symbol of friendship. On either side there ...
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Early 19th Century British Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Garnet, Opal, Turquoise, 18k Gold

Sapphire Five-Stone Ring
Located in Firenze, IT
The five graduated cushion-shaped sapphires, accented by single pearls, to a scrolled gallery. Size: 6 1/4 Weight: 2.46gr.
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Early 1800s British Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rare Georgian Crowned Garnet Rose Cut Diamond Ring 1700s Gold Museum Quality
Located in New York, NY
A very early Georgian ring with an oval flat cut Almandine Garnet crowned with four Rose Cut Diamonds and dating to the 1700s. A museum quality je...
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18th Century Unknown Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Garnet, Diamond, Gold

Christopher Designs Crisscut L'Amour Diamond 18 Kt Yellow Gold Engagement Ring
Located in Los Gatos, CA
Christopher Designs Crisscut® L'amour Diamond Engagement Ring. This Beautiful Halo Design features a Fillagree band, paved in Diamonds. Set in 18k Yellow Gold and White Gold for the...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, White Gold, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

New Georgian Style Old Cut Diamond Gold And Platinum Solitaire Ring, 2.72ct
Located in London, GB
A new Georgian style diamond, gold and platinum solitaire ring, set with a 2.72 carat, J colour, VS2 clarity, cushion shaped old-cut diamon...
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2010s British Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Platinum

Italian Gimmel/Fede Gold Ring
Located in Firenze, IT
Gimmel Fede RIng with two heart Probably Italy, c. 1800 Gold Weight 1.03 gr., US size 8.25
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Gold

Superb Georgian 15ct Gold and Turquoise Floral Cluster Ring
Located in St Helens, GB
A superb Georgian period ring. Circa 1790. Solid 15 carat yellow gold example. Designed with flower head clusters set with small round turquoise c...
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19th Century British Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Turquoise, Gold

Late 18th Century Diamond-Set Ring
Located in Firenze, IT
The oval blue enamel plaque with applied old brilliant, single and rose-cut diamond floral and foliate decoration, closed back settings throughout, with engraved bright-cut decorati...
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Late 18th Century British Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Silver, Enamel

Signature Old Mine Diamond Eternity Ring
Located in PARKDALE, VIC
Forming part of our Signature collection. This chic and luxurious ring is inspired by the timeless Georgian bands. Featuring an eternity of beautifully custom cut old mine diamonds set in a cut down collet and high polish gold. The ring is designed to be sturdy, open back and suitable for every day wear. We would love this ring to be uniquely yours, so please message us in regards to bespoke engraving or detailing. Features: - Custom cut old mine diamonds, dependent on ring size, minimum 4 ctw (Natural Untreated GH VS), variations in diamond weight may result from ring size. - If you would like antique...
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2010s American Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Signature Old Mine Diamond Band
Located in PARKDALE, VIC
Forming part of our Signature collection. This chic and luxurious unisex ring is inspired by the timeless Georgian bands. Featuring five beautifully custom cut old mine diamonds...
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2010s American Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Antique Georgian Period Color Change Sapphire Diamond 18K Gold Ring, GIA Report
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional natural color change sapphire and rose cut diamond Georgian Period ring. The sapphire of Sri Lankan origin, lively blue color changing to violet, approximately 8 carat, m...
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Late 18th Century British Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Sapphire, Gold, 18k Gold

Rare Georgian Garnet Crowned Double Heart Ring 1700s Gold Museum Quality
Located in New York, NY
This is a very early Georgian ring with flat cut Almandine Garnets set in a crowned double heart ring dating to the 1700s. A museum quality jewel ...
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18th Century Unknown Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Garnet, Gold, Yellow Gold, 10k Gold

Antique Heartshape Lovetoken Diamond George II Gold Silver Ring
Located in Munich, Bavaria
Rare heartshaped diamond ring dating from mid 18th century. The gold ring is decorated with a large rose cut diamond is set in a silver heart...
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Mid-18th Century Unknown Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Gold, Silver

Georgian 15ct Gold and Rose Cut Diamond Cluster Panel Ring, c1780
Located in St Helens, GB
A very well made Georgian period ring. c1790. Designed with a larger rose cut diamond to centre with eight further rose cut diamonds surrounding. ...
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19th Century British Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Gold

Late Georgian Emerald and Diamond Ring
Located in London, GB
A late Georgian emerald and diamond ring, in the form of a flower, to the centre an octagonal-cut emerald, estimated to weigh 0.2 carats, ...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Emerald, 14k Gold, Silver

Georgian 0.35ct Rose Cut Diamond Cluster Ring, circa 1830s
Located in London, GB
Dating to the 1830s, this beautiful cluster ring is a collection of rose cut diamonds. They have a combined weight of 0.35 carat and are rub over set. The ring has a marquise design ...
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1830s Unknown Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Silver

Georgian Enameled 0.60 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring
Located in Narberth, PA
An exquisite diamond ring from the Georgian (ca1830) era! This gorgeous 18kt gold ring features a stunning cushion Mine Cut diamond at the center, which weighs approximately 0.60ct w...
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1830s Unknown Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

Georgian Antique 14 Karat Gold/ Silver Diamond Rose Cut Ring Engagement Ring
Located in San Francisco, CA
What a gorgeous antique! I just love this Gorgeous Georgian Antique 18K Yellow Gold/ Silver Diamond Ring Engagement Ring! Everything about it is amazing! Crafted in 18K Yellow Gold, ...
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Early 19th Century British Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold, Silver

Georgian Hessonite Garnet Paste Gold Solitaire Ring
Located in Boston, Lincolnshire
An Antique Georgian c.1800 Hessonite Garnet Paste solitaire ring. The Paste in a beautiful, chased gold setting on ridged shank. Size N UK, 7 US Height of...
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Early 19th Century European Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Hessonite, Garnet, 9k Gold, Yellow Gold, Gold

C1720 Georgian Diamond Cluster Flower Form Ring
Located in Baltimore, MD
Early Georgian rose diamond cluster ring set in silver with an 18K gold embossed band. Rings of this period are very scarce and hard to find in such wonderful condition. This is a re...
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1720s English Antique Georgian Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Sterling Silver, 18k Gold

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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.

Authentic antique Victorian-era engagement rings were frequently set in rose or yellow gold and they are highly collectible. Designs for Victorian engagement rings often featured repoussé work and chasing, in which patterns are hammered into the metal. Diamonds were likely to be small rose- or old-mine-cut (the ancestor of today’s cushion-cut) stones. The former are often associated with antique styles like Victorian or Georgian, as rose-cut diamonds are uncommon in modern jewelry. The diamonds were typically set in a group of five in a band or as a solitaire.

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. When Prince Albert became engaged to Queen Victoria, he gave her a serpent ring with emerald eyes, her birthstone. This initiated a widespread craze for snake jewelry.

In 1886, esteemed American luxury firm Tiffany & Co. introduced its solitaire diamond design, which is still among the most popular styles of engagement rings. The Tiffany Setting raises the stone above the band on six prongs, allowing its facets to catch the light and reflect through the stone.

French jewelry house Cartier, which pioneered the use of platinum in fine jewelry and helped define Art Deco, ​​sought to render the diamonds in their engagement rings and other rings as brilliantly as possible. The brand’s timeless Solitaire 1895 engagement ring gave the impression of delicate lace.

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 during World War II were made from two-toned metals and smaller stones. Large stones were scarce, and platinum was reserved for the military. Postwar engagement rings were intended to be simpler and focused on the beauty of the diamond.

In 1947, De Beers Consolidated Mines, with the support of Philadelphia ad 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. Additionally, explore our buying guides for a close look at antique engagement rings, Art Deco engagement rings and vintage engagement rings

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