Antique and vintage jewelry are pieces from bygone eras that reflect the culture, style, and influence of their time. A piece of jewelry is considered vintage when it is between 50 and 100 years old, while antique jewelry must be at least 100 years old. Whether you are looking for antique or vintage engagement rings at Roman Malakov, you’ll find pieces that were often designed with great emphasis on craftsmanship and high-quality materials. That makes each vintage antique engagement ring and jewelry piece even more distinct and valuable. Vintage engagement rings and other estate engagement rings allow you to adorn yourself or your partner with a beautiful piece of history. 

Cartier 1895 Engagement Ring

Cartier 1895 Engagement Ring

The Eras of Antique and Vintage Engagement Rings

When you imagine vintage or antique engagement rings, a few different styles may come to mind. Perhaps you think of geometric designs with bold patterns or intricate details and minute design elements. This variety in antique ring styles is largely due to the different eras of engagement rings. After all, not all vintage and antique engagement rings came from the same time period or style of design, so they will each vary in their features and craftsmanship. The main eras that unique vintage engagement rings fall into include Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco, Retro, and Mid-Century.

What we now consider antique engagement rings first came to prominence during the Victorian era, roughly around the 1830s. Victorian antique engagement rings were commonly crafted from yellow gold with a halo setting for the center diamond or gemstone. The Victorian era spread the tradition of engagement and wedding rings more globally, and designs continued to evolve and change with style and fashion trends. 

After the Victorian age, the Edwardian era at the turn of the 20th century brought about more ornate antique engagement ring designs with intricate floral patterns and platinum metals. Later, Art Deco rings of the 1920s and 1930s reflected the architectural design style famous for the era, and vintage jewelry of this time is known for its more symmetrical and geometric designs. 

The Retro Era of the 1940s popularized yellow and rose gold metals again, and white gold became a popular alternative to platinum. Finally, the Mid-Century period started in the 1950s and introduced the larger trend of estate jewelry, where diamonds, gems, or other pieces were passed down through generations and incorporated into current styles.

While Victorian antique engagement rings came from a very specific time period in history, other antique diamond engagement rings can come from any of the above-listed eras, making them even more iconic and special.

Why Vintage Diamond Engagement Rings Are Special

When you get down on one knee to propose with a vintage diamond engagement ring, you are preparing to adorn your love with a unique piece of jewelry. Antique and vintage engagement rings are like miniature works of art that reflect the unique time period in which they were created. These antique-style engagement rings can also reflect your current style and your commitment to creating history together. 

You may be searching for an elaborate white gold vintage engagement ring or perhaps a simple vintage engagement ring. A vintage style pave engagement ring is a wonderful option, as is a more ornate vintage style halo pave engagement ring. Either way, each piece of vintage jewelry has its own unique story and history, and when you choose an antique engagement ring, you are joining in that story. Above all, an antique engagement ring is a one-of-a-kind piece you and yours will cherish forever.

Gemstone Vintage Engagement Rings

Vintage and antique engagement rings were not always designed with a diamond as a center stone. In fact, there are many styles of vintage gemstone engagement rings that reflect the beauty and originality of their time while also reflecting the style of your partner. Gemstone colors have varied in popularity throughout history, with different stones having different levels of prominence at various times. Some of the most popular over the decades include opal, pearl, sapphire, ruby, and emerald, each of which has adorned many engagement rings. Vintage gemstone engagement rings also demonstrate the exceptional quality of antique and vintage jewelry as they have withstood the test of time.

Timelessness of Antique Rings

When you look at the variety of estate and antique engagement rings available, you will realize that many of the shapes and styles from days gone by have come back around. They even continue to inspire modern jewelry and engagement ring designs. Current fashion and jewelry design interests show an increase in popularity of styles like the vintage emerald-cut engagement ring, worn by celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Anniston. Vintage oval engagement rings may also interest a modern 21st-century woman who wants to wear a unique piece of history. 

The antique rings you find nowadays are still in style because their designs are so timeless and classic. While many modern designs won’t suit every woman’s style preferences, most vintage antique engagement rings will turn heads and have women oohing and aahing over them, regardless of their taste, style, and preferred jewelry design.

Antique & Vintage Diamond Engagement Rings from Roman Malakov

When you’re searching for vintage engagement rings for sale or have your eye on a particular antique-style engagement ring, you need to visit Roman Malakov. The selection at Roman Malakov includes a variety of unique and stunning options, including the best vintage engagement rings in NYC. Antique and vintage engagement rings will always be a popular choice among couples and brides-to-be for their matchless and magnificent designs. Some estate engagement rings are even engraved with the original designer’s name, which adds value and authenticity to an already meaningful piece of jewelry. 

Roman Malakov has a distinct collection of antique, vintage, estate, and signed engagement rings that have withstood the test of time and are ready to be worn by your beautiful bride. Come visit Roman Malakov in NYC’s Diamond District or book an appointment for an online or in-person consultation today.