There's something so special about vintage-inspired engagement rings. Even though they're not actually decades old, they give your most important piece jewlery an elegant, timeless and seriously one-of-a-kind feel.
As for what defines a ring as a "vintage" aesthetic, it's truly all in the details. Etched metals, floral motifs, smaller, triple-set stones, and even gem stones like sapphires, rubies, and emeralds give a ring an old-world feel. Back in the day, rose-cut and cushion cut (once called old mine cut) stones were all the rage, as was yellow gold. Another telltale sign is an asscher cut diamond or setting. Micro-pavé bands in a more mosaic-like arrangement (as opposed to the popular halo) make for an antique-look, too, as does any and every art deco-style gem.
One of the benefits of rocking a replica rather than the real deal? You'll save money — true vintage gems tend to be more expensive. Plus, you have more options! Plenty of our favorite vintage ring dealers like Single Stone and Trumpet & Horn have tons of pretty antique-style rings to choose from, but jewelers like Blue Nile, Vera Wang Love, Anna Sheffield and Forevermark offer vintage-inspired rings too. And, most importantly, since vintage rings are one of a kind, you might fall in love with something that's no longer in stock. Luckily, that's never the case with vintage-inspired rings.
Sold on an antique-looking engagement ring? Click through to see all of our favorite vintage-inspired engagement rings.
At left: "Tiara II" Victorian style ring, features 0.71ct pear shaped diamond set in platinum with milgrained edges, $5,700, Trumpet & Horn
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