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Before you start looking for a vintage engagement ring, it's good to know which era suits your style. Click through for five great ones to choose from.
Georgian Era Rings
circa 1714 - 1830
"During the Georgian period, there was a lot more variation in what would be used as an engagement ring. Diamonds were scarce before they were discovered in South Africa in 1840, especially in larger sizes. While a diamond would have been appropriate for an engagement, it was certainly not the expected norm. Any pretty ring could be exchanged as an engagement ring. In historical paintings, we sometimes even see subjects wearing bands on their thumbs as engagement rings. Because of the difficulty in sizing, these would often be secured with a ribbon through the ring tied around the wrist."
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Georgian Era Rings
circa 1714 - 1830
Georgian Era Rings
circa 1714 - 1830
Victorian Era Rings
circa 1837 - 1901

"Victorians, like Georgians, were open to many different variations of engagement rings. Victorian rings are usually yellow gold. Platinum did not become popular until the development of a hotter torch in 1890, and the alloy for white gold was not patented until 1915. White stones were commonly set in silver during this era."

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Victorian Era Rings
circa 1837 - 1901
Victorian Era Rings
circa 1837 - 1901
Edwardian Era Rings
circa 1901 - 1910
"With the introduction of the oxyacetylene torch in 1890, working with platinum become much easier. Platinum leant itself well to the delicate, feminine, lacy styles of the era. Jewelers were able to craft delicate filigree mountings in platinum for the engagement rings of the time."
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Edwardian Era Rings
circa 1901 - 1910
Edwardian Era Rings
circa 1901 - 1910
Art Deco Era Rings
circa 1920 - 1940
"Art Deco engagement rings are generally platinum and diamond. The designs range from glamorous styles full of varying diamond cuts (and occasional colored stone accents) forming intricate patterns to fairly simple designs often combining the fiery beauty of a brilliant cut with the clean, crisp whiteness of step cuts."
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Art Deco Era Rings
circa 1920 - 1940
Art Deco Era Rings
circa 1920 - 1940
Retro Era Rings
post–World War II
"De Beers launched its ubiquitous diamond engagement ring campaign in the 1940s, and the popularity of the diamond engagement ring was cemented. Rings from this period tend to be about the diamond. They often have a simple design focusing on a central diamond with smaller accents along the band."
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Retro Era Rings
post–World War II
Retro Era Rings
post–World War II