Diamond engagement ring styles sometimes take inspiration from the past. Maybe enough time has passed that an aesthetic is welcomed with fresh eyes. Another appeal is connecting to days gone by filled with glamor. Designer engagement rings can take vintage styles and update them for modern tastes.
The Edwardian period lasted from 1901 to 1910 and left a lasting impact on jewelry. Platinum was the precious metal of choice for its ability to hold the most delicate designs. Tone on tone was popular, with diamonds adorning light colored engagement rings and more. Cushion cut engagement rings in platinum or white gold pay homage to this era.
Art Nouveau’s heyday was between 1885 and 1910. The aesthetic embraced natural motifs, curving lines and color. Modern interpretations may include diamond wedding bands which coil around the finger, or mix yellow and white gold. Art Nouveau inspired rings may mix diamonds and gemstones, or have bands of twining or infinity shanks.
During the 1920s and 30s, Art Deco reigned. Geometric forms, contrasting colors and international influences characterize jewelry from the period. Platinum’s gleam was in vogue, and step cut diamonds’ clean lines matched the linear aesthetic. Asscher and emerald cut diamonds, baguette halos or side stones, and step cut colored gems emulate this period. Platinum or white gold provide the desired background.
The Retro period between the 1930s and 50s loved color. Yellow and colored gold was popular, with many rings using two or more shades of gold. The desire for large, bold designs and limited diamond supplies lead to creative settings. Modified brilliants like the oval, marquise or pear cut give the impression of size with modest carat. Halos, gold swirls, floral imagery and other flourishes add flamboyance.