People have different tastes when it comes to jewellery pieces. For instance, some aren’t captivated by modern engagement rings, but are enchanted by the innate allure of antique engagement rings. After all, there’s an unmistakable character and style in them that modern rings simply can’t replicate.

Like other jewellery pieces, you have a wide range of options for vintage engagement rings. One thing to know about these rings, though, is that its style is heavily influenced by the period it was made. It helps to know the distinct style and method in which an engagement ring is made in a particular jewellery period. Sometimes you can be lucky to find a genuine second hand ring in good enough condition to wear safely, other times modern reproductions offer amazingly accurate replicas with all the benefits of a modern made piece of jewellery.

How to Know the Jewellery Design Periods of an Antique Engagement Rings

Georgian Period (1700-1830)

Though very rare, rings made during the Georgian Period may be worth your investment. During this period, rings are fashioned with intricate metal work, known as repousse, which depicts natural themes like flowers and butterflies. The use of faceted gemstones were also popular during this period.

Victorian Period (1837-1901)

Given that Queen Victoria reigned for a long time, this period is further divided into three segments, namely Early (or Romantic), Mid, and Late Victorian. During the Early Victorian period, rings are still being hand-fabricated. Diamond rings became popular, given that this gemstone was Victoria’s birthstone and her favourite.

The Mid-Victorian period, on the other hand, saw the passing of the queen’s husband and the start of the American Civil War. Thus, rings were often dark and heavy to reflect a mourning state. By the Late Victorian period, rings were no longer hand-fabricated, and were often more airy and light.

Art Nouveau Period (1895-1915)

Also known as the age of the artisans, jewellers became more artistic and exercised more freedom with their craft. Though the beauty of Art Nouveau was more apparent among pins and necklaces, rings made during this period were characterised by their fluidity and gracefulness.

Edwardian Period (1901-1914)

During this period, rings made of platinum became more popular. Other than the material, Edwardian rings were also known for their graceful and airy nuances through open wire designs and filigree. Enamelling was also a popular process in producing rings during this period.

Art Deco (1920-1930)

Rings made during this period are abundant among jewellery shops today. These are characterised with its resplendent use of bold geometric patterns, filigree and millegrain work, and, more importantly, lots of diamonds.

Each period has its own distinctive features, and you can seek help from jewellers like those from Jacobs to help you find a vintage engagement ring that’s perfect for your significant other.


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