All that Glitters is Old: Vintage-Inspired Engagement Rings for Valentine’s Day

Feb 11, 2012

While there are many people who celebrate Valentine’s Day with a more modern approach, this day is without a doubt the national holiday for the die-hard romantic. And with all their milgrain details and floral flourishes, what conjures sentimental feelings more than a vintage-inspired engagement ring?

The vintage trend continues to be a big deal in the fashion world. Not only do you see it in clothing design, but watch brands like Jaeger-LeCoultre and luxury jewelers like Tacori are also featuring designs with retro inspiration. Engagement rings in particular have a broad range of vintage styles to be influenced by.

Victorian rings often use natural elements like flowers, animals, leaves, and other romantic symbols as part of their design. Since asscher-cut diamonds were developed during this period, this diamond shape would also be appropriate for anyone who favors the Victorian style. This Ritani for Forevermark diamond engagement ring has all of the beautiful carved leaf detailing on the ring shape with a few well-placed diamond accents. The undercarriage of the ring head also plays into this theme with unexpected diamond pave and milgrain embellishments.

Art Deco rings are one of the most popular choices for vintage-style engagement rings because of their unexpected geometric designs. The central diamond is accented by an elaborate pattern of accent diamonds or colored gemstones with delicate milgrain details and floral patterns. This cushion-shaped ring mounting from Ritani for Forevermark is a good example because of all the geometric repetition. Plus, who wouldn’t love all of those sparkling diamond accents?

Edwardian rings are all about the details. Milgrain, filigree, scroll-work, beading . . . you name it. The Edwardian ring usually gives the appearance of having an intricate lace-like design carved out of metal and maybe a few diamond accents. Tacori is the master of reinventing the vintage design with Edwardian flair. This ring for example showcases a beautiful round-cut diamond but the shank design is a show-stopper. The band has a repetitive crescent-shaped design with milgrain details weaving in-between diamond pave. There’s even more milgrain waves on top of the ring shank!

Whatever the influence, a vintage inspired engagement ring always has a dramatic flair for detail and delicate look of romanticism. This is the perfect ring for any girl who enjoys the unique.

King Jewelers offers an exceptional selection of stunning engagement rings, wedding bands, eternity bands, cufflinks, watches, and other wedding accessories. King Jewelers has a long history of extraordinary craftsmanship and quality. We work closely with you to help you realized the engagement ring design of your dreams. If you are interested in your own custom bridal design, please contact us at


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