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Vintage Engagement rings

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If you are planning a proposal, it’s essential to invest the time and research into sourcing something that your partner will adore. This is one of the most important purchases you will ever make in your lifetime, so it really isn’t something you should carry out in haste.



The perfect antique engagement ring

When it comes to vintage engagement rings that have the ‘wow’ factor, we have the elegant range you are looking for. You are more likely to be successful in your quest for the perfect vintage engagement ring when you have done your homework and read up on the topic, so continue reading if you do need help selecting something that they will cherish.

Victorian Diamond Ring
Learn about her tastes

Before you head out shopping for a vintage engagement ring, find out what styles she appreciates. Popular vintage styles include Victorian, Art Deco, black diamonds rings and sapphire rings. We can also produce authentic replicas of old family rings, or even bring existing ones back to life with our popular restoration service. You can also opt for platinum rings, gold rings and rings with coloured diamonds or gemstones. The more you know about her tastes, the easier it will be to source something she’ll be more than happy with.


Seek out evidence

Of course, you may well want the proposal to be a surprise, so it may not be possible to directly about the ring styles she prefers. However, this doesn’t mean all is lost, and there should be plenty of evidence around you to take inspiration from. Take a good look at the jewellery she normally wears, as well as her clothing. Does she tend to dress up a lot or does she prefer the casual look? Has she ever spoken about which jewellery she likes before? You can also ask her friends or family members for advice on which styles she is most likely to appreciate.


Don’t overspend

You don’t need to spend more than you can afford when shopping for vintage engagement rings. Setting a budget can actually make it easier to shop for engagement rings as you won’t feel spoiled for choice. It’s also important to think carefully about the ‘4 Cs’, which are colour, cut, clarity and carat. Aim for the right colour-clarity balance. The way the diamond is cut tends to determine its overall appearance. Size isn’t everything, but the cut is very important. Poor-quality cutting can reduce the sparkle, so avoid cuts that are too shallow or deep.



Find the right shape

Think carefully about the shape – oval rings are particularly popular at the time of writing, with options like the round and princess, cushion, emerald, heart and square also having timeless appeal. The shape needs to be a good match for her fingers and hands, so you definitely need to take this into account –  delicate ring settings and slender narrow diamond aren’t the best matches for larger hands, though radiant and princess cuts plus other rings with square-shaped diamonds set within should compliment them. Wide bands make short fingers appear even shorter, so consider oval, marquise or pear rings. 

Victorian rings

The Victorian era saw a rise in demand for jewellery, and diamond engagement rings in particular. The six-claw diamond solitaire setting was first made available in the mid-1880s. As this style was rather expensive, those with less money to spend opted for items like diamond solitaire rings with pearls and cluster rings with multiple diamonds. Crossover rings with two intertwined diamonds also became popular.

Art Deco rings

The Art Deco period lasted from the early 1920s to the late-1930s. White metal rings with millegrain accents were in high demand during this era. New advancements in gem-cutting technology meant diamond baguettes and calibré cut gemstones dominated this period.

Sapphire rings

Sapphire rings grew in popularity in the 1980s following the marriage of Charles and Diana, with the Prince giving an oval-shaped sapphire and diamond ring to the Princess in 1981. No two sapphires are alike even when they are the same colour, which means you can opt for something truly distinctive when you give a sapphire engagement ring.

Black diamond rings

Many people opt for black diamond rings over white for several reasons. Some regard black diamonds as having a more powerful look than white, and you don’t need to worry about the 4 Cs when you invest in them. This is because factors like clarity and cut are not so important, with inclusions being much harder to spot due to the opaque colour.


There are many great reasons for restoring and replicating old family rings. Old family rings can carry a great deal of meaning, and be firmly associated with much-missed loved ones. Even if the old ring was yours to begin with, it may have become damaged over the years, which is another reason why restoration and replica services are so popular.

Contact Reve Diamonds today for more information on choosing vintage engagement rings. 

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