Vintage Engagement Rings at Valentina

Here are some of our favourite pieces from our Vintage Collection. Our vintage engagement rings include some rare gemset rings from the Edwardian and Victorian eras, through the Deco era, to fabulously decadent pieces from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. 

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    Vintage Engagement Ring Guide

    When it comes to engagement rings, “vintage” seems to be the word on everybody’s lips and the style on everybody’s fingers. Storied, stunning and romantic; vintage and vintage-style engagement rings are the best choice for brides looking a ring filled with history.

    Why Choose a Vintage Engagement Ring?

    Vintage engagement rings are romantic, original and boast a powerful “wow-factor.” Packed with historical significance, they are an ideal choice for brides who feel like they were born in the wrong era.

    Going vintage also means that you will have a thoroughly unique ring that allows you to set yourself apart from the crowd. These rings are full of character and are often appealing because of their unusual centre stones, period craftsmanship, and particular setting or techniques.

    It’s no wonder therefore that so many celebrities and style icons such as Scarlett Johannson, Mary Kate Olson and Penelope Cruz have opted for beautiful vintage styles.

    What Are Vintage Engagement Rings And How Are They Different From Antique Rings?

    While the terms “vintage” and “antique” are often used interchangeably to describe older jewellery, there is a clear difference between them. To qualify as “vintage,” the engagement ring needs to date back to somewhere within the last 50 to 100 years. Antique engagement rings, on the other hand, must be at least 100 years old.

    Examples of Popular Vintage Engagement Ring Styles

    Explore our collection of vintage-style Halo Rings

    1. Art Deco Engagement Rings (1915 – 1935)

    An ideal choice for brides who yearn to travel back to the effortless elegance and joie de vivre of the jazz age, the Art Deco style dates back to the Roaring Twenties.

    Art Deco engagement rings typically favour sharp geometric shapes, bold and bright colours, and ornamental designs. They often feature a big gem which is beautifully showcased by a solitaire or a dramatic halo setting. In terms of stone shapes, vintage cuts to look for include emerald, Asscher and marquis.

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    2. Classic Hollywood Style Engagement Rings (1950s)

    If your style icons are the Hollywood glamazons of old such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, you may want to opt for a classic 1950s engagement ring. Characterised by an abundance of gemstones set in flashy, dramatic designs; rings from the 1950s are the epitome of old-school glamour.

    Jewellery trends from the 1950s reflected the affluent post-war society, with jewellers making use of previously scarce materials such as platinum and diamonds. Following the enormously influential 1947 De Beer’s “Diamonds Are Forever” campaign, diamonds became the only stone to have and by the 1960s around 80% of all brides sported a diamond engagement ring.

    Brides of this era eschewed round cuts in favour of Asscher cuts, Emerald Cuts and Marquise cuts. One of the most enduring designs of this era is a large centre diamond with baguettes on either side of it.

    3. Engagement Rings from The Swinging 60s

    “Big Girls need big diamonds.”
    – Elizabeth Taylor

    The Mad Men era saw engagement ring design become bigger and bolder. At the beginning of the decade, first lady Jackie Kennedy’s diamond and emerald engagement ring influenced many brides to incorporate coloured gemstones, such as emeralds and sapphires, into their rings. Elizabeth Taylor popularised the “more is more” look with her iconic 33-carat Asscher-cut diamond engagement ring from controversial fiancé Richard Burton. The 1960s also saw the invention of the princess cut and the eternity band; both of which still enjoy enormous popularity today.

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    3 Tips for Buying a Vintage Engagement Ring

    1. Do Your Research First

    Finding the perfect engagement ring can be overwhelming, so narrow down your search by reading up on vintage styles. Research engagement rings from different eras and try to identify if there’s a particular style that resonates with you.


    2. Consider The Durability Of The Gemstone

    Ask yourself if you intend to wear your engagement ring every day? If so, choose a ring set with a gemstone that can withstand daily wear and tear.
    • Durable gemstones: diamond, sapphire, ruby, cubic zirconia
    • Less durable gemstones include: pearls, opals, tanzanite

    It’s also a good idea to check that the stones are properly set and will not become loose in the ring.

    3. Ask Yourself If A Vintage Ring Would Suit Your Lifestyle

    If appearance is your main motivation, you may want to consider opting for a vintage-style ring instead. Vintage rings can be fragile and often require a lot of TLC, modern rings are far more durable and are less likely to be damaged by everyday use.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What eras are represented in Valentina's vintage engagement ring collection?

    Our vintage rings collection includes rare gemset rings from the Edwardian and Victorian eras, as well as pieces from the Deco era, and decadent designs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

    Why choose a vintage engagement ring from Valentina.ie?

    Choosing a vintage emerald engagement rings offers a unique piece of history and timeless beauty, with each ring showcasing exceptional craftsmanship and distinctive styles from various eras.

    What types of gemstones are featured in your vintage engagement rings?

    Our vintage engagement rings often feature rare and exquisite gemstones, including vintage sapphires engagement rings, rubies, emeralds, and old mine-cut diamonds, reflecting the elegance and style of their respective periods.

    How are the vintage engagement rings at Valentina Fine Diamonds sourced?

    We carefully source our vintage engagement rings from reputable collectors and estates, ensuring each piece is authentic and of the highest quality like our vintage ruby rings.

    Can you describe the style of vintage rings from the Edwardian era in your collection?

    Edwardian era rings in our collection are known for their intricate filigree work, lace-like designs, and use of platinum, often adorned with diamonds like our vintage diamond rings and colored gemstones.

    What distinguishes the Art Deco vintage rings in your collection?

    Art Deco rings feature bold geometric designs, vibrant colors, and symmetrical patterns, reflecting the glamour and sophistication of the 1920s and 1930s like our vintage opal rings.

    What makes rings from the 50s, 60s, and 70s uniquely appealing?

    Vintage gemstone rings from these decades are characterized by their bold and eclectic styles, with larger gemstones, unique settings, and a mix of modern and traditional design elements.

    Are the vintage rings in your collection suitable for daily wear?

    While vintage engagement rings are delicate and require careful handling, many are durable enough for daily wear if properly maintained and cared for.

    How can I ensure the authenticity of a vintage engagement ring from Valentina.ie?

    Each vintage diamond engagement ring in our collection is thoroughly inspected and authenticated by our experts, ensuring that you receive a genuine piece of history.

    Can I find matching wedding bands for the vintage engagement rings in your collection?

    Yes, we offer a selection of wedding bands that complement our vintage engagement rings Dublin, allowing you to create a coordinated and cohesive bridal set.