vintage engagement rings
vintage engagement rings

Antique & Vintage Engagement Rings

At Erstwhile, vintage engagement rings are our passion. There's nothing quite like owning a one-of-a-kind antique ring. Each piece in our collection is authentic vintage or antique. For us, vintage rings are at least 50 years old, while antique rings are at least 100 years old. We typically reserve the term "antique" for our oldest collection, which includes Georgian (1714-1830) and Victorian rings (1837-1900). These pieces are primarily crafted in yellow gold, featuring elaborate settings with rose and old mine cushion cut diamonds. Moving forward in time, Edwardian (1901-1915) and Art Deco engagement rings (1920-1935) are predominantly made in platinum, adorned with old European, Asscher, emerald, and marquise cut diamonds. The Retro Era of the 1940s witnessed a resurgence of yellow and rose gold rings, while white gold began competing with platinum. Then, in the Midcentury period (1950-1980s), heirloom engagement rings gained popularity. Many rings from this era feature antique family stones that were either reset into current styles or passed down through generations.

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In the realm of antique jewelry, the terms "vintage" and "antique" are often used interchangeably.

However, in technical terms, a vintage engagement ring should be at least 20 years old to be classified as such. Conversely, an authentic antique engagement ring should be a century old, hailing from specific historical eras. At Erstwhile, our name embodies this concept of the former, resonating through our collection of vintage rings. Each engagement ring, vintage or antique, is a distinct piece from the past, often one-of-a-kind due to its age and history. Our curated selection focuses on renowned eras: During the Victorian era, spanning from 1830 to 1900, engagement rings took on the warm glow of yellow gold, embraced the clustered setting style and featured imperfect chunky diamonds like the old mine cushion. Moving into the Edwardian era which lasted just a decade from 1901 to 1910, rings featured intricate floral patterns, delicately designed in platinum filigree. As the 1920's ushered in the Art Deco era, engagement rings embraced geometric patterns, accentuated by vibrant colored gemstones. The 1940s, known as the Retro Era, witnessed a resurgence of yellow gold, challenging the dominance of platinum with the rising popularity of white gold. Shifting to the Mid Century period, from 1950 to 1970, engagement rings embraced a modern, space-age look, often reimagining sentimental family stones within sleek contemporary designs.

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Discover a hidden gem in the heart of New York City's bustling Diamond District at Erstwhile's showroom. Explore our collection of unique vintage and antique engagement rings.
Your hand, our rings—it's a match made in vintage heaven!