Emerald cut, art deco, solitaire, princess cut, halo—engagement rings are as unique as the brides who wear them. Follow along as we recap a century’s worth of engagement-ring styles. Rings provided by: pshemonsky.com ★ Ring descriptions below.
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The round solitaire diamond ring has always maintained the number one position in terms of popularity over the past 100 years. What changes is how each era chooses to showcase the stone.
With each era come changes that are reflected in the alternative options in the shape of the diamonds as well as the mountings.
★ 1890-1900- Classic solitaire diamond ring
Solitaire Diamond Ring –Round old European-cut diamond set into a six prong mounting, 14k yellow gold
★ 1900-1920’s- The lacy white on white look becomes the benchmark of the period in fashion and in the style of jewelry of the Edwardian period.
Diamond and Platinum Ring – Round old European-cut diamond set into a pierced openwork mounting highlighted by round diamonds with mill-grain detail.
★ 1920-1930’s – The streamlined geometry of the Art Deco period becomes reflected in the style of the mountings of the era
★ Round early modern brilliant-cut diamond set into a platinum mounting highlighted by round diamonds in a pierced openwork mounting.
★ 1930-1940’s – The introduction of white gold in the late 1920’s becomes the popular metal of the period along with the “filigree” mounting which heralds back to the Edwardian period
Round old European-cut diamond, 18kt white gold “filigree” mounting
★1940’s – The 1940’s saw a shift to the use of yellow and rose gold with an increase in the scale of the jewelry.
Round old European-cut diamond, 14k yellow gold wirework mounting
★ 1945 – “War Bride Ring” the ring that every service man gave their fiancée due to the rationing of precious metals during the war years.
Round brilliant-cut diamond set in 14k white and yellow gold.
★ 1950-1960’s – The post war era once again looked back to better times with white gold and platinum becoming the preferred metal The round solitaire continues to as the stone of choice with the addition of round side stones set into the shoulders of the ring.
Round brilliant-cut diamond flanked by trios of round diamonds set in 14k white gold
★ 1960-1970 – The 1960’s saw an increased interest in fancy shaped diamonds, emerald-cut, pear, marquise and heart shaped diamonds with platinum becoming the preferred metal of choice
Emerald-cut diamond set in platinum
★ 1970-1980 – The period was all about the “gold” set with round or fancy shaped diamonds with channel set mountings with accompanying wedding bands
Marquise shaped diamond set in yellow gold with channel set round brilliant-cut diamonds with matching wedding band
★ 1980-1990 – The solitaire reigns supreme set in the classic manner with baguettes on each side.
Round brilliant-cut diamond flanked by rectangular baguettes mounted in platinum
★ 1990-2000 – The “Radiant-cut” becomes the preferred fancy shaped diamond of the period typically set with triangular side stones
Radiant-cut diamond flanked by triangular shaped diamonds mounted in 18k white gold
★ 2000-2010 – The “Princess-cut” becomes the preferred fancy shaped diamond of the period
Princess-cut diamond highlighted by round brilliant-cut diamonds set into the ring band, platinum and white gold.
★ 2010-2015 – The “Halo” mounting becomes the preferred engagement mounting with an increased demand for fancy colored diamonds.
Fancy yellow rectangular cushion cut diamond set into a platinum “Halo “ mounting highlighted by round brilliant-cut diamonds.
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