Art Deco is an aesthetic that was popular during the 1920, 30s and 40s. It celebrated modernity and innovation, while featuring influences of ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. Many Art Deco creations are geometric, favoring straight lines and sharp angles. The style influenced everything from architecture, electronics and even jewelry. Someone who loves vintage looks may want to consider an Art Deco influenced diamond engagement ring.

Step cut diamonds were popular in Art Deco’s heyday. Unlike brilliant diamonds, which use facets to scatter light within a diamond, step cuts use facets parallel to the girdle to highlight the stone’s clarity and luster. Step cut diamonds may be triangular, trapezoidal or kite shaped, but the most iconic are the rectangular cuts. Of these, baguette and emerald cut diamonds are the best known.

While baguette cut diamonds are often seen on diamond rings today, they often serve to accentuate other diamonds. Baguettes may serve as side stones, embed themselves into the band or serve as a halo for the central jewel. Emerald cut diamonds are often prominently featured on diamond rings instead of being used as an accent. Its broad table and culet show emphasize lines and clarity. An emerald cut engagement ring either plain or with baguette diamonds, and mounted on platinum or white gold will emulate the aesthetics of the mid-1900s.