Old Rings are New Again

The search for unique engagement rings can mean turning to the most cutting-edge designs. It can also involve turning to older jewelry designs and giving them a new twist. Different periods embraced various diamond cuts, precious metals and band styles.

Cushion cut diamonds are an older cousin to round brilliants. They were developed as a way to balance shine with preserving carat. This is reflected in their shape, a mix between square and oval, which sacrifices less rough. Antique jewelry, such as Victorian and Edwardian pieces, have pre-round brilliant cuts. Cushion cut engagement rings can emulate older designs.

Cushion cut diamond engagement ring

Marquise diamonds premiered in the mid-18th century. A French king wanted a cut shaped like his beloved’s mouth. Not only do marquise diamond rings reflect the glamour of the Rococo age, their origins add a flirtatious air. The jewel’s slim shape also helps the finger appear longer.

The Art Deco period of the 1920s and 30s favored sleek geometric designs. Engagement rings were no exception. Step cut jewels like Asschers, baguettes and emerald cuts highlighted the sleek lines beloved of the era. Platinum and white gold were the metals of choice, giving many bands a tone on tone effect.

Asscher cut diamond engagement ring with emeralds on the sides

The mid-20th century’s Retro era is known for its colorful jewelry. Diamonds took a backseat while colored gemstones were emphasized. Platinum fell out of widespread use, paving the way for colored gold. During this time, gold wedding bands with two or more colors were in vogue. White combined with yellow or rose gold was especially striking.

Gold and Platinum Wedding Band

The shape of the band is another way to evoke older times. This can be as subtle as having an antique design molded onto the shank. Flashier versions include rings which coil around the finger rather than form a closed circle, like a Victorian ring. Bands shaped like garlands can evoke Art Nouveau.

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