Rings of various styles are used for the ring exchange event at the engagement ceremony. A popular choice is vintage engagement rings. These rings are popular for various reasons, such as their antique style, unique appearance, excellent finish etc. Vintage rings vary widely in design, colour and materials.
In the Victorian era, the rings were mostly made from silver, gold & rose gold. Those designs usually included a long centre stone made of gemstones such as diamond, ruby, emerald, sapphire etc. Natural pearls were also used frequently during this era. Rings such as the yellow gold halo ring and rings set in a bypass setting often appeared in jewellery from this period. The Victorian rings also included old mine cut diamond rings, marquise cut diamond rings, moonstone rings and opal rings.
The Edwardian era offered intricate designs featuring filigree patterns. Diamonds and coloured gemstones frequently appeared in jewellery. Engagement rings made of platinum became more popular during this era. Diamonds rings with diamonds in rose cut form were also popular for use in Edwardian engagement rings. Another attractive engagement ring design that gained attention is the Edwardian cluster ring set with crescent sapphires in platinum on a gold mount.
The art deco era presented us with astonishing designs of engagement rings. Those designs often included repeating patterns and sharp angles. It was all about strong geometric shapes, sharp angular lines and symmetry. Rings made of step-cut diamonds, emeralds, sapphire, amethyst and garnet were very popular. A standard cut for the stones also included the French cut and the trillion triangular cut. The art deco emerald ring and the art deco style platinum rings are popular vintage designs suitable for engagement rings.
Engagement rings from the retro era feature simple antique designs. Rings with large centre stones were very popular during this period. Metals such as yellow gold and white gold became a popular choice for making these rings. Diamond mountings and coloured gemstones are some of its design elements. Rubies, emeralds and sapphires were the popular choices for crafting rings.