Vintage engagement rings are among our favorite things. Not only are they beautiful, but their history whispers of old love stories we can’t get enough of. These are rings with a past, rings worn on the hands of those who were madly in love, and maybe even dressed as flappers. Physical beauty aside, they’re good for the planet – no new materials were mined for these beauties, and it’s the ultimate in chic recycling. But possibly best of all, vintage engagement rings are great for our brides’ and grooms’ budgets. Because of that aforementioned no-production-cost-necessary, these rings are much less expensive than a “new” diamond engagement ring (as we’ve said before, most of the earth’s diamonds are more than 45 million years old, so the term “new” is relative.) And today, we’re showing a few of our favorite vintage engagement rings under 3000 dollars.
First up is our exhibit A of the lovely bypass style ring that’s so popular in antique jewelry. This 18k white gold setting features approximately .60 carats total of H/I colored diamonds with VS/SI clarity diamonds. Grades are approximate, as we didn’t remove the diamonds from the delicate setting for an appraisal.
Here we have another beautiful example of a bypass ring. This one features .70ctw of round diamonds (likely transitional diamonds, somewhere between the Old Mine style you can see on the top center stone and the modern round brilliant we see in today’s engagement rings.) The accent diamonds are also round transitional, and stud the curved shanks of this platinum mounting. Diamonds are I/J in color and VS-SI2 in clarity.
This beauty is a vintage 18 karat white gold setting with a .15 carat Old European Cut diamond with an I/J color and SI clarity grade.
This solitaire is a beautiful example of antique simplicity. The center stone is a round diamond with a lovely G/H color grade and VS clarity grade. This rock, plus the baguettes embedded into the 14 karat white gold shanks, bring the ring’s total carat weight to .50ctw.
This gorgeous ring is a vintage 18 karat white gold ring, with a Main Center Round Diamond weighing about. .22ct
with Two Side Round Diamonds at approx. .17ct each and Smaller Accent Round Diamonds approx. .03ct each, bringing the total to about 1 carat total. The diamonds are G/H in color and VS in clarity.
This ring is a vintage 18 karat white gold ring with about 1.35 carats total of H color, SI1 clarity diamonds.
This stunner features 1.55 carats of round diamonds, H/J in color and VS2-SI1 in clarity, all set in an intricately carves platinum dome.
The last of our round beauties, this antique ring is made up of Approx. 0.60ctw of Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds, I/J in Color and VS in Clarity set in a bold 14 karat white gold mounting.
This elongated shield style ring is one of two we’re wrapping up with today, and this three stone diamond beauty is a gorgeous example. The three diamonds make up the majority of the .60ctw of the ring, with G/H diamonds VS in clarity.
Finally, we have this lovely shield style ring with a splash of color. Again, three stacked round diamonds anchor the ring, with smaller round diamonds scattered among the platinum setting. The diamonds weigh .60ctw and are I in color and VS/SI in clarity.