A Timeless Guide to 1920s Engagement Rings

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The 1920s was an extraordinary era for jewelry and engagement rings in America. It was well known for its carefree and luxurious designs, sleek flair and it was the beginning of the Art Deco era.  Understanding what a 1920s ring looks like, it's meaning along with its symbolism, can help someone decide if it is the best vintage engagement ring style to represent your timeless journey together.


What is a 1920s Engagement Ring?

The 1920s was an enchanting time for engagement rings. They featured diamonds, or multiple diamonds along with gemstones set within intricate platinum settings. While the Edwardian era was ending, the Art Deco era was about to come into its own. Platinum was the metal of the moment, and diamonds and gemstones were found in many different elaborate styles. 1920's engagement rings would start to become bolder with clean lines and sharp edges coming into fashion.

 History of the 1920s Engagement Ring

The 1920s was (arguably) one of the most romanticized time periods, more so, in fact, than any other period in history. Many people consider the “Roaring Twenties” to have been a beautiful, carefree, and incredibly fun time to have been alive. Inspired by the 1925 World’s Fair in Paris, the Art Deco began in the late 1920s. Characterized by its stark patterns and moderne influences, many 1920s engagement rings feature dramatic details and  forward-thinking design elements. Art Deco engagement rings often have elaborate settings accentuated by filigree carvings which highlight the actual setting  and the center gemstones. Bold, natural colored gemstones including rubies and sapphires were were featured as well as black onyx.

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1920s Meaning and Symbolism

• Platinum Symbolism-

Platinum symbolized the prosperity that the industrial era was quickly ushering in. A relatively new metal at the time, platinum was an incredibly popular choice when it came to engagement rings.

• Edwardian Symbolism-

Magnificent diamonds set in platinum were enhanced with multiple side and accent stones. These gems were showcased within elongated settings which emphasized all of the beautifully unique detailing encompassed within these rings.

• Art Deco Symbolism-

The Art Deco era added sparkle and opulence to the already breathtaking designs of this time. These magnificent rings showcased a bold statement about the future.

• Celebrity Symbolism-

Many celebrities have embraced the 1920s style in their own engagement rings, including Barbra Streisand, Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson, and Behati Prinsloo. By choosing a vintage ring, you can be in famous company, with a touch of Hollywood flair.
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Choosing a 1920s Engagement Ring

1920s engagement ring is a magnificent choice for any couple searching for that special vintage ring. Set with either a single old European or mine cut diamond, or even multiple diamonds and gemstones, these rings showcase rare filigree and milgrain engravings while displaying your distinct style and flair. If your partner is yearning for timeless elegance, we are sure that a 1920s engagement ring will be the one that will represent your true love forever. 


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Vintage Rings For Everyone:

No matter which shape is your favorite, these time-honored rings have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations.

Find The Perfect Engagement Ring:

Vintage rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and design. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of 1920s engagement rings today.


Suzanne Sachs

Suzanne has always believed vintage rings can change lives. She's been in the jewelry industry for over 35 years, working with vintage jewelers, diamond dealers, diamond cutters, and gemologists. Suzanne started Artdecodiamonds in 2000 and understood the demand for vintage rings throughout the world. She ultimately started VintageDiamondRing.com in 2014, and understands each vintage ring is a reflection of you – your history, your relationships, your style, your elegance and is honored to have the opportunity to help you showcase your flair in a unique and exquisite way.


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