What is a Retro Engagement Ring?

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by Suzanne Sachs  5 min read

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The Retro engagement ring is a dazzling option for an engagement ring, one that will highlight your unique individuality while featuring your style and flair.  Understanding what a Retro engagement ring is, the meaning, symbolism and history behind it can help make the decision if it is the right choice for you for a lifetime.



  What is a Retro Ring?

“Retro” engagement rings are large, bold, dynamic rings which often allude to design trends from the 1940s, yet there is no formal designation for when the retro era took place.  Rings from the 1950s are also part of retro designs, showcasing charismatic designs of futuristic ideals and flashy colors. Retro rings have a unique vibe all their own, with distinctive designs that defy classification.  They truly make a personal statement of your own fashion and flair.


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  Retro Ring History

“Retro” rings refer to those distinctive designs of the 1940's through the 1970's, yet jewelers tend to agree that the Retro period started in the 1940's.  Interestingly, pieces 20-30 years old have a clear retro appeal as well.  Styles change through the decades and the unique influences of years past can be seen in retro rings, bracelets, brooches, and other piece of jewelry.  Individualism was at the forefront of popular culture with these retro designs and forward-thinking design trends took center stage. From distinct pre-war influenced designs to the bold, free-spirited styles that emerged during the ‘60s and ‘70s, retro style is now celebrated for its unique sense of fashion.


Retro Meaning and Symbolism

Relationship Symbolism

Choosing a retro engagement ring can be a unique way to personalize such a symbolic piece of jewelry.  Maybe you choose a design from the decade you or your beloved were born, or even honoring the era of your parents’ or grandparents’ happy marriages.


Setting and Gemstone symbolism

European and transitional cut diamonds were featured in magnificent rings set in yellow, rose and white gold along with gemstones such as rubies, ruby, sapphires and emeralds.  These bold combinations created dynamic rings and a decadent contrast.


Individual Symbolism

During the Retro era individualism took center stage.  Bold unique cocktail and statement rings were flaunted representing the free spirited design trends set for the 1960's and 1970's.
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Choosing a Retro Engagement Ring

Retro engagement rings are lavishly impressive rings that are a dynamic choice. Many of our retro rings feature precious gemstones paired with old European cut diamonds showing an exceptional contrast that cannot be replicated.  You may desire a retro ring for its grand appearance, or its individual symbolism.  Either way we are confident you will find the perfect retro ring to complement your one of a kind journey together.


Antique Rings For Everyone:

No matter which gemstone is your favorite, these time-honored gemstones 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:

Antique 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 vintage retro 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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