(Closed) Typical engagement rings of the 20s to now?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I don’t know if it’s a typical ring from the era, but mine is from the 1920’s.  1.15 carat, I/J color OEC cut. The green/yellow is the glint from the sunlight πŸ™‚



Post # 4
3026 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

That is AMAZING!!! So gorgeous!

Post # 6
721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

This is my grandmas from the 1940s

Post # 7
721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Holy huge picture. Sorry this ipad does crazy things. 

Post # 8
2743 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

Todays work thanks to cad and master smith jewelers who still do work by hand. This is a true compelation of old world meets new world technique:


The stone is also designer and a modern cut for colored stones:

Post # 9
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016


The 80s was a lot of this type of thing

Post # 10
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

And the trendiest thing I can think of for right now would be cushion cut with halo


Post # 11
1989 posts
Buzzing bee

@dewingedpixie:  wow. The CaD design is exactly like the ring. Your ring is beautiful. Which stone is it?

Post # 12
20 posts

Here’s the history of engagement rings in words:

Pre-History: The caveman tied cords made of braided grass around his chosen mate’s wrists, ankles, and waist, to bring her spirit under his control.

Circa 2800 BC: Egyptians are buried wearing rings made of a single silver or gold wire on the third finger of their left hands, believed to be connected directly to the heart by the vena amoris.

2nd Century BC: According to Pliny the Elder, the groom gives the bride first a gold ring to wear during the ceremony and at special events, then an iron ring to wear at home, signifying her binding legal agreement to his ownership of her.

1st Century BC: Puzzle rings first appear in Asia, where sultans and sheiks use them to tag each of their wives.

1217: The bishop of Salisbury puts an end to the popular practice of seducing girls into mock marriage with rings made of rushes. His solution? Declaring a marriage with a rush-ring legally binding.

1456: The Gutenberg bible is published. There is no mention of betrothal or marriage rings in this or any other edition of the bible.

1477: In one of the first recorded uses of a diamond engagement ring, Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposes to Mary of Burgundy with a ring that is set with thin, flat pieces of diamonds in the shape of an “M.”

1700s: Silver “poesy rings” engraved with flowery sayings are in vogue in Europe. Across the Atlantic Ocean, the Puritans give their betrotheds useful thimbles instead of rings, which are derided as frippery. Eventually, however, many thimbles get their tops sliced off and are worn as rings anyway.

1800s: The highly sentimental Victorians make jewelry from human hair, and use gemstones to spell out names or endearments, such as a D-E-A-R-E-S-T ring set with a sequence of diamond, emerald, amethyst, ruby, emerald, etc.

1867: Diamonds are discovered in the Cape Colony (now a province in South Africa), the beginning of a huge increase in the diamond supply.

1880: Cecil Rhodes, who arrived in South Africa in 1873, founds the DeBeers Mining Company with other investors. Within the decade, they will control 90 percent of the world’s diamond production.

1886: Tiffany & Co. introduces the “Tiffany setting,” a six-prong ring designed to maximize a diamond’s brilliance by raising it up from the band.

1890s: Affordable wedding rings and diamond engagement rings appear in mail-order catalogs, such as Sears & Roebuck.

1918: Cartier creates the Trinity Ring—intertwined hoops in pink gold (love), white gold (friendship), and yellow gold (fidelity)—for Jean Cocteau, who gives one to his lover, poet Raymond Radiguet. It is still a traditional wedding ring in France.

1920s: Manufacturers and retail jewelers try to launch the concept of men’s engagement rings, which sinks like a lead balloon.

Early 1940′s: Engagement rings become the leading line of jewelry in most department stores.

1944: A Catholic priest queries The American Ecclesiastical Review as to whether he’s permitted to marry a couple in a “double ring” ceremony, and, if so, how to go about it. (The Roman Ritual calls only for the blessing of the bride’s ring.) The Review OKs the practice.

1946: Humphrey Bogart chooses to wear his first groom’s ring when he is married—for the fifth, and final, time—to Lauren Bacall.

1950: Breakfast at Tiffany’s is published. In Truman Capote’s novel, Tiffany’s engraves the cracker-jack ring that winds up as Holly Golightly’s engagement ring.

1978: Following her divorce from Richard Burton, Liz Taylor puts the 69-plus karat “Taylor-Burton” diamond up for sale to raise funds for a hospital in Botswana.

2000: Amid growing concern over human rights violations associated with their trade, the diamond industry creates the World Diamond Council to develop and oversee a tracking system that will “prevent the exploitation of diamonds for illicit purposes such as war and inhumane acts.”

2001: Brad Pitt sues Dalmani International, which made the wedding ring he gave Jennifer Aniston. Pitt says the ring was his exclusive design, but the company sold replicas and implied the couple endorsed them.

2002: According to a Fairchild Bridal Group Study, more than a third of couples buying diamond engagement rings spend at least two months’ salary.

2003: Wal-Mart introduces its “Keepsake” brand of diamonds and, according to its annual report, becomes “one of the top sellers of diamonds in the world.”

2005: A week before Valentine’s Day, the one-carat round solitaire diamond ring set in 14K white gold ($1,988) is out of stock on Wal-Mart.com. The author of this story notices a day-glo billboard in her hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, advertising an “ENGAGEMENT RING EXPLOSION,” and hopes no one was hurt.

Read more: http://www.rd.com/advice/relationships/the-history-of-engagement-rings/#ixzz2kAVBZEoZ


Post # 13
2743 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

@Sporty-Bee:  Its not a cad πŸ˜€ that is my ring before they shipped it. My husband saw the cads I did not, I wanted to see the finished product. That stone isnt my stone but that is from the same mine as my stone with the same cut. My sapphire has the same color change as that stone.

Post # 14
8429 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle

This is how I see it:

1920s-1950s: mostly white metals with some yellow gold. Old mine cut or old european cut stones predominate. 

1960s-1980s: yellow gold becomes more popular, clusters become more popular, marquise and pear shapes seem popular. 1970s has a lot of small solitaires with enhancer wraps. 1980s start seeing more channel set stones on band, with round brilliant cut becoming popular.

1990s: yellow gold is still popular, people are leaning more towards solitaires. It seems like step cuts like emerald are popular. Ideal cut rounds are popular as well.

2000s-present: white metals are definitely more popular than yellow gold, with a new emergance of rose gold in e-rings. Halos are everywhere! Princess cut seemed very popular 2000-2010. Surprise stones, pave, and more intricate designs in settings than in the 1990s.












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