Give Her Something Old and New with a Victorian Style Engagement Ring
A Victorian style engagement ring is a striking blast from the past. Inspired by the styles of the late 19th century, these rings are more ornate than traditional engagement rings, incorporating detail work such as filigree and milgrain.
Victorian-style engagement rings are popular among vintage enthusiasts and women who are drawn to jewelry that’s a bit more unique. Brides flock to these rings, knowing they’re choosing a piece that will stand the test of time.
Elements of a Victorian style engagement ring
• Filigree. Filigree is a form of intricately detailed metalwork, usually comprising flowing, curving or twisting shapes. In an engagement ring, this may take the form of a vine-like band.
• Milgrain. French for “a thousand grains,” milgrain refers to detail work on the edges of a ring, usually a close-set line of metal beads.
• Metals other than white gold. In the Victorian era, silver wasn’t the most popular choice for jewelry; to reflect this, many Victorian-style engagement rings use other metals such as yellow gold. (But you should feel free to choose whichever you like best!)
Benefits of buying a Victorian-style ring vs. an antique
If your bride-to-be favors a Victorian style, you might weigh the benefits of finding an antique ring versus purchasing a new engagement ring inspired by the Victorian era. Mostly, it’s an issue of time and money. Buying new will save you the time of hunting for an antique — and the cost of a ring that has heirloom status — which may not even be the right fit. Also important to note: Even if you find a true Victorian-era ring in the style and size you want, it probably doesn’t contain diamonds. Back then, gemstones were mostly used in engagement rings.
Top Victorian-style engagement rings
Although they originate in a very specific era, Victorian engagement ring styles can vary widely. Halo settings and oval cut diamonds are popular in this style, but there’s no wrong choice — it’s all about your personal preference. Here are some of our favorite Victorian-style engagement rings.
Scroll Solitaire Engagement Ring
There’s nothing simple about this solitaire setting. Case in point: Its scrolled band, replete with curves and flourishes. It’s perfect for the bride looking to make a statement.