August 13th, 2020 | by Claudia de Simone

Vintage Inspired Gemstone Engagement Rings

History and Trends 

Many trends come and go, but some styles stay popular for decades or even centuries. Now more than ever, many people are returning to the beauty and elegance of vintage-inspired gemstone engagement rings. Though modern diamond rings have recently dominated the market, unique gemstone rings are now having their moment to shine—literally! 

Vintage-style rings are rising in popularity as people look for ways to showcase their individuality and personal tastes. Rings are available in more colors and styles. Meaning there’s sure to be a beautiful engagement ring that perfectly suits your individual taste. 

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From royalty to today’s A-list celebrities, vintage gemstones rings have been the go-to choice for many stylish personas. Kate Middleton, whose engagement to Prince William is one of the most famous engagements of modern times. She frequently sports a sapphire ring that was once Princess Diana’s. Halle Berry, who’s known for her chic style and taste, famously wears an emerald, vintage-inspired ring. 

Kate Middleton wearing Blue Sapphire Ring
Halle Berry wearing emerald gemstone ring

Choosing a Vintage-Inspired Gemstone Engagement Ring 

If you’re considering expanding your jewelry horizons past traditional diamonds to beautiful gemstone engagement rings, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. If you’re on a budget, consider rings that feature London Blue Topaz, Peridot, and Amethyst . These gems tend to be more affordable, while still offering stunning style, quality, and beauty. 

Most important C for gemstone rings:

Though you should consider the 4 Cs (cut, color, clarity, and carat) for all jewelry purchases, when it comes to gemstones engagement rings, the most important factor by far is color. Whether you’re looking at a rich blue sapphire or a luxurious purple amethyst, the color quality will make all the difference in terms of the value and beauty of the stone. 

Terms commonly used for vintage-inspired rings:

Even if you consider yourself a jewelry pro, there are a few terms you’d want to familiarize yourself with when shopping for a vintage engagement ring. Don’t worry, we got you!

  • Milgraining: Tiny metal beads that are added to the border of jewelry pieces.

Milgrain metalwork on white gold ring band, in ring halo, on ring profile
  • Scroll Metalwork: Many vintage rings include metalwork that features designs and motifs. Everything from leaves, to flowers, to even birds can be found in this style of incredible detailing.

  • Yellow Gold Band: Though white gold is a popular band choice for modern style engagement rings, yellow gold is actually the classic, traditional choice for vintage ring bands.

woman's yellow gold band
  • Halo: This style of setting features a center stone that’s fully encircled by a ring of smaller stones. This contributes to the effect of making the center stone look larger.

Peridot white gold halo ring

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  • Emerald Cut/Shape: This is a style that features a rectangular face with stepped facets, and which has been a popular choice for stand-out jewelry pieces for centuries, as it dates back to the 1500s.
Emerald shape moissanite, white gold knife edge ring

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  • Princess Cut/Shape:

    This cut features a square shape with sides that form an inverted pyramid under the face. This style was popularized in the 1960s and has been a favorite for vintage-inspired rings ever since.

Princess shape, black diamond, white gold ring

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If you’re considering going with a vintage-inspired style for your engagement ring, With Clarity offers a variety of options that are sure to fit any look and budget. We offer customizable rings with the option to choose between 8 gemstones (Moissanite, Blue Sapphire, Ruby, London Blue Topaz, Peridot, Aquamarine, Amethyst, Black Diamond). Additionally in six various shapes with 14kt or 18kt white/yellow/rose gold plus platinum.

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Popular vintage (inspired) gemstone ring options

If you want to leave the design of your engagement ring to our experts, contact us here to receive non-commission-based advice. Read more to see our most popular vintage-looking gemstone ring options:

Heirloom Milgrain Moissanite Ring, white gold

Heirloom Milgrain Moissanite Ring

The gorgeous center moissanite stone is flanked with two smaller accent stones, giving the ring visual interest and brilliance. The intricate metalwork that surrounds the stones adds the ring’s vintage appeal.

Star Halo Sapphire Ring, white gold

Star Halo Sapphire Ring

This ring features a stunning center sapphire that is made even more beautiful by the diamonds that surround it. The accent stones alternate in size to create a star effect. This beautiful blue engagement ring is sure to make you feel like a star.

Vintage Milgrain London Blue Topaz Ring, white gold

Vintage Milgrain London Blue Topaz Ring

Elegance and intricacy combine to make this ring truly special. The center topaz stone is highlighted with a band of diamonds that alternates between round and marquis shaping, which adds an additional layer of interest when combined with the milgrain detailing.

Scroll Solitaire Amethyst Ring, white gold

Scroll Solitaire Amethyst Ring

Perfect for those who want to showcase their personal style, this ring includes a unique and delicate scrolling band that works to accentuate the center stone.

Vintage Leaf Oval Sapphire Ring, white gold

Vintage Leaf Sapphire Ring

A subtle yet stunning, diamond-accented, leaf pattern works to make the center sapphire shine. The unique design combined with hand-detailed milgrain work creates a ring that highlights the style and glamour of decades past.

Pave And Milgrain oval Black Diamond Ring, white gold

Pave And Milgrain Black Diamond Ring

Contrast is the main design element that gives this black gemstone ring its punch. The center black diamond is accentuated by a band of delicate diamonds, making the whole ring sparkle.

Vintage Side London Blue Topaz Ring, white gold

Vintage Side London Blue Topaz Ring

Vintage meets modern in this ring with its vintage-inspired metal bead accents, pave diamonds, and modern metal band.

Knife Edge Solitaire emerald-cut Moissanite Ring, white gold

Knife Edge Solitaire Moissanite Ring

This ring also strikes a perfect balance between old and new. The ring features a modern solitaire stone that is given a vintage edge with its tradition, knife-edge emerald cut.

Classic Rising Ruby Ring, white gold

Classic Rising Ruby Ring

Nothing says vintage elegance like a gorgeous ruby engagement ring. Our classic ring features metal beading accents that highlight the partially of the surrounding diamonds.

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