Art Deco Engagement Rings
If you’re looking for an engagement ring that reflects a roaring 20s, Great Gatsby sensibility, check out settings designed with an art deco influence. Art deco engagement rings are more likely to have cluster settings, curved accents, arched halos, open metal work around the center and other features that were popular in the 1920s and ‘30s, but are less prominent now. In some cases, you may find multiple halos, tapered shoulders, and milgrain detail which were more prominent during the earlier Edwardian period, but which often popped up in Art Deco era jewelry as well. These settings are glamorous, but also have a nice airy feeling, making them extraordinarily well-balanced pieces of jewelry.
The diamond can also have a big impact on the appearance of your ring. Many vintage rings will have older cuts with less sparkle than modern cuts, but there are certain diamond engagement rings which have withstood the test of time—particularly the cushion, Asscher, and emerald cut diamond. These were some of the most popular cuts in the 1920s, and they are still popular today.
The Asscher and emerald cuts in particular are associated with the Art Deco era, as these are step cuts which exhibit a “hall of mirrors” effect when looking at the diamond from above. Take a look at this custom bezel-set ring to see how the clean, symmetrical lines of an emerald cut diamond beautifully echo the style of Art Deco.