Conflict-Free Vintage Inspired Engagement Rings

Engagement ring trends come and go. Halos are in one day and out the next. But there is one concept that always remains popular: vintage. There is something special about a vintage style ring; the old-fashioned design calls to mind great romances of the past, and in some small way connects your love story to ones that have come before.

woman receiving engagement ring

 

While it may be fun combing through flea markets or grandma’s jewelry box for a vintage engagement ring, many of those rings sport diamonds that are not conflict-free. Unfortunately, “blood diamonds” were a part of the diamond industry for years due to a lack of regulation, which means that gorgeous vintage piece may easily be a part of some of history’s more unsavory events. Conflict diamonds hurt the environment, open doors to human rights atrocities, and help to finance violent acts.

Thankfully, these days there are regulations in place that enable diamond mines to produce these beautiful gemstones without aiding in the strife and conflict of the world. At Brilliance, we price ourselves on providing customers with beautiful, conflict-free diamonds in a variety of styles--even vintage. Take a look at some of our most popular vintage-inspired engagement rings and know these new creations will never be tainted by a history of conflict diamonds.

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Art Deco Ring Styles

The roaring 1920s Art Deco movement was all about big and bold geometric shapes, which were most often reflected in the architecture and the jewelry of the time.

Art Deco Halo Engagement Ring

The Art Deco Halo Diamond Engagement Ring uses these shapes to great effect. The halo and tapered shoulders make note of architectural styling of the 1920s. The opulence of the 20s flowed out of haute couture Edwardian jewelry designs, and the milgrain made popular during the earlier period maintained popularity, so this ring includes milgrain for that added vintage appeal.

Art Deco Halo Engagement Ring

Square Double Halo Engagement Ring

Statement rings with square shapes and even multiple halos are also indicative of the glorious Art Deco period, like this Square Double Halo Diamond Engagement Ring. Perhaps a little less iconic, this design would be found on the hands of the luxurious Old Hollywood elite. Complete the vintage look with a stunning emerald or breath-taking Asscher cut diamond.

Square Double Halo Engagement Ring

Edwardian Rings of Milgrain Magnifique

Milgrain details are a surefire sign of a vintage style ring, and likely one that draws from the Edwardian period of jewelry design. These little beads are meant to resemble pieces of grain (hence the name, which is French for “a thousand grains”), and they add an elegance to any vintage style engagement ring with their simple beauty.

Vintage Milgrain Engagement Ring

And this ring has milgrain aplenty; the top and sides of the Vintage Milgrain Diamond Ring feature pave set round cut diamonds, bordered on either side by a row of delicate milgrain. This setting is a sparkling masterpiece, so just about any diamond cut can be the center stone. And all will be conflict free.

Vintage Milgrain Engagement Ring

Edwardian Style Engagement Ring

For the more demure Edwardian jewelry enthusiasts, a ring like the perfect Edwardian Style Antique Diamond Engagement Ring is the perfect fit. The small diamond accents won’t overwhelm even a modest center stone, while the marquise-shaped milgrain details add a classic hallmark of this design period.

Edwardian Style Engagement Ring

Victorian Bands for Demure Elegance

The Victorian Era is identified by romance and delicate floral motifs. Victorian engagement rings were both intricate, but also easy to execute as innovations allowing for more complicated designs would not come about until the early 1900s.

Antique Floral Knife Edge Ring

The simple solitaire diamond ring has been a hallmark of engagements for years. The delicate floral filigree around the knife-edge band gives this solitaire its Victorian charms. Pair this setting with a cushion, princess or round cut diamond for a classic look she’ll be happy to wear daily. 

Antique Floral Knife Edge Ring

Antique Sapphire Gemstone Ring

For something with that Victorian flair and some extra color, the Antique Sapphire Gemstone Engagement Ring pairs the beautiful floral accents with the classically vintage gemstone accent.  The blue sapphires are the perfect complement to any center stone in this vintage-inspired engagement ring.

Antique Sapphire Gemstone Ring

Art Nouveau and Diamond Engagement Rings

Art Nouveau inspired rings are often mistaken for Victorian designs due to their shared love of nature, but the main difference is that Art Nouveau is all about curving lines and decorative flourishes.

Florida Ivy Engagement Ring

The Florida Ivy Diamond Engagement Ring was not only inspired by our local flora here at Brilliance, but also the wonderous Art Nouveau movement. The easy flowing arms of the ring bring to life the ivy that inspired the design in exactly the way this design period would call for. Accented by conflict-free sparkly marquise diamonds, this setting is definitely one to take home for any Art Nouveau lover.

Florida Ivy Engagement Ring

Antique Milgrain Solitaire Ring

Decorative flourish is the name of the game with the Antique Milgrain Solitaire. Less overtly inspired by plants, the design motif is still uniquely Art Nouveau. The fleur-de-lis-like accents running over the band are the spitting image of architectural motifs and details of the period. Set your choice of conflict free center stone into this vintage inspired engagement ring and wear it with price.

Antique Milgrain Solitaire Ring

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