The Antique Look: Rings To Wear When You Want to Go Vintage

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Jewelry itself is an eternally popular accessory. Over time, however, trends in jewelry continue to evolve. Changes in technology, in particular, have given rise to new styles and techniques that have captivated generations of hearts. If you’re fascinated by past trends in gemstone jewelry, you might like to consider adding a few vintage gemstone rings to your collection. These designs truly stand the test of time and many are even coming back into fashion!

Art Deco

Art Deco was a style that became popular in Europe in the 1920s and the United States in the 1930s. This style was first displayed at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Moderns (Paris, 1925) and soon went on to influence everything from the decorative arts to architecture.

Vintage-style rings from this period in history featured clean shapes, repetitive motifs, and designs that showcase the consistency of machine production. For this reason, you will often see vintage gemstone rings with geometric patterns, stylized florals, and natural materials combined with man-made objects.

Art Deco Everyday Ring

Art Deco Milgrain Bezel Viparita Citrine Band

The color and patterns present in the Art Deco style make these pieces ideal as everyday rings. Today, you can choose from a wide selection of shapes, setting styles, gemstone cuts, and gemstone colors for an Art Deco ring that’s truly yours.

In our collection of curated vintage gemstone rings, you’ll notice that most of our designs feature an eternity or half-eternity band with gemstones in the following cuts:

  • Round
  • Tear-drop
  • Marquise
  • Emerald

We’ve also incorporated milgrain detailing — a prominent feature in early twentieth-century jewelry.

Antique Wedding Ring Settings

Half Eternity Sima Garnet Band

When we talk about vintage gemstone rings, we’re really talking about antique ring settings that have held their appeal and fashionableness over time. In order for something to be labeled as “vintage,” it has to be at least 20 years old. “Antique” refers to a piece that was created a century ago (or more).

In the antique-inspired wedding collection at AZEERA, we’ve included dozens of Art Deco-inspired designs with gemstones and metals you can customize to suit your taste. The patterns, cleanliness, and machine-made details from this iconic era lend themselves perfectly to eternity wedding ring settings.

Vintage Gemstone Engagement Rings

When it comes to vintage engagement ring styles, you’re really looking at a classic halo or solitaire ring with milgrain details. Halo and solitaire rings with diamond accents have been the choice of royals for at least the past century and aren’t likely to go out of fashion soon.

Halo Engagement Ring

Halo Milgrain Pave Oval Kothari Amethyst Ring

Vintage and antique engagement ring settings often feature halos with either round or oval centerpiece gems. Just look at the rings of Queen Elizabeth I and Princess Diana — both of these royals went for a large blue sapphire gemstone in a halo of diamonds.

In the case of vintage-style engagement rings, you’ll often find a large colored gemstone centerpiece surrounded by a diamond pavé. At AZEERA, we like continuing the diamond pavé around the band as well. After all, who doesn’t love a little more bling?

Solitaire Engagement Ring

Milgrain Pave Emerald Cut Gopura Blue Sapphire Ring

The other option if you like vintage gemstone rings is a solitaire design with a round, oval, or emerald-cut gemstone. Famous vintage gemstone rings in a solitaire setting include the engagement rings of Wallis Simpson (married 1937) and Grace Kelly (married 1956).

In this milgrain pavé emerald-cut ring, we’ve set a solitaire-set sapphire against white gold with diamond pavé and milgrain detailing around the band. The combination of Art Deco, antique, and bling is sure to enthrall modern-day vintage jewelry lovers.

Personalized Design Support

Creating a ring that expresses your aesthetic perfectly — whether antique, vintage or modern — can be a challenge. You want to love your unique design and wear it regularly with all your favorite outfits. If there’s a particular style of vintage gemstone rings you love or even a specific model you have in mind, get in touch with our expert gemologists. We can make one of our pre-designed rings with any gemstone, shape, and carat you desire or produce your own custom design from scratch.

At AZEERA, you not only receive ethical, vintage-style rings that will last for decades or even centuries. You will also enjoy first-class customer service every step of the way. With each of our rings, we offer free engraving, free, fully-insured shipping, free returns, free resizing (for non-eternity rings), and a lifetime warranty. Explore our beautiful antique ring settings for a ring that will stand the test of time!

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