Vintage Engagement Ring Design Elements For Antique Lovers

For lovers of all things antique, a vintage engagement ring to match this is an apt choice as a contemporary take on engagement rings from years gone by. There are many different elements that can be altered and personalised to achieve a one-of-a-kind engagement ring to embrace the most beautiful eras of design.

Whether you appreciate the natural forms of Art Nouveau design or the bold and dazzling designs of Hollywood’s golden age, a vintage-inspired engagement ring can be achieved by mixing and matching certain elements of jewellery design to suit your ring aspirations. Our bespoke engagement ring service sees your design ideas brought to life.


This vintage engagement ring detail emerged in the Edwardian era from 1905-1915 and reached the peak of its popularity in the era of Art Deco design during the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Inspired by natural forms and lace, filigree features beautifully intricate hand-carved shapes and designs along the band. Filigree engagement rings result in a depth and texture, that is often seen in vintage engagement ring design. This timeless style’s popularity continues to this present day and it’s easy to see why when you see what a truly unique finish this design aspect offers.

Hand Engraved

A hand engraved engagement ring allows you to merge your own personal style with a vintage design. Hand engraving can achieve a variety of results from organic or floral designs to patterns or text being engraved onto the ring band, achieving a unique but vintage style. A matte finish can add an extra element of vintage, making your ring look as if it has been passed down through generations.

Emerald & Asscher Cut Diamonds & Gemstones

Emerald and asscher cuts are ideal if you want just a small nod to vintage style in your otherwise modern ring. Beautiful in a trilogy setting, these cuts are known for their large, open tables and are an elegant choice for lovers of antique-style jewellery without embracing a wholly vintage engagement ring design.


Milgrain is a raised beading detail that is often seen in antique-style jewellery and results in a much sought after vintage feel. Typically featured along the edges of ring designs, milgrain almost serves as a textured frame, emphasising the beauty of the gemstone or diamond at its centre.

Rose Cut Diamonds

Dating back to the 1500’s, the rose cut diamond is considered as one of the original diamond cuts, often seen in antique jewellery. This diamond cut features anywhere from 3 to 24 triangular facets and peaks into a dome shape, resembling the soft curve of a rose petal, hence its name.

Rose cut diamonds are rare and hand carved, unlike machine cut brilliant diamonds seen in the majority of engagement rings today, which gives them a vintage feel with their distinct facet structure. Much like emerald and asscher cut stones, a rose cut diamond in a contemporary design is the perfect way to balance a vintage-inspired centre stone with your own modern twist.

rose cut diamond

There are many ways in which a ring can be crafted to suit the style of a vintage lover. Often featuring intricate and detailed design aspects, vintage engagement rings beautifully incorporate the new and the old into one unique finished design.

Drawing on designs from the past is a great way to achieve a distinctive, vintage-inspired engagement ring that still holds your own personal tastes.

Our classic engagement ring collection features a variety of emerald and asscher cut diamond engagement rings or if you want something entirely original, including hand engraving, rose cut diamonds or milgrain and filigree details, feel free to discuss your design ideas with one of our experts and create your own unique ring through our bespoke service.


Rebecca Smyth

English and Media graduate. Content and Social Media Maven at Rare Pink.

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