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Vintage engagement rings represent a timeless statement of love, whether they’re inspired by Victorian era filigree, Art Deco geometry, or even the glitz and bling of more recent retro days. At Vinca, we draw from a deep range of artistic inspiration that crosses decades and trends, landing on the perfect custom style that suits your style and budget. Vintage style engagement rings are one of Vinca’s most frequent requests, and a basis for a multitude of our designs. We combine inspiration from the past with the vibrancy of your love to create a vintage ring to last a lifetime.

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Types of Vintage Engagement Rings

Vintage Enagagement Ring Types Era Widely Used Combinations Design Example
Victorian Engagement Rings 1835 – 1901 Diamonds and Gold Trulli
Edwardian Engagement Rings 1901 – 1910 Diamonds, Platinum, and Pearls Trulli
Art Deco Engagement Rings 1920 – 1940 Platinum, Gold, and White Gold Trulli

Designing a custom vintage ring requires the jeweler to draw from a deep library of visual inspiration. With more than 30 years of experience designing jewelry, and hundreds of vintage style engagement rings on the hands of our customers, we have an artistic hand in applying the styles of the past in a way that feels contemporary and timeless, ensuring your piece won’t look like it belongs in a museum, today or in the future.

People’s associations with vintage jewelry runs the gamut – the term may bring to mind a specific ring from their grandmother’s jewelry box, and for someone else, it might call to mind the highly geometric Art Deco style. For others, vintage jewelry is just that: A stone or metal from an heirloom piece to be incorporated into a new design, ensuring that family connections continue across generations. Whatever you imagine when you think of vintage jewelry, Vinca has the design expertise to make it a reality, ensuring the final product is tailored to your vision of beauty and love.

Recommended settings for vintage rings

Customers seeking vintage engagement rings are typically looking to do one of two things: Incorporate materials from an older jewelry piece into a new design, or create a custom engagement ring that draws inspiration from the Victorian, Art Deco, or Retro period. Whatever the case, Vinca is one of the most experienced jewelers in the midwest, with thousands of happy customers wearing rings that started with a conversation about their desires for a vintage style engagement ring.

Art Deco: Art Deco is all about the angles, and if you’re looking for a geometric take on your vintage style engagement ring, Art Deco is a classic option that’s come back into fashion – and by all accounts, is here to stay. Give us some examples of Art Deco styles you love, and we’ll make a custom vintage engagement ring that serves as a fashionable, timeless expression of your love.

Victorian: Vinca’s fine details and filigrees find a fitting home on vintage style engagement rings. Even if it’s just a hint of floral trellis climbing up the sides of your ring, Victorian vintage jewelry elements can be brought into your custom engagement ring.

What makes Vintage Engagement Rings special

Style for the ages, and into the future: This is the promise of vintage engagement rings. Vintage styles are intrinsically exclusive and charming and can often be cost-effective. Arriving on your finger with instant heirloom status, a vintage-inspired engagement ring draws from the styles that have already stood the test of time, giving you a piece that can be passed on to the next generation.

When people think of vintage style engagement rings, they typically have one of three styles in mind: Victorian, Edwardian or Art Deco. The term can also be literal: Any ring that’s at least more than fifty years old is considered a vintage engagement ring.

At Vinca, vintage style engagement rings are one-of-a-kind works of art that draw from a vast library of historical inspiration and the jeweler’s imagination. A departure from the widely distributed designs of today, vintage diamond rings are mini works of art, with no copies to be found.

Vintage style engagement rings are attention-grabbing because of their exceptional design, complex details, and characteristic look. As an eternal piece of jewelry, vintage engagement rings are precious, cherished and often design to be passed down in the family for generations. You can customize vintage diamond engagement rings to suit the precise style desired. These rings stand out not for their ostentatious nature, but their elegance, grace, and timelessness.  

From a stunning floral design to an elaborate milgrain or filigree design, the choices are limitless. Vintage rings can be made using any precious metal, including white gold, yellow gold, rose gold or platinum.  Vintage jewelry signifies your profound love and personal vows. They make a statement about the everlasting nature of your union.

Start a new tradition with a stunning, fashionable and exclusive vintage engagement ring. Selecting a vintage ring or designing a vintage-inspired engagement ring is like buying a small part of history, helping you tap into a deep well of resolute people who made their mark on this earth long before you. You will be sporting history on your finger. It’s hard to put a price on the depth of meaning contained in a vintage engagement ring.

Whether you’re looking for vintage-inspired engagement to be tailor-made for you, or you’re seeking to re-design an heirloom ring, we are here to help. Whatever you envisage when you think of vintage jewelry, Vinca – known for vintage jewelry in Kansas City – has the design expertise to make it a reality, ensuring the final product is tailored to your vision of beauty and love.

Pros

Vintage Engagement Rings Are Gorgeous: Vintage engagement rings are gorgeous, and the ring’s mounting plays a major role in its exquisiteness. Often detailed or covered in filigree, the mounting and band often set the tone for the style of vintage diamond rings. Not all vintage engagement rings used the diamonds as a center stone – they weren’t as widespread in the past as they are today. However, if a diamond is at the center, and came from a specific era, it’s possible the additions and detailed work – and even the stone’s cut – can’t be exactly recreated today. They will forever feel of a specific place and time, uniquely yours to treasure.

Vintage Diamonds Can Be Unique: If you are fond of old traditional jewelry and want a unique diamond with an incredible origin, then, then getting vintage engagement rings will work the best. The diamond you have chosen could belong to a famous artist or have a royal history and may be one-of-a-kind. Not knowing its provenance may, however, dip its value considerably. Even so, if you are looking to re-design a family heirloom, the component parts often have great sentimental value, much more than any appraiser could give you. In these cases, we can help you bring out the beauty, shaping the ring into something you’ll wear every day and cherish forever.

Cons

Hard to find a new mount for a Vintage diamond: It’s possible the mounting ring may not fit or be a little worn, and you may need to get a new mounting. Since vintage diamonds were cut differently, finding a new mounting for the diamond or stones maybe tough especially if the diamond is an antique. This is not a problem at Vinca: We can help design a mounting that’s perfect for the stone, bringing out its best qualities.

Consider what defines a value for an antique diamonds: Speaking of worth, some vintage engagement rings may not be worth much on the market, or may not gain value in the future. Older diamonds were cut using older tools, so things like the sparkle and fire that most look for in contemporary designs may not be present in vintage engagement rings. However, none of these qualities account for the sentimental value of heirloom jewelry: Even if a diamond is not in line with all contemporary standards if it was worn by a family member, it likely means a great deal to you. At Vinca, we specialize in making such stones shine their brightest, finding a setting and design details that allow its significance and non-traditional beauty to shine through. 

Custom Vintage Rings

At Vinca, we specialize in making your custom jewelry dreams come true. For more than 30 years, we have been making engagement rings, necklaces, and  earrings that perfectly complement the people who wear them. 

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  • Custom Vintage Rings
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Visit us today to design the custom piece that’s meant for you.