Vintage Engagement Rings: Best Designs And Buying Guide

When it comes to fashion and interior-design trends, vintage and retro are the latest buzzwords in the consumer market. Likewise in the jewelry industry, there had also been an increasing demand for vintage style engagement rings.

The Comeback Of Vintage Style Engagement Rings

brilliant earth antique rings amazingFirst of all, I will admit to a certain degree of bias because of my soft spot for vintage styled jewelry.

I believe the resurgence of vintage engagement rings is attributed to their classic and timeless appearances. Somehow, vintage rings seem to have a magical ability to captivate people with feelings of romance and love.

Don’t you think so too?

Many styles of vintage engagement rings feature beautiful and highly intricate details which make them stand out from mass produced, characterless designs in the market.

The fact is, many modern jewelry manufacturers no longer make rings like they used to. This is because the intricate details are often too expensive to create on a large scale basis and many craftsmen no longer have the expertise to create these rings.

In today’s blog post, I’m going review a recently purchased vintage diamond ring with phenomenal craftsmanship and hand-engraved motifs. I’m also going to show you how and where you can buy original, one-of-a-kind vintage jewelry pieces that will take your breath away.

Brilliant Earth’s Antique Diamond Rings Designs

Brilliant Earth is one of the largest online jewelers and specializes in ethically sourced fine jewelry. They also offer a vast collection of sophisticated settings that are made to order.

Check out some of their beautiful vintage ring designs below…

14k rose gold rosabel ring

The Rosabel ring features 3 round accent diamonds on each side its shanks and showcases a delicate hand-sculpted milgrain design. Although it is available in different colors (white gold, yellow gold), I personally find the rose gold version to be most appealing.

three stone heirloom diamond ring

The 3-stone Heirloom ring features shoulders with sublime milgrain details. The entire ring is also lined with a stunning array of pavé diamonds and creates a stunning presentation of the center stone.

paloma diamond ring white gold

The Paloma ring is a charming design that features 12 accent diamonds nested within marquise shaped frames. From the side profile, you can also see a uniquely sculpted shank design which runs through the entire ring.

If you are looking for authentic looking antique wedding rings and hand-crafted vintage engagement rings, Brilliant Earth is a vendor I highly recommend. Click here to browse their beautiful collections!

A Review of the Hudson Ring in 18K White Gold

Now, I know you are probably wondering: “How good is the quality of jewelry offered by Brilliant Earth?” or “Is it really safe to buy an engagement ring online?”

Well, that’s what I set out to discover when I placed an order for an 18k white gold ring at After spending time to browse through Brilliant Earth’s vintage engagement ring settings, I settled on the Hudson ring.

18k white gold hudson filigree ring

The Hudson ring is part of Brilliant Earth’s Antique Collection and the Customer Favorites Collection. It features hand-carved motifs along its shanks and is available in a variety of metals.

Create Your Own Engagement Ring? – Yes. That’s What I Did

Using Brilliant Earth’s “Build Your Own Engagement Ring” feature, I handpicked a GIA certified 0.55 carat, F color, SI1 clarity, super ideal round brilliant cut diamond to complete the ring.

Upon request, here are some additional diamond information which were provided to me:

photograph of gia certified diamond

Photograph of GIA graded diamond at 20X

gia super ideal cut brilliant earth

 Corresponding GIA grading report #2161964975

Note: besides ethically mined diamonds, Brilliant Earth is also the largest online retailer of lab-created diamonds in the United States. For people who want to minimize the environmental impact of your jewelry purchase, lab grown diamonds are definitely something you want to consider.

The secret to selecting well-cut diamonds with maximum sparkle and brilliance is this: You need to go beyond the 4Cs and what the grading report tells you. I wrote a simple step-by-step guide that you can use for your own diamond search here.

Receiving The Parcel From Brilliant Earth Via FedEx

Upon placing the order, the ring took roughly 3 weeks for fabrication and was delivered securely by Fedex. I made a quick video of the unboxing process to show what you can expect to receive.



Inspection And Photographs of the Diamond Ring

Using my newly purchased light box, I managed to capture detailed images of the ring. What I really love about the ring is the amazing craftsmanship and care that was taken to create it.

Don’t believe me? Check out the incredible workmanship of the ring for yourself below… Bear in mind that these images are taken at high magnification and will reveal discerning details of the ring.

Top view: the shanks gradually broaden to create an accent effect on the center diamond.

antique filigree engagement ring top view


The intricate patterns on the ring’s shanks are meticulously hand-engraved.

solitaire antique engagement ring with engraved sides


Side profile view of the ring with floral-inspired details.

intricate hand-carved floral patterns of vintage diamond ring


Milgrain borders of the ring adds a touch of class to the overall appearance.

slightly widening shanks for accent effect and milgrain features


Having scrutinized the ring in person, I can tell you that the standards of Brilliant Earth’s ring fabrication process is among the best I had seen in the industry.

And this really speaks volumes about their product quality; considering that I had reviewed hundreds of jewelers which includes big international brands like Tiffany and Cartier.

You too, can build your own engagement ring with a large selection of loose diamonds and ring settings. Visit Brilliant Earth today to get started…

Cut Details of Center Diamond

Frequent readers of will know that I’m very particular about a diamond’s cut. When buying diamonds, I expect nothing less than stones with the best sparkle and beauty.

Idealscope image of diamond indicates optimal light return and contrast.

idealscope image for round diamond optics

ASET image reveals details of a bright and sparkly diamond.

picture perfect aset image for filigree ring

Light Performance of Diamond in Various Lighting Conditions



Want to learn how to select the best cut diamonds like me? Well, it isn’t that difficult because I utilize a simple methodology and you can get full details in the step-by-step guide found here. Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or need a second opinion.

Brilliant Earth’s Antique And Vintage Wedding Rings

Besides the ability to customize and build your own engagement ring, Brilliant Earth also has a big collection of pre-set vintage wedding rings and one-of-a-kind antique pieces.

What really sets them apart from is the availability of ring designs in specific eras such as Victorian, Edwardian, Retro and Art Deco. This is ideal for people who are looking for a unique jewelry piece with a history behind it.

And it gets better…

Brilliant Earth has more than 800 unique designs available for you to cherry pick your dream engagement ring from. This means that no matter what your personal tastes are, you will definitely find something of your liking!

Here are some of my favorite designs:

Art Deco Era – The Sara Ring

the sara ring Art Deco

The Sara Ring takes on a floral design and is one of my favorite pieces in the Art Deco engagement rings collection. It makes clever use of milgrained borders and accent diamonds to create a flamboyant appearance.

Edwardian Era – The Sileny Ring

the sileny ring edwardian era

The Sileny ring is a blast from the past. It features a circular mount with French cut diamonds and utilizes 3 red rubies in the center of the ring. With careful placements of pearls set at the edges of the ring, this amazing ring exudes class and an air of romance.

Victorian Era – The Zerlina Ring

the zerlina ring victorian times

This nostalgic looking antique ring from the Victorian era showcases 3 opals that are mounted in a straight row. To create a color contrast, 2 rubies are set adjacent to the center opal which adds to the allure of the piece.

Here’s The Deal…

exquisite antique ringsMany of Brilliant Earth’s antique diamond rings are one-of-a-kind and there’s only a single piece available for each design. Once it’s bought by someone else, it’s gone and the best you can do is to request a reproduction to be made.

Click here to browse and select an engagement ring that’s uniquely yours! If there’s a particular ring design you like, my advice is to move fast and take immediate action in order to avoid disappointment.

Good luck with your search!

If you found this post to be helpful, feel free to share it around via Facebook or Twitter. Lastly, if you have any questions, simply leave a comment below and I’ll get straight back to you.

Related Articles

Share This Page on Social Media!


  1. Avatar
    June 17, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Hi Paul, excellent videos. Thanks for taking the time to post them :)

    Do you know of any jewelers or retailers in the New York district where I can buy old miner cut diamonds that are graded by GIA?

  2. Avatar
    Paul Gian-
    June 18, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    Unfortunately, I don’t. The New York diamond district is a shoppers trap unless you know exactly what you are doing. Anyway, if you are looking for Old miner cut diamonds, this link should be able to provide more info:

  3. Avatar
    Clara Batchelor-
    August 17, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Is there a reliable way to find out a diamond’s country of origin?

  4. Avatar
    Paul Gian-
    August 18, 2019 at 8:48 am

    It depends on the vendor as well as the type of diamond you are referring to. Certain diamonds have certain composition that only exists in certain parts of the world. These are largely gemological tests. For the general consumer buying a diamond, a vendor like Brilliant Earth or James Allen (for their Canadian diamonds) do offer some supporting documents that tells you the country of origin.

Leave A Comment