#TimewarpTuesday: why we COVET throwback style with luxe vintage engagement rings

February 6 2018 | bijouxandbits
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#TimewarpTuesday: why we COVET throwback style with luxe vintage engagement rings
Custom Champagne Diamonds and Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

I never tire of seeing couples embrace the past with vintage engagement rings. And I just keep losing my mind over the beautiful vintage-inspired recreations I've seen made by artisans like our long-time jewelry partner, Joseph Jewelry. They just keep creating these stunning rings based on what our readers dream up and it never fails to keep us jonesing for more. Let's get into what vintage and antique rings even are, from what styles you can model your ring, and of course, some of my very favorites that I wish were sparkling on my fingers right now…

Vintage vs. antique vs. vintage-inspired rings

I learned from Joseph Jewelry that there are distinct differences in vintage-style rings:

Antique = made over 100 years ago
Vintage = made in the last 100 years

Most ring styles are labeled Art Deco, with recognizable geometric shapes that are de rigueur right now. There's also Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, and Retro styles. The best part of looking into vintage rings is that you have a ring custom made to pull vintage features you like combined with modern touches. Plus, you can have a ring custom use any materials you want including your chosen recycled metals, custom engraving, lab-grown diamonds, conflict-free diamonds, sapphires, and precious and semi-precious gemstones, which you know are so hot right now.

Even better: if you already have an heirloom ring or diamond/gemstone, you can totally have it recreated into a new ring that fits your style! Here's one example of a custom three-stone diamond engagement ring on which the artists at Joseph Jewelry worked their magic.

Even our own former editor Megan had her heirloom diamond ring transformed into a whole new setting by Joseph Jewelry! She was able to customize every aspect of the design. If you know anything about Joseph Jewelry, they can customize ANYTHING into whatever you can dream up. Wizards, I tell you! I believe this was Megan's response when she saw her final ring design from Joseph Jewelry:

All I have to say is 😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻!!! A MILLION CATS WITH HEARTS FOR EYES!!!!

Print it. Ship. It. Give me that ring right meow!

Show us some bling already!

Okay, okay, I know you're just here to see what they can actually make for you. Or customize for you. Or to take as a launching point into a whole new, epic, totally YOU ring. Here are some faves — let's SHOP!

#TimewarpTuesday: why we COVET throwback style with luxe vintage engagement rings
Diamond Engagement Ring

This style of ring is so ripe for your customizing ideas. Even easy swaps like metal type or gemstone will make it a totally new ring. But this version has a round brilliant cut diamond prong set atop a white gold knife-edge shank, accented with bezel set diamonds and milgrain. Grabby hands activated!

#TimewarpTuesday: why we COVET throwback style with luxe vintage engagement rings
Custom Diamond Engagement Ring

This stunning engagement ring features a round brilliant cut diamond set in white gold with diamond and milgrain accents. It was custom-created the client.

#TimewarpTuesday: why we COVET throwback style with luxe vintage engagement rings
Custom Ruby and Diamond Halo Vintage Engagement Ring

Another custom creation, this fab engagement ring features an emerald cut ruby prong set in platinum and surrounded by a diamond halo, with additional diamond accents on the tapered shank. I'm drooling.

#TimewarpTuesday: why we COVET throwback style with luxe vintage engagement rings
Custom Grey Diamond and Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

We are SO predicting that gray will be the color of 2018 weddings and this gray diamond is going to fit right in. We're looking at a cushion cut grey diamond in the center, surrounded by a halo of smaller diamonds, and flanked on each side by blue sapphires, plus lots of intricate hand engraving.

#TimewarpTuesday: why we COVET throwback style with luxe vintage engagement rings
Custom Diamond and Rose Gold Engagement Ring

This ring features a round diamond prong set in rose gold, with custom hand engraving on the band, hand-made filigree, and several round morganite accent stones. As a morganite devotee, I am obsessed with those accents.

#TimewarpTuesday: why we COVET throwback style with luxe vintage engagement rings
Marquise Diamond Engagement Ring

Marquis diamonds are having a renaissance, especially when in such a unique setting. It's got a marquise diamond set in white gold with bright cut set diamond accents on the tapered shank. The sparklies here are TOO MUCH for my heart.

#TimewarpTuesday: why we COVET throwback style with luxe vintage engagement rings
Custom Blue Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring

This ring is really cool: it features a round blue sapphire set at the top of a wrapped white gold shank, accented with diamonds, sapphires, custom hand-engraving, and filigree. Look at that engraving on the sides! Holy artwork, Batman.

#TimewarpTuesday: why we COVET throwback style with luxe vintage engagement rings
Custom Asscher Diamond and Halo Engagement Ring

This custom beauty features one of my favorite shapes: Asscher cut! The center diamond is surrounded by a halo of smaller diamonds, all set in a white gold band with diamond and filigree accents.

#TimewarpTuesday: why we COVET throwback style with luxe vintage engagement rings
Custom Two-Tone Double Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

The centerpiece of this ring is a 1 carat emerald cut diamond, and it’s cradled by four sets of double prongs made from 18k yellow gold. Give me some versatile metals that go with all my other jewelry any day.

#TimewarpTuesday: why we COVET throwback style with luxe vintage engagement rings
Custom Vintage Diamond Engagement Ring

Eat your heart out, Daisy Buchanan, with this stunner. This custom ring features a marquise diamond bezel set in the center, surrounded by two oval halos, and accented with hand engraving and milgrain. And I'm spent with this amount of sparkle.

What elements of these would YOU pull into your own custom creation?

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