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What Are The Different Types Of Vintage Diamond Rings?

What Are The Different Types Of Vintage Diamond Rings?

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What Are The Different Types Of Vintage Diamond Rings?

You might think that vintage diamond rings are just a look into the past, but they are so much more than that.  They are proof of the ingenuity and design throughout certain periods of history. If you were ever curious about the different types of vintage rings out there, then this is the article you'll want to read.

The Victorian Era

The Victorian Era lasted from 1837 until 1901 - the same amount of time of  Queen Victoria's reign.  Even though this era was about a strict moral code and constrictive women's clothing, it was also a time of prosperity.  

In the Victorian Era not only did the rich and famous have what we now consider to be vintage diamond rings, but middle-class women had them as well.  Because of the discovery of gold in the 1800s, a lot of the jewelry from this era are gold rings.  Likewise, diamonds were used in the major production of jewelry in 1867 so you'll see a lot of vintage rings with gold and diamonds.

One of the most famous and popular designers from this era was Castellani.  He was a master Italian goldsmith.

The Edwardian Era

The Edwardian Era was named after King Edward VII.  He reigned in Great Britain from 1901 until 1910.  The King, as well as most of the middle and upper-class population at this time, considered art and fashion as one of the most important things in life.

In Edwardian vintage diamond rings, you'll see a lot of filigree techniques - the practice of weaving shimmery threads of metal or platinum together to create an almost feather-like design.  You'll also see some Greek and Roman influences in this type of era: scrolls, flowers, billowy over the top motifs, etc.  It makes sense if you take a look at designs for homes, home decor, and even clothing from this period - they are all reminiscent of the rings you see from this period.

Edwardian Jewelry will also have a lot of pearls, platinum metal, and diamonds used.

Even though Louis-François Cartier founded Cartier in 1847 - King Edward considered him to the "the jeweler of kings and the king of jewelers."  

The Art Deco Period

  Art Deco wasn't a period of time or a specific era per se, but instead was more about using the visual arts as a design.  The range is between the 1920s through the 1940s.

A  lot of art deco vintage diamond rings are emblazoned with colored stones, geometric shapes, and more ornate designs.  This a period of art and visual designs - so a lot of these rings stand out amongst others in terms of materials used, designs,  and colors.

This is also the period in which diamonds became even more innovative and attractive.  They came up with a brand new cutting technique which allowed for a clearer and even more beautiful diamond to be presented for these vintage diamond rings.

Some of the most famous designers of Art Deco jewelry include Cartier, Tiffany & Co, James Emmott Caldwell, Bailey, Banks, and Biddle also known as BB&B. and Mario Buccellati.

If you are interested in selling your vintage diamond rings or have questions, visit Ralph Mueller & Associates or call 480.949.9229