Characterized by intense attention to detail and exuding a delicate yet refined elegance, these authentic Edwardian engagement rings are quintessential to the thought of "vintage engagement rings". Browse this collection of unique rings and find the perfect piece to mark your engagement (or whatever occasion you want it for)!
Edwardian Era Jewelry Characteristics
Named after King Edward of England, the Edwardian Era encompasses engagement rings, wedding bands and other jewelry dating from 1900-1915. Edward was Queen Victoria’s son—the namesake of the Victorian Era. When he took the throne in 1901, the world was experiencing major shifts in policy and economics—and a new generation of fashion and style was also born.
Edwardian engagement rings are famous for their intricate, detailed and elegant designs. This is largely due to advancements in metal working technique and craftsmanship that cleared the way for experimentation with platinum and other precious metals. Edwardian jewelers began implementing the milgraining technique, incorporating beads of platinum around the edges of rings. This innovative design of the time draws out the beauty of the inset stones and is unmatched in elegance. Progressive jewelers in this period also crafted delicate threads of precious metals to create engagement rings with detailed decorations featuring astounding lace and lattice-work known as filigree.
Edwardian Era rings include some of the most intricate, carefully-constructed engagement rings of all time. The period was brief, however, due to inclement political and economic shifts. With the eruption of World War I in 1914, platinum and other materials that jewelers were using to produce these incredible works of art became scarce. Supply of these essential jewelry-making materials was absorbed in war-time production and artisans were forced to significantly reduce their output.
The Edwardian Era came and went in a beautiful flash, leaving behind a limited supply of the most unique engagement and wedding rings the world has ever seen. Given the fleeting nature of this era, an authentic Edwardian engagement ring is hard to come by. Don’t miss out on your chance to own a piece of incredible history.