What Are Antique Engagement Rings?

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What Are Antique Engagement Rings?
Antique engagement rings are increasingly becoming a popular choice among couples because they have the appeal, mystery and romance of a bygone era, and are often a reflection of the sentiments and value of their time. The 3 most popular types of antique engagement rings are those made during or inspired by the Victorian Era, the Edwardian Era and the Art Deco period. ere is a closer loo! at the unique styles and designs from each era" Victorian Engagement #ings The Victorian Era formally began in $%3& and ended in $'($, mar!ing the period of time when )ritain*s beloved +ueen Victoria reigned. This period is generally associated with peace, prosperity, nobility and refinement, with an emphasis on romance in terms of style, especially for clothing and ,ewelry. The romance part is a reflection of the late +ueen*s famous love match with her consort, -rince Albert. The style of engagement rings during this period can be described as grand, lavish and lu.urious, after the affluence en,oyed by people at the time. +ueen Victoria had such a hold on the imagination and affection of her people that she also influenced the design of much of the ,ewelry produced then. Victorian era rings and Victorian/inspired engagement rings generally feature eye/catching and classic designs. The early era of Victoria*s reign produced elaborately produced rings that were engraved with 0ature/inspired motifs such as leaves, hearts, birds, flowers and berries. The engagement of the young Victoria also launched the popularity of the serpent ring. Albert had presented her with an engagement ring in the shape of a sna!e with emeralds adorning the head. This mar!ed the proliferation of ,ewelry using sna!es and serpents as the main shape and form.

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1rom the light, happy and hearty designs of the early period, the Victorian style of ,ewelry shifted to the more somber and dar! styles that mar!ed the middle of Victoria*s reign when she lost her husband. As a result, engagement rings produced during and inspired by this period appear more formal, featuring dar! or blac! motifs and dar! gems such as ony., blac! enamel and fossili2ed coal. 1rom here, a new aesthetic in ,ewelry design began to appear in $%%3 until $'(( as the +ueen began to recover from her heartache. #ings during this period began to feature playful designs to reflect happy times. As such, engagement rings during these years featured dragons, half/moons, griffins and other fantastical creatures. 1eatured 4emstones" Engagement rings and ,ewelry produced in the Victorian era typically feature a larger gemstone that is flan!ed by smaller gemstones. 5ome of the most popular precious stones used include rubies, amethysts, topa2es, citrines, peridots and of course, diamonds. Edwardian Engagement #ings 1ormally, the Edwardian period covers the years from $'($ to $'$$ when 6ing Edward V77 reigned in the 8nited 6ingdom, although it is generally accepted to encompass the years until $'9(. This period is characteri2ed by the duality of holding on to tradition and embracing change, hence the use of a combination of older styles such as 1rench )aroque, #oman and 0apoleonic styles. Engagement rings during this period were simple, featuring timeless motifs and styles that reflected the elegance and grace preferred during those years. The Article Written By BloomingBeautyRing.com : All Rights reserved 2014

most common motifs included scrolls, bows, shamroc!s, clovers, hearts, flower garlands, vines, tassels and wreaths. owever, easily the most recogni2able style used in Edwardian era and Edwardian/style engagement rings is the filigree, a technique applied on gold, silver and platinum metals. :ith the introduction of the o.yacetylene torch to ,ewelry ma!ing, ,ewelers promptly modified their production techniques and began creating rings and other fine ,ewelry featuring metal lacewor!, scroll wor! and milgraining as well. These techniques also produced the scalloped and honeycomb patterns associated with Edwardian ,ewelry. 5ince pieces were handcrafted, the tiny imperfections were considered charming rather than undesirable. 1eatured 4emstones" Edwardian ,ewelry often used the timeless combination of sapphires, diamonds ;preferably rose cut< and pearls, usually on a platinum setting. Diamonds are usually preferred and may appear as solitaires or as clusters. The =whiteness= of the diamonds and the platinum setting was considered a reflection of high standards of class and sophistication. Art/Deco Engagement #ings The Art Deco period lasted from $'9( until the $'3(s. The term is ta!en from the -aris :orld 1air, called =E.position 7nternationale des Arts Decoratifs 7ndustriels >odernes=. The $'9(s and $'3(s ushered the age of e.ploration and new things, of forays into new worlds and giving in to the call of adventure. it was also the age of ,a22 and machines. As a reflection of the aesthetics preferred during this era, ,ewelers produced engagement rings and other ,ewelry with a more streamlined loo!, featuring geometric patterns and solid colors. The most common geometric patterns used include rectangles, squares, triangles and diamonds. ?ften, colors were carefully chosen to show bold and stri!ing contrast. )lac! ony., for e.ample, may be paired with white diamonds, or emeralds may be set against a bright orange enameled bac!ground. Art Deco style ,ewelry is meant to reflect wealth and e.uberance. 7t is a style that was seen once more in pieces made from the $'3(s to the $'@(s, and is still highly influential in a number of fields today, including graphic arts, interior design and fashion. 1eatured 4emstones" Art Deco style frequently used diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds mounted on precious metal settings such as gold, platinum and silver, and often set in enamel. 7n some designs, glass and chrome may also be used. Designs are usually symmetrical to create balance and stabili2e the eye, and may feature 0ature/ inspired motifs such as flowers, scarab beetles, starfish, seashells and animals in either realistic or styli2ed forms. Article Written By BloomingBeautyRing.com : All Rights reserved 2014

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