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9 Gorgeous, Affordable Victorian Engagement Rings

8 Amazing Retro Engagement Rings

Celeste Perron

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Antique jewelry from the Retro era, which spanned the period from the mid-1930s until the 1950s, is exuberant, creative and anything but understated.

During World War II and the post-war years people craved glamour, and Retro-era engagement rings delivered. To get a sense of the artistry of jewelry from this period, take a look at these stunning engagement rings:

The Amery Ring


The classically beautiful Amery Ring features a dazzling center diamond triple-prong set in glistening platinum, three diamond accents on either side of the center gem, and exquisitely precise knife edge detailing, resulting in a look of timeless elegance.


The Mariko Ring

Narcissa antique ring

With a round brilliant diamond surrounded by six baguettes and twelve round diamonds framed in swooping ribbons of white gold, the Mariko Ring is breathtaking. The whimsical asymmetrical ribbon design is quintessential Retro style.


The Premala Ring

Premala Antique Ring

The stunning Premala Ring features an emerald cut diamond and a gorgeous green emerald, with ten diamond baguette accents flush set into the white gold band. With its curving lines and pairing of an emerald and diamonds, this ring reminds me of Jackie Kennedy’s famous engagement ring.

The Crystal Ring


The Crystal Ring sparkles with twenty-five round diamonds accented with high-polish milgrain and beadwork, for a ravishing mid-century look.

The Trinh Ring


The Trinh Ring is a gorgeous statement piece showcasing a cushion shaped spinel set in platinum. Sparkling old mine cut diamonds grace the sides, for a classic feel.

The Hedia Ring


Floral motif prongs draw the eyes to a ravishing round brilliant center diamond in the 1930’s Hedia Ring. Round diamond accents gently taper away from the center diamond, creating a look both elegant and feminine.


The Sachet Ring


The dazzling Sachet Ring features a bezel-set round brilliant diamond at the center, surrounded by sixteen diamond accents twinkling between curving lines of lustrous white gold.

The Kinley Ring


A round brilliant diamond dazzles in the Kinley Ring and is surrounded by six single cut diamonds that shimmer enchantingly from a delicate swirl design.


Final Thoughts

Do you like rings from the Retro era?  Which of these is your favorite?  Let us know on Facebook or Twitter or in the comments section!


Tash Says:
March 14th, 2015 at 3:36 pm

My favorite is probably the kinley!

Jaime Says:
March 17th, 2015 at 7:56 pm

I like the premala ring the best.

Laura Says:
March 18th, 2015 at 2:36 pm

I vote for the Premala ring

sheila Says:
March 19th, 2015 at 7:49 am

I own a version of the sachet. It was my grandmother ring . Cut off the shank and had it put into a wide bad with an outline of diamonds surrounding the original setting

Linda Says:
March 19th, 2015 at 5:17 pm

I like the The Premala Ring the best.

Susan Morin Says:
March 21st, 2015 at 3:53 pm

I just love the sachet ring!!

cher Says:
March 22nd, 2015 at 3:20 pm

The Trinh ring is marvelous

I like the Hedia best. Says:
March 22nd, 2015 at 6:47 pm

I love the Hedia!

chris Says:
March 23rd, 2015 at 12:32 pm

I love the kinley ring

JM Dalton Says:
March 23rd, 2015 at 2:44 pm

The Narcissa makes the old fashioned dream a true treasure

Marilee Says:
March 24th, 2015 at 7:17 pm

I didn’t really like any of them. They look more like cocktail rings than engagement rings & not that pretty even then.

carol pfeiffer Says:
March 25th, 2015 at 7:52 am

The Narcissa and the Sachet

Dr. D Says:
March 27th, 2015 at 3:46 pm

Hedia, tho I kinda agree with Marilee that most look more like cocktail rings. Also, a sapphire solitaire flanked by white diamonds can be a good choice for colored-stones fans.

ethel Says:
April 5th, 2015 at 7:05 pm

Love the Narcissa design.

vickie Says:
April 12th, 2015 at 10:41 am

I love the simple elegance of the Amery, if the Narcissa had rounds instead of baguettes I would select the Narcissa for its unique flair.

Kate Walsh Says:
April 16th, 2015 at 11:04 am

I have a beautiful Ring set from my parents wedding of 1942. The main diamond is very simple. The actual band that goes with it is 8 small diamonds. It was appraised at 4K for the set. The Jeweler said the solitaire diamond is perfect with no flaws and crystal clear. Same we it the band. Any suggestions as who to take it to for another estimate?
When they give you a COA will it cost very much ?

B. Earth Says:
April 17th, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Hi Kate, we suggest a certified appraiser with antique experience. Yellow Pages and Yelp are usually the best way to locate someone with the needed skills in your area. Thank you for your interest!

Denise Berkley Says:
April 23rd, 2015 at 7:33 am

The Narcissa and Trinh rings are my choices. They are beautiful, stylish and timeless designs that look very elegant.

June 20th, 2015 at 1:52 pm

I love the Trinh ring. I was born in September so I would want a perfect Blue Sapphire in the center with those beautifully mined diamonds on the sides. Actually, they were ALL beautiful! Hard to decide. I wouldn’t be hurt if someone presented me with any one of them. Lol !

Denise Yesland Says:
February 16th, 2016 at 9:11 am

I absolutely LOVE the Mariko ring. It just says whimsy and fun; all those things that some people think you should leave behind when you get married. LOL

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