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8 Amazing Retro Engagement Rings

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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 Porsche Ring

The classically beautiful The Porsche Ring features a dazzling old European cut center diamond. The 2 shimmering accent diamonds add intrigue to this Retro beauty.

The Brush Ring

Five brilliant cut diamonds adorn this stunning Retro ring. The delicate appearance of the open gallery gives this ring a dainty appearance.


The Cormack Ring

The center tourmaline in the Cormack Ring adds a bright pop of color to an otherwise traditional engagement ring style. The accenting baguette diamonds adds a classic touch to this Retro era platinum setting.

The Davide Ring

The Davide Ring perfectly showcases the glamour and decadence of the Retro era. A stunning opal cabochon is surrounded by a glittering halo of 12 diamonds and set in a warm, yellow gold setting.

The Kendo Ring

The Kendo Ring is a gorgeous Retro piece showcasing an old European cut diamond. It is accented by 2 single cut diamonds in a unique yet classic platinum setting.

The Nour Ring

This breathtaking Retro piece features a glittering radiant cut center diamond. Milgrain detailing along the open gallery frames the sparkling accent diamonds, making this design truly special.

The Stockholm Ring

The dazzling Stockholm Ring features 5 sparkling brilliant cut diamonds set in a mixed metal setting. The overall design appears simple but the unique details on this ring make it a truly special find.

The Kristsan Ring

In this Retro engagement ring, an oval-shaped aquamarine is set east-west in a sophisticated yellow gold setting. The color combination of yellow gold and aquamarine is unique and sophisticated, perfect for the modern bride.

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!

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Comments (20)

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

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 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.

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!

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 ?

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.

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

Love the Narcissa design.

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.

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

The Narcissa and the Sachet

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.

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

The Narcissa makes the old fashioned dream a true treasure

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

I love the kinley ring

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

I love the Hedia!

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

The Trinh ring is marvelous

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

I just love the sachet ring!!

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

I like the The Premala Ring the best.

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

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

I vote for the Premala ring

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

I like the premala ring the best.

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

My favorite is probably the kinley!

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