The history behind engagement ring styles and trends is truly fascinating. While gemstones such as sapphires, emeralds, rubies, and opals were commonly used as center stones in the 19th century, the Industrial Revolution of the early 20th century powered a widespread accumulation of wealth in Great Britain and America. With this new purchasing power, more people began to emulate the royals’ use of diamonds as center stones for unique engagement ring settings.
Early 20th-century ring designs show the prominence of the center diamond along with the accent stones, the pave settings, and the elaborate shank work.
Today’s unique engagement ring settings represent a resurgence of the Art Deco and Belle Epoque designs that so captivated brides around the world. These classic designs like Adiamor’s Pink Sapphire Accented Pave Setting and a Baguette, Pave, and Sapphire Engagement Settings are perfect for those looking to add a touch of vintage charm to their wedding jewelry.
This period of Art Deco exuberance coincided roughly with the reign of Edward VII (following the death of Queen Victoria) and the Belle Époque in France. King Edward VII, fond of travel on the Continent, introduced a more fashionable style to his subjects than what had been tolerated under the late Queen. This ornate engagement ring is typical of the period. The round-cut center diamond is surrounded by multiple accent stones. Although this example features prongs, bezel settings (collars that held the center diamond in place) were still quite popular.
Because many people felt that the bezel setting obscured too much of the diamond, the invisible setting has taken its place. This stunning invisible set diamond princess and baguette unique engagement ring setting displays the main diamond to its full effect.
If you find a historical style that you wish to replicate for your engagement ring, Adiamor can help you design your own ring with a plethora of unique engagement ring settings. We can suggest means of updating the setting to ensure that the stones are secure and displayed to their best advantage. Contact us to begin creating your timeless ring today!