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Vintage Engagement Rings: How to Pick Out the Perfect One For You

Emerald Cut Halo Engagement Ring


What image comes to mind when you picture yourself wearing your perfect engagement ring? Do you see a piece of jewelry with a timeless elegance which symbolizes your eternal love?

Do you picture a design which goes beyond trends and which you will be able to pass down to your daughter or son as a precious family heirloom?

If that’s the case, then you are the kind of woman vintage engagement rings are designed for.


Mabel Louise Art Deco Engagement Ring Platinum

Mabel Louise Halo Engagement Ring


Choosing a Vintage Engagement Ring

These stunning rings can be passed down from generation to generation and never lose their allure. They are feminine, have a romantic beauty and a story to tell. Our Mirabelle Vintage Style Engagement Ring is the perfect example. It is both delicate and romantic and features an emerald cut diamond halo.

Now, if you’ve started shopping for a vintage ring, you’ve seen there are a lot of options to choose from. Maybe you even got a little overwhelmed by it all.

It’s only natural to feel this way, I felt exactly the same way when I was designing my own engagement ring. After all, you have a significant choice to make. That is why I wanted to share some advice with you so you can be confident you’ve found The One in the jewelry department, as well.

Edwardian Engagement Ring Leaves

Emmaline Vintage Inspired Engagement Ring


The best way to go about this is to simply try on various styles. Different shapes flatter different fingers, so I recommend first deciding on a thin band or a wide one, for starters.

Most engagement rings have a width of 2mm-3mm wide. Of course it can be wider but you should consider a few things before choosing. Do you live in a hot climate or are your hands wet a lot? (ie a nurse or dental hygienist). If this is the case, a wider band may not be a good choice for you as you can develop a rash under wider bands.

Our Emmaline Ring pictured above may be the perfect choice if you like the look of a wider band as it tapers down along the finger. It is very comfortable to wear but doesn’t have the downsides that wide bands can have.

Also look at different stone sizes and cuts to get a better sense of what looks best on your hand (and what aesthetic you prefer most). You’ll find there are plenty of options available, including:

  1. Oval
  2. Round
  3. Pear
  4. Emerald.

At this point, it doesn’t matter if you’ll be trying on vintage engagement rings or not. For now, your goal is to decide on the best shape for your finger.


Gold or platinum both look incredible when combined with the goddess-like grace of a vintage ring. Platinum is the whitest metal in its natural state and is extremely durable, so you’ll know future generations will be able to cherish it, as well.

Yellow gold with a brushed satin finish is also an excellent choice, but you can also find gorgeous vintage rings in soft, rose gold and modern white gold, as well.

It all comes down to what feels right to you, so the best advice I can give you here is to ask as many questions about the qualities of each metal and what taking care of it will entail.

We can help you make the right choice as far as metals and also we will be happy to send you 3D renderings of your ring in the metal of your choice so you can get an idea of exactly what it will look like.

White Gold Art Deco Hexagon Engagement Ring

Marlow Art Deco Engagement Ring


Vintage engagement rings have a classic feel to them, but that doesn’t mean they are old-fashioned or offer limited options, design-wise. Our Marlow Engagement Ring paired with our Thea Wedding Band are a perfect example of just how timeless Art Deco engagement rings can be.

Subtle florals patterns, delicate sparkling diamond accents and subtly textured bands; you can find all of these on vintage rings.

The secret is to find that combination of elements which fit your unique personality and sense of style.

How many stones would you like, how should they be positioned on the frame, how much sparkle should the ring have – these are customization aspects best thought off beforehand, maybe alongside a nice cup of tea.

Also, chances are, you will be wearing your engagement ring probably every day. So another thing to consider is how the ring will pair with your future wedding band. Often times it is best to have them designed together so that they can be made to shadow each other.

Browse Our Collection of Vintage Engagement Rings

Custom designing your own ring and seeing it come to life on your finger is a wonderful feeling every bride-to-be deserves to experience.

Now that you’ve said Yes to sharing your life with your soulmate, it’s time to say Yes to a ring to have and to hold – and to fall in love with every single time you wear it.

Nothing less than that should do, so don’t settle for a ring you kind of like.

Look over our carefully-curated collection of gorgeous vintage-inspired rings and find a ring you’ll love forever.

I’m happy to answer all of your questions, so don’t hesitate to reach out today!

Heather Charlick

Heather Charlick

Hello There! I'm Heather-a jewelry artist living with my beloved husband & horses in the rolling hills of Tennessee. I make vintage inspired engagement rings for the romantic bride. I would love to help you custom design your dream ring, so feel free to contact me anytime.