On television and in films, the average woman will end up wearing a diamond engagement band that her fiancée flashed at them while proposing on bent knee.
Have you ever noticed that those rings all sort of look the same? Is there a generic “TV engagement ring” depot where they get all their props from? If so, shall we avoid it? I think so…
Those of us who live in the real world have amazingly varied tastes and personalities, and it’s important to choose a ring that’s best suited to the bride’s individuality. One bride might love all things frilly and floral and might do well with a curlicued poesy ring, while another’s admiration for vintage design would best suit an antique Art Deco engagement ring.
Whether you’re picking out a ring for yourself, or you’re looking for a ring for your special someone, there are countless styles available out there: every bride is unique, and her engagement ring should be too.
For truly awesome looking vintage ring designs, this is a resource you will be interested to check out.
Swirling Diamond Engagement Ring, from Topazery
Made of 18k white gold, this delicate, feminine ring is covered in swirling scroll patterns, with tiny diamonds set in the band, as well as on the top. Doesn’t it look like something that the girls from Downton Abbey would fall in love with? Every angle has little details to admire, and it would be ideal for a few simple words to be inscribed on the inner band.
Perfect for: Jane Austen fans, avid knitters, and lovers of silk, lace, and velvet.
Not ideal for: mountain bikers, Picasso enthusiasts, welders, acid jazz musicians.
Tiffany Gold Owl Engagement Ring, via Erstwhile Jewelry
With a ring like this, you can be sure none of your friends will show up wearing the same thing. This engagement ring is 18k yellow gold etched with patterns and details so very unique to the Tiffany studio, and who needs shiny stones when you have owl eyes to wear? This isn’t just a ring—it’s a conversation piece, and a wearable work of art.
Perfect for: art lovers, indie design chicks, avid readers, fans of Clash of the Titans
Not great for: trend-watching fashionistas, anyone who has ever watched Sex and the City
Platinum Diamond Engagement Ring, from Natalia’s Diamonds
The classic, architectural lines of this platinum Art Deco-style ring make it a timeless piece that not only goes with everything, but can be passed on to future generations. It’s elegant and feminine without being “girly”, and also it is regal without being cold. This engagement band is exquisite.
Perfect for: ladies who channel the silver screen goddesses like Hedy Lamarr, Greta Garbo, and co.
Not great for: anyone who has ever said the word “bling” when it wasn’t ironic or part of a joke.
Ariel Single Diamond Engagement Ring, from Catbird
This sweet little ring is ideal for the girl who loves all the beautiful things that life has to offer. Far from being ostentatious or showy, the single diamond in an 18k yellow gold setting is just large enough to be noticeable, and small enough to be modest.
Perfect for: English Lit majors, cupcake bakers, rose gardeners, midnight picnic fans.
Not great for: powerhouse lawyers, heavy metal drummers.
Pulse of My Heart Poesy Engagement Ring, via Sapphire Lane
Sweetly romantic, this silver band etched with Gaelic script is a reproduction of a 17th century ring originally made in Dublin. Though this vintage designed engagement ring itself is a simple one, the sentiment inscribed on it pours forth right from the soul.
Perfect for: dewy-eyed Irish lasses, vintage bicycle riders, passionate sweethearts.
Not great for: Jersey Shore fans, glitter-holics, Prada fanatics, stamp-collectors.