Edwardian Engagement Rings
Jewellery of the 'Belle Époque'
Edwardian engagement rings were often made of platinum, instead of gold which had been favoured by the Victorians. And rather than diamonds, sapphires were often used as the main gemstone, with diamonds used as side stones.
Edwardian style engagement rings are still very popular today, reflecting the sophisticated fashion of this optimistic period between 1901 and 1920. A prosperous ‘Belle Époque’, this was the era that witnessed the development of new technologies such as the car, the aeroplane and the cinema. Often featuring filigree detail, engagement rings from this period usually include antique stones in Old Mine or Old European cuts, though today’s versions are often set with brilliant cut diamonds for extra sparkle.
It was during the Edwardian period that the use of platinum in engagement rings became particularly popular. Its density allowed very fine settings to be created for stones, giving a light and even ‘invisible’ appearance. Platinum’s white sheen also highlighted diamonds to excellent effect, and pearls were used for the same reason. But coloured stones also experienced a resurgence in popularity. King Edward’s wife Alexandra was particularly fond of amethyst. Within the suffragette movement, amethyst was sometimes combined with pearls and peridots - the green, white and violet stones standing for ‘Give Women the Vote’.
If you are considering commissioning an Edwardian style engagement ring, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be delighted to discuss your requirements in more detail. You can also browse examples of vintage engagement rings that we have made for previous clients.