The Main Differences Between Antique And Modern Diamond Rings

People usually love antique rings for their charm and unique designs. An antique engagement ring is usually over 50 years old and can be termed as vintage. Many of these designs and styles come from different eras depending on the time they were made.

If you know your loved one prefers more classical styles, you may want to start looking at jewellers who offer antique rings. Searching for a reputable and established store that sells an array of wonderful rings from different eras might take time. However, the antique diamond rings available at Kalmar Antiques are authentic and they boast a large catalogue of fine vintage jewellery.

This article will look into the uniqueness of antique diamond rings so we can see how they differ from their contemporary counterparts. There are three main eras for vintage diamond rings: Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco.

Victorian antique rings were created in the period of time ranging from 1835-1900. They were often set in rose gold and have simplistic or detailed designs. Many rings from the Victorian era would have pearls or feature a row of diamonds.

Edwardian antique rings were made from 1900-1920’s. You would often see rose shaped diamonds, shimmering sapphires and platinum in this time.

Art Deco followed the Edwardian era from the 1920’s – 1930’s. This was more of an industrial time which boasted exotic explorations, jazz, and exotic freedom. You will see several geometric shapes from diamond rings designed in this era. Art deco would also boast colourful gemstones.

How does the vintage differ from contemporary engagement rings?

These are the main differences you will spot if you compare and contrast the contemporary with the vintage:


The main difference you will see is in the cut of the diamond and how they sparkle. The vintage diamonds usually had a deeper cut so come across smaller and less bright. Contemporary diamonds are cut to be ‘brilliant’ and sparkle to the max. This means you will see more princess and round cuts to allow for maximum light reflection.


The colour grade from modern and antique will also differ greatly. Contemporary diamonds, you will find a perfect stone has the colour grade of D – F. These are known as colourless and are therefore seen as more valuable and will cost more. Antique diamonds will rarely be colourless as the mining industry was much more scarce back in the day. This meant it will be rarer to find colourless stones from vintage eras.


The modern rings will have a different metal in the band compared to older rings. Vintage designers would have gone for rose gold and platinum whereas newer designs feature more silvers.


You will find colourful gemstones in antique jewellery from rubies to sapphires. It’s more difficult to come across these stones in modern engagement rings however.