Ever since Prince William gave Kate Middleton her vintage engagement ring, sapphires have been popping up in wedding rings everywhere. The various shades of blue and even yellow and pink sapphires add interest and a pop of color to any vintage ring. The most valuable color is a rich medium blue, which stays constant in any light and can look great with any ensemble. Because it’s the birthstone for September, a sapphire engagement ring is a perfect choice for women who were born in the ninth month of the year.
This ring isn’t afraid to bring the serious sapphire firepower, with that cornflower blue, natural, no-heat Ceylon sapphire which clocks in at an extremely respectable. 15.50 carats. It’s contemporary but extraordinarily glamorous, with antique-style open scrollwork galore.
This is an early 20th century sapphire and diamond ring, circa 1915. It has a lozenge cluster of sapphires at the center, formed by a square cut and four triangular cut sapphires, with a border of single cut diamonds, a pierced gallery, and a plain shank. It is simple but I think the overall shape – which has the vaguest suggestion of a flower, with the subtle indentations in the center of each side of the diamond – is really pretty.
This spectacular sapphire and diamond ring
, a definite crowd-pleaser, is an early 20th century diamond and sapphire ring, circa 1910. It is millegrain set with a cushion cut diamond, the surrounding calibre cut sapphires forming a lozenge, diamond dart highlights to the corners and a diamond set outer border. I think it’s really spectacular.
This round beauty is a contemporary Art Deco-inspired piece by Tiffany & Co., part of the Great Gatsby collection. Fabulous, yes? And very easy to see the Deco influence, especially when it’s in such company.
Next up is an antique platinum-mounted sapphire and diamond marquise shaped cluster ring, circa 1890. The ring has a central marquise shaped sapphire bordered by lines of diamonds and calibre cut sapphires. The border is formed to look sort of like a ribbon wrapped around the central sapphire and flattened. I was surprised by the date; doesn’t it look Art Deco? A forward-thinking jeweler, I guess.
This baby is another ring that is both huge and beautifully designed. It’s another contemporary Art Deco-style piece, set with a 7.11 carat cushion-cut sapphire and just under 3 carats of baguette and oval-cut diamonds. I wouldn’t turn this one down.
is quintessentially Art Deco in a way that makes me think of buildings, but it’s also a little early to be called Art Deco in terms of age. This antique cabochon sapphire & diamond ring, is from 1905. It features an oval cabochon sapphire centered in a pierced and millegrain set bombe diamond mount.
This knockout of an Art Deco cocktail ring centers a 5.33 carat Burma sapphire, so its chances at fabulousness were pretty high from the get-go. It’s further embellished by an oblong two-row border of calibre cut sapphires and diamonds, with a scalloped edge, and diamond line shoulders.
These spectacular sapphire rings are not all from the same source, so please see individual descriptions above for links. All images and info are thanks to the original poster of each item.
Some believe sapphires have mystical properties and can bring the wearer peace, serenity and success. It’s no wonder so many famous people and even royalty possess jewelry featuring this gemstone. Whether you believe in the myths or not, sapphire vintage engagement rings are always a good choice when you’re looking for something really special.
From Victorian sweetness to romantic horror, gothic engagement rings are highly symbolic choices for many couples who embrace a gothic lifestyle. While many of these rings are unique alternatives to traditional engagement rings, there are also stunning vintage styles that will appeal to many couples interested in distinctive and unusual engagement ring designs.
Types of Gothic Engagement Rings
There are two basic types of gothic style rings: those that symbolize the romantic side of the gothic medieval movements, and those that symbolize the romantic horror of contemporary gothic culture. Both gothic styles are usually made from silver metals to show a starker contrast between the design and any gems or inlaid engravings, and the cooler color of a silver metal is more appropriate to gothic symbolism. Modern rings, however, may use specialized metals such as black titanium or heavier tungsten for a contemporary touch.
Gothic romance is filled with natural beauty and distinction. Gothic rings that embrace this romance may use many different designs, such as:
- Filigree patterns, particularly with flowers, vines, or leaves
- Antique engagement ring designs with bold metalwork and colored semi precious gemstones
- Detailed scrollwork, such as Celtic engagement rings and similar designs
- Colored gemstones such as amethyst, ruby, garnet, onyx, or black diamonds for a true gothic touch
The gothic horror movement is more contemporary and embraces darker symbolism that is no less rich. While many people may consider gothic symbolism unsuitable for romantic love, in fact it often illustrates a couple’s commitment “’till death do they part.” Imagery and designs commonly found on these gothic engagement rings include:
- Gothic crosses
These symbols may stand alone or they may be part of a highly detailed and intricate ring design. Poison boxes – small rings with a hidden compartment in the setting – are particularly popular gothic ring designs that use both darker imagery as well as elaborately detailed designs. To add a romantic touch to a poison box ring, fill it with a secret love note or a lock of hair.
Proposing with a Gothic Ring
Proposing with a gothic ring can be similar to a classic marriage proposal on bended knee or it may involve some elements of gothic culture. To add a gothic touch to this special question, consider:
- Including fire. Fire is a highly ceremonial element for many gothic rituals, and either a fireplace or candles can add a touch of heat to this romantic question.
- Nighttime proposals. Most gothic culture ceremonies are sunset or nighttime events, and proposing beneath a full moon, vivid star field, or otherwise in the darker hours is the perfect way to emphasize the symbolism of the gothic ring.
- Privacy. Any ceremonial function that invokes gothic styles is sacred and should be kept intimate and private.