The vintage look is all about fine details, classic lines, and tasteful style. And even though rings are some of the smallest accessories that we own, they are capable of encompassing all of these signature vintage elements!
There are some common themes that you will find in vintage rings – one is the fine detail in the settings and accents, and the other is the combination of stones used in this style of ring. Vintage engagement rings often feature a center stone surrounded by bead- or pave-set smaller stones, and come adorned with millgrain (a detailed finish that really speaks to traditional antique jewelry styles). Sometimes referred to as the “halo” setting, brilliant round bead-set diamonds will encircle a dazzling center stone, and pronged shoulders, a common vintage-style band, will draw your eye straight to that glorious center diamond.
Another style often used in vintage-inspired rings is found mostly in diamond wedding bands. The eternity setting, commonly a three, five, or seven stone setting, gives the ring clean lines and symmetrical style the really helps bring your focus to the pristine stones. Or, if you want to go even more vintage, consider a gemstone anniversary ring. Bright blue sapphires stand out beautifully among pave-set diamonds, and would draw attention from any vintage enthusiast!
A good rule of thumb to keep in mind for vintage style is to look for settings that include multiple smaller stones (set with or without a center stone), or settings that are simple and symmetrical. Both pave and bead settings, combined often with millgrain details along the shank and ring head, give jewelry that antique vibe that vintage lovers adore!