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100 Years Of Engagement Rings… Prominent Styles From 1910 to 2010

Whether it’s food, fashion, or toys, we just love looking back at how things used to be. Not only does it give us a rush of memories and nostalgia, but it’s also interesting to see just how much things have changed. Because of this, we just love it when Mode takes a subject and features 100 years worth of it; and today, they bring us a particularly exciting look back at engagement rings! Take a look at each decade’s most prominent style, and let us know, which one is your favorite?

1910s

For the beginning of the century, we have a classic solitaire diamond ring. The ring below is set in a six prong mounting of 14k yellow gold. What a classy look!

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From: Mode / Youtube

1920s

The 1920s features influence of the Edwardian Era, with a white on white diamond and platinum ring.

From: Mode / Youtube

From: Mode / Youtube

1930s

Talk about extravagant! For the 1930s, you can really see the Art Deco influence of the rounded diamonds set in the platinum mounting. This is one of our favorites.

From: Mode / Youtube

From: Mode / Youtube

1940s

Here we see white gold incorporated into the ring, with what’s referred to as the “War Bride Ring.” In 1945, precious metals were being rationed and, as a result, were hard to come by. So, this is the style of ring many serviceman gave to their significant others!

From: Mode / Youtube

From: Mode / Youtube

1950s

You can see the affect of the post-war economy boom in the ring of the ’50s. White gold and platinum were the preferred precious metals used, along with a gorgeous round diamond.

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From: Mode / Youtube

1960s

The ’60s saw a trend in diamonds with unique cuts. The one featured is emerald cut, set in platinum, but other shapes included pear, marquise, and heart!

From: Mode / Youtube

From: Mode / Youtube

1970s

The ’70s set a gold-standard, with an emphasis on gold settings. The ring pictured below features a Marquise-shaped diamond set in yellow gold, which provides a sharp contrast!

From: Mode / Youtube

From: Mode / Youtube

1980s

In our humble opinions, when these type of posts feature the ’80s, they’re usually not the best looks (I mean, just check out the hair). That said, this solitaire diamond gives a classic look that we really like!

From: Mode / Youtube

From: Mode / Youtube

1990s

Triangular side stones and a “Radiant cut” diamond are featured in the ring of the ’90s, set in 18k white gold. This one really has some sparkle to it!

From: Mode / Youtube

From: Mode / Youtube

2000s

The Princess cut, which is actually the 2nd most popular cut shape for diamonds (next to round brilliant), was all the rage in the 2000s. One look at the elegant ring below and we can see why!

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From: Mode / Youtube

2010s

Representing the increased demand for fancy-colored diamonds, here we have a yellow rectangular cushion cut diamond set in what’s known as a “Halo” mounting of platinum.

From: Mode / Youtube

From: Mode / Youtube

So, which one was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below, and check out the video for a closer look at each ring.

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