When it comes to the most important piece of jewellery in life, we are at your side. Welcome to the most romantic part of our online shop: at the antique engagement rings. Be inspired and thrilled by our incomparable selection of engagement rings from all eras. Our assortment stands out positively from any mass products. Because every engagement ring at Antique Jewellery Berlin, whether antique or vintage, is an individual unique piece. Enjoy our comprehensive service – from consultation to perfect ring size adjustment. Buy online Antique engagement rings – with full security and free services!
Marriage proposal with history: Engagement rings from over two centuries
The engagement has always been one of the most important events in the lives of two people in love. The best piece of jewellery to be presented for this occasion is an engagement ring. This is already in the nature of its design: rings stand for infinity. They have no beginning and no end in their round. After all, love has always been said to be infinite. While in antiquity the engagement ring was often still forged from silver, in the 19th century at the latest, people began to create the finest pieces of gold, with diamonds and other precious stones. In the Victorian epoch, individual, very elaborate engagement rings were already created. Art nouveau, as a very harmonious transitional period to the all-changing Art Déco, was also turned towards natural motifs in rings. But everything changed when, even before 1920, Tiffany in New York added an unprecedented standard to the world of engagement ring jewelry with the introduction of the diamond solitaire. You only had to worry about the carat number. From then on at the latest, Art Déco produced the most splendid and timelessly beautiful engagement rings.
The perfect engagement ring: individual and personal
We can confidently say that the antique examples and vintage engagement rings in our range will satisfy every demand and taste.
- Engagement rings of all epochs, e.g. Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Déco and Vintage,
- Variations of all precious metals, e.g. yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and platinum,
- Gold alloys from 9 carat (375 gold), over 14 carat (585 gold) to 18 carat (750 gold), partly epochal variations,
- Impressively set diamonds and brilliants in various sizes (carat), e.g. solitary stones from 0.15 ct, 0.2 ct, 0.25 ct, 0.5 ct to well over 1.0 ct diamonds,
- Besides diamond rings of course rings with colored gemstones, such as emeralds, sapphires and rubies,
- Unusual designs, depending on the style of an epoch, e.g. snakes or horseshoe/ lucky symbols.
To help you find the ideal engagement ring for your partner, please take advantage of our advice. We can tell a lot about the epochs and their typical style and jewellery. Even if you have no previous knowledge, we will search our jewellery together for the Ring of Rings. Whether in yellow gold, white gold or rose gold: We find the right one – guaranteed. Our all-round service will also convince you completely! Each engagement ring is personally adapted – with us, the one-time change of the ring width or size of the ring is of course free of charge for you. It is really easy and absolutely risk-free to buy jewelry online at Antique Jewellery Berlin!
Engagement rings in the creative change of time
Depending on technical progress, the goldsmiths and jewellers of past eras succeeded in producing more or less elaborate antique engagement rings. The design was, of course, mostly based on the existing state of development. And the taste and style of each era was also based on the existing possibilities. Silver and gold (yellow gold) were the common precious metals, which could be processed well for centuries and were therefore used. Considering their attractiveness and relevance even today, one can speak of real visionaries among jewellery designers of the past.
Putting precious stones on the rings is also a centuries-old custom. In fact, every gemstone can be assigned at least one positive characteristic. It is not for nothing that there are the so-called lucky stones, which also play an important role at Antique Jewellery Berlin. Whoever has found love is interested in his or her partner. This also includes looking at which lucky/ birthstone, if any, has a high importance for the beloved one.
Although there are of course not only April-borns, the diamond as the stone of the stones in the engagement ring has established itself very early. A diamond ring as a solitaire or a diamond ring with several ct of diamonds always causes admiration. Although it has always been the hardest of all stones, the world had to wait until the 20th century for the perfect cut.
The incomparable brilliant in the “Tolkowsky cut” conquered the world and hearts by storm from 1919. Never before had it sparkled so much, both in the white gold and platinum settings of antique solitaire rings and in the eyes of the adored. But also in older jewellery there were already breathtaking “fires” in cut gemstones to admire. Whether diamonds (brilliants), rubies (birthstone July), sapphires (birthstone September) or emeralds (birthstone May) and others – you simply have to experience the fascination of antique engagement rings. This is what we are here for – come by or order your antique engagement ring or vintage engagement ring comfortably and securely in our online shop.
International celebrities from the aristocracy or from the show business pushed again and again trends with engagement rings. As is generally the case with jewellery, rings are also subject to typical changes in style and form. Well yes, whereby with form rather only the ring head is meant. With very old rings, e.g. from the Georgian, we can still present large and lavishly richly decorated pieces. In the Victorian era this changed already very much. Diamond rings, for example, still have mostly closed settings, but the improvements in the cut already put the forerunners of the brilliants in an excellent light. With a little trick, it was already in the 19th century that diamonds were made to shine bright and shining white. In addition, diamonds were set on yellow gold rings and rose gold rings in silver. The silver settings ensure that light hitting the ring does not reflect back from the yellow gold or rose gold and distorts the natural whiteness of the diamonds. After the turn of the century, in the burgeoning Art Nouveau period, it was then possible to set stones in platinum. The effect was the same, only there was no need to deal with the “tarnishing” silver. White gold rings meet the same criteria. Colored gemstones, on the other hand, were probably subject to the greatest fluctuations in antique engagement rings. In addition to the ever popular emeralds, sapphires and rubies, other colored gemstones also emerged from the shadow of “the big ones” in the 20th century.
And if one speaks of individuality, and if one wants to give something unique as an engagement gift, then one should also take a closer look at these popular colored gemstones:
- Aquamarine, light blue lucky stone of the month March, whose popularity rose strongly in Edwardian, England,
- Peridot, light green bringer of joy for those born in August, whose great breakthrough finally succeeded in Art Deco,
- Tourmaline, which is one of the most extraordinary gemstones because of its multi-coloured variations, has been used in engagement rings at least since Art Nouveau.
How Art Déco still shapes jewellery design today
In the most important jewellery epoch of all, Art Déco, a modern, revolutionary design language and highly developed technologies came together. The creative and numerical peak in the output of engagement rings was unprecedented to date. This was due on the one hand to new markets and greater competition, and on the other hand to the significantly increased prosperity of the world population. Purchasing power had exploded, especially in Western Europe and the United States. This marriage of business, the arts and social life was of course also expressed in jewellery. Not only did it lead to a new awareness of value and creative finesse. Rather, one must admit that between 1920 and 1940, Art Deco developed a taste that is still valid today and which continues to guide jewellery design to this day. It is therefore not surprising that a vintage ring (from the period from 1950 to around 1990) can often at first glance be classified as Art Déco. This should not really come as a surprise. We are even thrilled by the respect that was paid to Art Deco in the first decades after the Second World War. It’s all in the mix: our antique engagement rings and genuine vintage rings from a total of two centuries are refined, unique and have history. An individual story that is worth writing about.
Whichever ring you choose – we are there for you with all our competence! Do you have questions about materials, gemstones, cuts and differences typical of the epoch? Of course, we have classified this, our most important category in the online shop of Antique Jewellery Berlin, in an easy to use and very helpful filter system. You can sort by epochs, by materials, by gemstones and by price. You have it completely in your hand! Our unretouched original pictures of the jewellery pieces also give you a meaningful impression of the condition of the rings. So you can also enjoy security in this aspect when buying your antique engagement ring online.
Consulting and service of the highest quality
Profit from our many years of experience in “making you happy”. Behind all of this, there is of course passion. Pure passion for happiness and love! We stand for the best advice, well-founded expertise and last but not least for a good knowledge of human nature. Our three renowned master goldsmiths ensure technical perfection.
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- free and insured premium shipping by the world’s best shipping service providers,
- all common payment options in the online shop and in our store,
- one-time free adjustment of the ring width (ring size) by our master goldsmiths,
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- comprehensive advice on any kind of antique jewellery: Simply use our chat service or fill out our contact form. We speak German, English and Arabic.
We are looking forward to your visit, personally during the opening hours in our shop in Linienstr. 44 in 10119 Berlin-Mitte. Of course you can also contact us by phone or e-mail. We are looking forward to your inquiry! It has never been easier and safer to order high-quality antique engagement rings on the Internet!
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