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100 years of engagement ring styles on video

Which decade is your favourite?


engagement ring style

Three minute video presents the last 100 years of engagement ring styles and the changes are remarkable…

Mode has created a the video that every bride-to-be looking for an engagement ring simply has to watch! 100 Years of Engagement Ring Styles shows how our love for diamond engagement rings has stood the test of time but there have been huge changes in terms of the style, cut and setting of the rings over the decades.

Take a look and see which is your favourite era

Mode also published a summary of each of the engagement ring styles

1890-1900: Classic solitaire diamond ring: Round old European-cut diamond set into a six prong mounting, 14k yellow gold.

1900-1920s: Lacy white-on-white look, in the style of jewelry of the Edwardian period.

1920-1930s: Art Deco–influenced rings: Round early modern brilliant-cut diamond set into a platinum mounting, highlighted by round diamonds in a pierced openwork mounting.

1930-1940s: The introduction of white gold in the late 1920s; “filigree” mounting, which heralds back to the Edwardian period, comes in trend.

1940s: Yellow and rose gold used more.

1945: “War Bride Ring,” the ring that every serviceman gave their fiancée due to the rationing of precious metals during the war years.

1950-1960s: White gold and platinum becomes the preferred metal in postwar period. Addition of round side stones set into the shoulders of the ring.

1960-1970s: Fancy-shaped diamonds—emerald-cut, pear, marquise, and heart shaped—become in. Platinum remains metal of choice.

1970-1980s: Gold set with round or fancy shaped diamonds with channel set mountings, accompanying wedding bands.

1980-1990s: Solitaire diamond with baguettes on each side.

1990-2000s: Radiant-cut becomes the preferred fancy-shaped diamond, typically set with triangular side stones.

2000-2010s: Princess-cut becomes the preferred fancy-shaped diamond.

2010-2015: Halo mounting becomes the preferred engagement mounting; increased demand for fancy-colored diamonds.