It’s no joke that ‘diamonds are forever’. Yeah, really.
And though 100 years is nothing close to forever, it is enough time for diamonds to create an engagement ring frenzy.
In the last 10 decades and beyond, diamonds have remained in crazy vogue particularly for proposals. The only thing’s that been changing is how they are designed. In case you missed it, we shared a story about the Shirley Temple Blue diamond ring that was a rare and unusual find in 1940 but is currently way worth its to-die-for appeal.
So it was National Proposal Day on March 20th. And the lovely people at Mode decided to give us a taste of how diamonds have graced engagement rings for the last century.
Here’s the lowdown:
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.
Now, feast your eyes on the video here:
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