10 Engagement Rings from the 1970s

It’s the decade du jour, so why not go the whole hog and get some engagement ring inspiration from this season’s favourite era? Here’s one reason why: cocktail rings make great alternative engagement rings. Bold, colour-filled designs with no-holds-barred styling and detail, an engagement ring from the 70s will probably just make you feel good, in a nonchalant, glamourous, sexy, I’ve-made-the-right-choice kind of way. Every time you look at it.

We’ve scoured antiques site 1stdibs to bring you our edit of the best 1970s engagement rings. Eschew convention and start this new phase in your life as you mean to go on…

Vintage 1970s Cartier turquoise and amethyst ring
1970s Moonstone and Sapphire Ring
Vintage 1970s Baguette Diamond Ring
1970s amethyst and diamond ring by Grima
Vintage 1970s David Webb Gold and Diamond Ring
Vintage 1970s David Webb Gold and Diamond Ring
1970s Tourmaline Ring
Vintage 1970s sapphire and mixed cut diamond ring
Vintage 1970s Cartier diamond engagement ring
1970s Gold Tigers Eye Ring
Rotating 1970s gold and coral ring

Read more: Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian Engagement Ring Inspiration

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Engagement Ring Inspiration: 1950s – 1960s

Vintage 1950s Moonstone and Diamond Ring

Continuing our collaboration with antiques superstars 1stdibs, we’ve selected our favourite vintage engagement ring inspiration from the 1950s through to the 1960s. After exploring early vintage design from the Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian periods, as well as the graphic lines of Art Deco, we’ve now arrived, post-war, at the 1950s.

Vintage 50s Indicolite Tourmaline and diamond ring

With design becoming increasingly bold, bombastic and brave, the Atomic Age brought thoughts of space exploration, discovery and the future. Strong but still shaken from the end of the war, threats of the atomic bomb played on in the subconscious of young designers, but they looked onwards and upwards with strong, domed silhouettes, oversized designs, and kitsch motifs.

Vintage 1950s cocktail ring
Vintage 1950s domed diamond and ruby ring
Domed 1950s diamond engagement ring

A more organic look also became popular towards the beginning of the 1960s, reminiscent of lunar landscapes and exploding stars, as well as the use of bold colour, large stones and industrial lines and shapes.

Vintage 60s lapis lazuli and diamond ring

My particular favourites include the Sputnik ring, a domed, multi-gemstone set cocktail ring style that perhaps embodies the design style of the times with its space-age feel and graphic, pop-art colour.

Vintage 1960s Sputnik Ring
Vintage 60s opal ring
Vintage 1960s Diamond Swirl ring

Mid-century modernism was reflected in some commercial jewellery design, although not as much as with certain ‘artist jewellers’ who were working at the time (that’s a whole other post and one of my personal obsessions) with a cleaner look and toned down form, that perhaps feel more wearable today if you’re looking for a vintage ring to wear as an engagement ring.

Vintage 1960s Modernist Gold and Diamond Ring
Vintage 1960s Diamond square form ring
Side view of diamond square form ring


Vintage 1960s Diamond Sputnik Ring
Vintage 60s cabochon sapphire and baguette diamond ring

More to come next week with the decade du jour: the 1970s.

More vintage jewellery inspiration here, with Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian dainty and delicate designs.

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London Fashion Week AW15 Jewellery Highlights

Alice Cicclioni’s new florals: delicate carved pastel flowers in amethyst, rock crystal and sapphire, with diamonds

London Fashion Week AW15 is up and running, with Rock Vault, the fine jewellery showcase featuring the UK’s most exciting jewellery designers is back to its glittering best. After a slightly dark and gloomy setting last September, the sun shone into the white walled room at Somerset House this weekend to reveal the jewellers’ talents in all their glory.

Tourmaline ring by Shimell & Madden

Hand-picked by a panel selected by the jewellery powerhouse that is Stephen Webster, the participants this year form a diverse array of highly trained, multi-disciplinary skill and homegrown talent. From the intrigue, wit and drama of surrealists Yunus & Eliza, to the mathematical nerds that are newcomers Shimell & Madden, the chosen ten benefit from business support mentoring and a dedicated space at London Fashion Week.

Here are some of our jewellery highlights from the 2015 BFC Rock Vault, including Hannah Martin, Tomasz Donicik, Alice Cicclioni, Shimmell & Madden, Yunus & Eliza, Jo Hayes Ward, Ornella Iannuzzi, Jacqueline Cullen, Imogen Belfield and Beth Gilmour.

Garnet, diamond and gold pendant by Shimell & Madden
Baguette multi gemstone ring from the new collection by Tomasz Donocik
Silver cufflinks by Hannah Martin
Opal & gold earrings by Ornella Iannuzzi

Alongside Rock Vault there was of course a strong selection of London jewellers and newcomers; the best being Rachel Boston with her new fine jewellery collection Runes, Ruifier with a hugely expanded offering, including lower price points and silver collections, and new minimalists Bam-B.

The new fine jewellery collection ‘Runes’ by Rachel Boston
A selection of new pieces by Ruifier
Ruifier’s new collection
New designers Bam B’s minimalist torques
New work by jewellery designer Rachel Boston: Diamond Slice ring
Ring by Jewellery Designer Brooke Gregson

A beautiful selection in a much-improved space this season, stay tuned to see more of Tomasz Donocik’s new Electric Nights collection later this week.

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