1940's Engagement Rings - The Retro Era

Ornate, creative, and decadent; 1940's engagement rings were styled during the romantic and economic hardships of WWII. Lovers waved goodbye, traveling towards dangers a world away. Platinum was scarce, but it didn't stop these rings from embodying the passion and love intensified from the perils of war.


Platinum was reserved for the war effort, and jewelers turned to palladium and white gold for the coveted white metal look. Two tone engagement rings were still in vogue but with the new more structured styles.


The feminine and curvier designs of the mid 1930's and early 1940's began to seem too frivolous for a world at war, and styles began to change quickly. The Retro Movement saw the use of inspiration from the most unlikely sources, the war itself. Bracelets resembled the treads of tanks and red white and blue jewels became popular. Engagement rings saw more structured design aesthetic ushered in as the seriousness of the war was upper most in their minds.


With patriotism at an all time high in America, Rubies and Sapphires that glistened in colors of red and blue joined the Diamond as popular choices for engagement rings.

Latest Arrivals - 1940's Engagement Rings

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The beautiful simplicity of this ring gives it a timeless quality. Dating from the 1940's and set with an excellent diamond this platinum engagement ring is as classically wearable today as it was 75 years ago.

This ring comes with an insurance appraisal. All of our appraisals are done by an independent gem lab. This ring appraises for $5785. The central diamond is a .56 ct. Round Brilliant Full cut. The diamond is a VVS-2 F/G. The setting is Platinum.

Details.....Currently a size 5.5, one free sizing is included. The diamond measures 5.08mm x 5.07mm x 3.45mm. The band tapers from 2.93mm to 1.88mm at the back.


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Lovely Words From Past Customers

"I adore my ring (1940s white gold with diamonds and lab sapphires) and can't wait to come in and have it sized with y'all. Thank you again. You made one of the happiest events of my life even more special with your incredible product. All the best,"

Kate & Derek

15 SEP 2018, 8:42

"Bought my Engagement ring here & it's So Beautiful!!! Vintage 1940's Sapphire & Diamonds in a Platinum seething. Their jewelry is Amazing & Great Customer Service!!!"

Kelly Smith

20 MAR 2019, 12:21

"I saw a ring I loved online and asked a ton of questions via Facebook messenger. They were so responsive and helpful! The whole process was so simple and the ring was shipped in no time. It's BEAUTIFUL! It fits just perfectly and I couldn't be happier! Thank you!"

Betty Rivera

15 SEP 2017, 14:42

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"Wearing jewelry in remembrance of our beloved dead is a tradition that originated in the 16th century, but the fashion for mourning jewelry reached its height during the reign of Queen Victoria. Victorian mourning jewelry, particularly those pieces dating to the earlier part of this era, are of special interest to lovers of antique jewelry due to its uniquely personal nature; few other styles of jewelry allow such an intimate glimpse into the past." (read the rest of the blog post here)

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