1950s Engagement Rings

Diamonds surged in popularity for engagement rings during the 1950s thanks to the famously coined phrase, "A Diamond is Forever" entering the lexicon at the end of the last decade.


Larger stones, particularly diamonds, surged in popularity. With the emphasis on the expensive center stone, the setting was often more simple. Solitaire settings, often adorned with with symmetrical side diamond baguettes, were in vogue. The center stone cut was most often emerald and marquise cut. Unique for its time, engravings were added to the setting for a touch of personalization and uniqueness.


Platinum was no longer scare now that WWII was over, making it a popular choice for engagement rings. With the decade featuring progressively larger center stones, diamond color grade often fell to keep the expense down. To boost the appearance of the diamond color grade, jewelers utilized white metal settings over yellow, which would bring out the white of the diamond.


Diamonds defined the 1950's era for engagement rings. The diamond was touted as the most durable stone that could weather all storms and hardships, making it a perfect symbol for commitment to a lifelong relationship. This perception still rings true today.

The most refined Mid Century diamond engagement ring imaginable. This exquisite emerald step cut diamond is set off by a simple, four-prong basket setting.

This ring comes with an appraisal from an independent gem lab. The insurance replacement value is $2850.00. The diamond is a 0.63ct Emerald Step Cut, with VS1 clarity and L color. The metal is Platinum.

Materials: Diamond, platinum

Measurements: Currently a size 5.75, one free sizing is included. The 0.63 carat diamond measures 4.4mm by 6.3mm. The band tapers from 2.0mm to 1.4mm.

Condition: Excellent vintage condition. Some wear is to be expected on vintage and antique jewels.


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"I thought I was going to have to have a custom band made to fit my 1950's art deco engagement ring, I went into Gem Set Love and the 2nd ring I tried on was a perfect fit! Everyone is super friendly! Awesome selection of antique and vintage pieces!"


9 OCT 2014

"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!!!"


20 MAR 2019

"I loved every bit of my experience searching for an engagement ring with my fiance there. Their website is filled with vintage and estate beauties. I was pleasantly surprised to find they had a good amount more in store. The sales person let me look without pressure, try on every ring that caught my eye, and let me even take pictures to think it over. We found a 1910 Edwardian diamond ring and got it for a great price."


2 SEP 2017

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