A History of Engagement Rings Vol. 2: The 1970’s
We’ll head back this week a little further in our way back machine of engagement rings to the 1970’s. The 70’s were a time of self-expression and Studio 54. Mick and Bianca got married, as did Bill and Hillary Clinton and Richard Wagner and Natalie Wood (for the second time). It was a heady time of free love and a hard time of war. But fashion was having a hey day and that didn’t stop with engagement rings.
With the advent of new cuts (like the princess cut diamond) folks were mashing it up and trying out new ideas. Yellow gold still ruled supreme but now we had the new diamond cuts alongside the standard cuts like an emerald cut or a round brilliant, all being mixed together in one ring.
The 70’s are when we start to see the channel set option that would be the rage of the 80’s and the princess cut (nothing to do with Diana who wasn’t yet on the scene) was taking the diamond world by storm.
And now the idea of something other than a plain wedding band, the coordinating wedding band – or better yet (depending on your viewpoint) the wedding ring “jacket” hit the scene hot and heavy. Was the “sexy 70’s” your favorite engagement ring era?
Do you have an engagement ring from the 1970’s? Tell us all about it in the comments below! (swipe left for examples of 1970’s era engagement rings).