Two-Tone 14kt Gold Retro Diamond Engagement Ring (Vintage)
c. 1945 – 1955
The 1950s were on a roaring good time. World War II was over, the men and women who’d been off fighting in the war were home and the US was in great economic shape. Prosperity, possibly unlike anything we’ll see again anytime soon was everywhere. A chicken in every pot. A car in each garage. And jewelry was no longer just for the elite wealthy. Guys coming home from the war had some money to spend from their GI Bills and if they hadn’t already popped the question (and sometimes even if they had), a sparkling (now) retro diamond engagement ring was the way to go. But of course, you’d want to keep up with the next door neighbors, so bigger was often thought of as better. What to do on a not as big as the Jones’ budget? Fake it. Illusion mountings make your diamond look bigger than it actually is. And thus a trend was born.
What We Love About It:
Well, for starters, the center stone does look bigger than its .23ct size. But for us, we love the interchangeability of the two-tone gold. No longer are you held to matching your other jewelry to your engagement ring – anything goes now.
The ring is modeled in 14kt white and yellow gold with the ring-head in white and the shank in yellow. The center illusion head holds a .23ct round brilliant cut center (we estimate it at a G/SI1 but we’re waiting on official confirmation of that) and is flanked by two round brilliant cut diamonds, one on each side, weighing in total .28ctw of similar color and clarity. It’s currently a size 5.25 US but could easily be sized up or down by our jeweler (see pricing and options above) or by yours and it weighs in at 2.49g.
In a day and time of Kardashians and Hollywood elite, carve your own path with a little illusion of your own.