The Engage Diamond Studio in Toronto is a place where couples can come to get custom-designed engagement rings, wedding bands, and other jewellery pieces. We love custom-designed because it affords us the chance to make something truly unique for our clients. In doing so, we also get the opportunity to participate in the jewellery trends that are currently hot. One of those trends right now is vintage.
Designing a vintage wedding or engagement ring is about looking at the past and combining it with the present. Couples choosing a vintage look often do so to remember an older family member, perhaps one who has already passed on, or just to pay homage to a bygone era when life was remarkably different. There are lots of great reasons for going vintage with your jewellery design.
Ornate Detail, Intricate Craftsmanship
Part of the appeal of vintage design is the ornate detail and intricate craftsmanship it involves. In the old days, when almost everything was made by hand, craftsmen took great pride not only in the ‘mechanical’ quality of their work but also its visual beauty as well. The result was an incredible amount of attention paid to detail.
In terms of engagement and wedding rings, that attention to detail translates into very ornate designs that can include everything from small flower etchings on the band to creating a setting that includes hundreds of small gemstones that accent the main diamond. The more ornate, the better the piece.
Beautiful Colour Combinations
Vintage wedding and engagement rings are also known for beautiful colour combinations. Where modern rings over the last two or three decades have focused mainly on the plain silver or gold band with white diamonds, the craftsmen of old were not afraid to mix things up.
For example, consider a gold band with a shimmering green emerald and white diamond accents. The three different colours not only work very well together but they also offer a rather striking visual presentation that really grabs the attention without clashing.
Not every colour combination works well with vintage jewellery. However, a skilled craftsman who knows how to use colour can create truly stunning pieces that stick out from the crowd. These colour combinations are turning heads in the 21st century the way they did 50, 80, and 100 years ago.
Bold and Daring Shapes
Jewellery designers of old made the most of their colour choices by creating shapes that were bold and daring. For example, we have seen some vintage pieces from the past that utilised a long, oblong setting reminiscent of a piece of jewellery you might find in ancient Egypt. This kind of setting is long enough to cover the entire area between the middle joint and the base of the finger; it offers plenty of space for gemstones and metal enhancements.
We have seen other vintage shapes as well. For example, how about a square setting surrounded by a looping wave of encrusted diamonds? We have seen all sorts of interesting shapes including octagons, stars, crowns, flowers, and on and on. The different shape choices provide a platform for jewellery designers to make some incredible pieces.
Vintage jewellery is all about creating beauty through unique design. We believe this is why vintage is making a comeback. Rather than settling for a plain and simple piece that looks like everything else out there, couples who choose to go vintage are looking for something that is unique and special. Here at Engage Diamond Studio, we are more than happy to oblige. We love designing vintage jewellery for our customers.