Diamonds are an engagement ring’s best friend. But the style in which those diamonds are set? That has evolved quite a bit in the past century!
The latest video in Mode’s 100 Years series shows the engagement ring’s stone shape and setting morph throughout the decades, from the round-cut solitaire of the 1910s to 2015’s halo ring.
Watch the video above to see each decade’s most popular ring style in action. And scroll down for even more info on each ring, courtesy of Mode.
1910s: Classic Solitaire Diamond Ring
Round old European–cut diamond set into a six-prong mounting, 14k yellow gold.
1920s: Diamond and Platinum Ring
Round old European–cut diamond set into a pierced openwork mounting highlighted by round diamonds with mill-grain detail.
1930s: Art Deco Ring
Round early modern brilliant-cut diamond set into a platinum mounting highlighted by round diamonds in a pierced openwork mounting.
1940s: Filigree Mounting
White gold, introduced in the late 1920s, becomes the popular metal of the period, along with the filigree mounting, which harkens back to the Edwardian period.
1950s: Back to Round
Round brilliant-cut diamond, often flanked by trios of round diamonds set in 14k white gold.
1960s: Fancy Diamond Era
Emerald-cut diamond set in platinum.
1970s: Marquise Diamond
Marquise-shaped diamond set in yellow gold with channel-set, round, brilliant-cut diamonds and matching wedding band.
1980s: Solitaire Reigns Supreme
Round brilliant-cut diamond flanked by rectangular baguettes mounted in platinum.
1990s: Radiant-Cut Stones
Radiant-cut diamond flanked by triangular-shaped diamonds mounted in 18k white gold.
2000s: Princess-Cut Stones
Princess-cut diamond highlighted by round brilliant-cut diamonds set into the ring band, platinum and white gold.
2010 to 2015: The Halo Ring
The halo mounting becomes the preferred engagement mounting with an increased demand for fancy colored diamonds.
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