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!
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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.
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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
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The halo mounting becomes the preferred engagement mounting with an increased demand for fancy colored diamonds.
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