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These authentic Retro Era engagement rings are absolutely breathtaking, featuring large stones and superior craftsmanship. Shop these classic, elegant engagement rings that have a lovely combo of vintage meets modern design!

Retro Era Jewelry Characteristics

Spanning from 1935 to 1950, Retro Era jewelry stands in stark contrast to the economic and political hardships of the time. The Great Depression and World War II presented enormous challenges and placed tremendous burdens on the shoulders of millions worldwide—but love and the human spirit could not be crushed. Contrary to what you might expect, Retro Era engagement rings are actually some of the boldest, most brilliant designs of all time.

Even in spite of the hardships of the period, the rise and prominence of Hollywood inspired a longing for glitz and glamour. Additionally, as many women entered the workforce and were forced to wear hardly form-fitting business attire, they wanted a way to express their femininity and distinguish themselves from their male coworkers. They wanted big, bold, and exquisite rings, necklaces, and bracelets.

Often referred to as cocktail rings, Retro Era rings are big and dazzling, featuring large stones and eye-popping three-dimensional designs. These larger than life works of art are often underscored by feminine curves expressing the resilience and power of the female spirit. Bows, ribbons and flowers are also prominent, and retro rings are generally more playful and creative than rings from preceding eras.

As in the Edwardian Era, however, wartime production needs called for platinum. Hence, gold and silver are the more popular metals of the Retro period. Unlike the Edwardian Era, though, Retro Era jewelers were able to produce innovative alloys by mixing precious metals. Unique rose, green and earthy shades became possible, unlocking incredible possibilities for expressing one’s individuality. With a one-of-a-kind engagement ring, lovers can truly express their exclusive bonds with each other and celebrate the qualities that make their partnership special.

Shop our collection of vintage Retro Era engagement rings, and give your loved one a promise that you’ll cherish them like nothing else.