We're quite sure an engagement ring would be welcome at any time of the year, but engagement season is a thing, and we're in the middle of it. This time around, though, we're taking a break from engagement ring trend coverage and how much to spend on a ring to talk about a type of engagement ring that'll always be in style: vintage.
Vintage engagement rings are perfect for the wearer who wants a bit of history with their bauble or who simply doesn't want to wear a ring that looks like everyone else's. But the journey of vintage engagement ring shopping is a daunting thing to embark on, so we're here to help. We scoured the internet for the sources that are filled with unique options from different eras, whether you're a fan of Art Deco, Victorian, Edwardian, or Georgian styles (to name a few). We ultimately narrowed it down to nine retailers that have the best assortment of fashion girl–approved, one-of-a-kind rings.
Keep scrolling to learn more about them and shop our picks from each site's current offerings.
Downtown Los Angeles–based Trumpet & Horn's well-organized site divides its vast array of stunning rings according to era, making it easy to narrow the options down if you're partial to a specific style.
An auction site, 1stdibs deals with "the world's most sophisticated collectors, designersand curators," according to its webpage, so you know you're getting a quality product. The assortment of thousands of vintage engagement rings listed on the site is, frankly, mind-boggling.
Brilliant Earth is another must-see if you want options. The site specializes in custom engagement rings, but its selection of vintage rings is quite strong, especially the Art Deco options.
Doyle & Doyle is an NYC-based jeweler with a small, well-edited selection of unique rings.
If you're looking for a vintage engagement ring with a large diamond, look no further than Eragem. The Washington-based jeweler stocks rings of every carat size imaginable, both (very) big and small.
Every fashion influencer is obsessed with Erica Weiner–designed jewelry, but she always has a section for antique gems on her site, filled with stunningly intricate options in the vein of her own designs.
We were floored by New York–based Erstwhile's ultra-unique selection, which features colored stones, an engagement ring trend that's still going strong.
While Etsy can be overwhelming, it's also a very fruitful source of vintage rings, many of them well priced. Just be sure that you're dealing with a reputable seller with high reviews from other Etsy users.