Emerald cut, art deco, solitaire, princess cut, halo—engagement rings are as unique as the brides who wear them. Follow along as we recap a century's worth of engagement-ring styles. Rings provided by: pshemonsky.com ★ Ring descriptions below.
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The round solitaire diamond ring has always maintained the number one position in terms of popularity over the past 100 years. What changes is how each era chooses to showcase the stone.
With each era come changes that are reflected in the alternative options in the shape of the diamonds as well as the mountings.
★ 1890-1900- Classic solitaire diamond ring
Solitaire Diamond Ring –Round old European-cut diamond set into a six prong mounting, 14k yellow gold
★ 1900-1920’s- The lacy white on white look becomes the benchmark of the period in fashion and in the style of jewelry of the Edwardian period.
Diamond and Platinum Ring – Round old European-cut diamond set into a pierced openwork mounting highlighted by round diamonds with mill-grain detail.
★ 1920-1930’s – The streamlined geometry of the Art Deco period becomes reflected in the style of the mountings of the era
★ Round early modern brilliant-cut diamond set into a platinum mounting highlighted by round diamonds in a pierced openwork mounting.
★ 1930-1940’s - The introduction of white gold in the late 1920’s becomes the popular metal of the period along with the “filigree” mounting which heralds back to the Edwardian period
Round old European-cut diamond, 18kt white gold “filigree” mounting
★1940’s - The 1940’s saw a shift to the use of yellow and rose gold with an increase in the scale of the jewelry.
Round old European-cut diamond, 14k yellow gold wirework mounting
★ 1945 - “War Bride Ring” the ring that every service man gave their fiancée due to the rationing of precious metals during the war years.
Round brilliant-cut diamond set in 14k white and yellow gold.
★ 1950-1960’s - The post war era once again looked back to better times with white gold and platinum becoming the preferred metal The round solitaire continues to as the stone of choice with the addition of round side stones set into the shoulders of the ring.
Round brilliant-cut diamond flanked by trios of round diamonds set in 14k white gold
★ 1960-1970 - The 1960’s saw an increased interest in fancy shaped diamonds, emerald-cut, pear, marquise and heart shaped diamonds with platinum becoming the preferred metal of choice
Emerald-cut diamond set in platinum
★ 1970-1980 - The period was all about the “gold” set with round or fancy shaped diamonds with channel set mountings with accompanying wedding bands
Marquise shaped diamond set in yellow gold with channel set round brilliant-cut diamonds with matching wedding band
★ 1980-1990 - The solitaire reigns supreme set in the classic manner with baguettes on each side.
Round brilliant-cut diamond flanked by rectangular baguettes mounted in platinum
★ 1990-2000 - The “Radiant-cut” becomes the preferred fancy shaped diamond of the period typically set with triangular side stones
Radiant-cut diamond flanked by triangular shaped diamonds mounted in 18k white gold
★ 2000-2010 - The “Princess-cut” becomes the preferred fancy shaped diamond of the period
Princess-cut diamond highlighted by round brilliant-cut diamonds set into the ring band, platinum and white gold.
★ 2010-2015 - The “Halo” mounting becomes the preferred engagement mounting with an increased demand for fancy colored diamonds.
Fancy yellow rectangular cushion cut diamond set into a platinum “Halo “ mounting highlighted by round brilliant-cut diamonds.
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We were each other's first kiss, the first time I spoke with her it hit me like a freight train. She was a wholesome shy single child, but when she opened up she showed her incredible humor, amazing creativity, and most valuably that her soul was more beautiful than I thought possible. I knew then at 16 that in a few years when we're both old enough, I had to ask her marry me. We dated for a almost a year and her family moved away. I had plenty of girls trying to date me after they found out I was single, I dated a few but none of them made me feel the way she did, I turned down all the girls trying to date and gave up on finding love. Then she appeared unexpectedly on my junior year orientation, I turned the corner and my chest sank, she smiled and like she never left she wrapped her arms around me and nestled her head in my chest. We've been dating since she came back, I'm now almost 20, and she's in her senior year. I never want to lose her again. I've had an unsent letter written to her parents asking for their blessing, and think about how I'm going to ask her every day. We don't see each other as often due to conflicting schedules and stuff, but there's nothing I'm more certain of, I have to ask her to marry me.
I think I would like my ring to have jade instead... not only is it in a colour I like, but my grandmother insists that jade is auspicious for me, so I guess that's an added boost of confidence, even if I don't necessarily have as strong of a belief in this as she does. Bonus if the ring itself is silver, since that is antibacterial and doesn't really rust.
I liked 1910s best. Always thought I wanted something simple like that. Last July, I was proposed to by my fiancé and he got me 2 rings! 1 because it has 'swirlies', my favourite thing in the world, bit is very impractical, and 1 simpler one to wear. Both are made of wood and turquoise resin (Which is genius, because we never quite found out what metals I am and am not allergic to)! The one for wearing also has a glow in the dark epoxy where the resin and wood attach to reach other! All these elements have something to do with our story. They may be unconventional materials, but it's completely personal and fitting for us! (The swirly ring I wear as a necklace btw ^^)
My grandparents got married in 1963 and my Grandma had no Ring. They had Not that much money at that time, their Family even helped them out for the Wedding Rings, so they could get married. And they really had to, because at this time, my mum was already "on the way" and an unmarried couple With a child..... Not These days. Shortly, before my grandpa died in 1981, He bought a Ring, With a blue stone, like my Grandmas eyes. And 2 days, before He passed away because of cancer, He asked my Grandma, if she would marry him again, when they meet again in heaven. And she said yes. Today, my Grandma still wears the Ring, to remember him.
I love this edgy look! I was so excited that her hair, even as short as it is now, was still able to be put into the fun and trendy dutch pigtail braids! Instead of braiding to the ends, I ended them in close together pigtails at the nape of her neck. After I finished braiding, I tugged on the outsides of the braid gently to loosen them and make them a little messy and fun! Since she doesn’t have enough hair to tie around the elastics, I made sure to use elastics that matched her hair so they blend in as much as possible. You could also cover them with clips or bows! A view from the back of her Dutch pigtail braids! A great braid for short hair is a micro accent braid! My biggest tip for braiding short hair would be to add in small slices of hair rather than big ones. I did a small (micro) braid along a slightly curved deep part for anther cute and edgy look! You could also do another one next to it if you wanted a little more to the look, but I really liked how simple this one was. You can see how the part curves a little better from this view of the back. I ended the braid close to the head with an elastic that matched her hair. For our fourth style, we did a 3/4 french braid! Super simple but also super cute! You could do any type braid! It would also look cute using a Dutch braid or a fishtail braid! I loved the side view of this braid! I will for sure be doing this one next time she goes to gymnastics or swimming, whichever comes first! Our last braid is two four dutch lace braids into two loops in the back. Start off by parting the hair down the middle. On each side of the part, do a dutch lace braid, adding hair in from only the section closest to the part as you braid. Tie the braids together in the back with a small elastic and before you pull the hair all the way through to make a ponytail, leave it in a cute little loop! If the hair is a little bit longer, you could do a tiny bun. Repeat this directly under the braid you just did so you have two rows and two loops.
We will have to be coming up with lots more short hair braids in the future, so be sure to give us a follow over at our newly redesigned blog Abella’s Braids to see more as we do them!
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love these ideas! My daughter recently cut about 8 inches off her hair and is loving her shorter hair, but I’ve mostly been at a loss of what to do with it! Thanks!
Abella has been begging me for at least a year, probably closer to two years, to cut her hair. I posted a photo on Instagram with a question in the caption. “Abella has been begging me to cut her hair short, do you think I should let her do it?” Almost everyone said “YES!” So thanks to all of the good advice from my followers, we did it…and we haven’t regretted it for a second! I think she looks so cute and it really fits her personality! It’s for sure a lot harder to come up with braids but it’s pushed me to step out of my comfort zone! We wanted to show you that even if you have short hair, there are lots of cute braids you can still do!
This first braid (above) is three ladder braids. Start out with a part deep to one side. On the side with less hair, start out by doing a waterfall braid along the part. Under that one, do another waterfall braid, but incorporate the waterfall pieces from the one above it as you braid. Under that one, do a french braid. Incorporate the waterfall pieces from the second braid as you go. We braided each one to the ends and used elastics that matched her hair to tie them off.