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100 Years of Engagement Rings in 3 Minutes: See Video!

100 years of engagement ringsTake a look back at the history of engagement rings with Mode's latest "100 Years" video. Credit: Mode/YouTube

Looking for some bling inspiration? You’re in luck! Mode has published a fun compilation of 100 Years of Engagement Rings in under three minutes. From simple solitaires to brilliant-cut masterpieces set in platinum, there’s a cut and style for every blushing bride-to-be. Mode’s video treasury of engagement rings (and groovy tunes!) is sure to inspire even the pickiest of jewelry connoisseurs.

1910s: Solitaire lovers, eat your heart out! Set in classic 14k yellow gold, this round, old European-cut offers understated elegance that many future brides (and grooms!) still gravitate to today. Just like the Motown tune it’s set to, this classic silhouette will live on forever.

1920s: Men in the roaring 20s used their mojo to pop the question in high style. Engagement rings went from simplistic to elaborate in the blink of a long-lashed eye. The Art Deco period inspired brilliant-cut diamonds, and yellow gold was replaced by pure platinum. Statement styles ensured that no one would miss the gleam of an engaged gal’s most prized possession.

1930s: Brides-to-be of this era went bananas for the emerging popularity of white gold. The filigree engagement ring designs were intricate and nothing short of stunning.

1940s: Along with the jitterbug-worthy jazz and swing tunes that were favored in the 40s, there was a mix of metals to choose from. History began to repeat itself with the reemergence of 14k yellow gold engagement rings.

1950s: With the solitaire continuing to be the preference of many hot-to-trot soon-to-be brides, white gold and platinum were in high demand.

1960s: Rock ‘n’ roll wasn’t the only lasting creation of this era. From the flower child to the groovy greaser, everyone wanted to find their true identity. Engagement rings began to take a new shape with marquise, heart-shaped, and the unique pair design. Platinum was the metal of choice for hippies and groupies alike.

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1970s: Gents of this generation were proud to pick up their foxy ladies in a flip-top and surprise them with fancy-shaped diamond engagement rings. Yellow gold was the way to go, and matching wedding bands were a must.

1980s: Along with pop tunes and side ponytails came the eye-candy engagement rings of the 80s. Round brilliant-cut diamonds were back in a big way with an emphasis on shiny platinum bands.

1990s: Bring on the bling! Radiant-cut diamonds were all the rage, and the trend lasted for more than a hot minute. Engagement rings sparkled with accompanying triangular shaped stones, making them impossible to ignore. The new style, preferred in 18k white gold, made engaged gals giddy.

2000s: The turn of the century brought with it blingy sophistication. Princess-cut diamonds paired with brilliant-cut stones were off the hook in platinum. White gold was the perfect alternative for less-expensive options.

2010s: Why not add a little color to your world? The new decade introduced the popularity of fancy-colored diamonds. With celebrities donning extraordinarily large engagement rings, some of the looks are surreal. The popular ‘Halo’ rings of the era bring all of the attention to the beautiful center stone.

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There’s no shortage of choices! Which style spoke to you over the 100 Years of Engagement Rings?

About the Author

Kelly Spears
Kelly Spears
Kelly is an online news writer for The Knot. She is a professional writer who studied English at Ohio State University. Kelly is a big fan of TLC's '90 Day Fiance' and FYI's 'Married at First Sight.'