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Antique Engagement Rings

Our antique engagement rings are new takes on pieces from the past. These vintage designs are very unique and often feature filigree and hand engraving. Some rings have halos and others are adorned with milgrain edging. Inspired from Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Deco eras, each ring is individually crafted for the center stone you choose and your finger size. We specialize in antique/vintage wedding rings. Whether you specifically want a custom vintage blue sapphire engagement ring or an antique Oval Seville, Knox Jewelers can help. Browse our selection of antique engagement rings and if you have any questions, please let us know. All Knox engagement rings are heirloom quality and can be made in platinum or any color of gold.

Antique Ring Design Elements and History

When it comes to designing stunning jewelry, Knox Jewelers has the knowledge, skill, and artistry to create the finest custom pieces. Every antique-inspired engagement ring is made with the utmost care and expertise, using top jewelry-making methods. Some of the best classic design elements used to craft elegant jewelry are hand engraving, filigree metalwork, and milgraining.

Hand Engraving

The term ‘engraving’ refers to the technique of cutting into a material that is softer than the tool used to cut it. Engraving began with nonmetallic materials such as shells, bone, wood, ivory, and stone. This particular design technique has been found as early as the Upper Paleolithic, in which the Western European cultures used tools made of pointed flint.
With the transition from the Stone Age into the Bronze Age, flint and stone tools were replaced with metal tools like copper, bronze, and iron. Engraving metal was less difficult as these tools could be sharpened into very fine points. The style of engraving used on more recent jewelry pieces all started with the use of iron tools in 11th Century B.C. As the practice and knowledge grew and flourished, engraving truly became an art form. Engraving methods became more controlled when artisans were able to harden and temper the metals so that the tools would not splinter or chip.
The tool used to engrave is called a ‘graver,’ which is a much more sophisticated version of the chisel that preceded modern engraving tools. The sharpened edge of the tool is held at an angle to the material being engraved; then forward pressure is applied to cut into the metal. Modern engraving tools were created as more intricate engraving designs emerged.
While most commonly used on metal, engraving is a craft that can be applied to many different materials. Metal, however, creates the most striking artwork. The contrast of dark and light that the grooves in the metal create is what makes it so impressive. An artisan’s ability to vary the angles as they cut away metal creates a masterful pattern that reflects light differently with each stroke.