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At AC Silver, we are proud to boast an extensive collection of antique Victorian rings. A period in jewellery history famed for its innovation and style, Victorian jewellery is immensely popular among collectors and amateurs today. These stunning antique pieces are excellent gifts for anniversaries, birthdays, or even engagement rings. Antique Victorian engagement rings are innately romantic pieces of jewellery, and we are delighted to offer a range of styles and designs from this period.


At AC Silver, we are proud to boast an extensive collection of antique Victorian rings. A period in jewellery history famed for its innovation and style, Victorian jewellery is immensely popular among collectors and amateurs today. These stunning antique pieces are excellent gifts for anniversaries, birthdays, or even engagement rings. Antique Victorian engagement rings are innately romantic pieces of jewellery, and we are delighted to offer a range of styles and designs from this period.


All purchases from our Victorian ring collection come with free, fully-insured shipping around the world, as well as complimentary resizing to suit your needs.


victorian rings

The Victorian era is defined by the life and reign of Queen Victoria. She took to the throne at the age of 18 in 1837, and ruled until her death in 1901. So drastic were the changes that occurred in England during her lifetime, that this period is considered one of the most influential on our culture today.


Queen Victoria was such a prominent part of the era that the ways jewellery changed during her reign were directly linked to her life. Any styles that the queen enjoyed immediately became very popular. When she entered mourning for her husband, much of the British Empire joined her. The jewellery of the Victorian era is typically split into three separate periods, and you can read more about their unique distinctions on our Victorian jewellery history page


One of the most popular Victorian ring designs is the five stone ring. These rings feature a row of five gemstones all set in a horizontal line. Although the design did exist before the Victorian era, the quality of jewellery crafting was not as advanced, and the surviving pieces from this time are usually too delicate for use. Victorian five stone rings, however, are still popular today. They can be worn as engagement rings or simply as dress rings.


The discovery of gemstone deposits throughout the British Empire during Queen Victoria’s reign led to an increased popularity of cluster rings. Advanced stone cutting techniques made it easier to create rings with large, high quality feature gemstones. You will notice several of our Victorian rings prominently display large precious gemstones such as amethysts, emeralds, and sapphires. These cluster rings often use a surrounding halo of diamonds to complete the design. Victorian ring designs with these features are among the most beautiful antique jewellery pieces.


Jewellery for men was very popular in the Victorian period. Although they mostly wore suits and tuxedos for their clothing, they were able to customise their accessories to some degree. Pocket watches, watch chains, and cravat pins were just some jewellery items that were unique to Victorian menswear. Men’s Victorian ring designs also created the option for men to express their individuality.


Signet rings were incredibly popular for Victorian men. Having been worn in cultures since Ancient Greece, signet rings were symbols of status, power, and wealth. For a lot of Victorian gentlemen, a signet ring could be used to stamp their personal seal onto letters of correspondence. Equally, signet rings were often passed down through family lines. These heritage jewellery pieces were typically given from father to son, particularly those carrying on a family business of some kind.


Another very popular style of men’s ring in the Victorian period is the snake ring. In Victorian times, snake imagery was considered romantic. The linear body of a serpent was representative of a love that was eternal. As such, a lot of men wore rings depicting one or two snakes intertwined. These rings were sometimes worn as a replacement for the plain gold band we associate with wedding rings today. The style retained popularity well into the 20th century, being especially popular with men in the 1940s and 1950s.


The importance of mourning jewellery in Victorian society cannot be understated. Mourning rings utilised dark materials like onyx, jet, and black enamel to represent the loss of a loved one. Some rings were engraved with the departed’s name, or simply the expression ‘in memory of’ along the band. Victorian mourning rings also often featured materials that would be considered unusual today to say the least.


Pieces of hair were commonly removed from the departed before their burial to be used in mourning jewellery of all kinds. Sometimes the hair was plaited, and other times it was glued into place in a stylised pattern. These make for distinctly unique collector’s items today. Although they may seem strange to us, they were entirely accepted and even coveted as a way to keep someone’s memory alive.



3.25ct Emerald and 1.92ct Diamond, 18ct Yellow Gold Dress Ring - Antique Circa 1880
Price: GBP £21,945.00
4.39 ct Diamond, Blue Enamel and 12 ct Rose Gold Cocktail Ring - Antique Circa 1830
Price: GBP £15,345.00
2.00ct Colombian Emerald and 2.20ct Diamond, 18ct Yellow Gold Dress Ring - Antique Circa 1890
Price: GBP £15,345.00
2.56ct Diamond and 18 ct Yellow Gold Trilogy Ring - Antique Circa 1890
Price: GBP £10,950.00
1.50ct Emerald and 2.64ct Diamond 18ct Yellow Gold Dress Ring - Antique Circa 1890
Price: GBP £8,950.00
1.34ct Diamond and 22ct Rose Gold Solitaire Ring - Antique 1887
Price: GBP £7,950.00
1.22ct Emerald and 0.26ct Diamond, 14ct Yellow Gold Dress Ring - Antique Circa 1900
Price: GBP £7,645.00
3.11 ct Sapphire and 0.90 ct Diamond, 18 ct Yellow Gold Trilogy Ring - Antique Victorian
Price: GBP £7,645.00
2.35 ct Diamond and 18 ct Yellow Gold Dress Ring - Antique Victorian
Price: GBP £6,950.00
1.19 ct Basaltic Sapphire and 1.28 ct Diamond, 18 ct White Gold Twist Ring - Antique Victorian
Price: GBP £6,545.00
1.28ct Sapphire and 1.65ct Diamond, 14ct Yellow Gold Cluster Ring - Antique Hungarian Circa 1890
Price: GBP £5,225.00
Antique 1.50 ct Ceylon Purple Sapphire Ring with Diamonds
Price: GBP £4,950.00
Victorian Ruby and 2.13 ct Diamond Marquise Ring in 18 ct Yellow Gold
Price: GBP £4,950.00
1.07ct Diamond, 14ct Yellow Gold Cluster Ring - Antique Dutch Circa 1890
Price: GBP £4,125.00
0.98ct Diamond and 15ct Yellow Gold Solitaire Ring - Antique Victorian
Price: GBP £4,125.00
1.06ct Ruby and 0.89ct Diamond, Platinum Ring - Antique Circa 1890
Price: GBP £3,950.00
Victorian 2.65ct Cats Eye Chrysoberyl Ring with Diamonds
Price: GBP £3,950.00
Victorian 0.63 ct Sapphire and 0.77 ct Diamond Snake Ring in 18 ct Yellow Gold
Price: GBP £3,950.00
1.12ct Diamond & 0.60ct Emerald, 18ct Yellow Gold Twist Ring - Antique Circa 1880
Price: GBP £3,795.00
18 ct Yellow Gold Snake Dress Ring - Antique Victorian (1898)
Price: GBP £3,450.00
2.41ct Amethyst and 2.56ct Peridot, 9ct Yellow Gold Dress Ring - Antique Circa 1890
Price: GBP £3,295.00
1.12ct Diamond, 18ct and 15ct Yellow Gold Dress Ring / Pin - Antique Victorian Circa 1880
Price: GBP £3,250.00
1.35ct Chrysoberyl and 0.82ct Diamond, 18ct Yellow Gold Dress Ring - Antique Victorian
Price: GBP £3,245.00
1.78ct Diamond, 18ct Yellow Gold, Five Stone Ring - Antique Circa 1890
Price: GBP £3,025.00

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International Federation of Art and Antique Dealer Associations CINOA
LAPADA THE ASSOCIATION OF ART & ANTIQUES DEALERS
National Association of Jewellery UK's trade association NAJ