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Victorian Engagement Rings

Victorian Engagement Rings for Sale at AC Silver

Explore our stunning collection of Victorian engagement rings for sale; including fine ring crafted in platinum, white and yellow gold and adorned with diamonds and gemstones.

All rings at AC Silver include free global shipping and have a 14 day return policy and include gemstone and diamond grading certificates and report cards.

Here at AC Silver we class Victorian jewellery as items produced during the reign of Queen Victoria in the 1800's (1837 - 1900).

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Victorian Engagement Rings Frequently Asked Questions

The Victorian Era, spanning from 1837 to 1901 during Queen Victoria's reign, was a period characterised by rich in elaborate traditions and love symbolism, especially when it came to engagements and weddings.

Courtship and Proposals
Courtship in the Victorian era was a formal and decadent process. It often began with social events where young people could meet under the watchful eyes of chaperones. A gentleman would express his interest through subtle gestures, such as offering a lady his arm or presenting her with a token gift. When a relationship deepened, the man would seek permission from the lady’s father to propose marriage. The proposal itself was a private affair, marked by heartfelt declarations of love and a promise of lifelong commitment.

Engagement Rings
Engagement rings were symbols of devotion much like today. Victorians were drawn to romantic motifs such as hearts, flowers, and even the entwined initials of the couple. A variety of gemstones were used prior to diamond’s rise in popularity in 1867, following the discovery of diamond mines in South Africa.

Once engaged, couples would formally announce their engagement in local newspapers or at family gatherings. Engagement parties were held to celebrate the union, where friends and family would offer their congratulations and best wishes. These gatherings were an opportunity to display the engagement ring and to mark the beginning of the couple's journey towards marriage.

Betrothal Gifts and Tokens
Beyond the engagement ring, it was common for couples to exchange betrothal gifts. These could range from lockets containing a lock of hair to hand-painted miniatures or other sentimental items. Such gifts were treasured as symbols of the couple's affection and commitment to each other.

Early Victorian Era (1837-1860)
In the early Victorian period, known as the Romantic Period, engagement rings often featured elaborate designs inspired by nature. Common motifs included flowers, leaves, and serpents. Queen Victoria's own engagement ring, a serpent with emerald eyes, set a trend for snake-themed jewellery, with the entwined serpent symbolising never-ending, eternal love. Rings from this time were typically made of yellow gold and adorned with colourful gemstones like garnets, amethysts, and turquoise.

Mid Victorian Era (1860-1880)
The mid-Victorian period, or the Grand Period, saw a shift towards more somber and substantial designs, partly influenced by Queen Victoria's mourning after Prince Albert's death in 1861. Rings from this era often included dark stones like onyx, jet, and black enamel. However, diamonds began to rise in popularity following the discovery of diamond mines in South Africa. The use of diamonds and other precious gems in elaborate clusters and halo settings became more common.

Late Victorian Era (1880-1901)
The late Victorian period brought a return to lighter, more whimsical designs. Engagement rings from this era often featured intricate filigree work and a mix of gemstones, with diamonds taking centre stage in elegant and delicate settings. Platinum became a popular metal choice due to its strength and ability to hold intricate designs.

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