The engagement ring has been a symbol of betrothal for centuries and it was in fact the Archduke Maximilian of Austria who, in 1477, first started the tradition when he presented a diamond ring to his betrothed Mary of Burgundy.
The diamond is still the most popular stone of choice, which is no wonder considering that it is believed to represent everlasting love. The Italians have even called it, ‘pieta della reconciliazione,' meaning 'stone of reconciliation', due to its supposed ability to maintain harmony between man and wife.
If it is a diamond you are looking for, why not consider an antique ring as an ethical and eco-friendly option? The great thing about an antique ring is the backstory - imagine the great love your ring could have inspired in years gone by!
Finding a ring can be a daunting task, but at Grays you can find expert assistance and guidance from our dealers, many of whom have over 40 years' experience in the trade - that's a lot of happy couples! Grays has a reputation for assured quality and possesses one of the largest ranges of antique jewellery in the UK, with something to suit all tastes and budgets. Our guide to buying an engagement ring is a great place to start and below we have put together a selection of engagement rings that Grays has to offer.
|An emerald cut diamond ring with baguette sides, set in an 18ct white gold mount. Art Deco. Offered by Alexandra Engagement Rings|
|A platinum, sapphire & diamond set with a fine "oval cut natural un-treated" sapphire, flanked on either side by two well matched "old round cut" diamonds. c1930. Offered by Robin Haydock|
|A 1.75ct old mine cushion cut diamond, set in a 18ct gold mount. English made c1840. Offered by Anthea AG Antiques Ltd|
|A ruby & diamond three stone ring, offered by The Antique Jewellery Company|
|A solitaire diamond engagement ring on a platinum setting. Art Deco. Offered by Persis Antique Jewellery|