i got the ring

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If we’ve learned anything from Mode‘s various “100 Years Of ___” videos, it’s that trends are always changing. Their newest one, though, is a bit different: “100 Years of Engagement Rings” proves that, not only have diamonds always been the ring of choice for the newly-betrothed, but old trends come back into fashion over time. Really, though, they’ve just given us an excuse to take a break from our Pinterest boards and check out some stunning engagement rings on a whole new platform.

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Since you’re all here for the engagement ring porn rather than to read my various ramblings, I’ll just get to the good stuff and save my remarks until the end. Check out Mode’s video below:


Mode broke down each ring to provide some historical context for the changing designs:

  • 1890–1900: Classic solitaire diamond ring: Round old European-cut diamond set into a six prong mounting, 14k yellow gold.
  • 1900–1920s: Lacy white-on-white look, in the style of jewelry of the Edwardian period.
  • 1920–1930s: Art Deco-influenced rings: Round early modern brilliant-cut diamond set into a platinum mounting, highlighted by round diamonds in a pierced openwork mounting.
  • 1930–1940s: The introduction of white gold in the late 1920s; “filigree” mounting, which heralds back to the Edwardian period, comes in trend.
  • 1940s: Yellow and rose gold used more.
  • 1945: “War Bride Ring,” the ring that every serviceman gave their fiancée due to the rationing of precious metals during the war years.
  • 1950–1960s: White gold and platinum becomes the preferred metal in postwar period. Addition of round side stones set into the shoulders of the ring.
  • 1960–1970s: Fancy-shaped diamonds—emerald-cut, pear, marquise, and heart shaped—become in. Platinum remains metal of choice.
  • 1970–1980s: “Gold” set with round or fancy shaped diamonds with channel set mountings, accompanying wedding bands.
  • 1980–1990s: Solitaire diamond with baguettes on each side.
  • 1990–2000s: “Radiant-cut” becomes the preferred fancy-shaped diamond, typically set with triangular side stones.
  •  2000–2010s: “Princess-cut” becomes the preferred fancy-shaped diamond.
  • 2010–2015: “Halo” mounting becomes the preferred engagement mounting; increased demand for fancy-colored diamonds.

Interestingly enough, my mom, who got engaged to my dad in the ’80s, has a very similar ring to the 1980’s style they showed here, and my sister, who got engaged just a few months, has a ring very similar in nature to the 2010’s ring. My point here is really just that my family is very #hip and #trendy.

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Between this video and all of the affordable bridal collections that have been coming out lately, I’m in full on bridal mode, which is awkward considering my status as a Not Even Close To Being Engaged To Another Human Being lady. I guess watching this video on repeat will tide me over for the next several years until that time comes? Or maybe I’ll just buy myself my own ring and call it a day.

…Nah. Let’s be real here: the only ring I can afford is a Ring Pop.

Which ring style is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!