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Explore Our Antique & Vintage 1940s/1950s Rings 

Our collection of antique and vintage 1940s and 1950s rings feature highly desirable and unique pieces. Striking gem-set jewellery dominated these eras, making both the 1940s and 1950s exceptionally popular eras for both engagement rings, and dress rings. 

Unparalleled craftsmanship can be seen in the creation of these incredible vintage 1940s and 1950s rings, enabling a sense of character that is rarely seen in modern jewellery. There was a move towards bold, sculptural and three-dimensional pieces, both for dress rings, and engagement rings. Indeed, the linear cuts first seen in the Art Deco era, such as the emerald cut, asscher cut, step cut, and baguette cut continued to be popular for engagement rings throughout the 1940s and 1950s. 

The breathtaking and rare designs seen in vintage 1940s and 1950s rings continue to make them highly sought after for those wanting to add a statement piece to their vintage jewellery collection.

For those seeking vintage or antique engagement rings, Berganza is your ultimate destination. Our curated selection guarantees you'll discover the perfect piece, whether it's an enchanting diamond ring or a vintage marquise ring, embodying the timeless beauty you desire.


The most effective way to tell if 1940s and 1950s rings are original to the era is to purchase them from a certified antique or vintage jeweller. A reputable jeweller will also issue a valuation for insurance when each piece is purchased, stating its age, and outlining the details of the piece.

Jewellery created in these eras saw a true mix of colours, from yellow gold and rose gold, to platinum and palladium. Whilst platinum had been popular during the Art Deco era, in the 1940s, gold came back into fashion, and as platinum was used for the war effort, alternative white metals, including palladium and white gold were used. In the 1950s, platinum once again became the predominant metal. The 1940s and 1950s saw a variety of diamonds and coloured gemstones used, from sapphires, rubies and emeralds, to aquamarines and amethysts.

1940s and 1950s wedding rings tended to be more simple bands, often in yellow gold.

To clean your 1940s and 1950s rings, use a soft cloth to wipe the surface of the ring, removing all dust and fingerprints. If the ring requires a deeper clean or it has an open back setting, create a mixture of warm water and mild soap in a bowl. Use a soft toothbrush to gently clean the ring using the mixture, ensuring you clean behind the setting. Rinse the ring well, and pat dry. It is also important that you have your 1940s or 1950s rings cleaned professionally once a year, to as give your jeweller the opportunity to check the condition of the ring, as well as making sure it sparkles!

Traditionally, it was thought that a 1940s or 1950s engagement ring should cost around three month’s salary, however there are no rules today regarding what you should spend. Instead, prioritise choosing a unique ring that your partner will love, and that fits their style and personality. The style, design and quality of materials in each ring can impact the price significantly, with beautiful and unique 1940s and 1950s engagement rings available in every price range.

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