A Study in Contrasts: 1940s Engagement Ring of the Week


1940s old mine cut diamond engagement ring from Doyle & Doyle

One more week to our November 15th Grand Opening at 412 West 13th Street! Inspired by the spirit of our new neighborhood, we’re showcasing a 1940s Engagement Ring of the Week that fits perfectly into the industrial, cobblestoned streets of New York’s Meatpacking District. The chunky Old Mine cut diamond is a striking contrast to the streamlined, architectural mounting, fashioned in palladium. 

1940s diamond engagement ring from Doyle & Doyle on hand

Old Mine cut diamonds were popular during the Victorian period and throughout the first decades of the 20th century, but had fallen out of favor by the 1940s. Therefore, the Old Mine cut stone in this ring tells a compelling story. Perhaps it was originally set in a 19th century jewel, deemed quaint and old fashioned by 1940, and subsequently reset into a stylish modern mounting. Perhaps it was an old family diamond, given to a young couple to design a new engagement ring. On your hand, this beautiful ring’s story starts a new chapter!

1940s diamond engagement ring from Doyle & Doyle with bands

To play off the possibilities, we’ve paired the ring with both a mid-century stylized floral platinum wedding band (inscribed “6-6-42”!) and a contemporary diamond and sapphire eternity band. Textural Art Deco and vintage wedding jewels, highlighting sapphires, carved rock crystal, and pearls, complete the look.

1940's diamond engagement ring with bands and accessories

Add a touch of 1940s glamour to your wedding celebration! We love an elegant long sleeved gown, dramatically waved or rolled updo, and a subtle red, white, and blue color palette as a nod to WW2 era patriotism. Stop by our new home on November 15th to try on this gorgeous ring and chat all things 1940s, weddings, and Meatpacking. We hope to see you there!

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