Timeless 1940s Solitaire Engagement Ring of the Week


Solitaire Vintage Engagement Ring

There’s nothing more classic than a four prong diamond solitaire set in gold. This week, we’re highlighting an elegant engagement ring that fits right into the All American look we shared in our Labor Day post.  Created by New York jeweler J.R. Wood & Sons in the 1940s, it features design elements that epitomize the WWII period. Squared off, two tone 14k gold mounting? Check. Softly millegrained band with delicate floral engraving? Check. Glittering 0.51ct transitional round brilliant cut diamond? Check. Equally beautiful and affordable? Check and check!

Vintage Wedding Bands

Founded in Brooklyn in 1850, J.R. Wood & Sons described themselves as “diamond cutters, wedding ring makers and manufacturers of fine gold and platinum jewelry” on the cover of their 1919 catalog.  In the 1970s, after merging with another manufacturer and moving to Trenton New Jersey, the company changed its name to ArtCarved, which remains a well known brand for bridal jewelry and class rings.

Timeless and lovely, this engagement ring hearkens back to the one your grandmother may have had, but it’s just as flattering and wearable now. One of the first engagement ring styles specifically designed to pair with a wedding band, it’s also endlessly versatile. And like our Art Deco emerald engagement ring, it can easily stack with multiple bands.

Vintage Antique Wedding Jewelry

During the 1940s, white metals were restricted to war use, so the platinum favored by Edwardian and Art Deco jewelers gave way to warm gold in curving, stylized shapes. On your wedding day (or any day!), mix a vintage charm bracelet, family heirloom or one of ours, with strands of pearls and sparkling citrines, then top it off with a sculptural cocktail ring.

Doyle & Doyle Wedding Jewelry

All this wonderful gold jewelry reminds me of my favorite film genre, movie musicals, and specifically 1944’s “Cover Girl” starring Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly. If you’ve never seen it, it’s worth a spot in your Netflix queue for the fashion alone, not to mention the elaborate musical numbers and, of course, Gene Kelly’s choreography.

Doyle & Doyle Wedding Inspiration

Inspired by Rita Hayworth and these classic jewels, bring 1940s style into your wedding, from the dress to the getaway car. Long sleeves, nipped waists, rolled hair, and a shot of primary colors – it’s vintage with a modern twist.

1940s Vintage Wedding Inspiration

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