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It’s easy to see the appeal of antique and vintage engagement rings: with these nostalgic pieces of jewelry come an innate sense of history and a strong feeling of romance.

With Valentine's Day right around the corner - a holiday in which roughly 10 percent of couples in the United States deem as the perfect time to get engaged and take their relationships to the next level - we turn to RubyLane.com, the world’s largest curated marketplace for antiques and vintage collectibles, where you can find thousands of antique and vintage engagement rings to choose from.

Some antique and vintage engagement rings can also fit in with current trends, as a few of the rings here do, including the 2022 trends for yellow diamonds, non-diamond stones and "toi et moi" rings - French for "you and me," John F. Kennedy presented an emerald and diamond one to Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in 1953, which she later redesigned.

Because there are so many choices, it’s helpful to think of antique and vintage engagement rings in a few key periods of time, and it's worth your time to dive into each of these eras to discover what you do (and don’t) like. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Georgian Engagement Rings (1714-1830)

Among its more notable characteristics is the ornate metal detailing and motifs like flowers and foliage.

This late Georgian ring, circa 1840, fits in with a trend for 2022: yellow-diamond engagement rings. The sparkling marquis-cut center canary diamond is surrounded by fine rose-cut diamonds; $18,292.

This late Georgian ring, circa 1840, fits in with a trend for 2022: yellow-diamond engagement rings. The sparkling marquis-cut center canary diamond is surrounded by fine rose-cut diamonds; $18,292.

Victorian Engagement Rings (1837-1901)

Rings are primarily crafted of yellow gold, the halo setting was popular, and the tradition of engagement/wedding rings became widespread.

Victorian diamond and pearl engagement ring, 1890s, with a bow motif; $2,093.

Victorian diamond and pearl engagement ring, 1890s, with a bow motif; $2,093.

Edwardian Engagement Rings (1890s-1915)

These feature floral patterns in ornate platinum filigree.

Rings with multiple dazzling stones are becoming increasingly popular for engagements and are timeless. Trio settings like this filigreed Edwardian diamond ring crafted in white gold symbolize the past, present and future; $2,577.

Rings with multiple dazzling stones are becoming increasingly popular for engagements and are timeless. Trio settings like this filigreed Edwardian diamond ring crafted in white gold symbolize the past, present and future; $2,577.

Art Nouveau Engagement Rings (1890s-early 1910s)

Rings can be characterized by the use of whiplash lines and asymmetry.

Engagement rings don’t have to include  only diamonds. The center of this Art Nouveau piece, circa 1900, is a natural emerald, the green color of which represents luck, love and new beginnings; $3,600.

Engagement rings don’t have to include only diamonds. The center of this Art Nouveau piece, circa 1900, is a natural emerald, the green color of which represents luck, love and new beginnings; $3,600.

Art Deco Engagement Rings (1920s-1930s)

Rings are crafted with mil-grain, symmetrical, geometric, and architectural designs, and often contain colored stone accents.

This Art Deco ring with its large synthetic sapphire hits on two trends for 2022: non-diamonds as the main stone and the fact that more consumers are being eco-conscious and buying synthetic stones; $1,530.

This Art Deco ring with its large synthetic sapphire hits on two trends for 2022: non-diamonds as the main stone and the fact that more consumers are being eco-conscious and buying synthetic stones; $1,530.

Retro Era Engagement Rings (circa 1940s)

Yellow and rose gold rings made a comeback and white gold began to compete with platinum.

A 1940s engagement ring  is a beauty of simplicity:  a brilliant-cut diamond  crafted in 14 karat  white gold; $1,550.

A 1940s engagement ring is a beauty of simplicity: a brilliant-cut diamond crafted in 14 karat white gold; $1,550.

Engagement Rings from the 1950s-1980s

Heirloom engagement rings became a popular choice and many from these years feature older antique family stones that were reset into current styles or ones handed down from previous generations.

This circa 1950 engagement ring is accented with five baguette-cut diamonds, ten brilliant-cut diamonds and six single brilliant-cut diamonds,  all set in platinum; $7,081.

This circa 1950 engagement ring is accented with five baguette-cut diamonds, ten brilliant-cut diamonds and six single brilliant-cut diamonds, all set in platinum; $7,081.

A two-stone diamond engagement ring, 1960s, in the Toi et Moi style, which is one of the trends for engagement rings in 2022. Toi et Moi (French for you and me) was made popular during the late Victorian era; $1,623.

A two-stone diamond engagement ring, 1960s, in the toi et moi style, which is one of the trends for engagement rings in 2022. Toi et moi (French for you and me) was made popular during the late Victorian era; $1,623.