Victorian Engagement Rings 

The Victorian era took place from 1835 until 1900. It was named after the young Queen Victoria, who wore a ring on each finger and was a fan of stunning jewelry. This period created some impressive jewelry designs, with trends adapting as the years went on. Read on to discover more.


Most rings made during the Victorian era were made from yellow gold or rose gold. The standout feature of the times was the use of symbols. Snakes, in particular, were popular for engagement rings. This is because they were a representation of wisdom and eternity. A lot of people also liked nature inspired themes, such as flowing flowers and thick branches.
It is worth noting that trends did develop over time, and thus rings that were worn in 1835 were not the same as those worn in 1900. At the start of the Victorian era, rings were made from 18 or 22 carat gold, using a design that was serpentine and organic, as it signified the continual love between the two people. Moving on to the period between 1860 and 1885 and rose gold was popular with darker coloured gemstones, like black opal, being widely used. Last but not last, from 1890 to 1901, what’s known as the Late Victorian era, there has a huge use of big, elaborate diamonds.


Another thing worth noting is that there was a large variety in the gemstones that were used in engagement rings. Some of the most popular precious jewels included pearls, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, amethysts, and topazes. Nevertheless, there was also a common trend for using your birthstone as your engagement stone. These are as follows:


Garnet – January
Amethyst – February
Aquamarine – March
Diamond – April
Emerald – May
Alexandrite or Pearl – June
Ruby – July
Peridot – August
Opal or Tourmaline – October
Citrine or Topaz – November
Turquoise, Zircon, or Tanzanite - December