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A History Of Engagement Rings, Vol. 4: The 1950’s

Last week in A History Of Engagement Rings we talked about one of the greatest jewelry collectors of modern times: Liz Taylor. Oddly enough, or maybe not so oddly given that she was married 8 times, she shows up again here with us in the recap of the 1950’s. Four times (Conrad Hilton, Michael Wilding, Mike Todd and Eddie Fisher). :-)
A History Of Engagement Rings, Vol. 4: The 1950's
Princess Margaret’s Wedding (Queen Elizabeth’s Sister)

A History Of Engagement Rings, Vol. 4: The 1950’s

Last week in A History Of Engagement Rings we talked about one of the greatest jewelry collectors of modern times: Liz Taylor. Oddly enough, or maybe not so oddly given that she was married 8 times, she shows up again here with us in the recap of the 1950’s. Four times (Conrad Hilton, Michael Wilding, Mike Todd and Eddie Fisher). 🙂

A History Of Engagement Rings, Vol. 4: The 1950's
Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd

But then again, Audrey Hepburn, Princess Margaret (Queen Elizabeth’s sister), Ethel and Robert Kennedy, Jayne Mansfield and Dihann Carroll are all married in the decade too. None of them as many times as Liz, however.

A History Of Engagement Rings, Vol. 4: The 1950's
Dihann Carroll
The rings of the 50’s were making the turn into more retro modern styles (think swoops and swirls of rubies and emeralds tucked into heavy rose gold bands, but also reminiscent still of the Art Deco period with larger center stones (more so that we’ll see as we head back into time) and we see greater detail on the bands, like engraving or braiding.
A History Of Engagement Rings, Vol. 4: The 1950's
Audrey Hepburn’s Wedding
We can thank Ms. Hepburn for introducing us to the idea of stacked bands. Princess Margaret received a ruby surrounded by a halo of diamonds, said to resemble a rose (her middle name was Rose).
A History Of Engagement Rings, Vol. 4: The 1950's
Ethel and Robert Kennedy

Ethel Kennedy’s ring was fairly traditional (from photos, it looks to be a larger center stone with baguette diamonds on each side) and she has been seen to still be wearing it in photos as recent as a couple of years ago.

A History Of Engagement Rings, Vol. 4: The 1950's
Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield, who was married three times before her untimely death at age 34, received a 10ct stunner from Miklós Hargitay, her second husband.

A History Of Engagement Rings, Vol. 4: The 1950'sWhether they were traditional round brilliant cuts or rose gold ruby laced sprays of diamonds, the 50’s were a gateway to new designs and a boon for diamond wholesalers.
A History Of Engagement Rings, Vol. 4: The 1950's A History Of Engagement Rings, Vol. 4: The 1950's
What 1950’s style is your favorite? Do you have an engagement ring from the 50’s? Tell us in the comments below!

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