Engagement rings are possibly the single most important fashion item a girl will ever own in her life—apart from maybe a wedding dress.
But our concept of a square-cut diamond on a band of smaller diamonds is only a fairly recent trend.
In fact, engagement rings have changed completely over the last 100 years, with the size of the diamond, cut, setting, and band evolving massively through the 1900s.
Thankfully, Mode has done what it does best and created a nifty, under-three-minutes snapshot of exactly how ring styles have changed since 1910.
In 1910, a classic, solitaire diamond on a gold band was the ring of choice for most budding grooms—a style that we still see today in the windows of jewellers—but by the 1920s, the rule book was thrown completely out of the window.
During the 1920s, ornate rings crafted with carved details on the bands and a large, round diamond as the centerpiece was the norm. And if you thought this was OTT, the engagement rings of the '30s will blow your mind... So. Many. Diamonds.
Throughout the '40s and '50s, rings continued to get bigger in every way—bigger diamonds, bigger bands, bigger details. By the 1960s, it seemed something more simple was desired.
The reversal back to simpler times didn't last long, however, with almost crown-like engagement designs becoming popular in the 1970s. The '80s and '90s were all about the diamond—round shapes were popular initially and then people preferred square designs with surrounding stones.
You'll recognize the 2000 and 2010 rings as styles seen on the hands of your friends or relatives.
But which is YOUR favorite?
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.