Antique / Vintage Engagement Rings in Toronto, Canada
Old trends are made new again with our vintage engagement rings. We take new techniques and apply them to old styles to create timeless works of art. You’re sure to find something special.
The vintage engagement rings we create in Toronto, Canada:
- Take old styles and revitalize them with high quality techniques and materials
- Are carefully handmade by a team of passionate artisans
- Use only ethically sourced materials
Influenced by the styles of the past, these gorgeous, romantic engagement rings are heirlooms in the making. Whether because of the delicate, Victorian-inspired filigree designs, the bold individuality of Art Deco styles, or the larger-than-life dazzle popular in the Retro era, each style in our antique-inspired collection is gorgeous piece.
Styles of the Past
Our antique-inspired pieces take a wide range of inspiration. From the Victorian era we take the styles of jewellery made popular by Queen Victoria’s mourning for her husband. The gold and jet blacks of this period lend many different pieces the timeless look that you now love.
Towards the end of this era, diamond mines were discovered in South Africa, which led to the creation of the solitaire engagement ring. At the time, society was going through the beginnings of an industrial revolution. The themes present in Victorian jewellery captures that feeling.
When we craft a piece inspired by the Victorian era, we often use golds and blacks, along with solitaire diamonds for stunning, unique pieces that can’t be found from any other era.
The beginnings of the Edwardian era saw the rise of platinum in jewellery, which remains popular even today. Jewellery from this period relied heavily on the strength that platinum provides.
This means that many pieces are extremely delicate and light. In addition, these pieces featured as many diamonds as possible. Some of these designs also used sapphires, aquamarines, and green demantoid garnets.
Additionally, a new type of decorative enhancement called “milgraining” was used extensively during this period. Milgraining involves a small border of platinum beads set around the edges of a piece of jewellry that adds a soft, elegant look.
The pieces we craft that are inspired by the Edwardian era are extremely delicate and light. With the aid of more modern technology, we can make these delicate, airy rings even more delicate and beautiful.
Art Nouveau Period
The Art Nouveau period came about as an artistic revolt against the technologies created in the industrial age. The pieces that came from this time were always hand-crafted and creatively designed. These rings captured the essence of the female form.
Instead of using diamonds as centerpieces, these rings used moonstones, opal, and agate. When diamonds were used, it was as an accent. Many Japanese themes, such as nature, birds, and even dragons were commonly used as well.
The most important technique to come out of this time was enameling. This art was truly perfected, and often used “plique a jour”, which was a technique that resulted in a stained glass-like effect.
Art Deco Era
The Art Deco era came about as a result of World War I. Women were needed to take over men’s roles, and also gained increased independence through the right to vote. This new indepence ushered in a new attitude that was reflected in the jewellery created at the time.
Art Deco era jewellery emphasizes bold, geometric designs. Straight lines in both rings and gemstones were often used. Calibre cut sapphires, rubies, and emeralds were used to add splashes of colour. Black onyx and red coral were often used to accentuate colours. White gold & rose gold were also used heavily.
The pieces we create that are inspired by the era feature the straight, clean lines that were common. We use gorgeous cuts on sapphires, rubies, and emeralds to fully represent the themes of the time.
Hollywood and its glamour began the influence of retro jewellery. It is big, bold, and three dimensional. Large emerald cut semi-precious gemstones were the stars of the era. In particular, amethyst, aquamarine, and citrine were used.
They were often accented by smaller diamonds and calibre cut rubies and sapphires. Due to a shortage of platinum brought on by World War II, gold became the metal of choice.
Retro-inspired pieces we create are bold and bigger than life. We use big gemstones to create a powerful impact, all supported by gorgeous, flowing gold halo bands.
Whatever era you love, you’re sure to find a piece that inspires the confidence that you feel. Contact us now to see our selection of antique style engagement rings, or start creating your own custom engagement ring.
We Work To Earn Your Trust
Trust is something that is earned. Our goal is to earn your trust by offering the highest quality jewellery, being fully transparent in our practices, and working with the belief that it is our responsibility to satisfy your interests and desires in a respectful and friendly environment.
We Stand Behind Our Products
We only sell top-quality GIA certified loose diamonds and we carefully curate our extensive inventory. This allows us to provide a larger selection of truly special diamonds.
And if you change your mind, or if your custom design is not what you expected, we’ll either remake your ring at no cost to you or you can simply return your diamond within six months for a full credit.
No Pressure Sales
There are no salespeople at Jacob Mercari – only passionate jewellery design experts. As our guest, you’ll enjoy a friendly and honest customer experience with no hard ball or pressure selling.
New to the diamond buying experience? First time with custom-crafted jewellery? You’ll never make a mistake with us. Questions are always welcome and we will answer or find the answer for you. We’ll teach you everything you need to know about how to choose the perfect diamond, so you’ll feel as confident with your choice as you are with her.
Proof of Authenticity
When you purchase a Canadian-origin diamond from our collection we’ll provide you with a certificate of authenticity outlining the history, grading, and details of your diamond that you can use for insurance purposes. You’ll receive our assurance in writing that your diamond comes only from legitimate, tracked sources.
Craftsmanship is at Our Core
We work with the finest artisans and use only the highest quality alloys and materials. We go the extra mile to make sure the engagement rings and jewellery we produce are made with an extreme eye to detail and precision. If a piece does not meet our exceptionally high quality standards, we will start over and do it right at our cost.
The Finest Quality Diamonds and Gemstones
We employ only the highest-skilled jewellers and goldsmiths who work with the finest quality diamonds and gemstones.That means no brown tinges, no strong fluorescence, no surface inclusions, no cracks, and no centre black inclusions.
From top quality metal alloys to the most exquisitely cut and ethically sourced diamonds, you’ll be absolutely assured of the finest quality stone.
Completely Unique Creations
Your custom ring will be unlike any other on Earth, and she’s guaranteed to receive a ring that will be as unique and precious as your love.
Thorough Quality Inspection Process
Our attention to detail is second to none, and every piece is rigorously and thoroughly hand inspected before delivery. You’ll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing each diamond has been strictly graded and expertly cut. We go well beyond the 4 C’s – carat, colour, clarity, and cut – delving into the crystal’s inner qualities and very carefully critiquing it based on its purity and various colourations – to ensure that we’ll never deliver a product that is anything less than perfect.
You Can Change Your Mind
We stand behind everything we sell. But most importantly, we stand behind you. If you select a diamond from our inventory and change your mind within six months, we will credit the full amount of the diamond cost to you. It’s our way of letting you know we’re in this together, and we will never allow our customers to experience buyer’s remorse.
Your Custom Ring Will Exceed Your Expectations
We promise you an experience free of surprises. Our artisans will craft the ultimate ring creation after detailed consultations with you. But if your custom-designed ring isn’t exactly what you had imagined, for any reason, we’ll remake it at no cost to you. It’s on us to make sure we exceed your expectations.
Unlike most jewellers, our partnership with you doesn’t end once we’ve delivered the perfect jewellery – it’s just the beginning. We provide a full range of services post-delivery to ensure you maximize your investment and fulfill her dreams.
Our free aftercare services include a ring sizing, as well as inspection and diamond or gemstone tightening to ensure a magical fit. We’ll clean your ring for the life of the ring, and we will be delighted to polish it for you before the wedding.
A Stress-Free Environment
Our mission is to consult with, advise, and educate you in a relaxed, private, and friendly environment. There are no commissioned salespeople with Jacob Mercari, just passionate jewellery design experts who are committed to helping you fulfill her dreams. You’ll never feel pressured in any way.
Your Jewellery is Ethically Produced
We take our ethical obligations seriously. All of our creations are made locally in Toronto, Canada, using only materials ethically produced and sourced from conflict-free conditions and using environmentally sustainable processes. We are an authorized distributor of CanadaMark diamonds, representing the pinnacle of responsible diamond trading.
We believe in offering our employees fair wages and employment conditions, as well as giving back to the community by donating a portion of our sales to charity.
All of our products can be delivered to you free of charge, anywhere in North America.
Price Match Guarantee
We are committed to your satisfaction, and we will price match any comparable competing offer. Moreover, unlike other jewellers, there’s no need to haggle with us; all of our products feature our most attractive price upfront, with full transparency, so you’ll know you’re receiving the best quote possible.
We Keep Our Costs Low
Our jewellery is made by us. A complete control over manufacturing lets us keep our costs down and our quality exceptionally high.
We also work directly with licensed diamond manufacturers to provide the most brilliant diamonds at the sharpest possible prices. With 30 years of experience in the business, we know what to look for and how to source the best products at a fair and reasonable cost.
We provide free aftercare support for all our valued customers. From free ring sizings, tightening, and maintenance to free cleaners – we’re at your service to ensure your jewellery remains in pristine condition.
All of our industry partners are carefully screened and conform to the highest ethical standards, and we will only work with members of the Responsible Jewellery Council. Our partners are regularly audited for supply chain custody, ethics, and safe working conditions.
At such a special time in your life, you want to ensure that your diamonds are sourced from only responsible and ethical suppliers. We require our manufacturing partners be licensed to receive rough diamonds directly from responsible mining companies such as De Beers and Dominion Diamond Corporation to give you peace of mind from knowing that your diamond has been obtained fairly and responsibly.
We vet and confirm the quality of the sources of all of our diamonds and gemstones, and only obtain loose diamonds directly from the manufacturers – never through intermediaries.
CanadaMark Authorized Distributor
We offer loose diamonds from CanadaMark, a hallmark of the Canadian-owned Dominion Diamond Corporation committed to responsible mining and sustainable practices.
GIA Certified Diamonds
All of our diamonds are independently tested and certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to ensure their quality. Any diamond we sell will include a GIA report and grading certificate.
We are proud to use recycled gold sourced from previously mined jewellery and discarded electronics as part of a sustainable and responsible jewellery practice.
Our Goal is Sustainability
We like to rest easy at night knowing we have made a beautiful piece of jewellery manufactured from environmentally sustainable materials.
We insist on only working with industry partners who are hard-working, trustworthy, and dependable, and who subscribe to the same values of promoting environmental sustainability and responsible practices. To that end, we are proud to work with recycled gold and platinum, as well as offer environmentally-responsible CanadaMark loose diamonds. We exclusively choose partners who are members of the Responsible Jewellery Council.
Recycled Gold and Platinum
We use recycled gold and platinum in our jewellery, preventing them from having a harmful impact on the environment.
We are proud to be an authorized distributor of CanadaMark diamonds, who are the standard bearers for providing responsibly and environmentally sustainably sourced diamonds from their mines in Canada’s Northwest Territories.
Conflict-Free and Responsibly Sourced Gemstones
Our promise to you is that your diamond or gemstone is obtained from verifiably responsible partners and is sourced from conflict-free mines, through fair trade and employment practices.
We Practice What We Preach
We make all of our products ourselves at our Toronto, Canada, facilities. Since we control the manufacture of your jewellery, you can rest assured that it was created responsibly and in a positive environment. We believe in providing our associates with with fair wages and positive working conditions.
We also believe in giving back to the community, and as such we donate a portion of our sales to various charitable organizations.