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Trying to Find Gorgeous Timeless Antique Style Engagement Rings?

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

Victorian Era

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.

Edwardian 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.

Retro Era

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.

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I found Jacob Mercari on internet. At first I was skeptical with Greg. After several discussions. he made me feel comfortable and took his time in explaining the 4c's and provided me options for my diamond earrings purchase - no pressure. It was a surprise birthday gift for my wife. He's very professional and answered all my inquiries in a timely manner. We were very happy and satisfied with Greg. I would recommend him.
Wilson Ngo
Wilson Ngo
14:53 17 Feb 17
Working with Greg at Jacob Mercari was a great experience. His knowledge and guidance through the process of design and implementation was invaluable. Thanks so much!!
krishna beharry
krishna beharry
21:17 16 Feb 17
Dealing with Gregory Jacobson at Jacob Mercari, was an absolute joy. After painstakingly searching for a professional outfit which you could trust, I couldn't be more pleased to have purchased a ring from the company. My fiancee and I were beyond happy with the outcome of the ring quality, price and delivery time. We will definitely be going back to deal with Gregory Jacobson at Jacob Mercari, and will strongly suggest anyone looking for jewelry to only deal with Gregory Jacobson at Jacob Mercari! Thanks again!
Devin Wosminity
Devin Wosminity
18:56 08 Nov 16
My overall experience with Jacob Mercari was educational, value-added, and fun! And my impressions of Greg as an individual are that he is patient, meticulous about providing quality, and above all trustworthy.Greg far exceeded my expectations with regards to 3 custom rings (1 engagement, 2 wedding bands); however, what truly stands out is not the final product (which is amazing) but rather the process Greg takes you on.He goes above and beyond to invest into you as a customer. What I mean by this is that Greg takes the time to educate you on the industry as a whole, his company, the process, and is more than willing to answer any questions you may have at any time. He does all of this without any commitments from you monetarily or otherwise, and even if you do not make a purchase, after meeting Greg you will be more informed and prepared to make smart purchasing decisions. My absolute favorite part of the entire process is working with Greg to design the rings. He is a great listener and is able to translate your thoughts effectively into a great design. It’s also really helpful when you can touch and feel loose stones and example settings, as you really begin to understand what it takes to put a ring together. As a next step, you work with Greg to review 3D renderings of your design and have an opportunity to make sure all the fine details that truly make your ring unique are taken care of (the graphics are pretty cool too).It’s at this point in the process you leave things in Greg’s very capable hands. He provides frequent updates on the progress of your rings, and he is sure to follow-up if there are questions about the details – I really appreciate that he doesn’t make any assumptions on your behalf and that he ensures you are comfortable throughout the entire process.In the end, what you are left with is something truly unique and something you really feel you’ve had a part in putting together (as opposed to just picking out something off of a retail store shelf).I have and will continue to endorse Greg to my friends and family!
Derrick Sarwan
Derrick Sarwan
02:27 10 Jun 16
Greg did a fantastic job for us! I trusted him every step of the way, and he was very patient in answering all of my questions and working with me. He was a pleasure to work with--from finding the right stone to designing the whole piece. I would not hesitate to recommend Greg!
Jordan Waltman
Jordan Waltman
18:18 20 Sep 16
Such amazing work! Im so happy i find found you guus to help custom make my now fiances ring! She absolutely loves it! I couldnt have asked for better! You guys are the best! Thank you guys!
Bronson Houle
Bronson Houle
02:30 23 Jul 17
I had a great experience with Jacob Mercari. Gregory was very knowledgable and helpful.
Samantha Claydon
Samantha Claydon
08:19 28 Aug 17
I recently purchased a custom engagement ring. Having done my research I knew Jacob Mercari had great ratings, and my experience backs up why they have 5-star ratings time and time again! I vaguely knew what I was looking for prior to my first visit, but Greg worked with me to design the perfect engagement ring! My fiance is over the moon about how amazing her ring is! Initially I feared my tight timeline would be an issue, but Greg made sure the ring was ready very quickly. And the quality... wow! I guarantee you will not be disappointed buying a ring here!
Chris Rausch
Chris Rausch
23:07 03 Oct 17
I think I visited 7 different jewellers across Toronto (and online!), but found Jacob Mercari to offer the best selection, value, and service. Instead of pushiness and deception, I found graciousness, excellent knowledge of the market, and integrity. My fiancée loved the ring -- the diamond as well as the artistic setting. Couldn't recommend them higher.
Logan Gates
Logan Gates
18:59 10 Oct 17
We recently purchased a beautiful CanadaMark Diamond from Greg. He found us just what we were looking for and made the diamond buying process very comfortable and easy! He really knows his stuff and we felt very confident in his selection.
Jennifer
Jennifer
22:08 25 Nov 17
I must admit this was the most unexpected wonderful experience I've had in all my years of shopping for jewelry. I did not know what to expect going in but I think I prefer this than going into a store. It is a private and personable experience which does not make you feel like you are in a rushed situation.Greg was kind, knowledgeable and patient enough to listen to what I wanted, to give me options that lined up with what I needed (rather what she said she wanted, because that's how it really is when you're buying an engagement ring). I really appreciate the services offered and the work done. A truly beautifully designed ring that was ready by the date I said I would have needed it. Fantastic service and exceptional professionalism. I will continue to use his services as he is now my go to jeweler.
Adrian Bryan
Adrian Bryan
20:55 19 Dec 17
If I could give 6/5 stars, I would. My experience with Jacob Mercari was nothing short of perfect. I worked with Greg on my engagement ring, and from the very first meeting through finished product his customer experience was above and beyond. He made me very comfortable with the whole diamond buying experience, gave me much knowledge on the subject and was never pushy with options or even working with his company. We created a custom piece, stayed in budget and my fiance could not be happier with the finished product. I visited numerous other jewelers and can say without a doubt I made the right decision. I highly recommend Jacob Mercari for anyone looking for an engagement ring.
Brandon Banner
Brandon Banner
18:48 20 Dec 17
Greg was very responsive to us when we had questions all the way through the process of having an engagement ring made. Even before we committed to purchasing anything, he was quick to respond to emails. Greg is very professional, genuine, and accommodating. He would meet with us on his days off, since we were coming from outside the city. We had very specific requests about the ring and Greg was able to meet all the requests within our budget, and even told us we would be saving money on purchasing lab-created diamonds instead of mined ones. Where we saved on the diamonds, he informed us he could cast the ring in platinum instead of gold. We had a design in mind for the engagement ring, Greg and his team were able to provide us with a render of the ring before committing to casting it, which was nice to see. Included in the price of the ring, was an annual cleaning service, as well as inspecting the ring for damage. It is a nice touch to great service. Very much appreciated. We would recommend Greg to anyone we know personally, and would approach him again in the future for other custom jewelry.
David Gregory
David Gregory
21:25 30 Dec 17
Greg was a pleasure to work with! My engagement ring had diamonds 3 quarters around the band and I wanted to make it an eternity by adding more diamonds. He did this in one day!! Plus he cleaned & polished the ring so it looks bright and sparkly. I am extremely happy with the service, price and the result. Would definitely recommend Jacob Mercari to anyone who's looking for an excellent jeweler in Toronto.
Rachel Lee
Rachel Lee
15:05 15 Jan 18
Greg was great and very responsive during the whole process. He had tons of selection and was very helpful with lots of suggestions. The final product turned out perfect! Would definitely recommend.
Nick Chan
Nick Chan
15:52 17 Feb 18
The Mercari team did an amazing job designing an engagement ring for us! Greg was a joy to work with. We went with a sapphire, and Greg was able to provide us with a large selection of beautiful and ethically sourced stones to choose from. The final ring is stunning! The design process really made the ring unique. And the price was great. I definitely recommend!
Daniel Pyette
Daniel Pyette
19:00 29 Mar 18
I approached Greg to design and create a custom engagement and the whole process was thoroughly transparent, professional, and enjoyable. During my initial visit and the selection of the stone, Greg recommended diamonds within my budget that had excellent light performance while still being at a great price. He presents these stones under a single fluorescent light source to showcase their performance under typical lighting, unlike jewelry stores that use multiple pot lights that would make any diamond sparkle. There was complete transparency in the cost breakdown of the stone and the band and I felt no pressure to commit to the deal.I requested a band design with very intricate and fine details. Greg responded quickly to any inquiries and requests. He and his team sent me 3D renders of the design, and we met to discuss changes and refinements to the band until we reached a design that was exactly what I wanted. The final product was perfect, and Greg surprised me with an upgrade of the band from white gold to platinum. My fiancee was thrilled as every aspect of the ring was exactly what she wanted.I am also very happy with the free aftercare services. Greg even met us outside of office hours to make sizing adjustments and to give the ring a polish. I could tell that he cares for his customers and takes pride in his craft. I unreservedly recommend his services.
Yulong Sun
Yulong Sun
15:21 14 Apr 18
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