Although the Christmas season is known for its hustle and bustle, Christmas Eve and Christmas day are often quieter times when businesses are closed and families gather. Vintage diamond rings are particularly fitting choices when slowing down to celebrate. Their ability to call to mind a simpler, more peaceful time makes them ideal for the time of year when we stop and remember the wonder of the first Christmas.
The Christmas carol “Silent Night” captures the miracle of Christmas unlike any other song. However, it didn’t start as a song at all; rather it started as a poem written by Father Joseph Mohr in 1816.
For two years this poem remained unknown, until the author was inspired to set it to music. The church organ was broken, which would prevent many existing Christmas carols from being part of that year’s Christmas Eve service, and Mohr turned to the church organist, Franz Xaver Gruber to help him turn the poem into a song that could be performed even without the organ. Although Gruber had only a few hours before the service, he composed a simple melody and a guitar accompaniment and the two men sang the song together that night at the Church of St. Nicholas in Oberndorf, Austria.
A few weeks later, when renowned organ builder Karl Mauracher came to the church to fix the organ, he heard Gruber play the melody that he had composed. Mauracher took the song to his own village, where two famous groups of singers heard it and added it to their repertoires. Today the words of Mohr’s poem are sung in over 300 languages around the world.
The sparkle of vintage diamond rings allows them to beautifully capture the miracle described by “Silent Night.” The 3/4 Carat Three Stone Princess Cut “Floret” Diamond Ring perfectly meshes vintage beauty with modern sophistication. This stunning piece features three princess-cut diamonds, one 0.30 carat stone and two smaller side stones, and is accented by six additional channel-set diamonds that adorn the lavishly-designed band. A feminine floret and leaf motif is carved into this band on three sides, creating a ring that’s stunning from any angle.
Or, go for a slightly more subtle but equally stunning choice such as the Vintage Filigree Diamond Band in 14K White Gold. This airy ring is as light and sparkling as a snowflake. A round diamond is suspending in an elegant filigree motif, while graceful flowers cascade down each side of the band. This piece only becomes more beautiful when you lean in for a closer look.
The 0.35 carat Antique-Style Diamond Ring in 14K White Gold surrounds a round diamond with an intricately-carved Victorian-inspired setting. This light but substantial design is created with swirls and cutouts that elevate this ring to something truly special. If you prefer, this piece is also available as part of a stunning bridal jewelry set, accompanied by a coordinating engraved wedding band that curves in perfect harmony with its partner.
These vintage diamond rings call to mind a simpler time—a time when it was easier to slow down to marvel at the miracle of Christmas. Choose one to celebrate that first Silent Night.