Retro Engagement 1940-60
With the end of WWII, and a new growing economy in America and Europe, jewelers began to recover from the depression and slow economy brought on by the war and the use of platinum in war-time machinery. They took on a genius approach to amping up sales and the created a new tradition; a solitaire engagement ring, presented upon proposal, and a matching wedding band used for the wedding day ceremony. This increased their profit margins and to this day most American and European jewelers sell both engagement and wedding rings to be worn as a stack or soldered together. Due to the modern movement taking a foothold in design, a lot of designers also made things with asymmetrical elements and simplified structured compared to the elaborate Art Deco era.