The 1920s came after the culmination of World War I when people were looking for an escape from the aftermath of war. The Roaring Twenties, as the decade came to be called, was a significant time of drastic social change, particularly for women. The 1920s were a period of liberation for women through their lifestyles, clothing, jewelry, the spaces they enjoyed in society, and how they expressed themselves. By extension, 1920s engagement rings experienced a drastic rethinking in their designs and styles from the designs that came before.
Commonly referred to as the Roaring Twenties, this decade was defined by artistic rebellion, casting aside societal norms, and completely new styles of clothing and jewelry. While the Art Deco period extended beyond the decade of the 1920s, this time is often seen as the height of Art Deco era decadence, fashion, and design. The onset of the Great Depression was an abrupt end to the Art Deco era, but the 1920s have left a distinct and lasting mark on engagement ring designs.