The paramount consideration when buying an engagement ring is that you feel comfortable wearing it. This will be a ring you wear for the rest of your life, so make sure you get something that suits you.
Antique rings are designed with a huge variety of styles, materials and gemstones, and if you know what period suits your preference and spend time to research options online, you can narrow your search down and really save time to focus on your dream ring.
If you know what style you want, and if you have an understanding of the 4 C’s and what questions to ask a jeweler when purchasing, you’ll be sure to get a high-quality ring that you can enjoy for a lifetime!
There are many reasons to love antique jewelry. However, what often looks like an antique jeweler is actually a clever reproduction of the real thing. So if you love older pieces, it’s important to know what to look for so you don’t end up paying top dollar for something manufactured on an assembly line last year.
The joy of antique rings, also called estate rings or vintage rings, lies in their beauty and history. Each one is unique and crafted by jewelers, who believed that fine jewelry ought to be luxurious and original. Antique rings have a story to tell—a story about style, romance, and time-honored values. Antique rings make perfect engagement rings as well as heartfelt gifts for any special occasion.
One of the favorite things about vintage jewelry is the wealth of styles and designs to be found. Very old pieces were almost certainly custom designed and handmade. After the introduction of mass production, it was still common to find custom pieces, even ones that incorporated highly skilled details such as hand-engraving. Regardless of whether your vintage piece was custom-made or ordered from a catalog, you’re not likely to come across someone else with the same one! You can find something to suit any lifestyle (with diamonds or without). Additionally, there are so many amazing periods, designs, and styles to choose from that, whether you’re a romantic or a modernist or something in-between, there’s sure to be a style you love.
A vintage diamond engagement ring is exceptionally durable and may look as beautiful today as it did when it was first made. However, it does require care and regular cleaning to ensure it stays looking brilliant. Consult a good jeweler about how best to care for and clean your vintage ring.
It is important to double-check the setting of the stones in your ring. All the gemstones and diamonds studded on the ring must be set firmly. Shake the ring a bit, and if it makes a noise, the stones are loose.
Antique rings have truly unique styles and designs. Handcrafted rings from antique eras feature stunning workmanship that is impossible to reproduce by machine. Antique wedding rings are considered to be environmentally friendly since no new metals or materials are required for the ring.
Gold has been used for thousands of years to make wedding rings. However, most gold crafted rings that were made before 1854 were 18 karat gold, and some were made with 22-carat gold. Lower gold alloys, such as 15, 12, and 9 karats, were available after that date; rose gold also became available and in popular demand after 1854.
While silver has been used for thousands of years to make rings as well, silver did not become more affordable until the mid-Victorian Era (1860 – 1885), and during this, time silver wedding rings became more widely available.
In conclusion, many people contemplate purchasing a vintage diamond engagement ring for their bride-to-be; however, the decision is normally made after personal likes and dislikes, as well as budget, have been taken into consideration. Once these important decisions have been made, you can move to the next step – the proposal!