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Vintage engagement rings

Shopping for an engagement ring is a very exciting time in any relationship. Whether the groom-to-be is shopping alone or has taken along his bride-to-be, it is important that he be well informed about the wide variety of engagement rings available prior to making a purchase. Today, many young couples are purchasing vintage engagement rings. In recent years, antique and vintage engagement rings have become quite popular.

Undeniably Popular for Statements of Love

When inquiring about estate or vintage engagement rings, realize that this category refers to anything less than fifty years old. It many even refer to a used ring that was bought only one year ago. When discussing a vintage engagement ring, the term “vintage” is often a term used as a catchall that really means “old ring”.

Antique and vintage engagement rings are popular for many reasons; they are generally less expensive, well constructed, and once purchased they become an instant heirloom. These facts alone make the antique and vintage engagement rings an easy sell for most young couples that are just starting out and building a new future together. The idea of creating an heirloom for their future family increases the emotional value of the ring and the shopping experience.

Currently, the art deco style of engagement rings, made during the 1920-30’s is the most popularly purchased vintage engagement ring. Antiques rings from this time period reflect the geometric fashion trend that was so popular during this time in history. It is not uncommon to find vintage engagement rings that copy this bold style because it is still a popular fashion choice today. The distinction between antique and vintage art deco rings is that the antique was made during that time period where as a vintage ring is more likely a copy of that fashion statement.

Always Know What You Are Buying Before You Lay Your Money Down

When buying an antique or vintage engagement ring, always review any written description and gemologist reports thoroughly. Since antique and vintage engagement rings are often found in places such as estate sales, pawn shops, online auctions and antique stores and jewelers; you want to insure that you know all there is about any ring before you buy it.

Make sure that the seller of the ring is able to provide you with a detailed description of the vintage engagement ring including the 4-C’s of jewelry: color, cut, carat and clarity. These aspects of the ring need to be clearly addressed in the written document. It is also very important that the age of the ring, ring size, and current condition of the ring be mentioned in any written document. If it is at all possible, obtain a copy of the gemologist report as well.

Prior to payment, it is a good idea to establish what type of return policy the seller offers in case a problem should materialize with the ring. You want to make sure that your purchase is covered financially.

As you begin to shop for your engagement ring, remember that this is a very important symbol of your love and marriage vows. So, purchase the ring you fall in love with but be intelligent about the business aspect about the sale. Hopefully, this is the one ring you will wear for the rest of your life; make sure it will stand the test of time.


Vintage Engagement Ring For Beauty And Style

Vintage is often a term that is used when describing fashions from the past that aren’t quiet at the level of being considered antiques but are still classics. Vintage engagement rings can be from any time period considered to be more modern than ancient, typically from the early 1900’s to the retro period of even into the 1970’s. 

Determining if engagement rings are vintage or not depends on the year that the ring was made as well as the elements of the ring design. Most rings considered to be vintage will have a combination of yellow and white gold in the band and setting. There are some vintage rings that are made of platinum or some with one metal only. 

gold vintage engagement ring

Narrow bands at the back widening to larger settings at the front of the engagement rings from this time period are very common. Generally if the band is two tone, the white gold will be located on the front of the ring to provide reflection for the diamonds and add to the overall design. Mountings and settings were commonly done in white gold during the early 1900s and continue to be very popular. 

The stones in vintage engagement rings tend to be somewhat smaller than are seen in many of the new diamond engagement rings however they are also more of the moderately large stones. Often other gems are also combined with diamonds in beautiful settings that highlight both the diamond as well as the surrounding gems. 

For those vintage rings with a single, larger diamond a cushion cut diamond is very popular. Engagement rings with this type of diamond cut tend to be simple yet elegant and true classics. Cushion cut diamonds can be oval to rectangular in shape and provide a softer overall appearance to the ring than round or princess cuts. 

Historically the name for cushion cut diamonds was candlelight diamonds. This is because lighting was from candles and the beautiful cut of the diamond gives off a soft, firely glow in any type of direct or diffuse light. Typically shapes for the cushion cut diamonds include oval to rectangular with rounded or blunted corners. 

Open, long facets on many of the diamonds on older engagement rings give a unique light reflection to the interior. The colors are still vibrant and there is fire, it is just less sharp. Many people see these types of cuts as very romantic looking and may be enhanced on the band with smaller diamonds. 

Looking at all the detail and filigree work on some of the older vintage engagement rings will help you gain an appreciation of their beauty. If you are designing your own engagement rings or wedding set you may want to incorporate design ideas from some of the vintage sets you view.