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Picking the Right Engagement Ring

Let’s face it – when it comes to beautiful engagement rings there are huge amounts on the market, therefore making it extremely difficult to decide on which one to buy. There are traditional diamond ones, emerald rings, sapphire rings and everything in between and more and more people are looking to buy more unusual and less common designs. This willingness of people to try something new has led to more and more designs being produced by jewelers, who are simply trying to cater to the demand of the public.

The proliferation of different designs has raised one important question though, as people need to know exactly how to pick the most beautiful engagement rings possible. It is one thing going for beautiful, yet odd, designs, but it is another to make sure that they suit the person wearing them!

tacori solitare diamond engagement rings with pave halo

There are a number of different factors that need considering when trying to pick the most beautiful engagement rings, some of which are to do with the rings themselves, and others which regard the way that the person wears them. The primary focus for most people though is the stone that the engagement ring has, which doesn’t seem like a bad place to start. People often buy a ring with the biggest stones possible and while these might be the most beautiful engagement rings out there, the size of the stone often doesn’t suit someone with dainty hands. The same can be said for smaller stones, which often are not suited to those with larger fingers.

The stone – especially if it is diamond – should also be properly examined. The ring might look like one of the most beautiful engagement rings when it is in the cabinet, but what does it look like up close? A thorough examination could well reveal that the stone has some kind of imperfection or blemish, or that it has been damaged – something that will make the ring a lot less beautiful than originally thought! When buying really expensive diamonds, it is good practice to ensure that they have been verified by an authority on the subject, as this will be proof that they are perfect.

The final thing to think about when looking at the most beautiful engagement rings is the type of setting that is used. The setting can make a massive difference to how the ring looks when it is on the finger, and like the stone itself, the size of the setting often looks wrong on different hands. The moral of the story here is that all rings should be tried on before being bought – regardless of how beautiful they might look beforehand! There is no way to tell how a ring will look and feel before it has been placed over the finger.

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Vintage Engagement Rings TimeLine

Planning on getting engaged? Why not consider a vintage engagement ring? Not only will it have an inherent uniqueness and charm, vintage engagement rings are typically less expensive, often have better craftsmanship, and are an instant heirloom.

A “vintage” engagement ring specifically refers to one over 50 years old. For the most unique and charming rings, ask to see rings made before 1950. Here are some classic styles of these antique engagement rings.

Art Deco Vintage Engagement Rings (1920-1930):  Art Deco antique engagement rings reflect the era with a streamlined geometric look. They also often reflect fashion trends of the era, with allusions to Egyptian, Asian, and Native American cultures. Art Deco rings are currently the most popular vintage engagement rings for newly engaged couples.

Art Deco engagement rings

Edwardian Vintage Engagement Rings (1900-1920): When the oxyacetylene torch was invented, platinum became the vogue metal for antique engagement rings. Jewelers began crafting lacy and pierced shapes, scroll work  and filigree detail on the mountings. Along with rose-cut diamonds, brilliant sapphires were especially popular during the Edwardian era.

Victorian Antique/Vintage Engagement Rings (1835-1900): often set in yellow or rose gold, Victorian rings have both simple elegant designs to very intricate ones. Cut with an extra facet on the bottom (Called “mine cut”). Many Victorian rings also include pearls. The classic Tiffany six-prong diamond solitaire was introduced in 1886!

Whenever purchasing antique jewelry, look carefully at the descriptions of each piece. Make sure they will give you, in writing, a complete description of the piece, including age, size, condition, color, carat, clarity, and cut.

Preferably, they will have a certified gemologists report for you. Make sure you know the return policy, should you be unhappy with your purchase. Vintage Engagement Rings can be found at a variety of places including antique stores, jewelers, estate sales, pawn shops and online.