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When it comes to buying an engagement ring, many women prefer to have rings that boast uniqueness. And while men may search around for such a ring, unless they go vintage, it’s often hard to find one that takes charm to the max. Vintage engagement rings tend to be a bit costly, but on the upside, they are usually made better than many modern rings.
What Makes an Engagement Ring Antique?
When a ring is at least 50 years old, it is considered to be antique. Although many modern rings take after vintage styles, they are not truly vintage unless they reach at least 50 years of age. When you go about finding a vintage ring, make sure to ask for rings made before 1960. Don’t simply say that you’re looking for a vintage ring, because some jewelers may think that you mean any ring that has vintage aspects. As a result, they may show you rings that have “old” characteristics, but in all actuality, the rings may have been manufactured just last year.
Why Do Women Prefer Classically Styled Rings?
Did you know that more than 50 percent of women would rather have a vintage engagement ring rather than a modern style ring? In addition, did you know that about 50 percent of them would also like to be with you and give their input when it comes to buying a ring?
The reason as to why many women may prefer “older” rings may be a mystery to you, but it’s actually quite simple to understand their preferences when you take a moment to reflect on the characteristics of vintage rings.
First of all, vintage pieces of jewelry, those that are truly antique, have lasted for many years, and this is what a woman wants in her marriage. Just like an antique ring has stood the test of time, she wants her marriage to as well.
Another reason that women like this type of ring is because it will usually be detailed with intricate designs, making it very unique. And just as you and her aren’t like any other people in the world, with a unique ring, a woman will feel as if the ring truly symbolizes the unique relationship that the two of you share.
Understanding Different Types of Vintage Engagement Rings
As you start your search for the perfect ring for the special woman in your life, you should know that there are several types of vintage engagement rings you for you to choose from. Your lady’s preferences and tastes will greatly influence the best type of ring for you to give her. Let’s take a quick look at three of the most common vintage rings that are available for purchase.
First of all, there are Edwardian rings. Rings that were made during this time period (1900-1920) were usually made out of platinum and they had lattice patterns on the bands. Two of the more popular gems placed in the settings of these rings were sapphires and rose-cut diamonds. People living during this area who had money were extremely extravagant, and this very extravagance was detailed into the rings that they had made.
Next, we have the Victorian engagement rings. These rings were made between 1835 and 1900. For the most part, they were made out of yellow gold or rose gold, and while some of them did have intricate designs, the most of them boasted simple details. A large number of them featured one or more rows of diamonds. In addition, some even had pearls. If you are interested in purchasing such a ring with a pearl, you should note that it is suggested that this type of ring not be worn on a daily basis.
Lastly, we have Art Deco rings. These rings were made for only about 10 years, from 1920 to 1930. It was during this time period that people really started to experience new things–jazz, machinery, exoticism-and it was the characteristics of these things that were designed into the rings made during this era. Most rings made during this time reflected a “streamlined geometric look.” And while during the Edwardian period the rings usually had pale gems, the rings in the Art Deco era had colorful gems. When it comes to vintage engagement rings, Art Deco rings tend to be the most popular.
Tips for Picking Out the Perfect Engagement Ring
Vintage rings can be found at many places. As you start your search, there are some helpful tips that you will want to follow. For starters, don’t be surprised when you come across a vintage ring that doesn’t have any diamonds in it. In fact, a large number of them will likely have any of the following:
The gems mentioned above can be easily damaged, and since vintage rings are at least 50 years old, you’ll want to make sure that the gem(s) in the ring you end up purchasing isn’t badly characterized with cracks. Too many cracks could lead to the gem falling apart.
Are you on a budget? If so, it’ll be best to look for vintage rings that were made during the ’30s and ’40s. Although the diamonds and gems used in these rings are quite smaller than those set in other antique rings, because of the extremely carved settings in which they are placed, they tend to look large.
The craftsmanship of vintage rings is truly amazing, and if you try to get a modern jeweler to create a replicate, you’ll end up spending an extremely large amount of money. If you don’t have a budget, then this is of course fine; however, when it comes to saving money, if you’re on the hunt for vintage engagement rings, make sure you look for rings that are truly antique.
Another great tip to follow when choosing a vintage ring is to not be fooled into thinking that a particular ring isn’t worth purchasing just because the diamonds in it aren’t perfectly white. Although white diamonds are now the common standard, years ago, women preferred rings that had a rose or green tint to them. Because of this, there’s a good chance that when you look for a vintage ring, you’ll come across many of them that boast diamonds that are not white.
Knowing Where to Buy Vintage Jewelry
Once you’ve decided (or your special someone has decided for you) that you want to purchase a vintage engagement ring, know that there are many places to find them. From local jewelry shops to online retailers, you’ll have plenty of places to do your searching. Buying one online, however, will really broaden your selection. Sure, a local jewelry shop may have a decent selection–100 vintage rings–but when you search for one online, you’ll literally have thousands, if not millions, to choose from.
When buying a ring online, you also get the added advantage of being able to easily narrow your search. For example, if your special lady wants an antique ring that was made during the Edwardian time period, you can search for rings that match this specification. Best of all, you can compare the rings to those found at other retailers, meaning in the end, you save both time and money.