We all know the saying ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue’. Many brides have followed this tradition for years, so why not do your own twist on it by making your engagement ring fulfill your something old? If you want an older piece of jewelry, check out this guide on everything you need to know about vintage engagement rings and vintage-style engagement rings.
What is a Vintage Engagement Ring?
You can classify vintage engagement rings into two different categories. The first category is true vintage or antique rings. These handcrafted rings are from the Victorian, Edwardian or Art Deco eras. In many cases, these engagement rings stay in families and are passed down from generation to generation. They are also found in antique or pawn shops.
The second category is vintage-style engagement rings. Jewelers purposely handcraft these pieces to look like vintage rings. All the gems, settings and bands are contemporary but resemble antique rings. Many individuals actively search for vintage-style jewelry because it fits with their aesthetic or they personally enjoy antique jewelry. Find these contemporary pieces at your local jewelry store or even online.
Why Pick Out a Vintage Ring?
Why would anyone want an antique or vintage-style engagement ring? The simplest answer is because that is the style the person enjoys. Vintage rings are just as beautiful as modern rings, and often have a unique and special history behind them. True vintage and antique rings also often feature delicate hand-done metal work.
An individual may want an antique ring because of sentimental value or personal interest. Another reason why people enjoy vintage-style engagement rings is that antique and vintage styles are trending. You can find many brides sporting these types of rings.
What are the Different Styles?
Vintage engagement rings come in many different styles. If you want a modern ring with antique elements, having an antique cut diamond is a good option- ask your jeweler about Old Mine or Old European cut diamonds.
The typical design styles of antique, vintage, or vintage-style rings usually include milgrain, filigree, side stones, under gallery, halo or multi-stone. With any of these pieces, you are mainly looking for intricate details and patterns on the band, under gallery and setting.
Sometimes, these rings contain both diamonds and a colored gem like a sapphire, emerald or ruby. While looking for these types of rings, ask your jeweler to show you different options. You can have a sense of all the pieces’ appearances and what it will look like on you.
How Much Do These Rings Cost?
Just like any other engagement ring, true vintage and antique pieces come in a range of prices. In general, prices range from $900 to $20,000. However, specific items can be higher than $20,000. These factors include the size and quality of the stones on the piece, the hand-done work done on the setting, or the provenance of ownership.
Age and location can play a factor if it falls under a specific time period and country and has reputable provenance. A vintage engagement ring can also cost a lot more money, depending on the past owner. For example, a vintage ring from a celebrity, royalty, politician or famous figure costs more than a random one you find at an antique or pawn shop.
For rings styled after antique and vintage rings, the prices can vary just like regular new engagement rings. Ask your jeweler about finding or creating a vintage-style ring in your budget.
Where Can I Buy a Vintage Engagement Ring?
If you are looking for an antique ring or vintage-style engagement ring, there are a few places to check out. Antique rings can be anywhere. Common areas include antique stores, pawn shops, auctions and family members or friends. However, thanks to the internet, find even more on sites like Craigslist, eBay and more.
If you want a vintage-style ring, your search does not have to take too long because you can find these beauties at your local jewelry store or even online. You will have a ton of options, stones and sizes if you go with this method. Remember, only visit a store that you trust. Make sure the piece you find matches your quality standards.
Antique and vintage-style engagement rings are beautiful, need proper treatment and must have the utmost care and respect. While looking for this type of jewelry, go to a trusted source.
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