Buying an engagement ring is an emotional experience. Trying to figure out which type of vintage or antique engagement ring to purchase can make things even more overwhelming. Luckily, you don’t have to do it alone.
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How To Buy The Perfect Vintage Engagement Ring
Also known as a vintage engagement ring, “An ‘antique’ engagement ring specifically refers to one over 50 years old,” Nina Callaway writes for The Spruce. “An estate engagement ring is anything less than 50 years old and may refer to a used ring bought only last year.”
The challenge with buying a vintage engagement ring is that there’s only a limited supply. But within this limited supply are a variety of styles, which make the buying process even more challenging.
Keeping this in mind, here are a few things you need to know.
1. Common Styles
In the world of vintage engagement rings, there are a handful of styles that jewelers use to categorize rings. Generally speaking, the three major categories are Victorian (1835-1900), Edwardian (1900-1920), and Art Deco (1920-1930). Within each of these categories, there are subcategories and specific designs.
One of the more desirable vintage styles in today’s market is the Asscher cut, which reached peak popularity in the 1920s. Many people refer to it as the square emerald cut.
2. Avoid Replica Styles
Because of the popularity of vintage styles, modern jewelers will create replica rings that match antique designs. While these rings may be high in quality, you’ll end up spending much more than what you would pay for an authentic vintage ring. So instead of opting for a replica, get the real thing. Your search might take longer, but you’ll save money and own an original piece.
3. Diamond Quality Differs
“Remember that today’s standards of quality don’t necessarily apply to older diamonds; while bright white is now considered the best diamond, people once searched for slightly rose, green or yellow diamonds,” Callaway explains. “Methods of cutting were different, and the scientific ability to see internal flaws was not as advanced.”
This doesn’t mean you should be lax when studying the integrity of vintage diamonds, though. Instead of being turned off by a ring with a less than perfect diamond, consider it part of the style.
4. Expect To Pay A Premium
A common rule of thumb says that you should spend two month’s salary on a diamond engagement ring, but this advice is pretty dated. It might work out this way, but realize that a vintage engagement ring is an investment. Not only is it a physical investment in a tangible asset, but it’s also an investment in happiness.
5. Shop With A Reputable Jeweler
The final piece of advice is to shop with a reputable jeweler that specializes in vintage engagement rings. Not only will they be educated on the history, but they’ll also have a wide selection for you to choose from. And if they don’t have a particular piece, a good jeweler will be more than happy to go out and find one for you.
Focus On What Really Matters
Engagement rings are something little girls dream about for years. When the moment finally comes and you’re ready to get engaged, it’s easy to focus all your energy and effort on the ring.
However, don’t forget what marriage is really about. A ring is merely a physical token that symbolizes a greater truth. Focus on what really matters – loving and supporting your spouse for better or worse – and you’ll be happy and fulfilled.
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