What exactly are “vintage style” engagement rings?




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Vintage Style Engagement Rings Have Different Designs Depending From Which Era They Are From

Vintage style engagement rings have a timeless and elegant feel to them. The rings of this period have floral motifs, etched metals, triple-set stones and gemstones such as emeralds, pink diamonds, rubies and sapphires and they always have an old world feel to them.

 

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Black diamond Vintage Style Engagement Ring

Compared to modern rings, vintage style engagement rings have character and history attached to them. They also have diamonds that are of high quality. These rings are also always of higher value because the settings and the prongs are most times intricate and it is difficult to replicate it.

If an engagement ring is a true vintage style ring, then they tend to be very expensive because they are one of a kind. If you are looking for something truly unique or you like the style of a particular era then you should go for vintage style engagement rings.

DECIDE ON THE RING OF THE ERA YOU WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE

Vintage style engagement rings are fashioned in such a way that they give a representation of the era in which they were created and worn.
Get a ring from the Victorian era if you fancy a ring set in rose or yellow gold. The rings of this era feature a mine cut that includes additional rows of diamond beneath the stone. This era was from 1835-1900.
Buy a ring from the Edwardian era if you want something delicate with high level of craftsmanship. This era was from 1900 to 1920.

Choose a ring from the Art Deco era if you require an engagement ring that has a geometric look with Egyptian and Asian artist influences. The engagement rings of this period favored stones such as emeralds, rubies and sapphires. This era was from 1920 to 1930.

Choose a ring from the Retro period if you want something bold as the designs of this era was square and chunky. This period was from 1935 to 1950.

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Classic Look vintage style engagement ring

 

THE 4 C’s OF BUYING A VINTAGE STYLE ENGAGEMENT RING

The 4 C’s stand for Cut, Clarity, Color and Carats:




  • Look for a vintage style engagement ring that was cut by hand as these gives the ring a custom and unique look as modern ones are cut by laser.
  • Evaluate the clarity of the ring you want to buy by checking it out for flaws. A clearer ring is highly valuable.
  • Consider the color that suits your partner before making a purchase.
  • The carats in a vintage style engagement ring measures the size of the stone, therefore make sure you compare the carats in it before making a purchase.

APPRAISALS

To find out what the value of a vintage style engagement ring is, you will have to get an independent appraisal carried out on the ring. This is an independent assessment carried out to determine the value of a piece of jewelry. The appraisal will let you know what material the ring was fashioned from, the size of the ring, the gemstone’s characteristics and an estimate of the date the ring was made. The tools used by an appraiser to evaluate and estimate the weights and quality of stones include a sophisticated magnification and gemological tools. If you decide to buy the ring, make sure you get it below the appraised value or at the appraised value. Also see: Emerald rings and their valuation»

EXAMPLES

    • Rings from sterling silver, like the one below, are a good example of a classy timeless design:
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Sterling Silver Round CZ Vintage Style Engagement Ring

  • Another good example of a classic engagement ring. This has a really traditional old-world feel to it:
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White Gold Vintage Style Engagement Ring with Diamond

  • And finally – you should get the picture by now- a 2.58 Carat Silver Ring with Milgrain. It’s more basic and more affordable too:
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Round Shape Silver Halo Vintage Style Engagement Ring