Antique engagement rings are a wonderful, classic alternative to modern and contemporary rings. And antique engagement rings can also be a potential investment, particularly for a young couple.
An antique engagement ring inspires romance
Traditionally a symbol of everlasting love (the round band represents infinity and endless love), an engagement ring is one of the most important aspects of a couple’s betrothal and intentions and its purchase should be taken seriously – this is not an earring you’re buying! In most instances it’s wise for the bride-to-be to have a part in selecting a ring, but many women sometimes take this opportunity to see how well their future bridegroom knows them and understands their tastes.
A bridegroom-to-be may consider offering his bride-to-be a family heirloom rather than purchasing a ring from a conventional jewelry store. If an antique engagement ring has been handed down to him from his mother or grandmother, this would be a wonderful way of welcoming the new bride into the family. An antique engagement ring represents the history of the family and the continuation of the family name, and has connotations and meaning that no ready-to-wear ring can possibly have. But bear in mind that the most prized ring is one that the bride-to-be will love and want to wear and the stone and setting must suit her personal taste and style. Antique engagement settings vary from period to period. If antique engagement ring settings are not exactly to her taste, and with the consent of the original owner of the ring if it is a hand-me-down, consider having an antique ring re-styled to suit the bride-to-be’s unique preferences.
If you decide to purchase an antique or vintage ring, make sure that you have the ring certified and authenticated by a reputable jeweller. Antique and vintage engagement rings come in a variety of styles and settings (sometimes productclarity may appear not to be up to today’s standards but this is because jewels were cut by hand in the old days.) Also, consider Victorian jewelery for the perfect engagement gift. Beautiful Victorian jewelery and engagement rings can be purchased from fine jewelery stores as well as from antique shops and are a particularly poignant symbol of love from this most romantic of eras, the Victorian period. To see the sparkle in her eyes when you ask her to marry you, consider the classic allure of antique engagement rings.