Investigate the wide choice of vintage engagement rings for that magical moment when you’ve decided to ask the woman of your dreams to marry you and you want to purchase something extra special and meaningful as an expression of your love and commitment. Vintage engagement rings embody classic elegance and romantic individuality for the discerning jewelry shopper. Alternatively, consider classic diamond promise rings, very popular as a handed down familygift in the last century.
A vintage engagement ring versus an antique ring
A vintage engagement ring is not actually an antique engagement ring; it is in the style of an antique. Essentially it is a reproduction. An antique engagement ring is only classified antique if it is at least 50 years’ old (purists insist it should be at least 100 years’ old). But, there is nothing lost in the beauty, style and design of a carefully crafted vintage engagement ring, except age. You will find the same attention to detail, the unique style, old-fashioned settings and unusual choice of precious or semi-precious gem stones, like diamonds, rubies, emeralds and turquoise, lovingly set in hand-styled patterns, as you would with an antique. In many cases you will find that the quality of the gem stone or stones is superior, having been cut using modern laser equipment and techniques. In addition, some gems don’t wear that well over time, for instance, opals and pearls may discolour, so, combining the style of vintage rings with new stones is a another alternative to consider. And, of course, you will find that you pay a lot less than you would for a very old ring.
It is, however, very important that you buy from a reputable dealer and that you aren’t conned into believing your vintage ring is an antique when it isn’t. You should insist on a valuation certificate for insurance purposes as well. Even though you are walking on cloud nine, you need to be as practical buying an engagement ring as you would be when purchasing any other costly item. Setting up a new home is an expensive business and you will need to budget carefully and consider practicalities as well as romance.
Having said that, make this fleeting moment memorable and evoke the romance of bygone times by offering your loved one an unbreakable promise in the form of a diamond promise ring or letting her choose her favorite from a special selection of beautiful vintage engagement rings.