Antique engagement rings seem to have caught on in recent years, as more brides-to-be seek out an unconventional look. Vintage jewellery is about more than its monetary value. Each piece tends to carry some history with it, and the craftsmanship is typically unparalleled. Before you go shopping, read this advice on what you need to know.
Know Your Stones
Today, jewelers put a lot of emphasis on diamond quality, but estate jewellery may not always have the clear and brilliant diamond. Depending on the era, it may have been fashionable to look for rose, green or yellow tinted diamonds admired for the splash of color they bring to the piece. According to Cynthia Findlay Antiques, it’s quite common to see flaws present in the diamonds as well. Jewelers didn’t have access to the precision machinery we have today.
Some pieces don’t use diamonds at all.
The more you know about the stones, and the settings, the more you’ll understand about the piece and where it came from. If you see sapphires, for instance, that’s a clue you might be looking at an Edwardian piece.
The craftsmanship and materials used in these pieces isn’t something that’s common in the mass produced rings of the modern jewellery market. It’s always best to shop for an antique if you can, especially if you’re hunting for Victorian or art deco rings. Some cuts might not be as precise, or intricate, but metalwork is often very beautiful and has an artistic touch that only an individual jeweler could bring to a piece meant for a special occasion.