How To Shop For A Vintage Engagement Ring

Whether it’s the wedding season or you’ve decided it’s finally time to pop the big question, you may have already been thinking about engagement rings. But, what does your bride-to-be want? One way to guarantee that the ring is unique is to choose an antique engagement ring.

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There’s a bit of an art to buying antique engagement rings. To help you out, we’ve put a few tips together.

Popular Periods of Antique Engagement Rings

If your partner likes a feminine, romantic style, you’ll want to look for rings from about 1901 to 1910. These are Edwardian jewellers, and they’re almost always made with platinum. The rings have stunning details in the actual metalwork and may even be pierced with patterns and decorated with small diamonds or covered in filigree.  Typically, the centre stones for these rings are either old European-cut stones that were cut by hand and have a chunkiness to them.

If your bride-to-be is more minimalist in style, she’ll prefer Art Deco rings from the 1920s and 1930s. The gems in these rings come in an array of fancy shapes, including heart-shaped and emerald cuts. The metal is often platinum and usually smooth without patterns.

Gem Certification for Antique Rings

Most modern diamonds come with gem certification, citing the 4Cs. The same goes for many antique rings with centre stones of more than 1-carat. There are times when a mounting may be too delicate to remove the stone, and taking it out could damage the ring. In such cases, gemmologists may try to guess the quality of the gem and put those details down in writing.

If you’re looking for a one of a kind ring, Kalmar Antiques is a dealer of vintage engagement rings in Sydney.

What Kind of Prices Can You Expect for Vintage Rings?

Vintage rings can vary greatly in price, from a few thousand dollars to as much as $90,000 or more. If you want a ring on a tighter budget, scale rubies, emeralds and sapphires tend to be more affordable. A vintage ring with a diamond cluster rather than a centre stone can cost anywhere from $4,000 upwards.

What Should you be Aware of When Shopping for Vintage Rings?

If you plan on shopping for a vintage engagement ring, make sure that the ring you want is the real deal and that you work with a reputable dealer. There are plenty of vintage style designs out there that are made to appear as older rings, but they’re just vintage-inspired and not authentic. Make sure you ask the dealer if the designs are authentic. Remember that genuine vintage rings increase in value with age where as recreations don’t.

Vintage Rings Really are One of a Kind

It can be heart-breaking to find a ring only for it to be sold out once it’s time to buy it. Or, to think you have the most special ring ever to see the same one on someone else’s finger. A vintage engagement ring really is one of a kind, complete with a history and story to tell.


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