A vintage engagement ring can be a gorgeous testament to generations of love, romance, and commitment, but how can you tell if your vintage engagement ring is authentic? There are several ways you can be sure your engagement ring truly is a vintage piece.
What You Need To Know--
In this guide, we will explain the following:
- Authenticating a vintage engagement ring
- Examine the ring's gemstones
- Examine the metalwork
- Consider other pieces
- Check the chain of possession
- Why authenticity matters
- If you ring isn't authentic
Authenticating a Vintage Engagement Ring
The easiest way to be sure a vintage ring is authentic is to purchase the ring from a reputable dealer with extensive experience in vintage and antique jewelry. A conscientious and creditable dealer will have already thoroughly researched each piece of jewelry they sell, ensuring its quality and legitimacy.
It may not always be possible to purchase a ring from a reputable dealer, however. Perhaps your vintage engagement ring is a family heirloom inherited from a distant relative, or it may be a piece that caught your eye at an estate sale, pawn shop, or other used retailer. Fortunately, it is still possible to verify the ring’s authenticity.
• Examine the Ring’s Gemstones
• Examine the Metalwork
Just as diamond and gemstone cutting has evolved over the decades, the metalwork of ring settings and bands has also changed. Careful investigation of an antique ring’s metalwork can be a great way to verify its vintage authenticity. Check for a maker’s mark or artisan signature that could then be researched to determine the ring’s age. Older rings will also show less precision work because of their handcrafted, one-of-a-kind nature, and may show some damage and wear that wouldn’t be apparent on newer rings.
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• Consider Other Pieces
If you purchased a vintage engagement ring from a retailer, ask about the authenticity of their entire collection. While it may be difficult to thoroughly authenticate a single piece, if the retailer has documentation for other, similar pieces in their collection, that can provide a good starting point for verifying an unknown ring. A verifiable collection is also a good indication that the retailer is reputable and offers authentic jewelry for sale. At the same time, check the retailer’s industry standing and other qualifications to be sure they are a respectable jeweler.
• Check the Chain of Possession
If possible, trace the ring’s chain of possession back to its origin. This may include determining who has owned the ring for which years, and how the ring may have been inherited several times via wills, trusts, or other estate documentation. Take note of any paperwork documenting repairs, insurance claims, resizing, or other steps along the ring’s journey so you can be aware of its origin and how it has come into your possession. Ultimately, you want to try and determine where and when the ring was originally purchased in order to authenticate its overall lifespan.
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Why Authenticity Matters
It may seem like a lot of trouble to verify the authenticity of a vintage engagement ring, but the effort is well worthwhile. Not only do you want the reassurance that your ring is, in fact, a true vintage piece, but by ensuring its authenticity you can be sure you are paying a fair price for a lovely piece of jewelry. This can also be critical for insurance purposes, to be sure your ring is properly protected in case of loss, theft, or damage. Authenticating your ring can also help you plan for its future if it will be passed along as an heirloom to add more chapters to its romantic story.
If Your Ring Isn’t Authentic
It can be disappointing if you discover that your vintage engagement ring may not be truly authentic, but that doesn’t necessarily make the ring any less valuable with regards to its sentiment and the relationship it represents. Being honest about your ring and learning all you can about its age and care needs will help you keep the ring looking its best for many happy anniversaries. You might even consider resetting the ring’s stones into a verified vintage ring, or if it is the stones that aren’t authentic in your ring, you could find loose antique gems to replace those in your ring.
Once you know the truth about your engagement ring, you can better appreciate the story it tells, no matter when that story began or how it came to be part of your romance.
Vintage Engagement Rings For Everyone
No matter which era is your favorite, these time-honored rings have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations.
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