Vintage jewelry is a wonderful symbol of love and affection for that very special person in your life. Selecting a piece of vintage or antique jewelry should take great care and here are some sure fire tips to help you when purchasing an authentic piece of jewelry.
What You Need To Know---
• Look For Original Vintage Diamonds
Vintage jewelry from every era will feature authentic antique diamonds including old European cut, transitional cut, rose cut or mine cut diamonds as the focal point of your jewelry. That is the first true indication that the piece is old, vintage or antique.
Vintage jewelry produced by master jewelers decades ago used delicate handcrafting techniques including milgrain and filigree engravings which can not be duplicated today by machine. If you have a 10 power loupe, carefully look at the design for delicate engravings. Also if you notice a little wear or tear, this is another indication that the piece is original.
• Accent Diamonds
The accent diamonds used in a piece of vintage jewelry will help authenticate the piece. An array of diamonds including single cut, mine cut, old European cut, and rose cut accents were used to help complement the featured diamond. If modern brilliant cuts are used as an accent diamond, that's a good indication that it may be a reproduction and not original.
• Polish and Finish
Old jewelry will feature delicate and distinctive designs, usually will not have a bright polish, or finish and should have that antique worn look or include a light coat of patina. Patina is a gloss or sheen on a surface resulting from age.
• View the Inventory
When a website or store has a full inventory of vintage jewelry, this is a true indication that you can trust that the inventory is authentic and original.
• Reputation is Everything
Don't be afraid to ask questions. Ask questions about different era's and different styles. When a site has been in the industry for over twenty, or thirty years, this is also a good sign that they will understand what constitutes an original piece. Simply ask the website if the piece is old, and to please guarantee that on a bill of sale.
Antique Jewelry 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.
Find The Perfect Piece Of Vintage Jewelry
Antique diamond rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and design. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of antique and vintage jewelry today.