Pros and Cons of Buying Antique Rings (2023)

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by Suzanne Sachs 5 min read



An antique ring can be a beautiful and distinctive piece to show a couple’s commitment and promise to one another, but is it the right style for you? Yet choosing an antique ring can vary depending on your personal preferences and style. Understanding the pros and cons of antique rings can help you decide if this type of jewelry is best for you and your engagement.


In this guide, we will explain the following:

  • What is an antique ring?
  • Pros of antique rings
  • Unique and one-of-a-kind
  • Boldness
  • Intricate Craftsmanship
  • Sustainable and Eco-Friendly
  • Historical and Sentimental Value
  • Vintage Gemstones
  • Favorite Eras
  • Cons of Antique Rings
  • Condition and Durability
  • Rarity
  • Authentication
  • Daily Wear and Tear
  • Choosing Antique Rings

    What is an Antique Ring?

    Antique rings are only classified as antique if they are at least 100 years old. This makes true antique engagement rings exceptionally rare and may come from a variety of fashionable eras, from the nature-inspired Victorian era of the 1900s to the beauty of the Edwardian era to the bold geometry of the Art Deco period of the 1920s to many other unique and stylish jewelry eras. 


    Pros of Antique Rings

    Antique rings can be beautiful and stylish, and offer many advantages to a couple that prefers this style to mark their engagement. The pros of antique jewelry and rings include…


    • Unique and One-of-a-Kind

    Antique rings often boast intricate designs and craftsmanship that can not be replicated today. The bold designs from the Art Deco era offer a distinctive style and can be a conversation starter, making them ideal for individuals who appreciate vintage aesthetics and want something different from modern jewelry.


    • Boldness

    Art Deco engagement rings are vibrant and bold with outstanding personality and eye-catching style. This makes them ideal for any bride-to-be who wants to stand out as much as the ring.


    • Intricate Craftsmanship

    Victorian rings are known for their detailed and intricate craftsmanship. They often feature elaborate designs, semi-precious gemstones, filigree work, engravings, and symbolic motifs such as flowers, hearts, or bows. The level of craftsmanship and attention to detail exhibited in Victorian rings can be impressive, showcasing the skill and artistry of the era's jewelers.


    I've purchased two vintage rings from Suzanne over the past decade and my wife has loved both. Great service, communication and speedy delivery.”

     Lee S verified buyer

    • Sustainable and Eco-Friendly

    By purchasing an antique ring, you are recycling and repurposing existing materials rather than supporting the extraction of new resources. This eco-friendly aspect can be appealing to individuals who prioritize sustainability and reducing their environmental impact.


    • Historical and Sentimental Value

    Antique rings have a rich history and can carry sentimental value. Owning a piece of jewelry with a story can add a sense of connection to the past, making it a meaningful heirloom or a symbol of a bygone era. Treasuring  a family heirloom ring can  be the perfect start of a relationship, and show different generations the fashion that connects their individuality.

    • Vintage Gemstones

    Certain antique rings, especially those with gemstones including rubies, sapphires, emeralds, aquamarines, opals, and exceptional craftsmanship, or renowned designer signatures, can appreciate in value over time. If you choose wisely, you may have the opportunity to own a valuable piece of jewelry that appreciates in worth.


    Favorite Eras

    Enjoying an antique ring can honor different historical eras and rejuvenate artistic eras and the history they represent, from the Victorian and Edwardian eras to the Art Deco period.


    Suzanne was amazing! I utilized the layaway service and it was a breeze. Ring made its way to Texas and was even more gorgeous in person."
     Chloe G verified buyer


    Cons of Antique Rings

    • Condition and Durability

    Antique rings may show signs of wear and tear due to their age, which could affect their structural integrity. It's crucial to thoroughly inspect the ring for any damage, loose stones, or weakened prongs. Repairing or maintaining antique jewelry may require specialized skills and can be more costly than servicing modern pieces.

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    My experience with Vintage Diamond Ring was so excellent I really had to think about it for a while. First their selection of jewelry is profound. The quality is superior.”

     Claude P verified buyer


    • Rarity

    Antique rings, especially rings that are in pristine condition are inherently limited in supply, especially if you're seeking a specific era or style. Finding the perfect antique ring that matches your preferences and size can be challenging, and you may need to search extensively or work with specialized dealers, pawnshops, websites or auction houses.


    • Authentication

    The market for antique jewelry has its share of reproductions and replicas, which can make it difficult to authenticate the age, materials, and origin of a particular piece. It's essential to do thorough research, seek expert opinions when necessary, and buy from reputable sellers to ensure you're getting an authentic antique ring.


    • Daily Wear & Tear

    Because these rings are often larger and more prominent on the hand, they can be more vulnerable to damage when worn daily, as an engagement ring often is.


    Choosing Antique Rings

    After a couple has carefully weighed the pros and cons of antique rings, it is time to shop for an amazing ring to showcase their engagement. When buying antique rings, it's advisable to do your homework, work with reputable sellers, and seek the assistance of experienced jewelers or appraisers who specialize in antique jewelry. Browse different collections and try on different antique styles to determine what size and design of ring would look best, and work with the retailer to carefully authenticate the ring. They can guide you through the process, provide valuable insights, and help you make an informed decision.

    Vintage Rings For Everyone:

    No matter which shape 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 Engagement Ring:

    Vintage 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 engagement rings today.


    Suzanne Sachs

    Suzanne has always believed vintage rings can change lives. She's been in the jewelry industry for over 35 years, working with vintage jewelers, diamond dealers, diamond cutters, and gemologists. Suzanne started Artdecodiamonds in 2000 and understood the demand for vintage rings throughout the world. She ultimately started in 2014, and understands each vintage ring is a reflection of you – your history, your relationships, your style, your elegance and is honored to have the opportunity to help you showcase your flair in a unique and exquisite way.


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