Top Antique Engagement Ring Problems and Solutions

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by Suzanne Sachs  5 min read



We adore antique engagement rings! Who wouldn't!? Antique engagement rings are 50-100 years old, from eras such as Victorian, Art Deco, and Edwardian. These rings were created by master jewelers, who were artists and superior craftsman. Antique diamond rings feature beautiful embellishments, and glittering antique diamonds that simply can not be reproduced today. If you are considering purchasing antique jewelry, or have already, you may have noticed some problems with your antique engagement ring and/or vintage jewelry. Here are a few problems you may, or may not, experience. Yet, if you notice them, you will be able to fix it and enjoy your antique jewelry for years to come.

What You Need To Know--

Antique Engagement Rings Are Delicate

Many antique rings were handmade and, therefore, are extremely delicate. If you have an antique ring, take it off before you play tennis. If you love to garden, take the ring off or wear gloves to protect your ring. This will go a long way in protecting your engagement ring. This holds true if you have a precious sapphire engagement ring as well.


Take a Look At Your Shank

The shank is the bottom half of your vintage ring. After many years, the shank may become too thin and can crack. A good master jeweler can replace the shank without doing any damage, or harm, to the rest of the ring. If your jeweler is viewing your ring please ask them to please take a look at your prongs. Prongs simply hold your diamond in place and protect your diamond from any bumps.





What To Do If You Lose an Antique Mine Cut or European Cut Diamond

Most antique jewelers who have been in the industry for decades will have replacement mine cut, European cut, rose cut, or single cut diamonds for your vintage engagement ring. If your jeweler does not have a replacement, you will have to find an antique dealer who specializes in antique rings.




How Do I Clean My Ring?

This is a question is asked all the time. We advise all of our clients with a vintage engagement ring , to just use a little soap and water and lightly use a toothbrush to delicately clean your ring. Please remember not to do this over a sink!





Polishing an Antique Ring

We also advise our customers to never polish their ring. This is because it took so many years to get that antique look. It is an antique ring! We do advise them to polish a shank if need be.



Precious and Semi Precious Gemstones

Over time, precious gems such as emeralds, sapphires, and rubies and semiprecious gemstones  such as aquamarines and zircons, may experience some wear and tear. We always advise our clients to have a master jeweler carefully remove the gemstone from the ring and ask their antique jeweler to repair the ring. This is usually an easy process and can be done for a minimal cost.


Antique Engagement Rings For Everyone:

No matter which gemstone is your favorite, these time-honored gemstones 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:

Antique 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 split shank 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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