Antique Vs Antique Style Jewelry: What is the Difference?

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by Suzanne Sachs  5 min read

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If you desire a true antique or vintage ring it will be advantageous in understanding the difference between antique and antique style jewelry. Having this knowledge will help in your process of picking a vintage or an antique piece of jewelry from your favorite era. Understanding the difference between antique and antique style can help you make the best choice when purchasing an antique engagement ring.


• What Exactly is Antique?

A piece of authentic antique jewelry has to be more than 100 years old to be considered antique, though some estate jewelers do include rings from the 1930s and 1940s as antique.  One area of expertise of an antique jeweler is the ability to establish the origins of engagement rings from eras such as Georgian, Victorian, Art Deco, Edwardian, Retro, or the Mid-Century.

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• What Exactly is Vintage

Vintage rings are generally at least 20-50 years old, but are not as old as antique rings.  Another area of expertise of an vintage jeweler is the determination of pieces from the Retro era, fabulous fifties and the mid centuries 1960s-1970s.


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• Antique or Vintage Style 

There are many labels that used the term "style" including antique style, vintage style or Art Deco style when used in it's description meaning that it was designed as a copy of a ring from a particular era. Today's reproductions are computer simulated copies of these bygone works of art. When examining a specific engagement ring, please ask the site or store to confirm the authenticity from that particular specific era.


vintage style asscher cut ring

 • Conflict Free and Eco-Friendly

Determining whether a ring is a true piece of antique jewelry is of utmost importance whether it is conflict free.  Antique pieces honors the environment and promotes social justice. When purchasing "style" jewelry, reusing antique diamonds and gemstones will help ensure that no additional resources are required for them to be enjoyed again. Even if the stones are remounted into new pieces, it is still recycling and reusing.


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• Estate Jewelry

Estate jewelry is defined as jewelry that has been previously worn or owned. Estate jewelry comes from many different eras throughout history, and can be contemporary or antique. With estate jewellery you can still be confident you are being ethical. 


• What Does Circa Mean?

A circa date will give an approximate date which gives the person viewing the piece of vintage jewelry, a date of the time span for that period. Jewellers will look for key specific markings on an antique ring that may give indication of the designer or a hallmark to determine the time period.

Antique 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.

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 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. Suzanne 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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