by Suzanne Sachs • 5 min read
The vintage engagement ring my husband gave to me has meant so much. These types of rings have rich histories all their own, having been passed through different relationships and love stories. I love that I am able to continue this tradition with my own love story. Each ring was originally designed, and expertly handmade, during the different eras by artisans of their time. They help save the environment, while keeping generations of family traditions, and history, alive. That's the good part, but next is the harder part, trying to actually buy one! Well, I'm here to help you with my own vintage tips on why you should purchase a vintage ring, and what to look for to make your journey that much easier. My ring means so much to me, and always will! I hope your ring will give you as much happiness as mine is giving me!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW---
• Choose Your Era
If you’re going to begin to make memories, you should narrow down which era you want to go down that journey with you. I happen to love Art Deco engagement rings. They are bold, entrancing and have gorgeous geometric engravings. But the other eras have their awesome characteristics too! The 1940's brought us the cool, funky, oversized Retro rings with sapphires, rubies, and emeralds with diamonds. The Edwardian era is, of course, known for beautiful rings usually in platinum. The Victorian era is also a favorite for many, with rings in yellow and rose gold that embodies romance with curves, ribbons, and flowers. If fancy shape diamonds are your favorite, than the 1970's will be your cup of tea with oval cut diamonds, which are all the rage now (but I will get to oval cut diamonds in another blog and pear shape diamonds, thank you Ms. Taylor). I truly love diamonds, but my favorites are Art Deco engagement rings. It’s your own journey that you are on, so the choice is yours!
• Making Sure it's Vintage
Any older cut, including an old European or mine cut, can verify that a piece is truly vintage, whereas a modern round cut diamond with extra pavilion facets will only be found on non-vintage pieces. Another sure fire way to determine if your ring is vintage is to examine the diamonds surrounding the center stone. If they are rose cuts, single cuts or European cut or mine cut then you will know its vintage. Another tip is to look at the filigree or milgrain engravings, if it’s delicate and precise this should confirm the piece is old. Jewelers today can not replicate these types of engravings. Also, be sure to be on the lookout for any type of jewelry markings from the maker.
• Conflict Free
Conflict diamonds, and blood diamonds, are a serious issue in the world today. In actuality, there isn't any way to confirm that a new engagement ring (produced today) is guaranteed to be conflict free. Vintage rings that were produced decades ago use only antique and vintage diamonds that predate these serious issues. That is really the only way to guarantee that a diamond is conflict free. Antique and vintage diamonds should be original to their rings, and will therefore not have been associated with modern conflicts.
• Eco Friendly and Eco-Conscious
Vintage jewelry is eco-friendly, as it does not require new mining, or metalwork, to produce each piece. New mining can devastate land and may take many years to restore the ecosystem, but vintage jewelry is low impact and environmentally responsible. Choosing vintage jewelry is the ultimate in recycling. No additional resources are required for vintage rings to be enjoyed again. Even if the stones are remounted into new pieces, it is still recycling and reusing.
Sustainable is a new word that keeps popping up today, but what exactly does it mean? As we've mentioned in our past blogs, sustainability is the ability to maintain a practice or activity without depleting resources. In essence, a sustainable practice is one that can be done indefinitely without needing replenishment. The only way to guarantee sustainability is to purchase vintage jewelry that was produced before the 1970's and 1980's which is exactly what we do!
• Hollywood Loves Vintage
How can we not mention diamonds and vintage jewelry without mentioning Hollywood?! I still remember the late great Richard Burton purchasing a pear shape diamond for Liz Taylor in the 1960's. Vintage jewelry has never been the same since Barbra Streisand started wearing it in the 1960's. Hollywood starlets today, including Scarlett Johansson, Pippa Middleton, Penelope Cruz and Mary-Kate Olsen among others, have continued this tradition with beautiful vintage rings.
Showcase Your Flair and Vintage Style
Showcase your flair and vintage style so that everyone can see a true reflection of you and your relationship. Research different eras, styles, and diamond shapes to see what feels right for you. Look at a variety of websites to delve further into the different possibilities. This is the first leg of your journey, your history, your romance and it will reflect who you are today and in the future! If you want to give a gift to someone they they can cherish all their life, give the ultimate gift of vintage a timeless piece that simply cannot be replicated. Enjoy your journey!
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 vintage and antique engagement rings today!