Antique engagement rings are an excellent choice for those who want something a bit unique and different than newer styles currently on the market. You may find that an antique engagement ring is much less expensive than newer designs as well and are typically considered to be treasured family heirlooms.
If you are planning to purchase an antique engagement ring there are a few things that you should understand before you begin shopping. Note that while diamonds are often the most commonly chosen gemstone for engagement and wedding rings today, this was not always true in the past. You may find many antique rings that contain other gemstones such as sapphires, rubies and emeralds. You should be very careful about choosing softer stones like pearls and opals as these tend to have cracks that may not be instantly seen and could cause the ring itself to become less valuable.
You will find a variety of designs and styles available in antique engagement rings. When choosing your style it is important that you pay strict attention to the overall craftsmanship. This will make a difference in your cost as well as the value of the ring. You should try to avoid replica rings from less common eras as these often are not nearly as attractive or valuable as authentic rings. If you are shopping on a budget yet you still want the beauty of a large diamond then you can consider antique rings that were made during the 1930s and 40s. Rings of this era have about the same size stones as other eras in general but the way that they were set made them appear to be much larger.
You should also understand that the things used to value today’s diamonds are not necessarily the same for antique engagement rings. In the past people preferred slightly colored diamonds as opposed to the bright white stones of today. You may find many that have a slight rose or yellow tint to them. The cutting methods of the past were much different than those used today so keep this in mind when you are looking for the perfect stone. It was not nearly as easy to see internal flaws in the stones several years ago and the diamonds may simply not look as white as they do today. The designs are much different as well but overall these are excellent choices. Metal setting choices may vary widely as well and can include yellow and white gold as well as rose gold and platinum, depending on the era in which the ring was created.
You can purchase antique engagement rings at a number of jewelry stores, online retailers and even through private purchases. It is important that you know how to tell if the diamond is real or be sure that you purchase from a reputable seller to ensure that you are actually getting a real diamond or other gemstone in the ring. If you are shopping online be sure that you pay attention to the description of the ring. You will want to get information about the cut, color, carat weight, age of the ring, condition and clarity of the gemstone as well as the size. If you are purchasing online you can use this information to check with a jeweler about the overall value of the ring before you make the purchase.
Overall antique engagement rings are typically very affordable depending of course on the actual age of the ring and the gemstones used to create it. You will simply have to determine your budget beforehand and then begin to look for the ring that you want. Antique rings are an excellent way to have a unique piece that you can continue to pass down through your family for generations.