Buying the perfect engagement ring for the loved one is like finding a needle in a haystack. Some men spend fortunes buying ‘the’ ring for ‘the one’, and yet fail to win the heart of the beau. But we cannot blame it on them, since most men have little idea about rings, and hardly conduct any research before buying it. And besides, there are so many options to chose from that it is understandable why an average male will be confused and baffled by the choices in front of him. But we are not here to talk about average males with average income. We are here to talk about men who can afford a little more to present their spouses with something that goes beyond a band with gemstones. What we are talking about are estate engagement rings that are not only beautiful, but also carry years of tradition in the brilliance of their stones.
Estate engagement rings are vintage rings that have been previously owned within the time frame of 50 years or less. Mostly used as heirlooms, these rings have been owned by affluent people who have left a kind of legacy with years of history within the rings. There are various types of estate engagement rings – the difference mostly being in the color, cut and carat of diamond or other gemstones used. It is important, though, to know the differences in the diamonds used; the 4 Cs – cut, clarity, color and condition – determine and distinguish a more precious diamond from a lesser one.
The setting if the rings can also vary in a number of ways. The most common types of settings are prong setting, in which alleviated gemstone set in place with three or four prongs; pave setting, where the diamond (or other stone) is fitted into tapered holes in level with the surface of the ring; channel setting, which is common in wedding bands, characterized by stones set into channels with no metals separating the stones. Other types of setting include invisible setting, flush setting, and bezel setting.
Estate rings can be art deco (characterized by colorful gemstones) or art nouveau (‘new art’, more decorative), but the choice depends on the preference of the buyer. Most estate engagement rings are made of platinum or white gold, but yellow gold bands are also available. These engagement rings can be moderately expensive, but some of these more spectacular and vintage rings can skyrocket in terms of prices. However, despite surprising, some of these estate rings can be more affordable than contemporary diamond rings. To say it simply, the more vintage the estate ring, the higher the price. For example, a vintage circa estate ring form the 1930s or 1940s with 14k white gold and .41Ct Center diamond can cost around $1495.00.
When buying vintage estate rings, it is important to buy it from a reputed dealer, since forged rings can be very close to the original, and the differences can easily escape a less experienced eye. Before deciding to buy an estate ring though, the most important thing to keep in mind is whether your spouse really appreciates traditional jewelry. Buying an estate ring for a woman who has her heart set into more contemporary designs may feel out of place with a vintage ring. Estate engagement rings are a good choice only for the women who value the flare of traditional or classic-chic style. Therefore learning about the partners preferences is a good idea before investing a fortune on ‘the’ estate ring. Another good idea if your ring is more expensive than you had budgeted for – be sure to get your ring insured!