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What is a Vintage Engagement Ring?

A vintage engagement ring refers to an engagement ring from the different antique eras of jewellery. A vintage style engagement ring refers to a ring featuring design elements from the different antique eras of jewellery. Key features of vintage engagement rings are milgrain, filigree, and unique metal work. There are six key antique eras: Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco, and Retro.

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What to Consider When Buying a Vintage Engagement Ring?

When buying a vintage engagement ring, you should consider many different things. The list below outlines some key things to consider:

  • Embellishments
  • Gemstone
  • Settings
  • Metal
  • Shank Style
  1. Embellishments

    When purchasing a vintage style engagement ring, embellishments are a very important consideration. Milgrain work is a staple of vintage engagement rings, allowing you to add key vintage-inspired details to your engagement ring. Filigree is another common embellishment, typically used on the shank and band of vintage engagement rings to enhance its vintage appearance and appeal. Unique metal work and side stones are other staples of antique engagement rings. Incorporating contemporary shapes and designs when it comes to side stones, centre stones, and designs used for vintage engagement rings are key elements of vintage-inspired engagement rings.

  2. Gemstone

    When buying a vintage engagement ring, the gemstones or diamonds are one of the most important considerations for your vintage style. The type of gemstone you choose for your vintage style is crucial, whether you want a diamond, sapphire, ruby, or other gemstones. After choosing a stone, it’s important to look at the 4 C’s: Cut, Colour, Clarity, and Carat weight. The sizes of the diamonds and/or gemstones, whether it’s 0.5 carat, 0.75 carat, 1 carat, 1.5 carat, or 2 carat, should fit your budget and preference for centre stone size and quality. The shapes of your centre stones, such as Round, Oval, Princess, Asscher, Emerald, and Pear cut, also affect the overall design of your vintage style.

  3. Setting

    There are three main setting options for vintage engagement rings: Prong, Bezel, and Tension settings. Prong settings are the most popular for vintage engagement rings, with 4, 6, and 8 prong variations being common. Tension settings are another option and are unique, but only certain shapes can be set in a tension setting. Bezel settings come in full bezel and half bezel alternatives; they are the safest option and are great for those who are clumsy and prone to damaging their ring. The perfect setting for a vintage engagement ring depends on your preference and the benefits of the different settings.

  4. Metal

    Platinum and gold are the two main metal choices for those interested in a vintage engagement ring. Platinum has a beautiful silver colour and is very durable. Gold comes in 9k, 14k, and 18k options, along with white, yellow, and rose gold colours. Consider the metal type you like, the different colours, and the durability of the metal or its karat when choosing a metal for your vintage engagement ring.

  5. Shank Style

    Shank style refers to the different design elements of the ring's shank and band. There are six main types of shank styles to choose from for a micro pavé setting: Straight, Tapered, Knife-edge, Split-shank, Twisted, and Bypass shank. Each has different designs, and one must consider this along with how it complements the other elements of the ring.

Why Should I Buy a Vintage Engagement Ring?

Buying a vintage engagement ring presents a timeless charm with classical appeal, embodying a sense of history and tradition. The uniqueness and individuality of vintage designs add a distinctive touch, providing an alternative to more contemporary styles. Moreover, vintage style rings can serve as a canvas for customisation, allowing for personalisation and the infusion of modern elements. However, it's essential to consider potential drawbacks, such as the perception of dated or chunky designs, which might not align with those seeking a sleeker and more modern aesthetic. The challenge of finding a perfectly matching wedding ring can be a consideration for those prioritising a seamless and cohesive set.

What are the Pros of Buying a Vintage Engagement Ring?

There are three main pros of buying a vintage engagement ring:

  • Classic: Vintage engagement rings offer a classical charm transcending time, providing a timeless and enduring appeal. These rings often showcase designs inspired by antique eras, capturing the elegance and sophistication associated with historical jewellery. The classical nature of vintage rings appeals to those who appreciate the grace and tradition embedded in these exquisite pieces, making them a sentimental and timeless choice.

  • Unique and Contemporary: Vintage engagement rings stand out by offering a unique and contemporary allure. The variety of styles from different eras ensures a diverse range of designs, allowing individuals to find a ring that resonates with their personal taste. The blend of historical craftsmanship with a touch of modernity sets vintage rings apart, making them a distinctive choice for those seeking something beyond the ordinary.

  • More Ways to Customise: Vintage engagement rings provide ample opportunities for customisation, allowing individuals to tailor the ring to their preferences. This flexibility comes from the craftsmanship and details present in vintage designs. The ability to customise a vintage ring enhances its sentimental value, enabling individuals to create a unique and personalised piece that aligns with their specific tastes and preferences.

What are the Cons of Buying a Vintage Engagement Ring?

There are some potential cons to consider when buying a vintage engagement ring:

  • Perceived as Dated Some may perceive vintage engagement rings as having a dated look. While this antique charm appeals to many, those desiring a more contemporary look may find vintage rings less aligned with current fashion trends.

  • Chunkier or Larger: Some vintage engagement rings may be characterised by chunkier or bulkier designs. This might not suit those preferring a more delicate and simpler appearance. Whether something is chunky or not is subjective and dependent upon each person's perspective.

  • Hard to Find a Matching Wedding Ring: One challenge associated with vintage engagement rings is the difficulty in finding a matching wedding band. The unique shapes and settings of vintage rings may not seamlessly align with modern wedding ring designs, making it a bit more challenging to create a cohesive and harmonious bridal set. This consideration is relevant for those who prioritise having a seamlessly matching engagement and wedding ring set.

How Much Does a Vintage Engagement Ring Cost?

A vintage engagement ring at DG & Co. Jewellery costs between $1,575 and $4,895 for the style alone. When choosing a diamond or gemstone centre stone, this can significantly increase the cost, especially for a large high-quality diamond or precious gemstone. The average vintage engagement ring with a centre stone costs around $7,000 to $10,000.

What are the Most Popular Vintage Engagement Rings?

The best vintage engagement rings ultimately depend on each person's preferences, but our most popular designs are listed below:

What are the Alternative Styles to Vintage Engagement Rings?

There are many alternative styles to a vintage engagement ring. Some of the most common alternative styles are halo, double halo, split shank, and three stone; they can all also feature vintage elements in these styles of engagement rings.

How Can I Customise My Vintage Style Engagement Rings?

You have many different options when customising your vintage-inspired engagement ring. Embellishments are a great option to customise your vintage engagement ring and include engravings, filigree, and milgrain work. Embellishments are a great way to customise your engagement ring and ensure your antique-inspired engagement ring is customised to your preferences.

Can I Use My Vintage Engagement Ring to Make a New Ring?

Yes, you can use a vintage engagement ring to make a new ring. Jewellery remodelling is a popular option for those who have antique rings, family heirlooms, or have inherited antique jewellery. You can use the gemstones and metal to create a modern design.

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