Antique Engagement Rings
Antique engagement rings can be a great way to add some vintage style and class to your look. Whether you choose a genuine antique or a replica, here are some basic things you should know about antique engagement ring styles.
First, antique engagement rings are considered to come from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s. The three main time periods for these rings are the Victorian, from 1837 to 1901, the Edwardian, from 1901 to 1910, and the Art Deco, from the 1920s to the 1930s. Rings from each time period have their own unique characteristics.
Victorian antique engagement rings tend to be delicate and intricate, using floral designs. Snakes were another popular motif. Since diamonds were less common and less widely available during the Victorian period, jewelry from this era uses more decorative metalwork, and non-diamond gemstones. Rubies and sapphires are common, and are sometimes combined with smaller diamonds.
Yellow gold is more popular in rings from the Victorian era.
During the Edwardian period, diamonds became more widely available, resulting in ring styles that featured larger diamonds. This is when the cushion cut became popular, and when the idea of having a large, central diamond came into fashion.
The use of multiple diamond in a pave setting also became more common during this period. Edwardian antique engagement rings show an influence from Victorian styles in their use of elaborate filigree patterns incorporating flowers, as well as hearts or other natural designs. During this era, silver, white gold, and platinum were much more popular than yellow gold.
Many antique engagement ring come from the Art Deco period. This style is characterized by geometric shapes and sharp, straight lines, as well as repeating motifs. Bold colors as popular, so rubies, emeralds, and sapphires are often featured in art deco antique engagement rings. Circular or square patterns are created using multiple smaller gemstones, for a very trendy and stylish look.
When you are looking for your antique engagement ring, you will have to choose between a genuine antique or a replica. There are some benefits either way. Genuine antiques have a real history to them, and some women may love wearing a ring that comes from over a hundred years ago. The diamonds in these rings tend to be cut in slightly different styles, and they may not have the brilliant shine of some more modern cut diamonds.
Vintage antique engagement rings can be more or less expensive than their modern counterparts, depending on the style that you are looking at. But, as a reference, you can find antique engagement rings starting at around $500.
Replicas are a popular choice, as well. You can get diamonds with a modern brilliance, and some women may rather wear a new ring in an antique style.
Either way, the best places to look are online shops specializing in antique engagement rings from the time period that you are interested in. They will have a much better selection than jewelry stores, antique dealers, or estate sales, although you may get lucky and find some good deals at these places.
Antique engagement rings make a perfect way to symbolize the timelessness of your love, as well as to add some old-world style and class.