You may have heard it said that diamonds are forever and when it comes to engagement rings a trend that continues into 2013 is a return to the classics.
Consumers are no longer happy with a cookie-cutter engagement ring that most people find in retail jewelry outlets.
“They want unique, distinctive and something that reflects their personality, said Frank Gesner of Gesner Estate Jewelry. “They are interested in seeing their ring worn by someone else.”
More often than not once a prospective bride sees an antique engagement ring on their left hand, they simply fall in love and won’t consider the more modern rings available in today’s market.
Business in antique and vintage engagement ring is booming and the reason is simple. While more modern designs tend to lose their appeal after a few years, vintage and antique engagement rings already have stood the test of time.
Essentially they don’t go out of style.
According to a survey completed by David’s Bridal nearly 58% of women would change something about their engagement ring if they could.
Some manufacturers are even including “vintage” looks and designs on some of their new rings. Gesner concludes there’s nothing like the real thing however.
Antique rings and those that are 50 years old or older.
Some of the more popular styles come from different eras, like Victorian (1835-1900), Edwardian (1900-1920), and Art Deco (1920-1930).
Each era presents its own unique options. Victorian rings for example will often include accents from other kinds of stone and may feature intricate designs made of yellow gold or rose gold.
Edwardian period rings may be set with brilliant sapphire that presents a spectacular attention grabbing contrast.
Perhaps the most popular of all eras is the Art Deco, which are generally colorful and influenced from Asian and Egyptian artisans.
Rings that feature a center stone and are framed with a number of smaller stones remain in vogue and very popular
When purchasing an antique or vintage engagement ring Gesener suggest a few tips.
As with all diamond purchases make sure that you consider the four C’s, color, carat, clarity, and cut.
Antique rings will generally have stones that were cut by hand and have a more unique appearance.
As with all diamonds the clearer the stone the more valuable the ring will be. Antique rings often have diamonds that are tinted, for example soft pink tints.
Always asked to see a certified gemologist report. Reputable dealers will often have multiple reports for you to consider.
Of course you will want to know what the return policy is on the ring in the event you change your mind or are unhappy with the purchase.
Take the time to shop around. Antique engagement rings can be found in a number of places including antique stores, estate sales, of course jewelry stores and online vendors.
Online vendors are perfect for the beginning antique jewelry shopper as they present a no pressure situation in which to learn and see vintage and antique jewelry.
Websites take viewers that allow prospective customers view their products in detail without the pressure of a salesperson hovering nearby.
Yes diamonds are forever, but your engagement ring is meant to last a lifetime.
More and more couples are discovering the beauty, uniqueness and long-lasting character of antique engagement rings.