Are you a fan of antique ring settings, but either can't find the exact ring you want or, have concerns over the quality and condition of the ring? If you answered yes to either of these questions, than this is the article for you!
"I love antique ring settings but I have concerns."
Buying engagement rings can be stressful for any bride and groom-to-be, but it is especially stressful when you have a very specific style of ring in mind. Shopping for vintage engagement ring settings has it's own set of pros and cons and you need to look at them objectively. Here are a few:
The Pros of Vintage Engagement Ring Settings:
- You are buying a piece of history.
- Their is a romance to buying antique ring settings and imagining the love affair of it's previous owners.
- Authenticity is beautiful.
The Cons of Vintage Engagement Ring Settings
- You are limited to what is available.
- Matching wedding bands may no longer exist
- You are unable to customize the design.
- The condition may be poor.
If the cons out weighs the pros, then you may want to reconsider your decision to buy an authentic antique ring setting. Rather, I would suggest shopping for antique style engagement rings. This will allow you to get the look you want without the limitations of what your dealer has on hand and all the other concerns listed above.
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"I have concerns over the quality of vintage engagement ring settings."
If you are considering any used ring, than this should absolutely be a concern; especially since this is a ring that will hold great meaningful throughout your life. While there is a significant amount of charm and romance that goes along with buying an antique ring setting, the truth is you are buying used jewelry. Therefore, along with the charm and romance come concerns over
- Metal Stability, Thickness, Cracks, and Porosity
- Poor Care
- Chipped or Damaged Stones That Could Easily Shatter
- Excessive Sizing
Unless you are a trained jeweler, it's hard to recognize the signs of poor quality rings. And, this is one purchase you do not want to make a mistake on! Instead, consider antique style engagement rings that will give you the look you want with the quality and assurance of a new ring.
"What are some examples of antique style engagement rings?"
One of our favorite jewelry collections of vintage style engagement rings is made by Jabel. Not only has Jabel been around for over 100 years, but they continue using their die struck technique. Die striking is a style of jewelry making common in early early 20th century jewelry making that is considered one of the best methods for longevity, durability, and creating heirloom quality jewelry. Plus, Jabel still offer hand engraved jewelry. Here are some of our favorite antique style engagement rings from the Jabel collection:
"What makes these rings similar to antique ring settings?"
Antique ring settings are known for their intricate designs, many of which are used in the rings featured above. Identifying a few key 'vintage' elements will help you achieve the vintage look you desire. Here are some of the design elements used on the rings above:
- Floral Motifs
- Rose Gold