Getting engaged is a special time; filled with romance and priceless moments. However, if you are considering antique engagement rings, then I briefly need you to step out of that fairy tale for a moment and think long term. When you do, unfortunately the magic of authentic antique ring settings may disappear. Why? Simple, because you are buying used jewelry that carries with it all the baggage of worn and abused jewelry: cracked prongs, chipped stones, and worn shanks. Unfortunately, unless those gorgeous antique ring settings that you love so much are die struck, you may end up looking at a lifetime of expensive repair and restoration bills, as well as replacing the entire ring if the repairs are too extensive.
Instead, save the antique ring for an anniversary gift. That way it will only need to be worn on special occasions, thus eliminating the concerns of daily wear and tear.
For your engagement ring, I strong urge you to consider a vintage style engagement ring setting. Not only do these rings give you the fairy tale look you want, with the quality you need, but by buying a new ring you can customize many of the details; giving you the exact ring of your dreams. However, if it is the ring's history that you find alluring, consider buying a vintage stone and having it set into a new setting, giving you the best of both worlds.
Here are some of my favorite vintage style style antique ring settings from our Jabel collection. They are all die struck, meaning they will be around for generations to admire, so future brides can have a fairy tale dream antique ring without facing these concerns:
Vintage Style Engagement Rings
The following vintage style engagement rings are made using Jabel's unique Die Struck Jewelry making methods. The result is a stronger and more resilient ring setting that will stand up to the test of time, making them heirloom quality rings.
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