Are you tempted to shop for vintage engagement ring settings?
Do you love the romance of vintage rings?
Are you enchanted with the breathtaking beauty of their details?
Sure, they may be beautiful to look at, romantic to own, and just waiting to slip on your finger, but the reality is they are used rings. Therefore, along with the romance is the potential for costly long term maintenance, emotional headaches, and a lifetime of frustration.
If you love antique ring settings, then there is absolutely a place for them. However, that place should not be as your engagement ring (or wedding rings). Here's why; engagement rings (and wedding rings) need to stand up to daily abuse everyday for the rest of your life, including:
- Soap Residue
- Food Particles
If your ring has already experienced a lifetime of extensive wear it may not be structurally sound enough to withstand another. If this is the case then you are looking at a lifetime filled with repair bills. There is also an emotional toll that constant repair can take on you. It's nerve wracking to have to worry about damaging or loosing a ring of so much sentimental importance.
Instead, buy antique ring settings for special occasion jewelry, such as a lovely cocktail ring. This will reduce the amount of time it is worn, eliminating the majority of it's potential wear and tear.
If this reality check has your head spinning then hopefully the following Q&A will help ease your worries and get you on your way to finding your dream ring:
- broken shanks
- thinned shanks
- weakened shanks
- worn prongs
- cracked prongs
- bent prongs
- chipped or missing stones
- re-engraving or reapplying lost patterns, textures, or designs
Gemstone Side Stones
Pierced Shank Engagement Rings
Ribbon Engagement Rings
Octagonal Center Stones