How To Buy Antique Engagement Rings
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Article Title: How To Buy Antique Engagement Rings
Author: Christopher Bowne
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There are as many good reasons to consider purchasing an
antique engagement ring as there are reasons for deciding when
to pop the question. While modern day jewelers struggle to
offer customers something unique and contemporary, the
bride-to-be may be more inclined to appreciate the style and
inherent charm of an antique. Another perfectly acceptable
reason for purchasing antique engagement rings is they often
offer buyers a better quality diamond at a lower price than
purchasing a new ring.
Before beginning your search for the perfect wedding ring, it
is best to ask yourself a few questions.
Do you know about the four C's?
The four C's are the criteria professionals use to determine
the value of a diamond.
"Clarity takes into account the number, character, and
visibility of flaws within the stone. These are often referred
to as inclusions. The fewer inclusions, the better the quality
of the stone."
Carat is the size or weight of the diamond. The larger the
stone, the higher the cost. An advantage to buying antique
engagement rings is that in the 1930s and 1940s jewelers often
compensated for a smaller sized diamond by setting it in an
intricately designed white gold, square-shaped box. These made
the stone appear larger.
"Color is a matter of taste. Modern-day standards put a higher
value on a clear diamonds, as a rule. In the past, buyers
wanted their diamonds to reflect a rainbow of colors, soft
pinks, yellow, or green tints. While colored diamonds are still
available today, they were considered more valuable in the past.
It is also important to note that many of the modern colored
diamonds are artificially altered to enhance the color."
Cut is also a matter of taste and another reason antique
engagement rings may be the best answer. Over the years, the
preference of cut has changed. Additionally, a laser now cuts
most diamonds; whereas older stones were normally cut by hand,
giving them a more customized, romantic look.
What is the difference between an antique ring and an estate
Antique rings normally refer to rings that are over 50 years
old. Rings less than 50 years old and purchased used are
considered as estate rings.
What are the styles of different eras?
Victorian Era (1835-1900) - Victorian era antique engagement
rings featured diamonds or pearls set in yellow or rose gold.
The ring styles varied from simple elegance to intricate
detail. Many settings featured rows of diamonds that were cut
with an extra facet in the bottom of the stone. This was known
as a mine cut.
Edwardian Era (1900-1920) - With the invention of the
oxyacetylene torch, platinum became the preferred metal for the
period. The wedding bands were often crafted with lacy and
pierced shapes, milgraining, filigree detail, and scrollwork.
Rose-cut diamonds and sapphires were the preferred stones.
Art Deco Era (1920-1930) - Art Deco antique engagement rings
feature a streamlined geometric look. They also reflect
Egyptian, Asian, and Native American cultures. These rings were
often made of platinum featured colorful, contrasting gemstones
as well as diamonds.
Where can antique engagement rings be purchased?
Antique engagement rings can be purchased in a number of
places: antique stores, estate sales, pawn shops, auctions, and
there select vendors online and larger cities who specialize in
the purchase and resale of antique jewelry. No matter where you
purchase your engagement rings, remember to get a full
description of your purchase in writing and look to vendors who
offer a written returns policy. You may also ask if the jewelry
comes with a certified gemologists report, which provides
optimal proof that the jewelry is as described.
When purchasing an engagement ring, it is important to consider
all your options, including antique engagement rings.
About The Author: Christopher Bowne is writer for
http://www.engagement-rings-tips.com an online guide. Chris is
also publishing on topics from antique rings
to celtic jewelry.
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