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How To Buy Antique Engagement Rings

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  • Christopher Bowne
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      Article Title: How To Buy Antique Engagement Rings
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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
      ring?

      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.

      Conclusion

      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
      http://www.engagement-rings-tips.com/antique-engagement-rings.html
      to celtic jewelry.
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