WHAT IS A VINTAGE ENGAGEMENT RING?
A vintage engagement ring is a ring that was designed and made at least 20 years ago. Vintage rings can be from any era, but they are typically more than 50 years old. Vintage inspired rather is a newly made ring that is inspired by a vintage engagement ring, often a perfect recreation or replica set with antique diamonds. Don't assume that just because a ring has an antique diamond that the entire setting is in fact vintage or antique. And another very crucial thing to keep in mind is that there is a difference between antique diamonds and antique diamond cuts. Antique diamond cuts can be a slippery term as well as it can be a modern stone cut in the shape of an antique diamond like the old mine or old European cut. Nothing wrong with a modern stone cut to look old but you want to make sure you know exactly what you are buying. Bottom line is work with a jeweler you trust and don't be shy to ask many questions.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VINTAGE & ANTIQUE ENGAGEMENT RINGS?
The main difference between vintage and antique engagement rings is their age. Vintage rings are at least 20-50 years old, while antique rings are at least 100 years old.
WHY ARE VINTAGE ENGAGEMENT RINGS SO POPULAR?
Vintage engagement rings are becoming increasingly popular for a number of reasons. Many couples love the unique style and design of vintage rings, and they appreciate the history and sentiment that comes with wearing a ring that is not mass-produced.
HOW DO I KNOW IF A VINTAGE ENGAGEMENT RING IS RIGHT FOR ME?
The best way to find out if a vintage engagement ring is right for you is to try on a few different styles. Vintage rings come in all shapes, sizes, and designs, so it’s important to find one that you are comfortable with and that fits your style. If you're a lover of fine art, vintage clothing, cars etc. You are likely a very good candidate for a vintage engagement ring.
HOW DO I CARE FOR A VINTAGE ENGAGEMENT RING?
Caring for a vintage engagement ring is not much different than caring for a new ring. The main thing you need to be careful of is not to damage the setting or stone. Be sure to remove your ring before doing any activities that could potentially damage it, and have it cleaned and inspected by a professional at least once a year. Be mindful of the age and era from which the ring came. Rings that are older say the Georgian or Victorian era which have patina and more delicate aged features may require extra care and consideration. These are not rings that should be worn in all activities. Yet another perfect question to pose to your trusted jeweler. Will this ring suit my lifestyle?
DO VINTAGE ENGAGEMENT RINGS HOLD THEIR VALUE?
Vintage engagement rings generally hold and increase their value over time. The older the piece is, provided that it is a desirable style the more valuable it may become. High quality antique diamonds have dramatically increased in value over the last decade as demand for vintage has only grown while supply is lessening. There are only so many vintage engagement rings in the world. And a limited supply with high demand always equals high value. Other factors, such as the style of the ring, its age, and its condition play a role in value.
ARE ANTIQUE DIAMONDS CONFLICT FREE?
The vast majority of antique diamonds are conflict free as they were mined prior to modern conflicts in regions where war is waged over natural resources. However, it is important to do your research to be sure. Check with the seller or jeweler to see if they can provide any information about where the diamond came from.
ARE VINTAGE ENGAGEMENT RINGS STURDY ENOUGH FOR EVERYDAY WEAR?
Yes, vintage engagement rings are typically just as sturdy as new rings. However, it is important to take care of your ring and have it inspected regularly to ensure that it remains in good condition.
ARE VINTAGE ENGAGEMENT RINGS MORE EXPENSIVE?
Vintage engagement rings can be more expensive than new rings, but this is not always the case. It depends on a number of factors, such as the style of the ring, its age, its condition, and most importantly the quality and carat size of the stone.
ARE ANTIQUE DIAMONDS WORTH MORE?
Antique diamonds can be worth more than new diamonds. This is because they are rarer and more sought-after. Higher quality, carat weight, and certain cuts can demand a premium over modern stones. The supply of these stones is quite limited. Whereas newly mined diamonds are much more available.
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