We’ve gone past the years of embroidered settings and mountings of engagement rings and other jewelries yet there are still many couples who want to choose to mark their engagement with that unique antique touch to also show how special their relationship is and is going to be in the future as husbands and wives. These types of couples definitely hunt for the antique engagement rings to have that sense of old-fashioned romance with its design, texture and value which doubles the more it gets older.
How To Determine If The Ring Is Antique?
Another antique jewelry is the so-called Art Deco engagement rings which mix strong colored stones into plain or carved settings. Some Hollywood stars wear them to represent fashion sense while some also received them as heirlooms when getting married.
Types Of Antique Engagement Rings
Platinum and white gold were the favorite choices for settings in the early twentieth century. According to history, one who first wore this type of ring was the Edwardian bride. That ring had a filigree design, a technique of piercing metal to create that intricate open-work look. From there, Art Deco wedding rings developed to have more geometric shapes in combination with diamonds set in steps in each side of the center stone. Afterwards, there came in the 1930s-40s bridal jewelry with much delicately engraved patterns and feminine carvings.
How To Shop For The Best Rings?
Since these pieces are antique, it’s important to inspect the condition of the piece as always. Look at the prongs holding the center diamond and any small stones. They should be all solid and secure in place. Also, the shank of the ring (the part which extends at the back of the finger) should have sufficient thickness. This can still be replaced in future as well but keep in mind that an engagement ring will be worn everyday so it’s wise to choose whether newly-made antique engagement ring or a real vintage ring in good condition.
Once you or your fiancée has chosen the ring, next thing to do is proper caring so it stays beautiful through the years. If you often use hand cream, it’s recommended to rinse the ring under hot water each night (but beware to put the stopper in the sink!) to keep all dirt, grease and build up away from the setting and diamond. You can also use baby toothbrush and put mild toothpaste to it to gently scrub the diamond. Don’t forget to not scrub the metal part of setting of the ring because it can cause scratches. Otherwise, use a jeweler’s polishing cloth to shine the gold or platinum setting.
Where To Buy?
Antique engagement rings are made available to the market so good thing it’s easy to find. But recommended shops are the following: