Selecting an Antique Engagement Ring

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If you’re trying to decide on an engagement ring, but none of them seem special or unique, then perhaps you should consider an antique ring.  Believe it or not, art deco rings are not the only special type of vintage jewellery.  In order for a ring to be classified as “antique,” it must be at least 50 years old.  There are several benefits of choosing an antique or vintage ring over a commercially produced one.

First of all, vintage jewellery offers some history and character which can make it more sentimental for some brides.  Unlike a ring bought in a chain store, a vintage ring won’t be mass produced.  An antique ring will stick out among the same old rings that every woman is wearing on her ring finger.

Antique and vintage jewellery are typically made from high-quality materials.  For example, vintage diamonds tend to be first-rate.  Vintage jewellery also tends to be more versatile in its design.  The details are usually very intricate, detailed and difficult to duplicate.  Many older rings were cut by hand instead of by a laser which allows for a more unique design.  When shopping for an antique engagement ring, it’s important to pay attention to all of the details including the cut, color, carat, clarity and the style of the ring.

When shopping for any type of ring, it’s important to set a budget ahead of time.  The wonderful thing about antique rings is that they can be more affordable than those found in traditional jewellery stores.

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