Vintage Engagement Rings – Vintage Style Engagement Rings?

Vintage engagement rings are all the rage, but which is better: the real deal or a modern day reproduction?

New To You

While today’s designers may try to recreate vintage engagement rings, there are certain details and characteristics that are simply impossible to capture in a new design. First, many vintage styles were handmade, making them truly unique with fine details, sometimes hidden in the sides or underneath of the ring.

Another unique feature of vintage engagement rings is the diamond cutting style. Modern rings are set with modern cut diamonds, which give off incredible sparkle. Vintage designs, however, featured more primitive cuts such as the Old European and Rose cut, which have a more subtle sparkle but more authenticity.

Brand-Spanking New

On the other hand, there are a number of reasons why new vintage style engagement rings are the way to go.

With a true vintage, you often need to invest a lot of time and money into having it restored. New designs don’t have this need. Jewelry making techniques have advanced so much in recent decades, new engagement rings are designed to last longer with more metal securing diamonds.

Modern day vintage engagement rings are also available in a range of new, eco-friendly metal and stone options. You can choose an “old” style with a new metal like palladium or choose a manufacturer who uses recycled metals. If you’re concerned about where your diamonds are coming from, you might choose to have your replica set with lab created diamonds, Moissanite, or cubic zirconia.

Getting A Guarantee

One of the biggest debates surrounding authentic vintage engagement rings versus a replica is the warranty.

Of course, if you’re buying a true antique or have one passed down to you, there is no warranty. If something happens to the ring or the diamonds, you don’t typically have a place to go and need to seek out a jeweler with experience repairing and restoring antique jewelry.

Because of the age of some vintage designs, you should assume that you will need to spend money maintaining the ring. New vintage engagement rings, however, are often accompanied by a warranty against manufacturer’s defects.

Regardless of the choice you make, old vs. new, you should have your ring insured to protect you against loss or theft.

Something Old, Something New

Some couples find it too hard to choose, an antique ring or a modern day reproduction. One of the easiest compromises may be to not choose, but combine the two.

Taking older diamonds from a family ring or antique ring and putting them into a new mounting can create a unique and sentimental treasure.

A custom jeweler can help you create a one-of-a-kind design. Many jewelers are using CAD/CAM technology which allows you to see a 3-D rendition of your ring before it is made in metal. It is a good idea to look at both vintage engagement rings as well as new designs, taking elements from many different styles to create your own unique design.

The Choice Is Yours

Vintage engagement rings are not like cars, which depreciate as soon as you drive them off the lot. Whether you choose a “real” antique or modern day replica, your investment is sure to appreciate. New or old, vintage engagement rings have lots of character and timeless style.

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