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Antiques have recently attracted a lot of attention from the mainstream. Because of popular television shows like Antiques Roadshow, more people are becoming interested in antiques. At one time, it was mostly dealers and a few enthusiasts who cared about antiques. Now that antiques are more popular, all types of people are getting in on the fun. This includes engaged couples interested in antique style engagement rings.

More couples realize an engagement ring doesn’t need to be modern in order to look beautiful. Antiques are beautiful as well, and often contain more intricate designs. There’s nothing quite like the graceful beauty displayed by true antique style engagement rings.

How to spot true antique style engagement rings

If you’re in the market for an antique style engagement ring, you should be concerned with its age. Antique engagement rings are those that are 50-years old and older. If you’re not careful, you could end up with a vintage ring or an estate ring. While these rings are often gorgeous, they’re not true antiques. Some vintage rings and estate rings are actually relatively new but are designed to look old. You also need to be able to identify and determine the value of the diamond in the ring.

Antique style engagement rings should be appraised by professional jewelers. That’s the best way to tell if you have the genuine article. Here are a few pointers to remember:

  • Antique style engagement rings don’t always contain diamonds. It’s common to see emeralds, opals, and pearls used as gemstones in antique rings. These gems were very popular during the Victorian period, which is one reason they’re common in antique engagement rings.
  • Some antique style engagement rings are very fragile. When considering a purchase, examine the ring for damages such as cracks or chips.
  • The ring shouldn’t be cracked or chipped, but there may be slight imperfections since ring making techniques weren’t as advanced as they are now.
  • Many antique style engagement rings contain diamonds that are slightly colored. Colored diamonds were popular at one time, and that trend is reflected in the rings. So you may come across quite a few antique rings with diamonds that are slightly brown, yellow, red, or some other color.

Antique style engagement rings are unique

There’s nothing wrong with being original. Just because you’re getting married doesn’t mean you have to go with a traditional engagement ring. If you want to set yourself apart from most couples, antique style engagement rings can help you do that. They say something about your personality that a traditional ring can’t. People will know that your style is different from most people out there. Here are some of the common engagement ring styles found on Novori.com:

White Gold Common-prong Diamond Engagement Setting

White Gold Common-prong Diamond Engagement Setting

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White Gold Common Prong Matching Set

White Gold Common Prong Matching Set

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Sareen Engagement Rings

White Gold Sareen Pave Setting

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Matching Platinum Pave Sets

Matching Platinum Pave Sets

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Yellow Gold Semi-Bezel Engraved Setting

Yellow Gold Engraved Setting

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Channel Set White Gold Setting

Channel Set White Gold Setting

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Channel Set White Gold Cathedral Setting

Channel Set White Gold Cathedral Setting

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Channel Set Princess Cut Diamond Band

Channel Set Princess Cut Diamond Band

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Where to buy antique style engagement rings

You won’t find glossy ads for antique style engagement rings in your local paper or on television. Most traditional jewelry retailers generally don’t deal with antiques. They’re mostly concerned with mass marketed pieces that can be easily ordered. Some create rings you design yourself, but those aren’t antique rings either. One thing for sure, it’s unlikely that you’ll find an antique in just any jewelry store.

Antique style engagement rings can be found at antique stores, yard sales, flea markets, pawn shops, and online. Let’s take a look at these options, and see the pros and cons of each one:

  • Antique stores – this is the most reliable source of antique style engagement rings. Antique stores specialize in antiques, and should be knowledgeable about any of their pieces. You should be able to find out the history of the piece, its value, what it’s made from, and when it was created. The worse thing about buying from an antique store is that you’ll pay a lot. They know the value of the piece, so you’re less likely to find a deal.

  • Yard sales and flea markets – you never know what you’ll find at these types of places. There have been many instances of wonderful antique pieces going for little or nothing at yard sales. If you live in an area that has frequent yard sales, you may get lucky. However, you should at least know enough about antiques to know if the ring is really an antique and the value of the diamond.

    Antique dealers regularly appear at large flea markets. Many people think of flea markets as places to find cheap stuff, but that’s not the case. There are always high ticket items available at flea markets, and this includes antiques.

  • Pawn shops – you’d be surprised at the great finds in pawn shops. Some pawn shops even specialize in jewelry. However, this is another buyer beware situation. Try to learn a bit about antique engagement rings before considering one from a pawn shop.

  • Online – There are plenty of online retailers who sell antique engagement rings. You should thoroughly research any online retailer you plan to do business with. Novori is registered with the BBB and has a 30 day money back guarantee.

 

Designing modern rings that look like antiques

If you and your partner really want antique style engagement rings, but can’t find any to your liking, you have one other option. You can design the rings yourself with an antique ring style. These are very popular because you know exactly what you are getting in your diamond ring. Novori Jewelry will work with you to design your own custom rings, but this option usually is more expensive than others. There’s nothing keeping you from designing a ring that looks like an antique. If you view a few photos of antique style engagement rings, then you’ll be able to create something you’ll love.

No matter how you obtain your antique style engagement rings, examine it closely. If it’s a genuine antique, the seller should be able to tell you all about the piece. Some things to know are its age, condition, size, clarity, and cut of the ring. It’s also a good idea to get this information in writing in case you want to insure the ring. In any case Novori is here to help you select the perfect ring. You can contact us toll free at 1-877-877-4141 anytime. We would be glad to help you.

 

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