[Posted on June 4th, 2013 by Beth Bowes-Carter]
Choosing the right vintage engagement rings is a unique process. You want to choose just the right set that will be a reminder of your wedding day for years to come. When looking at vintage rings one of the first things you must do is determine a budget. Rings can get quite expensive, especially if you choose to go with a vintage or antique style design. There are several things to consider when deciding exactly what type of engagement ring you want to purchase.
Metals – Platinum engagement rings have become increasingly popular in recent years. Gold, white gold and silver are still the mainstays, but more and more people are looking to platinum for its versatility. The type of metal used in the construction of the ring must reflect the future bride’s personality and overall style. Platinum is one of the most durable of all metals, with sterling silver being one of the weakest. White gold is an affordable alternative to platinum that is very durable and will hold its shape for years to come.
Stones – Precious stones also are a big decision in vintage rings. Vintage style rings combine various settings from halo to solitaire to diamond accented. Some brides may prefer to have no stones at all. Diamonds are not the only stones that can be placed in vintage engagement rings. Rubies, emeralds and sapphires have also been used. Settings can be altered and changed depending on the cut of the stones being used. The cut, clarity and size of the stones must also be given consideration.
Styles – There are several styles of engagement rings to choose from. Varying sizes and shapes including the traditional sized bands can all be found in vintage style rings. Vintage rings have a very unique quality that normal rings just cannot do justice. They can be intricately designed and often very ornate and highly detailed. The style of ring chosen for a couple’s engagement and wedding must be carefully chosen. For the bride the style of the ring can represent tradition and hope for the future.
Personality – Vintage engagement rings must be a reflection of the bride and groom’s personality and commitment to one another. These rings will be a symbol of their love, devotion and reliance on one another for decades to come. Each person’s individual personality should be distinct and embraced within the design of each ring. Whether the person chooses to purchase a vintage ring or design one following the vintage theme, the ring should represent both the bride and groom’s distinctive personalities.
Engagement rings are the first large purchase many couples make as a team. Having prepared a budget and taking into consideration all of the information they know about their future partners, the decision making process can begin. If the couple chooses vintage engagement rings, they must put a lot of thought and effort into which rings are the right ones for them.