You will never go out of style with vintage engagement rings

[Posted on May 20th, 2013 by Beth Bowes-Carter]

Choosing an engagement ring for that special someone can be a tough choice. There are many factors to be considered when shopping for a ring, many of which must be mulled over again and again before a final choice is made. The ring should, of course, reflect the taste of the person who will be wearing it. It should be timelessly beautiful and classic, while simultaneously blending seamlessly with the wearer’s personal style. There are many options available to amorous paramours seeking that special ring that will make their love’s eyes light up. Jewelry stores sell a variety of classical engagement rings as well as trendy rings that are presently in style. Many of these same stores also offer the option of having a unique ring created just for the occasion. Another option, one which has recently seen immense interest from professional jewelry buyers and novices alike, is purchasing vintage engagement rings.

The Appeal of Vintage Jewelry

There is much to be said for the purchase and display of vintage jewelry. Handcrafted pieces dating back to eras past are often skillfully made and designed in a classically ageless style that will remain beautiful. From another standpoint, some vintage engagement rings are designed in the style of their era, a relic from when trends may have been very different. For some brides to be, the appeal of a vintage ring styled in the unique fashion of a different time period is an ideal accessory- it sets her ring apart from the crowd, making her feel unique and special. When someone already enjoys vintage culture, apparel and accessories, choosing a style of vintage engagement ring that appeals to her particular predilections will be an appreciated gesture that fits well with her personality and wardrobe.

More Reasons Vintage Jewelry is Appealing

Beyond the timeless style and classical appeal of vintage jewelry, particularly vintage engagement rings, there are other reasons why many suitors are leaning towards a vintage purchase when looking for that perfect ring. While exceptionally fancy vintage jewelry can be very expensive, vintage jewels in general are less expensive than buying a brand new ring from a jeweler and much less expensive than having a ring crafted. Seeking out a vintage jewelry dealer who is also an accredited jeweler can provide a shopper with a wide variety of reasonably priced options. In many cases, the jeweler may know something about the back story of the ring, making it an even more interesting and novel choice for a proposal. In this sense, the person proposing is offering not only a ring, but a piece of history as well.

Important Considerations when Purchasing a Vintage Engagement Ring

Purchasing a vintage engagement ring is a stylistically and financially conscious prospect for any hopeful suitor, but in doing so, they must be careful to work only with reputable jewelry dealers, having the piece appropriately appraised. It is imperative that the person selling the jewelry be an accredited jeweler, and highly recommended that before purchasing a ring, the purchaser have an unaffiliated appraiser examine the ring and determine its worth. No one wants to pay hundreds of dollars for a beautiful ring, only to find out that it was only a piece of costume jewelry.

As an accredited jeweler, the salesperson should be able to either clean and polish the piece for the purchaser at an additional fee or tell them how to do so without damaging the piece so that it looks perfect when given and can be well maintained for years to come.
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Deciding on Princess Cut Engagement Rings

[Posted on May 6th, 2013 by Beth Bowes-Carter]

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Quite simply, princess cut engagement rings are an excellent choice. When looked at from above, a princess cut gem is square or rectangular and its corners are pointed. After the ever-popular round brilliant cut, it’s the most popular cut for a diamond. The princess cut was created in the 1960s as the technology of gem cutting evolved. Because its corners are left intact, a princess cut stone weighs more than a round stone that has the same diameter, yet it’s less expensive. Unlike the brilliant cut, which always has 58 facets no matter how big the diamond is, there’s no one standard for a princess cut gem.

The facets in the princess cut engagement rings gems are made by chevrons; the more chevrons the stone has, the more facets it has. A princess cut gem with many chevrons and facets has the sparkling and sought-after look of crushed ice.

Gemstones

Diamonds are, of course, the most popular gems chosen for princess cut engagement rings. Diamonds are judged by the Four C’s: their cut, their clarity, their color, and their carat. The simplest measure, carat is a measure of the diamond’s weight. Clarity refers to any flaws the diamond has. Some reputable jewelers won’t sell diamonds that aren’t at least eye-clean, which means their flaws can’t be seen by the naked eye. It’s very rare for a diamond to be completely flawless.

It’s also unusual for a diamond to be completely colorless. Most diamonds have a tiny bit of color even if it can’t be seen by the naked eye. However, some people prefer strongly colored diamonds. These diamonds can come in colors like pink, red, blue, green, and even black and brown. They might even cost more than regular diamonds due to their rarity.

Other stones that make perfectly good princess cut engagement rings are sapphires, rubies, aquamarines, and emeralds.

Settings

Princess cut gems are most often put in prong settings to show them off, as the prongs lift the gemstone above the band. Another popular setting is a halo setting, where the gemstone is surrounded by a band. The band is sometimes set with pave jewels. These jewels are tiny and packed very closely together like pavers in a road. The princess cut gem can also have side stones, which are smaller stones on either side of it. They might also be princess cut or cut in different shapes like round brilliant or cushion.

Bands

Engagement ring bands can be made out of gold, platinum, or other metals. Gold is never used in its pure form because it’s too soft. Gold is alloyed with other metals. These metals not only give the gold strength, but give it its color. White gold is alloyed with metals like copper, zinc, and palladium and then plated with rhodium. Rose and yellow gold are alloyed with copper. Jewelry quality gold is usually sold in 14 and 18 or karats. At 14 karats, the band will be 58.5% pure gold and at 18 karats the band will be 75% pure gold.

Platinum, on the other hand, is a naturally silver colored metal and doesn’t need to be plated. It’s also strong enough not to need to be alloyed with other metals. When it begins to fade, it can easily be polished. A platinum ring is usually 900 sterling, which means there are 900 parts of pure platinum per 1000. A platinum band is also heavier and more expensive than an 18K gold band of the same size.

A princess cut engagement ring is a thing of beauty that will last a lifetime.