[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.